∗ “An excellent way to train your birding ear!” – Mike Webster, Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
∗ “A very useful app and one I will be using over the next weeks to get ready for the rapidly approaching spring season.” – Bob Blakney, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia
Learn to Identify Birdsongs!
Birdwatching Daily calls iKnowBirdSongs, “fun, effective, and addicting.” What makes this app unique and so effective is that it uses active learning methods that engage users and quicken the learning process. iKBS allows users to identify bird songs as they actually do in the field: by hearing a song before seeing the bird. After using iKBS, when you hear a bird song, you’ll know the bird species!
Designed for both the seasoned birder to test their knowledge and the novice whose passion for birdwatching is just beginning. Intuitive and fun, iKBS was created by birders for birders.
iKnowBirdSongs uses photos and songs from the Macaulay Library. Your purchase helps support the work of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
∗ 371 species of North American song birds, each with high quality songs and photos from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
∗ Multiple songs for many species
∗ Learning Mode that uses an index or “flip” card
∗ Game Mode that lets you test your knowledge in a multiple choice game format that is easy to play for all ages
∗ Listening tips from pro birders to distinguish between birds with similar songs
∗ Individual bird information pages providing supplementary photos, range maps, and species code and size
∗ Regional birdsong recordings to help users learn birdsongs prior to field trips
Minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
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.
Great Educational tool for my children and family!
My family has been loving this app. We have always had lots of birds at our feeder out back since our children were little and they can easily tell the different sparrows apart. With this app they can now tell what birds they are hearing, even the ones that don’t come to the feeder. They love the ability to create their own deck of birds and track their successes independently of each other.
Awesome! Total fun, Learning Fast!
This app has great bird songs, addictive games and is totally fun. Some of the conductors on my train are birders, we hang out in the club car and play the songs and see who can get it right first. Love the little stars that tell me how many songs I've mastered. (31 so far). Going to the Audubon Convention in Washington in a week, been learning my West Coast birds before I go!
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.