Technology Matters-Bird Watching Apps

Technology Matters

    “Song Sleuth” helps you identify birds by their songs.  Record and identify songs of nearby birds through your smartphone’s microphone.  This is similar to how speech recognition software works, only tailored specifically to the acoustical characteristics of bird songs.  It also includes a bird reference guide.  The app is 9-99 for iOS with an Android version soon to leave the nest.

    The “iBird Pro Guide to Birds” app serves as an interactive field guide for every species of bird found in North America.  Even Canada, Hawaii and all coasts and islands.  Even extinct birds are included.

    You get quality full-sized color illustrations of birds along with range maps for every species.  It also features lifetime updates.  The app is 14-99 for iOS and Android.

    Of course, there’s the “Audubon Bird Guide” app.  It features detailed descriptions for nearly 800 birds, more than 23-hundred song birds and 35-hundred high-quality color photos.

    This app has a unique search function for identifying bird by song type or pattern, wing shape and time of year by state or province.  The app is free for iOS and Android.

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