Song Sleuth: Auto Bird Song ID

Song Sleuth: Auto Bird Song ID

By Wildlife Acoustics

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2017-02-15
  • Current Version: 2.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 364.93 MB
  • Developer: Wildlife Acoustics
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 58 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. You can also scroll to the bottom of this page and tap on “Developer Website” to learn more and watch a walk-through video to get a better sense of how the app works. -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.) cryptocurrecy coin



  • Don’t remove features that work!

    By Meghana27
    I like this app better without the “improvements”. The new selection box makes me select the particular bird song I’m interested in and then makes me select one of the possible matches. If I knew which bird is singing, I wouldn’t need the app in the first place!! We have a wooded area in our backyard which is home to lots of local bird. It’s very rarely that we can actually see the bird that is singing. And that is exactly why I need the app. Making me select the bird species that I think is singing based on short-listed suggestions defeats the purpose. I don’t see a way to turn off the selection box. I’m okay with the app making close guesses as to which bird species it might be based on my location like it did before but now it seems useless to me.
  • Unsatisfactory

    By Chinnifer2
    I was really disappointed with this app. Save your money and do not buy it. It does not correctly ID birds but also the microphone tends to turn on out of no where. I wish there were refunds.
  • Fun to play with but

    By @no mick name
    It records sounds, and gives you a possible list. But the results are all over the map. Example, goose, human, etc.. I am a beginner. Wish I could have tried before I bought. Would not have purchased.
  • Disappointed

    By Mooshell11
    I had an Eastern Phoebe right in front of me and it did not pick it up. I am surrounded by various sparrows, woodpeckers, robins, no one talking and it said barred owl, boreal owl, and human. No humans around me.
  • Song Sleuth

    By ginie wasp
    Does not work. 99% of what it labels is as a red tailed hawk. Wrong!! I’d like a fix or my money back.
  • Never gotten a bird right

    By TommyMoose
    I bought this app and decided to test it outside my apartment where I could see a Stellar's Jay quite clearly. It told me it was a Canada goose. Same thing for the house sparrow and Western Scrub jays that often come by.
  • Works great, looks beautiful!

    By SemperCogito
    Recognizes all the birds around me, and the Sibley pictures are gorgeous. I love this - so much fun when I’m out!
  • I want this to work. :(

    By gluten free
    No matter how clear the (trimmed) recording is, the app consistently misses the ID. I recorded a red-wing blackbird: They’re so distinctive and loud. But the app doesn’t provide RWBL as an option. It often comes up with birds that I have never seen or heard anywhere near my backyard. I did Carolina Wren, another loud, pure, clear song - not an option when it evaluated the recording. It’s frustrating to use. I notice that it lists birds as uncommon at times when they are, in fact, quite common. That part baffles me. (Birds I can hear all. day. long. Like red-winged blackbirds in the wetland that is my backyard.) This could be SO useful. But for the cost, it is disappointing... however, I’ve already invested in it, so I will continue to check it out to see if performance has improved. **I’ll update my review if it does improve IDs.** In the meantime, I will keep training my ears with birdsong ID discs on my commutes.
  • Should be recalled

    By May Cheetah Lee Ann
    This app truly should be recalled and people’s money be refunded. I have had it for many months and the updates have not improved the horrible field performance. I have read all the instructions and watched videos but nothing helps. It has maybe 10-15% accuracy. Even common birds singing typical songs right next to you will come up with bizarre choices that sound nothing like the real bird. It gets wrong Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, American Tree Sparrow, Common Grackle and the list goes on. Even when you do all the proper editing of the recorded sound and have the right state chosen it still fails most of the time with none of the choices being correct. How can a chickadee be mistaken for an Osprey? This is a great concept but poor execution. The app should be removed until it is able to have at least 85% field accuracy.
  • Fun

    By Talskid
    Sitting on my back porch in Georgia and the app has identified Bluejays, common grackle, an osprey and our pesky squirrels!