iBird Photo Sleuth

iBird Photo Sleuth

By Mitch Waite Group

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2018-05-11
  • Current Version: 1.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 780.09 MB
  • Developer: Mitch Waite Group
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    5/5 ( 57 Reviews)
  • Price:
iBird Photo Sleuth App Ratings: 5
Total 57 Reviews

iBird Photo Sleuth App Description

This new update to iBird Photo Sleuth now includes access to our ornithology experts who will help identify your bird if you want more help. The “Help Me Identify a Bird” forum has been around for 10 years and has over 100,000 members. Every now and then an app breaks out from the pack with features that are simply astonishing. iBird Photo Sleuth fits that mold; use its machine learning "brain" to identify a photograph of any bird of North America, regardless of the photo’s quality. Photo Sleuth uses Apple’s new CoreML machine learning system to figure out the species in even the most distorted, fuzzy and poor contrast photograph. The Photo Sleuth app has been “trained” by over 2 million photos of bird species to ID birds with uncanny accuracy. You can use iBird Photo Sleuth in the field -- no internet connection is required, because its CoreML database is contained in the app. Take a photo with your camera or select it from the built-in iPhone Photos gallery (Dropbox, Google Photos and OneDrive coming). Don’t worry if the bird is a tiny blob in the frame; Photo Sleuth is smart enough to find the features that distinguish it from all other 900+ bird species of North America. After you submit your photo to the Sleuth, it will give you a list of its top 3 guesses as thumbnail sized images. Each will display a “Confidence” value between 0% and 100%. When the Sleuth is really sure of its analysis, it will produce a high value; when unsure it will display a low value. If the app thinks that you have submitted a photo of something other than a bird, it will display “Not a Bird.” Of course, some people’s faces look like birds, so it may still suggest a bird species. For example, my selfie came up with “Not a Bird” for the #1 spot and the Barn Owl for #2. To help confirm the 3 guesses made by Photo Sleuth, you can tap on any of the thumbnail images to open more species details, including an enlarged illustration, text that explains important field marks and a range map that shows the migration coverage of the bird. The range map includes a range and habitat paragraph that helps confirm that the species is indeed located in your GPS area. A future update will add our “Birds Around Me” technology to further narrow the choices that Photo Sleuth guesses. On this same screen you may open a rich content species account in our iBird app (should you have it on your phone) to review much more information, including playing the bird’s songs and calls, seeing similar birds, behavior details and much more. Sharing of your results can be done two ways: you can share your photo and the Photo Sleuth guesses with your friends via Apple Messages, Email, Facebook, Twitter and all other functions such as printing, which appear on the standard Apple activity menu. There is also a button for optionally sharing your photo and the results of the Photo Sleuth guess with Mitch Waite Group, so that we can improve our neural network. Both correct and incorrect guesses help us improve the performance of the artificial intelligence. Or course, we only use the photograph for training, and the copyright remains with you. If you would like more information about using iBird Photo Sleuth please visit: http://ibird.com/sleuth/sleuth.html Be sure and check out our new bundle The Delighted Birder; which includes this app plus iBird Pro and iBird Hawaii-Palau.


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iBird Photo Sleuth App Reviews

  • Fantastic bird ID App

    By wcstaney
    This app has a fantastic identification rate.
  • Works well with sharp photos

    By Osprey46
    Have only used a few times so far, but have been fairly impressed with the results. Fuzzy bird photos do not seem to work. Also to use a photo made with the iPhone, one would need really close to the bird in order to have enough detail to ID the bird.
  • iBird Photo Sleuth

    By therox
    The best app ever for identifying birds. Even with a crummy photo it has recognized the birds. LV Rox
  • Not perfect but has narrowed things down

    By Chipperatl
    Even on some bad pictures it managed correct answers
  • What’s that bird

    By Oilywax
    Works great. Indispensable for the less experienced.
  • Helpful for New Birders

    By AncestorQuest
    Sleuth has been a great adjunct program to iBird. It has accelerated my learning of new-to-me species. Even photos that are distant or not perfectly in focus are usable and produce accurate results.
  • Impressive!

    By TravisAK
    I have yet to fool this app. Even blurry photos come back with the correct bird, or at least a high probability of it being that bird. I am a total amateur and like to track what I see in my yard. I’ve already had to correct a few of my observations. Very impressed.
  • IBird Photo Sleuth

    By Merryheartbusyhands
    Love this app, seems to be very accurate!
  • “Sleuthing for answers”

    By siiid
    I have numerous bird apps that identify photos. I like this one because when trying to reach a consensus, iBird Photo Sleuth will usually help resolve doubt to my identification photo query. Finally, identifying poor quality photos is a great help as I don’t own a high-end camera and telephoto lens or spotting scope.
  • IBird Sleuth

    By GValdwz
    Excellent! Results reflect the outstanding work that went into it’s development. Thank you. GV