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Bird Buddy Review: Smart Bird Feeder & Camera

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Bird Buddy on a stand in a yard.
Bird Buddy is a smart birdhouse that can turn your yard into an avian oasis.

My interest in birds began as a little girl but it was reignited when the pandemic hit and we were all in lock down at home. I turned to nature during that time, which helped me feel more at peace during such a hectic time. When I discovered Bird Buddy I instantly got excited about the possibilities.

Bird Buddy is inventing bird feeders, bird baths, and more to provide unique, close-up photos of birds and give information to learn more about each type. Think of it as a culmination of smart home technology meets avian watching. Each time a bird visits the feeder, a smartphone notification is sent with a photo/video, and the app identifies each bird to give more information about it.

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Bird Buddy sent me one of their Smart Bird Feeders to test out and share my experience with our readers.

What Is Bird Buddy?

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Bird Buddy house in blue no solar roof and app that helps you identify birds and get notifications.

Founded in 2020, Bird Buddy created an AI-powered Smart Bird Feeder and quickly soared to the top 1% of Kickstarter campaigns. The company went through many obstacles, including COVID-19, supply chain issues, and manufacturing issues. Still, they always kept their patrons informed on their progress and status. Now, the company is expanding its offerings with a Smart Hummingbird Feeder (set to ship in June 2024) and prototypes for a Smart Bird Bath and Pole Mounting System. Bird Buddy is still in the early stages of testing various prototypes and is highly receptive to user feedback.

Bird Buddy Review

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Product Name: Bird Buddy

Product Description: Learn more about the birds that come into your yard with Bird Buddy, a bird feeder with a built-in camera.

Summary

Bird Buddy is creating an outdoor oasis with its smart feeders. The app shares fascinating information about birds, and you can “visit” other bird feeders around the world. The equipment has a modern look and is easy to set up.

Overall Score

4.4
  • Technology
  • App Performance
  • Price
  • Customer Support

Pros

  • Up to 3 people can be connected to a feeder through the app (up to 10 with Bird Buddy Pro subscription)
  • 30-day returns, 2 year warranty
  • Responsive to customer reviews for the app
  • Appears to have many products in the works (bird bath, pole mount system, woodpecker feeder, platform feeder)
  • Shares a lot of information about the different avian species that visit you
  • Videos include sound

Cons

  • Battery lasts 5-15 days depending on your use unless you have the solar version (charges in 2-4 hours via USB cable)
  • Bird identification isn’t always accurate
  • Must sign up for Bird Buddy Pro for 1080p image quality

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Bird Feeder & Hummingbird Feeder Key Features

Bird Buddy in blue or yellow.
Bird Buddy is available in blue and yellow (with our without solar roof).
  • AI-powered camera identifies avian visitors
  • Weather-resistant design
  • Highly rated app with educational information for each species that visits
  • HD photos and live streaming
  • Capture close-ups of birds that are hard to get
  • Made from recyclable plastic housing and designed for birds’ safety
  • Solar roof add-on extends the power to get more pictures
  • Rear door on the Bird Feeder snaps open and shut for refilling
  • Hang or use the bottom mount with a pole, wall, or fence
  • Camera module can be switched between feeders
Bird Buddy side view with solar roof.
Photo credit: Kimberly Alt for Safe Smart Living © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2024.

I suggest splurging on the solar roof. Without it, you’ll be responsible for bringing it inside to charge every 5-15 days, depending on how much your feeder is used. Having the solar roof and not worrying about the camera battery dying is worth the extra money.

Bird Buddy Pricing

Bird Buddy add ons including wall mount, nutrition set, perch extender, and ball holder.
Bird Buddy add ons including wall mount, nutrition set, perch extender, and ball holder.

Smart Bird Feeder is available in blue or yellow and starts at $239.00 . There are many add-ons available, including:

Bird Buddy hummingbird feeder.
Bird Buddy hummingbird feeder (available for pre-order only).

The Smart Hummingbird Feeder launched in February 2024 is available in limited quantities. It comes in red (the perfect color for attracting hummingbirds) and starts at $289. Similar to the Bird Feeder, you can upgrade the feeder to include a solar roof (I highly recommend!).

