Bird by Voice
by: Steven Kaminsky • 2
Speak the name of a bird into your phone and this app quickly plays the bird's song. Was that bird I just heard a Cape May Warbler? No need to search through levels of menus or scroll down long lists to find out. Just, "say the word, hear the bird."
Just feel like enjoying or learning the birds' songs? Scroll through the alphabetized list of 132 bird songs, press one, and hear that bird.
Ready to test and improve your knowledge? The quiz feature plays for you 1 of 132 randomly selected bird songs. The phone speaks the name of the bird when you are ready for the answer.
Bird songs included in this app are: alder flycatcher, american avocet, american crow, american goldfinch, american redstart, american robin, american tree sparrow, american woodcock, american yellow warble, baltimore oriole, barn swallow, bell's vireo, belted kingfisher, bewick's wren, black and white warbler, blackburnian warbler, black-capped chickadee, black-crowned night-heron, blackpoll warbler, black-throated green warbler, eastern bluebird, blue-gray gnatcatcher, blue-headed vireo, bluejay, blue-winged teal, blue-winged warbler, brewer's blackbird, brown creeper, brown thrasher, brown-headed cowbird, bullock's oriole, canada goose, canada warbler , cape may warbler, cedar waxwing, chestnut-sided warbler, chimney swift, chipping sparrow, clay-colored sparrow, common pheasant, common grackle, common redpoll, common yellowthroat, cooper's hawk, dark-eyed junco , dickcissel, downy woodpecker, eastern kingbird, eastern meadowlark, eastern phoebe, screech owl, eastern towhee, eastern whippoorwill, eastern wood-peewee, evening grosbeak, field sparrow, forster's tern, fox sparrow, golden-crowned kinglet, grasshopper sparrow, gray catbird, great crested flycatcher, great egret, great northern loon, greater white-fronted goose, green heron, hairy woodpecker, harris's sparrow, henslow's sparrow, hermit thrush, hooded warbler, house finch, house sparrow, house wren, indigo bunting, killdeer, least flycatcher, magnolia warbler, mallard, marsh wren, merlin, mourning dove, mourning warbler, myrtle warbler, nashville warbler, northern cardinal, northern flicker, northern parula, northern raven, orchard oriole, ovenbird, pileated woodpecker, pine siskin, purple martin, red-bellied woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatch, red-eyed vireo, red-necked phalarope, red-tailed hawk, red-winged blackbird, ring-billed gull, rose-breasted grosbeak, ruby-crowned kinglet, ruby-throated hummingbird, ruffed grouse, sandhill crane, savanna sparrow, sedge wren, semipalmated plover, sora, song sparrow, spotted towhee, swamp sparrow, tennessee warbler, townsend's solitaire, tree swallow, upland sandpiper, veery, vesper sparrow, warbling vireo, wood duck, western meadowlark , white-crowned sparrow, white-throated sparrow, wild turkey, willow flycatcher, wilson's warbler, winter wren, wood thrush, yellow-bellied flycatcher, yellow bellied sapsucker, yellow billed cuckoo
Before downloading this app, consider a few things:
1.) Your phone should be able to to do voice recognition and text-to-voice (most smartphones can).
2.) Your phone's built-in voice recognition system makes a brief data connection each time it converts voice into text. Be aware of a possible cost if you don't have unlimited, free data.
3.) Because of the brief data connection, your phone needs to have a cell network or wi-fi connection. If your birding trip is so remote that your phone can't get a connection, you will be able to scroll to hear birds or play the quiz, but you won't be able to identify the birds by voice.
4.) This app features birds common to the north, central and eastern states of the U.S. If you live in, say, California, it might not be of interest to you. Check the list of birds, above.
5.) Please use this app responsibly. Use it in the wild at lower volume, for its intended purpose of bird identification, not to "call in" birds.