Monitor your birds 24/7 using their songs, chirps and peeps
Boost Your Birdwatching
Haikubox is the smart device that brings you real-time alerts, sound recordings, and loads of information about your birds.
How Haikubox Works
To identify birds using sound, Haikubox uses BirdNet for Haikubox*, a proprietary neural net trained on thousands of bird recordings. Haikubox listens 24/7 for every bird song and chirp, sharing sound recordings, spectrograms like the one above, and data to the Haikubox app (iPhone and Android) and website.
Haikubox owners see images of visiting birds, listen to their recorded songs, view spectrograms of each song, and learn when each vocalizing bird visits, offering clues about its migration and nesting patterns. The platform provides easy access to resources like eBird and All About Birds.
Every Haikubox owner becomes a community scientist within the Haikubox network, contributing invaluable data to global bird behavior mapping and climate change studies through a collaboration with the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
We keep getting Cedar Waxwings on our Haikubox every day... What caught my eyes were all the leaves flickering. Had it not been for the Haikubox insisting that they are around, we would have missed them.
It was pretty cool during fall & spring migration. It alerted me to birds I hadn’t seen at the feeders yet and to watch for them.
I have been submitting eBird checklists for my yard almost daily... and the Haikubox has been pretty much spot on with the IDs of the regular birds in my yard... it's not only a fun tool for backyard birding but an important contributor to research efforts.
Two Models, Same Functionality
These Haikubox models look a little different, but function in the same way and provide the same functionality with an active membership (subscription). Don't want to pay for an annual subscription for a few years? The Prepaid 5-year Membership model is for you. Want to pay-as-you-go for full functionality or looking for a free but basic plan? Choose the Basic Membership model. For a detailed comparison, see this document.
The box is amazingly easy to setup and works really well. Within a day of setting it up, it already started capturing red-breasted nuthatches that I was missing out on.
Highly recommend it.
The main issue (as expected for an early product) is the software interface. Hopefully there would be improvements on it. It seems a little slow, buggy and lack of several obvious features, such as overall personal analytics. As a former software engineer and with knowledge about several low-code/no-code startups, I could potentially recommend several solutions to the team that can be used to enhance this at a relatively low cost.
The AI is not 100% accurate but that bothers me less and the accuracy is high enough.
Our Haikubox showed a Hermit Thrush in the yard in October! No way - that is not possible! I took my coffee outside to sit in the garden and sure enough there was a Hermit Thrush right in front of me scratching up the leaves to find a tasty bug! We have learned so much about the birds in our backyard with our Haikubox that we are gifting this one for Christmas to a fellow birder! We love having one more tool to help us find out what is in our backyard!
Having a haiku box has been dangerous- I am not really "into" birds, but thought it would be a fun way to connect with my animal neighbors and learn more about them. However, it has been so fun to catch our blue jay babies and follow their activity over the day. They moved on and then the woodpeckers became the star. Every day we catch up with who has been by either as a resident or a bird migrating through. Its so much fun. It is also fun to check in on other public boxes. I am learning to identify new species too!
The order came quickly and installation was very easy. The operation of the box is great and inline with what you would expect from Merlin. Misidentification of species is dependent on external noise in the garden and placement of the box. It is nice to know I can listen to recordings once I return home and review what was heard and determine the validity of the ID. I would recommend this box to serious birders as well as new birders.
So far it all seems to be working as expected. The app interface takes some experimentation, but seems to have a lot of nice features.
Haiku reported 39 different birds in the first 48 hours - 4 we where not familiar with. Being able to see pictures and hear the recorded bird calls has been great. All four of the new birds appear to be reasonable for our location at this time of year.
Easy to setup. The results are remarkable since you hear far more birds than you see, especially since I am not allowed a traditional feeder. I do get to have a hummingbird feeder since there are no seeds. Still, I am stunned by the number of birds it hears and identifies and hope that others in Rhode Island will join in this collective research project.
Fabulous! A whole new birding experience. Complements the Merlin Sound ID app. Lots of birds to verify by sight, but at least I know what to look for! Love the email alerts too!
Absolutely love it. It's been a great tool for increasing my confidence in birding by ear, and the app is fun and easy to use.
Excellent. Installed the Haikubox and picked up 41 sub-species in the first four hours. Help me to study the timing patterns of different birds.
Our backyard backs to open space, and as a bird nerd, I wanted to know what was going on with the birds, not only at our feeders and water, but also in the open space behind us. While I cannot visually verify all the species Haikubox is identifying (due to distance and coverage), I know they frequent the habitat we have. Many birds do not visit feeders and the Haikubox has vastly expanded our opportunities to learn about birds near us.
The Haiku box I received was well packaged and about the simplest thing I've set up in a while. I literally plugged it in, screwed it to a 4x4 and it was ready for the app. Connecting to the Internet was easy enough and straight-forward. After that, the alerts started showing up and the fun began. I now have alerts for a few favorite birds as well as any new birds that come bay. As with any audio identification apps/devices, it's always best to verify the suggestions the box makes because I have had a few that are off. But that is the great thing about the app and the ecosystem; when I have time I mark those as not found and the program gets better. I also had a question about the mapping location and my privacy and someone from the company responded on a Saturday with a solid solution without asking a thousand other non-important questions, as is often the case with customer service for various hardware I own. That was refreshing.
i LOVE my Haikubox. It gathers a ton of information. It creates graphs of how many times each species is heard calling. It gives me a list of the top 10 birds that it is heard and also shows a list of all the birds that have been shown heard. It shows me the sonogram of the bird called it heard. It has a live view so you can see whats being heard right this moment. My favorite feature is that it will alert me on my apple watch whenever it hears a bird I have specified, like a Hooded Oriole, Elf owl, Common Ground Dove, etc., and I know to go look in my yard. I love getting up each morning and looking at the data from when I was sleeping. I have contacted Technical Support twice and they have been AWESOME with a speedy response and clear communications. It is great to have a company with such great Customer Support. One of the keys things I learned in the Customer Support was that a Good WiFi signal is enough, it doesn't have to be a strong signal so I didn't need to purchase a booster for my Wifi Router.
Since I already had an account, setup was fast and easy. Haikubox identified birds I'd never heard before, but as soon as they were ID'd, I knew what to listen for. Having this tool is an enriching experience, particularly for those of us who bird mostly by ear. Get one!
So far Im very impressed with the app and the website. The system was very easy to set up and theres nothing to do other than monitor the results that pour into the app. I wish there was more information on how to use all the features, but Im sure this is just in its infancy. I look forward to seeing the data.
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Discover, Engage, and Share with the Haikubox App & Website
Discover vivid bird images, listen to and download your birds' recordings, track bird activity, set alerts, share your birds with family and friends, and even download your data using the Haikubox app and website.
Haikubox is supercharged birdwatching made easy.
Create a free account and see the birds Haikuboxes are identifying right now
Plug it in
Using an outdoor outlet in a spot that receives strong WiFi, you'll never have to worry about changing batteries.
Connect to Wifi
The Haikubox Connect app (available for iPhone and Android) links Haikubox to your home's WiFi.
Listen and Learn
On the Haikubox website or phone app, listen to your birds, see when they visit, and view spectrograms of their songs.
*BirdNet for Haikubox: Copyrights @ 2021 by Cornell University. All Rights Reserved.