Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab

Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab for Pc

  • Category: Reference
  • Last Updated: 2018-09-30
  • Current version: 1.5
  • File size: 68.83 MB
  • Developer: Cornell University
  • Compatibility: Requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Downloading and installing Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab on your Windows PC

Download Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab for Windows: Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab is an Reference App, developed by Cornell University. The Reference App was officially released 2013-12-11. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Cornell University, with the latest current version being 1.5 which was officially released on 2018-09-30. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 13,815 Reviews on the App Store alone, with an average user rating of 5 out of a possible 5.

Using Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab on your Windows computer is actually very easy but if you are new to this process, you will definitely need to pay attention to the steps listed below. This is because you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We will help you download and install Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab on your computer in 4 simple steps below:

1: Download an Andriod Software emulator for Windows

The importance of the emulator is that it emulates or immitates an android environment on your computer, making it super easy to install and run android apps from the comfort of your PC without buying a phone that runs android. Who says you cannot enjoy both worlds? To begin, you can download such an emulator app made by too top dogs in the space.
A. Nox App . OR
B. Bluestacks App .
Personally, I recommend the "B" option as Bluestacks is very popular so if you run into any trobles using it, you can find good solutions on Google or Bing (lol). 

2: Now Install the Software Emulator on your Windows PC

If you successfully downloaded the Bluestacks.exe or Nox.exe, go to your Downloads folder on your computer or anywhere you ususally store downloaded files.
Once you have find it, click it to install the application. It should start the installation process on your PC.
Click Next to accept the EULA License agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application.
If you do the above correctly, the Software will be successfully installed.

3: How to Use Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab for Windows PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10

Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and locate the search bar. Now type Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab in the search bar and hit Search. You will easily see the app. Click on Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab application icon. A window of Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab will open and it will display the app in your Emulator Software. Hit the Install button and your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
Next, you will see the "All Apps" icon.
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab icon. Click on it and start using the application.

Hope it was not too difficult? If you have any further inquiries, contact me through the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page so I could help You. Have a nice day!

About Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab

Developer Description

What's that bird? Merlin Bird ID helps you solve the mystery in 5 questions, or with a photo of a bird. First, Merlin asks you a few simple questions. Then, almost like magic, it reveals the list of birds that best match your description. Pick your bird, then delve into more photos, sounds, and ID tips about your bird! If you have a photo, Merlin can help there as well. Take a photo, choose from your camera roll, or snap the viewfinder of your zoom camera, and Merlin's powerful AI will suggest an identification almost instantly. Merlin is fun and easy to use—whether you’re curious about a bird you’ve seen once or you’re hoping to identify every bird that comes to your feeder. The answers are waiting for you with this free field guide app from the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Features • Created for birders and bird watchers of every level, Merlin identifies the 2,000+ most common bird species of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and Europe. • Merlin will now identify a photo using powerful deep learning algorithms. Select your photo, tell Merlin where and when you took it, and you'll see a short list of suggested identifications. • Bird packs available for United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Colombia with more coming soon. • Explore birds by location and date with a list of species seen in the area. • Intelligent results. No more scanning through hundreds of possibilities! Merlin shows the birds near you that fit your description. • Customized location and date tools generate best answers for your neighborhood and time of year. • Powered by eBird to deliver the most accurate results based on millions of sightings from bird watchers across North America. • Enjoy more than 15,000 photos of birds, including males, females, and juveniles. • Learn ID tips from Cornell Lab of Ornithology experts. • Listen to beautiful bird sounds, including songs and calls for each species from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. • It’s all free! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s goal is to help you and millions of others to learn about birds.​ Merlin is the most advanced bird guide app available, and is expanding to new regions of the world. ••• Bird Packs ••• Merlin Bird ID currently includes bird identification help for the United States with regional packs for the: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas and Oklahoma, Alaska, and West Coast. Canada is covered by Eastern Canada and Western Canada packs. Mexico bird identification is available for each region of the country. Central America packs include Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica. South America packs include the Medellín, Bogota and Cali regions of Colombia, and southeastern Brazil. Bird identification help is also available for Europe with our Britain and Ireland pack, a Western Europe pack, Iberian Peninsula, and a pack covering the Scandinavian countries. These packs make Merlin the perfect pocket Field Guide to North American Birds, Bird Guide to Hawaii, Bird Guide to Mexico, Bird Guide to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, Bird Guide to Colombia, Bird Guide to Brazil, Bird Guide to Europe, Bird Guide to Spain, Bird Guide to Portugal, Bird Guide to Britain, and Bird Guide to Scandinavia. ••• About Photo ID ••• Powered by Visipedia, Merlin Photo ID uses computer vision and deep learning technology to identify birds in photos. Merlin learns to recognize bird species based on training sets of millions of photos from birders at When using Photo ID, enter the date and location where you took the photo; those clues improve Merlin’s accuracy by helping it focus on the species you most likely encountered there.

