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Do you want to identify birds by their songs? iKnowBirdSongs will help you learn to identify birds by ear.
Are you an expert who already knows many bird songs? iKnowBirdSongs will test your knowledge using the best songs and photos from The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
iKnowBirdSongs is a fun way to learn bird songs. The app has a learning mode that uses an index or “flip” card to help you study the bird songs of more than 350 species of birds. The app also has a game mode that lets you test your knowledge in a multiple choice game format that is easy to play for all ages.
Your purchase also supports the work of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology since a portion of the proceeds goes to the Lab for the use of their sounds and photos.
iKnowBirdSongs features include:
371 species of North American song birds each with high quality songs and photos from Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Multiple songs for many species.
Individually select the group of birds, region of the country and season to study.
Listening tips from pro birders to distinguish between birds with similar songs.
Individual information pages provide supplementary photos, range maps and essential information.
Capability to switch between different lists of songs.
Learn new regional birdsongs...even before taking a field trip there.
What's New in Version 1.1
Minor bug fixes and enhancements
Great for Intermediate Birders
This has got to be, hands down, one of my favorite bird song and call identification apps. I like the option to create your own study lists based on family, region or season, as well as the freedom to create study lists that do not necessarily reflect the aforementioned groupings.
Although there are no notes regarding the songs and calls, it makes me focus and listen more intently to each sound to pick up on elements such as repetition, rhythm and rests, but also to pick up on general sound features of each bird family, because there are quite a few secondary bird sounds that sound superficially similar to birds outside the family. Having said that, this app may appeal to birders who are already familiar with some or most of the birds included, so it would be utilized as something of a refresher course or supplement to existing knowledge.
My only issue is not having variations of birds that are widespread across the U.S. since one species can sound distinct in another part of the country while still retaining the same overall "feel" of a song.
It would be great if this app addressed this with downloadable song packs directly from the app to address this or include additional groups such as raptors, waterfowl and commonly seen shorebirds.
Aside from that, I am pleased with the number of bird species and sounds already included. The fact that it's linked to Game Center is only icing on the cake.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Sep 30, 2013
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 110 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: FlipCardApps
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.