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New App Takes Bird Watching to Next Level

As the summer season arrives, nature enthusiasts and bird watchers are increasingly curious about the diverse avian species they encounter during their outdoor adventures. Thanks to the latest advancements in technology, identifying birds and their enchanting chirps has become easier than ever before, all with the help of a simple smartphone app.

Merlin, is revolutionizing the way we interact with our feathered friends. By harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, Merlin's Sound ID feature listens to the melodious tunes of birds around you and provides real-time suggestions for the singers behind the chirps. Whether you are a seasoned bird watcher or a beginner exploring the wonders of ornithology, this app is sure to enhance your outdoor experiences.

Merlin's Sound ID works offline, eliminating the need for a constant internet connection, enabling you to identify the birds you hear no matter where you are. Upon recording a bird's song, users can compare their audio snippet with the extensive collection of bird songs and calls in the Merlin app, thus confirming the identification of the species they encountered.

The app offers an ever-expanding library of 1,054 bird species, making it an invaluable tool for bird lovers across different regions.

The Merlin Bird ID app, incorporating the Sound ID feature, is available to bird enthusiasts in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Western Palearctic region. Additionally, it covers a wide range of common and widespread species in the Neotropics and India. However, developers assure users that they are continuously working to expand the app's coverage to include more species and regions in the near future.

To facilitate this expansion, the developers encourage users to actively contribute to the app's growth. By making sound recordings of birds and uploading them to eBird checklists, users can assist in tagging the background species audible in the recording, ultimately aiding the improvement of Sound ID's accuracy and increasing its database of species.


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