App Reviews

  • Amazing App for easy Bird ID

    By Cconner79
    This app is wonderful! I knew next to nothing about birds until a Eastern Goldfinch landed in my bird bath one day spurring interest into exactly what the name of this beautiful bird was. I searched inline but characteristics I described didn’t help me find what I was looking for so I checked in the App Store for a bird identification app finding many games but only a couple of identification apps I downloaded 3 but found this to be the best for me. Since then I have become an avid bird watcher! The app is easy to use even for me. I was disabled by a drunk driver in 05’ & fed up with tv so great to find a hobby I can enjoy outdoors. Even my parents joined in & my daddy after suffering a head injury himself in 2011 took up the hobby along with wood working. Together we would make feeders & houses to help attract more birds. He would build & I would paint different types of houses I researched on the website to help attract birds of all types. Unfortunately We lost him to cancer in February of this year (2018) but the time we spent birding together these past 7 years is something I’ll always hold near & dear to my heart. Thanks so much to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Birds in the Hand, & the developers of the Merlin Bird ID for providing us with this wonderful app that has given me some very sweet memories & a wonderful hobby.
  • Best free birding app

    By Superduperdo
    This app got me started with birding. Last spring, I downloaded it to start identifying the common birds around me like American Robins, European Starlings, Common Grackles, and Northern Mockingbirds. Soon, I moved from merely identifying birds to counting them also, and soon after, I started recording full checklists with the EBird app (I think also a product of the Cornell School of Ornithology?), which is the best solution for those who wish this app would record their sightings. Now, less than a year later, I have 150 species on my list and have found a new lifelong hobby that I expect to bring me joy for decades to come. It’s all thanks to Merlin! Though I eventually found that a high quality illustrated field guide (I use Sibleys in the US and Collins in Europe) is more useful than any app, I still reference Merlin for sounds or any time I don’t have my guide on me. I was very excited when Merlin came out with bird packs for Europe right before I traveled to Greece this past fall, and I look forward to seeing more bird packs coming out for other parts of the world as time goes on. It’s fun to scroll through the foreign packs and dream about traveling to new places and seeing those birds. I’d glad that when I do go, I’ll have Merlin with me to help identify them!
  • Best resource for the novice birder.

    By Afree76
    I’ve had this app for a few years now and just wanted to test it out. It’s probably not very helpful that I’m just now getting around to it. I was initially pretty disappointed at first because the number of species specific to Alaska was fairly limited. It took a little time, but they rolled out regional specific bird packs. It just blew up from there and became my go-to app for identifying birds. The photo ID feature is pretty great, but limited only by the quality of my phone camera. It’s usually pretty accurate though. I’ve just gotten way more interested in birds I really didn’t pay attention to before! The app is great and if you enjoy birds of all sizes in your area, chances are this app will be instrumental in identifying them. I think I use it more than any other app I have. Oh yeah, I also really love the bird sounds feature. This is also very useful when you can’t necessarily see the bird, but you might have a close idea of what it could be. Do check it out, this is well put together app overall. I wonder if they’ll have a feature where you could identify simply by recording a song or a call? I’m excited for any new developments in the future!
  • Love it!!!🦅🕊🦉🐦

    By American kestrel lady
    This app is really cool, and I think it will be helpful! I haven’t really gotten a chance to try it out much but I live in Iowa and I am going on a camping trip near the Canadian border in Minnesota soon and can’t wait to try it out. I’ve been browsing through the stuff and testing the app out, like trying to get the app to think of European starling, And a while ago I think I saw a great egret but I wasn’t exactly sure, I tried to look on here but it wasn’t able to show me it might have been how I was trying to identify it and where I put the marker I don’t exactly know where saw it. Something I would like to see added to the app is skipping a category, like the location or the date because sometimes you don’t exactly know when you saw the bird, or where it was, just an option to skip would be nice. otherwise I absolutely love this app! I like how you can listen to the birds sounds, and just browse through bird categories! Another fun option to the app would be to interact with other burgers and share what you have seen!🦆! I will definitely be recommending it to my bird friends! thanks!!!😁
  • Magical app, but still needs one CRITICAL feature

