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Is there any apps that can pick bird sounds?

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Old Sunday 21st April 2019, 06:02   #1
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Is there any apps that can pick bird sounds?

Hi, I was looking for bird identification apps by sound that can be installed in phone. Once I hear a bird sound, I can turn the app on. The app will pick the sound and relay the information about the bird. Is there any apps at all? Thanks in advance!
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Hi, I was looking for bird identification apps by sound that can be installed in phone. Once I hear a bird sound, I can turn the app on. The app will pick the sound and relay the information about the bird. Is there any apps at all? Thanks in advance!
Seriously doubt it, it would probably be very popular and possibly, very divisive among birders?
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Sunbirds do a limited app, not 100% but ok
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An app that will tell you what you're hearing?
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An app that will tell you what you're hearing?
its choice is limited, for sure, but gives some close fits,
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Larkwire (https://www.larkwire.com ) is an app that provides practice for identifying bird song, probably the nearest to what you're requesting.
An app that captures the song and provides the identification would need a pretty capable microphone and signal analysis to match.
That does not seem beyond the reach of the electronics industry though. Once phones get a bit more capacity, perhaps driven by 5G requirements, expect such a system to become commercially available, certainly within the next five years.
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Decades ago, before smart phones, there was actually a device you could buy in the US that was fairly reliable in identifying songs. So I know it is possible but am not aware of any apps.

I'm actually "typing" this message now with speech recognition software, which I've used since 1998. So similar technology (that identifies specific words from sounds as opposed to species) has been around for quite some time.
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There are apps that claim to do it. I am not aware of real time "listen and identify" apps, you have to record the sound and upload it for id. I did test one a while back, can't recall the name, it had a hit and miss success rate with recordings off xeno-canto and ones recorded straight to phone were hopeless.

You could either invest $$$ in recording kit and hope the AI behind the apps gets better, or you could just spend $ on some aides to learn the songs!
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I have an app called song sleuth that claims to do just that with good recordings. Few recordings in my experience are good!

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