Record | Identify | Discover



BirdGenie™ is a breakthrough app that helps anyone with an Apple® or Android® smartphone or tablet accurately identify birds in the backyard, local park, or on the nature trail—all with the tap of a button! It’s like Shazam® for birds—just hold up your phone, record the bird singing, and BirdGenie™ helps you identify the species. The app’s highly developed sound identification ability and expert matching system enable bird enthusiasts to achieve an accuracy unheard of in the birding field. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the birds around them.


BirdGenie™ includes up to two hundred vocalization types for one hundred species: all of the birds likely to be encountered in a backyard or local park, or on a hike, in North America at any time of the year. And the app is easy to use. Just point your smartphone or tablet at a bird, and tap the screen when the bird starts singing. The app’s automatic pre-record feature ensures that you won’t miss the beginning of the song and BirdGenie’s™ patented, highly accurate expert system matches the recording to the closest species. The app’s sophisticated noise-reduction feature means that even in noisy environments, where there is conversation or traffic, you can discover what bird you’re listening to.]


Tap anywhere on BirdGenie’s™ opening screen to record a bird sound: our Pre-Record feature means you’ll never miss the start of the song.




Tap again at the end of the song and BirdGenie™ immediately analyzes and identifies the bird from its extensive onboard library–no internet connection required.

Identified Bird

After matching you can find out more about each species, browse their songs, learn about their habits, see photos of all of the different plumages, and share your recording with friends.

  • Northern Cardinal 86% 86%
  • European Starling 40% 40%
  • Veery 35% 35%

My Matches

These two screens show you all of the matches you have made. From here you can easily share your recordings, tap on the species to learn more about them, or re-edit and rematch them.

What is BirdGenie™?

BirdGenie™ is a new app that allows you to identify birds by the songs they sing. By simply pointing your phone at the bird and tapping the record button, BirdGenie™ analyzes the song and helps you identify the species confidently, from a small selection of the closest song types.

What birds will BirdGenie™ identify?

BirdGenie currently supports almost 200 vocalization types of 100 of the most common and vocal species across North America. Use it in your backyard, local park or on hikes. It will help you identify and learn more about the species singing around you.

Will you add more birds to BirdGenie™?

Absolutely! We are continuing to work on adding species and supported vocalization types to BirdGenie. By sharing your recordings anonymously you can help us learn what vocalization types are common in different parts of the country. And that database can also aid scientists who are studying how songs vary across different regions.

What area does BirdGenie™ cover

BirdGenie™ covers all of the most common species in the United States and most of Canada. It has two modes, East and West. We used the Great Plains/Rocky Mountains as the dividing line between these two areas. You can match any recorded species using the identification criteria for either or both of these areas.

Do you need to be connected to the internet for BirdGenie to work?


BirdGenie will work no matter where you are. No internet connection is required except for sharing and the extra links to more species information. All of BirdGenie’s identification system is right there on your phone.


Stephen Travis Pope

Stephen Travis Pope

Stephen Travis Pope is an award-winning composer, performer, and software engineer who develops new digital-audio processing applications. He has worked on audio analysis programs and music search engines for over a decade. In 2007, the Electronic Music Foundation released a triple-disc anthology of his music and videos

Tom Stephenson

Tom Stephenson

Tom Stephenson’s articles and photos have appeared in Birding and Bird Watcher’s Digest, at, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients, and was director of technology at Roland Corporation. He is the coauthor, with Scott Whittle, of The Warbler Guide (Princeton University Press), a groundbreaking visual and sound identification guide.

Scott Whittle

Scott Whittle

Scott Whittle lives in Cape May, New Jersey, and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. His images have been published in a wide range of magazines, newspapers, and books. He holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and is a one-time New York State Big Year record holder. He and Tom Stephenson are members of the team that holds the U.S. Big Photo Day record. He is also the coauthor, with Tom Stephenson, of The Warbler Guide (Princeton University Press).