Chirp Team
by on June 26, 2020
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We are excited to announce the latest version of our iOS and Android app. A big thanks to all of our users for all the valuable feedback. You have helped us make improvements and fix a number of sneaky bugs. Your input goes a long way to making Chirp what it is today :)

Since the launch of the first version of the app, users have been asking for localised species names and improvements to the way species are searched for when adding a new sighting. Version 1.0.3 of the iOS and Android app is the solution to these problems. We have integrated the app with species common names in 29 different languages and also included English localised species names for the UK, US, Australia and South Africa. We have also updated our species database to include alternative common names for thousands of species.

By integrating the taxonomic common names, alternative common names, scientific names and different launguages into our search engine, we have made it a whole lot easier for users to find the species that they are looking for. So for example, if a user were to search for Fiscal Shrike (an alternative name), they are now shown the 'Common Name' and 'Sceintific Name' matching their default Taxanomic authority as well as the matching search term (Fiscal Shrike in this case). See below example:

 

 

Improvements in version 1.0.3:

  1. Added species common names in 29 different languages. See full list below.
  2. Added localised species names for English language bird names e.g. English (UK), English (US), English (South Africa), English (Australia).
  3. Added alternative common names to our species database to help users find the species using multiple name variants.
  4. Improved species search functionality that searches against taxonomic common names, default language common names, alternative common names and scientific names.
  5. Added scientific name and alternative names to the species search results shown to users.
  6. Added the 'Birding Preferences' section to Edit Profile screen so users can edit their default Region, Taxonomy and Species Common Name Language.

 

Squashed bugs in version 1.0.3:

  1. Fixed bug that caused empty species lists with some regions.

 

Full list of the 29 species common names languages now supported on Chirp:

Afrikaans
Catalan
Chinese
Chinese (Traditional)
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Finnish
French
German
Hungarian
Icelandic
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Latvian
Lithuanian
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
Ukrainian