Merlin Bird ID App

Free, instant bird ID help for 3,000+ North, Central, and South American, and European birds.

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Prairie Warbler © Gerrit Vyn

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Bird ID Wizard—Step-by-step

Answer five simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches. Merlin offers quick identification help for all levels of bird watchers to learn about North America and Europe’s common and rare birds!

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Or Use a Photo

Snap a photo of a bird, or pull one in from your camera roll, and Merlin Photo ID will offer a short list of possible matches. Photo ID works completely offline, so you can even identify birds in the photos you take when you are far from cell service.

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Results based on millions of eBird sightings

Merlin Bird ID draws upon more than 500 million observations from the eBird citizen-science project.

It customizes your list to the species you are most likely to have seen at your location and time of year.

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World-Class Content

Professional bird photos, ID text, sounds, range maps

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Browse more than 8,000 stunning images taken by top photographers. Merlin also includes more than 3,000 audio recordings from the Macaulay Library, identification tips from experts, and range maps from the Birds of North America Online and Neotropical Birds.