Welcome to Sparkbird.

The essential birdwatching app!

Identify, share, compete, learn. Sparkbird is a must-have for birdwatchers.

We started this project because we were always wondering what rare species we were missing at our feeders. While at work, running errands, or spending time with our kids it is easy to miss that rare visit from a Spark.

Today, Sparkbird has become a growing community of passionate birdwatchers that share birding moments and a wealth of knowledge. If you are a birdwatcher, novice or pro, we hope to see you on Sparkbird!

iPhone with Sparkbird bird watching app displayed on the screen.

Tips & Tricks


Setup your phone on a tripod pointed out a window at your feeder. Ideally the feeder would be 5 feet or less from the window. Though, you can put the feeder further away if your phone has a telephoto lens.


Pinch and zoom your phone in on the feeder so that the primary perching areas are clearly visible and not too small. Experiment a bit to get the best detections.


If possible, orient your phone vertically. This may allow you to get ground feeding birds in addition to the ones on the feeder. Some of our most unexpected visitors have been ground feeders that were caught by the phone.

Share your Favorites

You can share your favorite posts with other Sparkbirders. Touch the globe icon on the post to publish it, making it visible on the feed where others can like and comment.

In with the Old

Make use of an old phone without cell service to automatically capture visitors to your feeder. Connect any compatible device to WiFi and power and leave it up all the time, even when you’re not around.

Screen Removal

Remove any screens from the window. The screen can interfere with the app’s ability to recognize birds.

Bird Safe

Avoid bird-window collisions (BWC’s) by installing anti-collision decals on your window glass. Check our recommended hardware page for examples.


Make sure your phone tripod is located near a power outlet and has a good WiFi connection.

Remote Viewing

You can sign into your profile on a second device anywhere with an internet connection to see what is being captured!

Best Results

A more recent phone that has a telephoto lense will produce higher quality photos.

Feeder Position

Turn your feeder so that the main perches are located with profile views from your camera. Optionally, you can block off the perches that are hidden behind the feeder.

Camera Upgrade

Is your feeder too far away from your window? Buy a telephoto lense to attach to your device. Check our recommended hardware page for examples.

Identify Species

Sparkbird can analyze your photos to suggest the species of bird observed. With just one tap you can also request help from the community.

Two small blue birds in bird house.


Engage with us online!

Sparkbird is on Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit!

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