iBird Photo Sleuth

iBird Photo Sleuth

By Mitch Waite Group

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2018-05-11
  • Current Version: 1.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 780.09 MB
  • Developer: Mitch Waite Group
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Score: 5
5
From 48 Ratings

Description

This new update to iBird Photo Sleuth now includes access to our ornithology experts who will help identify your bird if you want more help. The “Help Me Identify a Bird” forum has been around for 10 years and has over 100,000 members. Every now and then an app breaks out from the pack with features that are simply astonishing. iBird Photo Sleuth fits that mold; use its machine learning "brain" to identify a photograph of any bird of North America, regardless of the photo’s quality. Photo Sleuth uses Apple’s new CoreML machine learning system to figure out the species in even the most distorted, fuzzy and poor contrast photograph. The Photo Sleuth app has been “trained” by over 2 million photos of bird species to ID birds with uncanny accuracy. You can use iBird Photo Sleuth in the field -- no internet connection is required, because its CoreML database is contained in the app. Take a photo with your camera or select it from the built-in iPhone Photos gallery (Dropbox, Google Photos and OneDrive coming). Don’t worry if the bird is a tiny blob in the frame; Photo Sleuth is smart enough to find the features that distinguish it from all other 900+ bird species of North America. After you submit your photo to the Sleuth, it will give you a list of its top 3 guesses as thumbnail sized images. Each will display a “Confidence” value between 0% and 100%. When the Sleuth is really sure of its analysis, it will produce a high value; when unsure it will display a low value. If the app thinks that you have submitted a photo of something other than a bird, it will display “Not a Bird.” Of course, some people’s faces look like birds, so it may still suggest a bird species. For example, my selfie came up with “Not a Bird” for the #1 spot and the Barn Owl for #2. To help confirm the 3 guesses made by Photo Sleuth, you can tap on any of the thumbnail images to open more species details, including an enlarged illustration, text that explains important field marks and a range map that shows the migration coverage of the bird. The range map includes a range and habitat paragraph that helps confirm that the species is indeed located in your GPS area. A future update will add our “Birds Around Me” technology to further narrow the choices that Photo Sleuth guesses. On this same screen you may open a rich content species account in our iBird app (should you have it on your phone) to review much more information, including playing the bird’s songs and calls, seeing similar birds, behavior details and much more. Sharing of your results can be done two ways: you can share your photo and the Photo Sleuth guesses with your friends via Apple Messages, Email, Facebook, Twitter and all other functions such as printing, which appear on the standard Apple activity menu. There is also a button for optionally sharing your photo and the results of the Photo Sleuth guess with Mitch Waite Group, so that we can improve our neural network. Both correct and incorrect guesses help us improve the performance of the artificial intelligence. Or course, we only use the photograph for training, and the copyright remains with you. If you would like more information about using iBird Photo Sleuth please visit: http://ibird.com/sleuth/sleuth.html Be sure and check out our new bundle The Delighted Birder; which includes this app plus iBird Pro and iBird Hawaii-Palau.

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Reviews

  • Helpful for New Birders

    5
    By AncestorQuest
    Sleuth has been a great adjunct program to iBird. It has accelerated my learning of new-to-me species. Even photos that are distant or not perfectly in focus are usable and produce accurate results.
  • Impressive!

    5
    By TravisAK
    I have yet to fool this app. Even blurry photos come back with the correct bird, or at least a high probability of it being that bird. I am a total amateur and like to track what I see in my yard. I’ve already had to correct a few of my observations. Very impressed.
  • IBird Photo Sleuth

    5
    By Merryheartbusyhands
    Love this app, seems to be very accurate!
  • “Sleuthing for answers”

    5
    By siiid
    I have numerous bird apps that identify photos. I like this one because when trying to reach a consensus, iBird Photo Sleuth will usually help resolve doubt to my identification photo query. Finally, identifying poor quality photos is a great help as I don’t own a high-end camera and telephoto lens or spotting scope.
  • IBird Sleuth

    5
    By GValdwz
    Excellent! Results reflect the outstanding work that went into it’s development. Thank you. GV
  • A necessary addition for birding

    5
    By A cubes
    Great app. Right a lot of the time and points you in the right direction the rest of the time. Lot of fun to mess with and play around.
  • An Excellent App for Wildlife Photographers

    5
    By BillW314
    One of my hobbies is wildlife photography, particularly bird photography. So I generally have a photo of the birds I want to identify (sometimes a good one, sometimes a marginal one). I am not an experienced birder and I have found this app very useful in making bird IDs where the bird is not one that everyone knows. For example, earlier this year I photographed some birds in a marshy area of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The birds looked like largish sparrows to me, but I was not able to match them up with sparrows in my bird apps and guides. I ran a picture through iBird Photo Sleuth and found out the bird was a female red-winged blackbird. Perhaps I should have guessed this, as there were easily recognizable male red-winged blackbirds around, but I did not. I confirmed this looking in my apps and guides, including iBird, but most apps index birds by the more colorful male, so I might not have found it without the photo ID. The app has helped me identify a number of other birds, including various warblers, sparrows, and small falcons called merlins. I also use the app to confirm IDs where I am not entirely sure. I also like the fact that the app gives percentage estimates when it comes up with multiple possibilitirs. The integration with my iBird app is also quite helpful. I look forward to the continued development of the app and its possible expansion to areas outside North America.
  • Great sleuth

    5
    By CFBSr
    Misses a few but well worth using!
  • Very Useful

    4
    By Obie-Juan
    I have only had it a few days but find it very useful. It has accurately identified all but one instance. I like the fact that it states the probability of its identification. I would rate it higher if there was a MAC version so I wouldn’t have to download my pictures to my phone.
  • Impressive

    5
    By tagging along
    Recently returned from East TX where my spouse focused on birding and I tried to become a better bird photographer. I have over 200 pix that others say are pretty darn good, but do I recall the birds’ name? Along comes this app and it identifies every bird from its photo including a yellow-crowned night heron you can barely see through a thicket and a common pauraque that to me is almost impossible to see through branches and twigs on the ground. For this specific task of identification through existing photos I hope a future version will make returning to the respective album less cumbersome. The App Store is riddled with app reviews describing a complete lack of customer service. Not so with Mitch Waite. I found this group to be responsive and generous in their willingness to help. Once again, those involved in birding prove themselves to be helpful and honest.

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