    By Joe Bird
    This app is extremely easy to use and accurate for identifying birds based on both sighting characteristics and photos. The photo identification feature nearly aligns with Arthur C Clarke’s third law, that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and hence the app name of Merlin is extremely appropriate. HOWEVER, it does not allow you save your bird history, DESPITE the app explicitly stating that your sighting “response has been recorded to improve Merlin’s accuracy.” Such an oversight is nearly inexcusable, as it requires you to save your own screenshots or enter the info in a separate document or in eBird (for which both the interface and ease-of-use are greatly inferior to and clumsier than those of Merlin). I am practically begging the developers to add a bird history/tracking function to this app ASAP (as they have claimed to have been working on for at least the last six months), as I would be more than willing to pay for such functionality and the app would no doubt merit the full five out five stars.
  • Colorado birder

    By Colorado Biologist
    Great bird ID tool! I didn't have a bird book with me on a recent trip to a Florida state park and do not know wintering shorebirds. I took a photo with my phone and then downloaded the app at the hotel that night. Figured out quickly what I saw that day including several new species for me like a black-bellied plover. I use this app frequently. It not only makes bird identification really easy, but I like being able to contribute to Cornell's data base on what birds are where. Update to my review: I have been using Merlin now for several years and love it. There are times though when I observe a bird that will not come up in the search results. It is not a case where Merlin does not have the species in its data base because I see it elsewhere in the app functions. It would be great if the app allowed you to name the bird yourself if it doesn’t come up in the search. That way, your siting could be recorded.
  • Simple, intuitive bird identification tool

    By Perry Quatro
    I recently put up a bird feeder and was surprised by the number of different birds that visited my feeder... and also by how little I knew about the birds in my area. After trying other apps and online sites to ID the birds, I’ve found this app to be the simplest, most intuitive and highest quality source for bird identification. I especially like the feature that shows me the birds I’m likely to see based on location and date, and I enjoy being able to contribute to the accuracy of the database through bird sighting submissions. I only wish that I could have access to the record of my bird sightings, since my limited knowledge of these birds means it’s likely that I’ll forget over time which birds I’ve sighted. Overall, though, I give this well-designed app two thumbs up and five stars!
  • Great App w/One Major Flaw

    By mema2four
    This is a great app! I’ve been able to identify every bird I’ve seen. And the calls and songs for the birds are amazing! We attract lots of birds just by playing them. But here’s the major flaw...when you confirm a bird ID it sends that data to Cornell labs so they can use it for collecting their data, but it doesn’t save it for your own use. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a bird that I’ve previously identified but can’t remember the name of and have to go through the ID process again. Or it would be nice just to know how many birds I’ve ID’d. If tracking/saving the ID’s for Cornell Labs is important to them, why wouldn’t they think it’s important to the person using the app? I know I can probably download another app for tracking my bird ID’s, but why should I have to? Please, please, please add this feature to this app!!!!
  • Great app but ...

    By Hardcore_Since_4
    Great, very useful app which I use often. However, the mid-Atlantic where I live, has a lot of through-way migration and early/late breeding species coming from way down south at certain times in the the spring and summer, therefore the bird species often change depending on the season. Lately, Merlin app doesn't seem to be reflecting the varied species of birds and ends up showing the native/nonmigratory birds that live here year round. (Ex: A starling is shown even when I click Sparrow-sized or smaller and only house and song sparrow show up when there's confirmed Savannah, Vesper and Swamp sparrows nearby. And absolutely no warblers at all - which is kinda impossible around here). A year ago, Merlin was great at showing me possible species to reflect the migratory patterns. Something seems to have changed in the algorithm. Also, I wish the camera supplement wasn't so incredibly resource-heavy as I love using it but had to delete to save space on my phone. Lastly, as others have said, please give is ability to save our sightings/reports to our phone/account. It can't be so hard as you obviously are collecting the data sent out for every ID condirmation... But all in all, I highly recommend this app - just don't rely too heavily on it to pick out more uncommon species.
  • Great APP

    By burgiebit
    I have used this APP for many years. I’ve identified most birds - there were a few that didn’t stay around long enough to identify specifics in which to identify. As I’ve used the APP I have been pleased to see updates that encompass birds from specific sections of the country. This has helped on occasion when a stray bird has probably gotten blown off its normal fall flyway. The APP is very easy to use, and the photos are great since they try to add pictures of immature birds in the photo sequence as well as different angles so that you can see pattern variations. Also enjoy the sound recordings that are included to further identify a feathered friend. All n all I’d recommend this APP to anyone with a remote interest in birds since it’s not a complicated program and fun to use.