Bird identification app Merlin

in Feathered Friends3 months ago


I've found another useful app to identify birds; Merlin from the Cornell Lab.
This wonderful app has more than 7500 bird species it can identify.

In the app you can select your location and download the 'Bird Pack' of your location. Beware that these packs are large and can take some time to download.


There are three ways of identifying birds. You can explore the complete list of birds. This can be a hard task since there are a lot of birds. You can apply filters, but still it will be a hard task.
The easiest way is to identify the bird with a photo.
You just upload a picture, zoom in and optionally add a location and a date:


Although it was a quite simple example, the app returned the correct bird. But it also shows alternatives.

Identification without a photo

If you don't have a photo you can use the option "Start Bird ID".
The app will ask you the following questions:

  1. Where did you see the bird?
  2. When did you see the bird?
  3. What size was the bird?
  4. What were the main colours?
  5. Was the bird...

When I entered the questions for the red robin I saw it showed up in the list of best matches.

Final thoughts

I haven't tested the app very thoroughly but the first results look promising. The number of species that can be identified is really high and you can download the birds from the region you live.
What I also like is that you can identify birds even if you don't have a picture of the bird.

So download the app in the app stores and try it out yourself. It is free :)




Very useful app to share in the community ^_^ thank you poussin.png

And I use the inaturalist app, the system itself determines the type of animal / plant, and if itf ailed to identify, then specialists will help.

Cool, thanks for sharing. These apps are of great help when trying to identify species.
Do these specialists manually investigate the picture you are submitting? Must be a hell of a job. Or is it a community thing?

For plants, mushrooms and insects I use the Obsidentify app.

That app is awesome! It helped me identify a ton of birds while travelling, well worth the download!

Bang, I did it again... I just rehived your post!
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It's not my favorite ID app. There are too many steps! Let me know what you think after you have used it more.