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Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab of Ornithology

By Cornell University

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Description

What's that bird? Merlin Bird ID helps you solve the mystery in 5 questions, or with a photo of a bird.

First, Merlin asks you a few simple questions. Then, almost like magic, it reveals the list of birds that best match your description. Pick your bird, then delve into more photos, sounds, and ID tips about your bird!

If you have a photo, Merlin can help there as well. Take a photo, or choose one from your photo gallery, and Merlin will offer a list of birds that best match your photo.

Merlin is fun and easy to use—whether you’re curious about a bird you’ve seen once or you’re hoping to identify every bird that comes to your feeder. The answers are waiting for you with this free app from the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Features

• Merlin will now identify a photo. Select your photo, tell Merlin where and when you took it, and you'll see a short list of suggested identifications.
• Download bird packs containing the species of your region, reducing the app size.
• Created for beginning and intermediate bird watchers, Merlin identifies the 750 most common bird species of the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico.
• Explore birds by location and date with a list of species seen in the area.
• Intelligent results. No more scanning through hundreds of possibilities! Merlin shows the birds near you that fit your description.
• Customized location and date tools generate best answers for your neighborhood and time of year.
• Powered by eBird to deliver the most accurate results based on millions of sightings from bird watchers across North America.
• Enjoy more than 3,000 photos of birds, including males, females, and juveniles.
• Learn ID tips from Cornell Lab of Ornithology experts.
• Listen to beautiful bird songs and calls from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
• It’s all free! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s goal is to help you and millions of others to learn about birds.​

Merlin Bird ID currently includes Bird Pack downloads for the United States including: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas and Oklahoma, Alaska, and West Coast. Canada is covered by Eastern Canada and Western Canada packs. Merlin also has a pack covering the birds of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

About Photo ID
Powered by Visipedia, Merlin Photo ID uses computer vision technology to identify birds in photos. Merlin learns to recognize bird species based on training sets of hundreds of thousands of photos from birders at eBird.org. When using photo ID, enter the date and location where you took the photo; those clues improve Merlin’s accuracy by helping it focus on the species you most likely encountered there.

What's New in Version 1.3.1

New in 1.3.1
Improved Photo ID results
We found a few ways to improve the results from Photo ID, particularly if you are setting a location. If you haven't tried out Photo ID yet, we encourage you to give it a shot. You can snap a photo of the bird with your phone, or take a photo of the back of your camera view finder, or your computer screen, however it is easiest for you to get a photo on your phone.

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1.3 Release notes
New - EXPLORE BIRDS feature
By popular request, Merlin now helps you discover other birds around you. The updated Explore Birds screen can now be filtered by any location and date, or a Bird Pack you have installed. Explore the birds that have been reported around you, whether you are birding at home, or on a trip.

New - Sort by Most Likely
The Explore Birds list can now be filtered by how often each bird is reported in your area of interest. The most commonly reported birds show up at the top, giving you a better idea of species you should be looking for.

Pro tip: Sort your list by Most Likely, and then search for “gull” or “sparrow” to see a list of the gulls or sparrows sorted by how common they are. This is another handy way to identify your mystery bird.

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Customer Reviews

Better Audio Quality, Please

Please level out and increase audio quality of the all of the recordings in the app so they are the same. Some are too low and some are okay. Makes it difficult when trying to attract birds when the volume is always in flux.

Love it!

Just wish there was a record of the birds you spot in the app. I've been keeping my own list, but just having a history of birds, where and when you've seen them would be AWESOME!

Ingenious

This app has made difficult bird IDing FUN and pretty easy. Before using Merlin, it was a daunting chore for all those birds who look so similar. This is fantastic!

Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 1.3.1
  • Size: 62.0 MB
  • Languages: English, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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