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BirdGenie™ Backyard APP
Princeton University Press
Software written by Tom Stephenson, Stephen Travis Pope and Scott Whittle

APP | Spring 2018 | ISBN: 9781400849840
Species Count: 90

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Introduction to BirdGenie™

BirdGenie™ 3D Cardinal (no audio)

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BirdGenie™ is a remarkable app that enables anyone with a supported Apple® or Android® smartphone or tablet to identify birds in the backyard, at the local park, or on the nature trail–all with the tap of a button! It’s like Shazam® for nature–just hold up your phone, record the bird singing, and BirdGenie™ tells you what bird it is!

Each app contains information on more than 90 bird species (62 eastern species and 34 additional western species) and 145 song types—covering almost all of the birds you are likely to encounter. When you hear a singing bird and make a clear recording with your smartphone or tablet, BirdGenie™ offers anywhere from one to six possibilities that users can compare with their own recording, along with a sonogram of the user’s recording that offers insights into what is being heard. BirdGenie™ provides audio samples of the bird’s various songs, as well as color photos, useful information, and links to further reading. You can attach comments to your recordings, review your recording history, and easily share everything with friends and other users. Even better, no internet connection is needed for BirdGenie™ to work, making BirdGenie™ accessible everywhere you go.

With BirdGenie you can:

  • Quickly identify most birds by recording their songs
  • Look at vivid images of the bird with select species in 3-D!
  • Listen to samples of the bird's various songs and compare them with your recording
  • Keep a history of all your recordings
  • Attach comments to share with friends
  • Find out useful, interesting details about the bird
  • Browse the complete built-in library of birds to learn even more
  • Use the app anywhere--no internet connection required!

Technical Specifications:

  • Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone5 and above, iPad, and iPad Mini.
  • Requires Android 4.1 and above. Compatible with many common Android phones and tablets.

Shazam® is the registered trademark of Shazam Entertainment Limited and is not affiliated with Princeton University Press in any way.

BirdGenie™ is a trademark of Princeton University Press.

Tom Stephenson's articles and photos have appeared in Birding and Bird Watcher's Digest, at, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients, and was director of technology at Roland Corporation. Stephen Travis Pope is an award-winning composer, performer, and software engineer developing novel digital-audio processing applications. He has worked on audio analysis programs and music search engines for over a decade. In 2007, the Electronic Music Foundation released a triple-disc anthology of his music and videos called Ritual and Memory. His most recent work is the feature-length music film Secrets, Dreams, Faith and Wonder. Scott Whittle lives in Cape May, New Jersey, and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. His images have been published in a wide range of magazines, newspapers, and books. He holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and is a one-time New York State Big Year record holder. Along with Tom, their team holds the U.S. Big Photo Day record. He is also the coauthor, with Tom Stephenson, of The Warbler Guide (Princeton University Press).

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