“Top of the pile of bird song recognition apps” - Bird Watching magazine
The only birdsong app that can safely be used on nature reserves!
Featured by Apple in 'Celebrate Springtime’

ChirpOMatic is an excellent way to identify bird sounds around you. Simply record a bird singing and use Automatic Recognition to identify it. The app can work wherever you are - if you don’t have internet or a mobile connection then the app analyses the sound on the device. And unlike other bird apps, our special Bird-Safe mode means that the app can even be used in nature reserves without the risk of disturbing birds.

The app works rather like Shazam® does for music. When you hear a bird, quickly hold up your phone and start recording. The app analyses the sound, and shows you the top matches. You can compare your recording with the reference samples to check the identification. And if you don't have your phone with you, you can use your Apple Watch to record sounds for identification later.

All your recordings are stored on your phone so you can listen to them again or share them with friends. You can help us improve the app by sending us the sound to use in training our system. The best recordings are posted (with your permission) on the Xeno-canto website, the world-wide resource for bird and bird sound research.

"Excitedly playing with it in my garden - robins, blue & great tit so far :):)"
"My new absolute favourite app - #Chirpomatic (It's basically Shazam for birds!!)"
"It is really easy to use and intuitive, which is essential!"
"I've already learnt the calls of 5 garden birds....such a great app."

PLEASE NOTE! The app is designed to identify real live birds under natural conditions. If you test on recorded sounds, you need to play the sounds at a realistic volume and only test on birds that might be found at your location at this time of year.

========= Our bird song apps =========

We have been making bird song apps since the App Store started in 2008, and now have a range of bird and bird song apps for iOS devices - iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad & Apple Watch.

--------------- Chirp! ---------------
Chirp! is our original and most popular bird song app. It has been in the top selling charts every day since it was launched over seven years ago. It has changed considerably in that time as it has grown in size and features.

Chirp! is specifically designed for the identification and learning of birdsongs. However, it is also great if you just want to relax to the sounds of nature.

----------- ChirpOMatic -----------
ChirpOMatic, described above, is our automatic (‘shazam-style’) bird song recognition app.

Because we specialise in bird apps, we know the problems that can arise. Many nature reserves discourage the use of mobile devices as the playing of bird sounds disturbs the birds. But with ChirpOMatic you can switch bird-safe mode on, and use the app safely anywhere. In bird-safe mode you need to hold the device to your ear as though on the phone, in order to hear the sounds.

More here:

---- ChirpOMatic & Chirp! bundle ----
The 2 bird song ID apps are available as a bargain bundle. They work together - once you have the ID of a bird in ChirpOMatic, you can tap straight through to the same bird in Chirp!

---- Bird Guide Pro & Pocket Birds ----
These are our reference bird guides, with photos, sounds, notes etc, plus features for recording sightings. Bird Guide Pro is our top-of-the-range app, while Pocket Birds is the budget version.

Shazam® is the registered trademark of Shazam Entertainment Limited and is not affiliated with iSpiny in any way.

What’s New

Version 2.2.0

ChirpOMatic has been updated to use our latest bird song analyser. As well as an increase in accuracy, it now identifies more bird songs and calls, and also the alarm call of the grey squirrel which is often mistaken for the sound of a bird. Thank you to everyone who has sent us a recording in the past year, they are invaluable. They help us identify which sounds we need to add as well as helping to improve the app's identification abilities. Please keep sending them!

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
74 Ratings
74 Ratings
Maccie999 ,

Excellent app

This is a really excellent app. I recorded a bird call which it couldn’t immediately identify. It gave me the option to refer the sound to the developers. Within two days i got an email identifying the bird and confirming it would be added to the database.

Excellent support and a great easy to use app.

Apricotx ,

Great app for bird lovers

It identifies correctly as long as you can get a good clear recording within the 12 second timescale. Admittedly it can be a bit hit and miss as you can’t get birds to sing on cue, but with a little patience it pays off. Great app which I return to again and again.

MMinton ,

Like it

I like using this app, and the results usually give me an idea of the many birds I don't know. Main irritation is the time it takes to open. Birds don't stay around or sing continuously and I miss several, waiting for it to power up.


Spiny Software Ltd
197.8 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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