How to Identify Bird Calls On Your Phone

Listening to bird calls is a great, relaxing way to enjoy nature. If your curiosity gets the best of you, hearing the calls may not be enough.

Merlin Bird ID

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 18, 2022

Listening to bird calls is a great, relaxing way to enjoy nature. If your curiosity gets the best of you, hearing the calls may not be enough. Let’s explore how to identify birds.

This is for the iPhone and Android. Screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 15.6+

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There’s a good chance you take your phone with you when you are out for a nature walk. Did you know it can be a surprisingly accurate bird identification tool?

Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is one of the top resources for information about birds. The Merlin Bird ID app puts all of that great information at your fingertips. It’s available for Android and iPhone. First, access the App store and search for Merlin Bird ID.

Next, tap Get to download the app. Refer to the below image:

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Download the app from the App Store

Now, enter your email address and tap the Submit button. See the below image:

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Enter your email address

Next, check your email to confirm your address, then tap the Continue button. See the following image:

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Confirm your email

Now, the Merlin Bird ID app will open. Here, tap on View Suggested for Bird Packs. Refer to the below image:

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Select the View Suggested option

Next, we are selecting the Oklahoma and Texas Bird Pack since we live in Oklahoma, then tap the Install button. Note! check your phone’s remaining storage before downloading. See the below image:

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Install a Bird Pack

Now, when the app opens, you have a few options. Start Bird ID and Photo ID are for identifying birds based on their sound or appearance. The one we want to use is Sound ID, so tap it. See the following image:

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Select Sound ID

Next, a menu will appear with a few options. To immediately start listening for bird calls around you, tap the big Microphone button. Refer to the below image:

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Listen for birds

Now, the app will immediately start listening and populate the identified birds on the screen. The bird that is currently singing is highlighted in yellow. See the below image:

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The identified bird is highlighted in yellow

Next, tap the red Stop button when you are done. You will get a list of all the birds identified, and you can select any of them to read more information. See the following image:

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Stop recording

Your Bird Recordings

Now, go back to the Merlin Bird ID home page and tap the Menu icon in the upper left-hand corner. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing the Menu

Next, on the menu that opens, tap the My Sound Recordings option. See the below image:

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Select the My Sound Recordings option

Now, tap the top listing for your latest bird sound recording. See the following image:

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Select a recording

Next, once again, tap the top listing, then the Play button to hear the bird recording. Refer to the below image:

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Play the recording

You can simply let the app listen to your surroundings and watch the identified birds pop up on the screen. The Merlin Bird ID app is chock full of great information if you are curious about birds.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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