Song Sleuth – species list

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Song Sleuth is a bird song identification app, created in 2017 by Wildlife Acoustics.

Here is the complete list of species currently included in Song Sleuth (version 2, released May 2018)

203 species of birds are included, along with 3 species of frogs and toads, and 3 species of squirrels and chipmunks.

A variety of sounds from each species are covered (e.g. chickadees can be identified by either the whistled song or the “chik-a-dee” call) but only longer and more complex (more distinctive) sounds in general are recognized. Short chips and squeaks are not “known” to the app and will not be identified. Drumming sounds of woodpeckers are also not included.

We tried to include all of the most frequently encountered and distinctive bird sounds of the populated parts of the US and Canada, but some species have been (so far) too difficult for the app to identify. The songs of five common species are NOT identified by the app because of their extremely variable songs that mimic other species. These species are included in the app (version 2) to allow you to explore and compare their songs, but the app will not identify them:

Brown Thrasher
California Thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird

(The app will identify Gray Catbird, but only by its distinctive mewing call, the app will not recognize a Catbird’s song). All of these species are in the family Mimidae, known for their rambling, complex songs that include many imitations of other species.

Work is ongoing, and hopefully a future version of the app will be able to include these and other species.

Birds

Anatidae

Canada Goose

Odontophoridae

California Quail
Gambel’s Quail
Northern Bobwhite

Pandionidae

Osprey

Accipitridae

Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Charadriidae

Killdeer

Scolopacidae

American Woodcock

Columbidae

Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove

Cuculidae

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo

Tytonidae

Barn Owl

Strigidae

Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl

Alcedinidae

Belted Kingfisher

Picidae

Red-headed Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker

Falconidae

American Kestrel

Tyrannidae

Western Wood-Pewee
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Cassin’s Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Laniidae

Loggerhead Shrike

Vireonidae

White-eyed Vireo
Bell’s Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo

Corvidae

Steller’s Jay
Blue Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven

Paridae

Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Juniper Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

Sittidae

Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

Certhiidae

Brown Creeper

Troglodytidae

Canyon Wren
House Wren
Pacific Wren
Winter Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
Cactus Wren

Polioptilidae

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Regulidae

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Sylviidae

Wrentit

Turdidae

Eastern Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
Veery
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush

Mimidae

Gray Catbird

Sturnidae

European Starling

Bombycillidae

Cedar Waxwing

Peucedramidae

Olive Warbler

Parulidae

Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Swainson’s Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Virginia’s Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Grace’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Red-faced Warbler
Painted Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat

Emberizidae

Black-throated Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
California Towhee
Canyon Towhee
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee

Cardinalidae

Hepatic Tanager
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel

Icteridae

Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Eastern Meadowlark
Brewer’s Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Bullock’s Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

Fringillidae

House Finch
Purple Finch
Cassin’s Finch
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

Passeridae

House Sparrow

Frogs and Toads

Spring Peeper
American Toad
Gray Tree frog

Mammals

Eastern Chipmunk
Gray Squirrel
Red Squirrel
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