Chirp! has been developed by nature specialists, iSpiny, to help you learn and identify bird songs.
Listen and learn over 300 bird songs and calls from across mainland United States, with up to 34 seconds of song for each bird, and alternative recordings for some birds. The songs and calls are of the highest quality, most provided by the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
On first use, Chirp! selects birds for your current location, but then you are free to select any state (or group of states) on the Map Screen, to learn the common species from east to west and north to south. Or you may prefer to select all birds to learn the whole range! Try sorting by song style, so that you can compare birds that hoot and coo, or those with high pitched songs for example. If you are a beginner, sort the birds by commonness, so you can listen to the most common ones first, then move on to less frequent backyard visitors.
Make a shortlist of your favourites so that you can find them quickly (tap the + icon above the image to add birds to your favorites list).
After listening, try the quiz to test your memory. Answer fast to earn a score multiplier and get on the high score table! Experienced birders can use the custom quiz to help distinguish and learn similar songs.
And when you need a rest, try the slideshow feature - choose which birds to include, maybe add background bird song, then simply relax. If you want to continue learning while you relax, switch the voiceover on and hear the name of the bird announced at the end of each clip. This is also a good way of competing with the family - who can say the name of the bird first?
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New bird sounds wav been added and the app has been updated to keep it running smoothly. One new feature - you can now see the scientific name of each bird by tapping the name under the photo (in the Browse section).
Ratings and Reviews
I took this with me when making a trip to visit family in the USA, so I wasn't familiar with bird song there. It was a great way of identifying birds I encountered even when I couldn't see them. I also used it to attract a bird that I wanted to get a photo of I.e. the Cardinal. Easy to use, intuitive and comprehensive.
Birds in the USA
As a Brit, who will probably never have the chance to see any of these American birds, many of which are serious good lookers: the Baltimore Oriole, to name just one. I purchased this app on the strength of the pocket guide to British birds. Chirp USA is very good with clear sound and pics.
- Spiny Software Ltd
- 326 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- English, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian Bokmål, Swedish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © iSpiny
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.