Over 6000 Unique Bird Calls can be Recognised and it only takes 1 Terminal Command to set up ah AI, you’ve done it again. This is a fully fletched Bird Call AI System that runs completely on a Raspberry Pi Single Board Computer.
This system can run 24/7 non-stop. It records, tracks, and displays each recognised bird call. You can also access the data and the audio live stream through any locally connected computer/device. It even saves the best recordings so you can listen to them later.
So if you want to participate in some citizen science then this is the project for you. We are always keen to answer questions and queries so if you want to build one yourself and want to ask questions please do so.
Hi Tim and the Core Team!
I’m organizing a private workshop for students at University College London to assemble BirdNET-Pi devices and your materials has been incredibly helpful. I would like ask permission to use your youtube video thumbnail of the bird on top of the RPi to advertise our event. This would only be published through the university so would reach a small number of people. What do you think? Cheers, Santiago
We are happy to help and you have full permission to use the image. Thanks for asking hopefully our Australian Rainbow Lorikeet serves you well. Definitely snap some photos at the event, I would absolutely love to be a fly on the wall during. Fingers are crossed for Peregrine Falcons to circle overhead at the end of your workshop.
Kind regards, Tim
Excellent idea, the ideas of running long USB cables or Long Ethernet Cables (I’d recommend using that) to transmit the sound is definitely being thrown around at the Github discussion page for BirdNET-Pi. That and figuring out the best possible Microphone for the application are being explored. I’ll link those discussions here - This and This.
Patrick McGuire also has a great Microphone installation that you can see in this thread if you scroll down. There’s also other set up to glean ideas from there too
Running a long cable also has the advantage of lowering the total noise being captured.
So definitely feasible and worth a little dive into to figure out the best solution for your situation.
Kind regards and happy birding,
Thanks Tim great article and video. Have my system running now and on birdweather catching some tropical australians. This project really combines 3 of my favourite things audio , birds and overcomplicating simple things like listening. I have a live sound background and am keen to try out different mics etc . Cheers and thanks again for highlighting a great project so well.
This is definitely a task for more powerful Raspberry Pis like the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B or Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. There was a discussion about running the system on Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W which you can find here however I was not successful in doing so.
Hopefull that helps
Just been running Birdnet this morning at a bush location. Fantastic.
Identified some species we would have struggled with and probably not even noticed. Little Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted (edited) Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet and Swift Parrot. The Swift Parrot is an important “sighting”. Comparing the sonographs with examples from e-bird validates them.
And a Brushturkey inside our cabin! Hilarious to listen to.
I’m lucky to have access to a Tascam linear PCM recorder. A great tool. Can record to SD card which makes it ideal for field recordings, or can feed into the USB port of a computer, which is how I’m using it.
I’m not skilled at mics. I did some reading and it seems a fairly basic mic will do the job. Omnidirectional is better than directional. I would just try out a mic by recording outdoors and see if it captures the bird calls that I can hear.
A phone will do the job to record the sounds but you then need to play them into a mic to feed Birdnet.