Song Sleuth: Auto Bird Song ID

Song Sleuth: Auto Bird Song ID

By Wildlife Acoustics

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2017-02-15
  • Current Version: 2.1.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 383.28 MB
  • Developer: Wildlife Acoustics
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 77 Ratings


Song Sleuth turns your iPhone or iPad into an automatic bird song identifier covering the 200 most common vocalizing land birds in the U.S.A. Developed by Wildlife Acoustics, in collaboration with world-renowned bird expert and illustrator David Sibley, the app records bird songs and suggests matching species. The identification algorithms are the result of over a decade of research and experience designing professional bioacoustics recorders and software. Not just for beginners, the app also has features for intermediate birders who might need an identification hint or wish to study the included example recordings to take their ear birding to the next level. Advanced birders who don’t need any identification help will appreciate the ability to make and keep recordings for further study. PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING Song Sleuth gets you started with suggested matches, but it is not perfect. Ultimately, it’s up to you to make the final identification. The app is intended to be an interactive and fun way to learn birding by ear. The more engaged you are in the process, the more we hope you will learn. Please read the following information on the app’s capabilities and limitations: -The app does not identify simple calls, chips and scolds, only bird songs and more distinct calls that are characteristic of that species. -The app does not recognize birds that are mimicking other birds such as the Thrashers and Mockingbird. -It is ideal to get a recording of a single bird singing. The app can be confused by noise or background birds but tools are provided to trim and filter your recordings to improve the results. - The app performs best outdoors with live birds, and not as well with pre-recorded sounds. Also, Song Sleuth automatically selects the birds that are likely to be in your area at the present time of year, so you need to be sure the birds you are playing are selected in the SPECIES LIST. SONG SLEUTH HELPS YOU IDENTIFY SINGING BIRDS Simply press the record button when you hear a bird singing and the app begins recording a few seconds back in time using the built-in microphone. Tap the record button again when the song is complete and Song Sleuth immediately shows you three most likely species. To assist you in determining the correct bird, you can listen to your recording and the example recordings of the likely matches as well as compare their spectrograms side-by-side. SAVE, VIEW, LISTEN TO AND SHARE RECORDINGS Recordings are saved in the RECORDING LIST where you can view the recording’s spectrogram, listen to the recording (and speed it up or slow down), add a text note, or view the GPS location. You can also trim the recording or filter the frequency range to remove extraneous sounds. Recordings can be shared with other Song Sleuth users via text messaging or email. INCLUDES DAVID SIBLEY BIRD REFERENCE INFORMATION The included David Sibley Bird Reference lets you learn more about each species. The reference includes Sibley illustrations of each bird, a description of each bird and its songs, zoomable range maps and a bar chart showing the likelihood of each bird’s presence in your area throughout the year, using Sibley’s extensive database of bird presence. COMPLETE COLLECTION OF EXAMPLE RECORDINGS Well-known nature recordist Lang Elliot and friends spent countless hours recording in the field to provide over 1,000 world-class recording examples of the included bird species. You can listen to a all the vocalizations made by each species or compare spectrograms to your own recordings or examples from other species. SEE YOUR RECORDING LOCATIONS Recording locations can be viewed on a satellite or road map or transferred to a computer and viewed in Google Earth. (Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.)

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  • Has NEVER gotten one right.

    By Birder (always working on it)
    On the open prairie, with no noise except the air (3 mph wind, phone placed on a fence post) could not identify a Bobwhite literally 25 feet away. A red winged blackbird literally 30 feet away. Those are just two examples of how I’ve wasted my time and money. I keep trying but I will finally delete it because it is so frustrating.
  • No GPS movement

    By FMA681
    This App would be fantastic if you could move your GPS around if working with recordings instead of out in the field. Not worth the money.
  • Recording and sonograms great / ID features useless

    By DonB42
    I have tried the ID with and without a high quality external mic and the ID is never even close. I tried repeatedly with a close up golden crowned sparrow’s simple song with and without isolation and it doesn’t list it as a candidate
  • Not quite there yet

    By Fr345df
    Crashes when I change a setting. The app identified pileated woodpecker alarm call as a bobwhite quail after careful selection of the sound on spectrograph. Identified mallard quack as a grackle. The only call it got right was northern cardinal. Oh, and when I try to display the FAQ from the menu I get a Not Found error. I will keep trying though, and look for updates. I like the way it captures a couple of seconds before you press the record button.
  • Laptop version

    By mywinga
    I have a friend who is a paralyzed neck down. She uses Alexia on her laptop. Do you have a download version of Song Sleuth? Thank you
  • dissapointed in product

    By gonehikingre
    Within species listing, I'd prefer birds listed by common name. As is, sorted by scientific name which has larger font than common name listed below it. I emailed question how to sort to common name, reply was my question not understood. YouTube tutorial sub-par/disappointing, especially regarding the spectrogram. I purchased app to get specific loud bird call in neighborhood but app just picks up sub chatter and results are most often house finch with two uncommon birds. Perhaps with more usage I will improve but definitely not worth $10 dollars, in my opinion.
  • Less than acceptable results

    By DiLewis
    Maybe need to use an external microphone. You must be absolutely still in handling the phone/iPad. I tried playing songs from the app and listening with the app on another devise and it didn’t pick the correct bird. Sometimes I think there may be some database problems that need resolved. Have you tried testing as I outlined above, you should be getting near 100% success.
  • Simply doesn’t work

    By McPoopin123456889
    Of the many recordings I’ve made with this app, it has gotten maybe two right. I’m extremely disappointed with this purchase.
  • Wrong every time

    By bgpa1
    Chickadees and cardinals are distinctive birds, both readily identifiable by sight and song. The app told me that a chickadee was a blue jay and a cardinal was a brown headed cow bird. Wasted my money.
  • Miss

    By kricketeee07
    The idea of the app is absolutely brilliant! However, it is highly inaccurate. Every bird I would try to record, would say squirrel and list birds that were very in correct.