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Song Sleuth


As of January 2020 Song Sleuth is free.

The Song Sleuth app is a bird song identification assistant. Record a bird, and with just a couple of taps your phone will suggest what species of bird is singing.

It is also a powerful tool for exploring bird sounds: record, visualize, edit, compare, and share, right on your phone.


Available from these app stores:


Google Play store

iTunes App store

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SongSleuth_IconSong Sleuth is a new bird song identification app, created by Wildlife Acoustics. There is a detailed walk-through video (based on the 2017 version but still a good general overview of the app).

Read the FAQ

For tech support email songsleuth@wildlifeacoustics.com


Song Sleuth is a bird song identification assistant, created by Wildlife Acoustics, Inc and launched in February 2017. With just a couple of taps your iPhone will suggest what species of bird is singing. The app covers over 200 of the most frequently heard species of birds in North America, and includes a full set of reference recordings as well as information about each species’ appearance, habits, and status.

It is designed as a learning tool, to help introduce people to the wonderful world of bird songs.

Quick tips to get the most out of Song Sleuth

Read the FAQ

  • get the clearest recording you can, with the target sound isolated from other sounds, and with a half-second or more of typical background noise at the beginning of the recording (and it works best with live birds outdoors, not so well with playback of recorded sounds indoors)
  • filtering the sound by zooming in on the frequency of the target sound (spreading your fingers top to bottom) will help isolate the sound
  • cropping (or trimming) a recording to cut out extraneous sounds helps to get the correct ID
  • shorter recordings are actually better than long (but you can make a long recording and then crop it)
  • It’s a collaboration between you and the app, don’t expect perfect accuracy on the first try, and remember that the app does not attempt to identify short chips and squeaks
  • Enjoy it, learn from it, and let us know how it’s working