Twigle is a revolutionary birding app that performs automatic bird song identification, and it has been released today, 16 April 2014. Twigle records the singing of a bird, and identifies the bird in seconds based on the recorded bird song.
The app is available to download for free from the Windows Phone Store.
Twigle sets itself apart from other apps for bird watchers in that it can record a singing bird and identify the bird by its song. For those who have used or are familiar with music recognition apps out there, the concept is the same. Twigle pretty much does for birds what those apps do for music that is being played.
Bird watchers quite often have to try to identify a bird by ear because they can't see the bird. This is where Twigle's audio recognition feature comes in handy as it narrows down the list to the most likely birds.
For those in the North America and Europe, the release of Twigle is well timed as spring has just set in, and with spring comes lots of tweeting birds.
Twigle has about 300 birds in its separately downloadable databases for North America and Europe. The number of birds that it can recognise using bird song identification is about 100 and Twigle can put the correct bird in the top 10 about 70% of the times.
"Twigle pushes the boundaries of what we can do with our smartphones," said Gift Gana, CEO of Avelgood Apps. He added that, "We do note that the performance is not yet at par with what music recognition apps can do, but it's a huge step in making the task of identifying birds easier."
"We have just made easier the answer to the question 'What's that bird?': 'Just Twigle it!'"
Twigle also incorporates features found in traditional birding apps. It allows the user to input a bird's features like size, feather colours, habitat, etc. and the app will find birds that match those features.
Additionally one can search through the birds database by the common name, scientific name or the family of the bird.