App of the Week: BirdTunes
BirdTunes provides bird enthusiasts with rapid, uncluttered access to a comprehensive collection of North American bird songs and calls. The BirdTunes sound collection offers:
- Encyclopedic coverage, including over 2400 tracks for 674 species—over 10 hours of high fidelity sound.
- Emphasis on the sound repertoire of each species—including not just the primary song or call for many species, but also lesser-known songs and calls.
- Recordings drawn from the collections of prominent field recordists including Lang Elliott, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart, Bob McGuire, Ted Mack, and Wil Hershberger.
The BirdTunes application also offers:
- An attractive waveform display that shows progress as the current track plays.
- Four playback modes, including modes for playing or repeating either a single track or all of the tracks for a species.
- A gorgeous photo of each species, from the collections of well-known bird photographers including Brian Small, Lang Elliott, Mike Danzenbaker, and Marie Read.
- A search facility that lets you rapidly find a species by any part or parts of its name.
- A customizable list of favorite species for quick access.
- A list of the twenty most recently accessed species.
If you use BirdTunes in the field, please do so responsibly. We recommend the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics (http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html), particularly section 1(b), for guidance.
BirdTunes was created by Harold Mills and Lang Elliott.