Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cornell’s Merlin Bird ID App for Android Released

resultsMerlin, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s free bird ID app, is now available for Android devices. Merlin presents you with a list of the birds that best match your location, time of year, and description of the bird.

“Merlin knows which birds are most likely to be within a 30-mile radius of where you saw the bird—at the time when you saw it,” said Jessie Barry at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “It’s the first app to tap into 70 million observations contributed by birders to the eBird citizen-science project, along with 3 million descriptors of birds to help match what you saw.”

The iPhone version of the app, released in January 2014, has been downloaded more than 230,000 times and has helped people identify more than 700,000 birds. The app includes more than 1,000 bird sounds, 2,000 images, ID tips, and range maps for North America’s 400 most commonly encountered bird species.

Barry said the app was designed with beginners in mind so no previous bird watching experience required.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and partner Birds in the Hand, LLC, created Merlin with support from the National Science Foundation, Pennington Wild Bird Food, Faucett Catalyst Fund, and friends and members of the Cornell Lab. The Cornell Lab is a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the understanding and protection of birds.

Download the free app at or look for it in Google Play or the App Store.

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