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By Columbia University, University of Maryland, and Smithsonian Institution

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Birdsnap is an electronic field guide that's a little different from the others. Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Maryland have developed Birdsnap using computer vision and machine learning to explore new ways of identifying bird species. Birdsnap automatically discovers visually similar species and makes suggestions for how they can be distinguished. In addition, Birdsnap uses visual recognition technology to identify birds in images you upload. Based on your location and the time of year, Birdsnap knows which birds are present, and can use this to produce a custom guide to the local birds and to improve the automatic identification results. It covers 500 of the most common North American bird species.

What's New in Version 1.4

- Try out the brand new image recognition function!
- Improved iOS 8 compatibility
- Other bugs fixed and improvements

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Customer Reviews

No longer worth having

It worked fine for a year but now will no longer upload images - it times out almost instantly. Considering the huge space it takes up (~1GB), it's not staying on my ipod. I hope they fix it....


Glad this is working again. Thanks for a great app!

No longer works

I'd now give it zero stars if I could! This app worked fairly well for a couple if years. Now it just times out - can't find anything - even previously identified birds.

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  • Free
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.4
  • Size: 1.05 GB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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