Bird Buddy bird seeds.
Bird Buddy bird seeds are available in 3 mix options or a seasonal pack.

You can also purchase your bird seeds from Bird Buddy in 8lb bags for $26.90 or 20lb bags for $44.90. The seeds in your feeder impact the types of birds that will visit you. There is a seed subscription, Seasonal Curations, which curates the best seeds based on the time of year. Birds need a fat-rich diet in the winter and benefit from a diverse diet in the summer, so the subscription supports their dietary needs based on the season.

The table below shows which birds are attracted to Bird Buddy’s seed options.

Buddy BitesAvian ChoiceSnack n’ Soar
Perfect ForBigger BirdsMigration SeasonYoung Bird Development
AttractsBluejays
Woodpeckers
Wrens
Doves
Warblers
Buntings
Juncos
Finches
Titmice
Cardinals
IngredientsBlack Oil Sunflower Seeds
Safflower Seeds
Sunflower Hearts
Roasted Peanuts
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
Safflower Seeds
Cracked Corn
Millet
Wheat
Oats
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

Bird Buddy Pro Subscription

Bird Buddy Pro is a subscription that unlocks all remote feeders and lets you connect to another feeder for an unlimited time. The annual subscription includes a 7-day free trial and is $59.99 per year, saving you 17% on the monthly plan at $5.99 per month ($71.88 total). You can cancel your subscription anytime.

I upgraded to the Bird Buddy Pro subscription, which includes 1080p resolution. I’m so glad I did because there are instances where 1080p isn’t enough, and photos aren’t as crisp. Without Bird Buddy Pro, you get 720p HD resolution.

I can also share my feeder with 10 others and invite them to see my bird visitors. It has been fun for me to share and discuss this with family and neighbors who enjoy bird-watching.

Tech Specs

Below are some Bird Feeder and Hummingbird Feeder specifications, including size, weight, camera details, etc.

Bird FeederHummingbird Feeder
Height9 inchesN/A
Width6.3 inchesN/A
Depth6.89 inchesN/A
Seed/Nectar Capacity3.8 cups1.75 cups
Unfilled/Filled Weight1.32/2.54 poundsN/A
Resolution5-megapixel photos
720p HD video
1080p available w/ Bird Buddy Pro subscription
5-megapixel photos
720p HD video
1080p available w/ Bird Buddy Pro subscription
Field Of View120°120°
PowerRechargeable lithium-ion batteryRechargeable lithium-ion battery
Connectivity2.4 GHz & Bluetooth2.4 GHz & Bluetooth
Operating Temperature-5°F to 120°F-5°F to 120°F

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions we get asked regarding the Bird Buddy. Don’t see your questions? Reach out in the comments.

Is Bird Buddy Easy To Set Up?

Bird Buddy app set up screenshots.

Set up was a breeze. I was nervous about where to place my feeder because I wanted to ensure it had a strong Wifi signal. Bird Buddy thought of that and has some tips to guide you on the best locations for the feeder, including a Wifi signal strength test.

How Can I Optimize Photo Quality?

Three little birds in bird buddy cam screenshots.
Photos captured from my Bird Buddy of a Northern Cardinal, White-Breasted Nuthatch, and Goldfinch.
Photo credit: Kimberly Alt for Safe Smart Living © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2024.

Several things impact the quality of your photo. Here are some tips for getting the best pictures from Bird Buddy.

  1. Upgrade to Bird Buddy Pro for 1080p HD instead of 720p HD.
  2. Position your feeder facing north or south. My feeder faces east, and lighting can be an issue with the early morning sun, which is a popular time for my bird feeder. I’ve been playing around with locations for my feeder and plan on mounting it once I am happy with the lighting for photos.
  3. Clean the camera area after it rains.
  4. Move the feeder closer to your Wifi router to improve the connection and prevent pixelation. 

What About The Bird Buddy Smart Bird Bath?

Bird Buddy is working on a Smart Bird Bath prototype so you can see avian visitors go for a swim, take a drink, or rest along the side in between flights.

What About Bird Buddy’s Pole Mounting System?

Bird Buddy's Pole Mounting System.
Bird Buddy’s Pole Mounting System includes a squirrel baffle and planter base.
Photo credit: Buddy Bird’s Facebook.

The Pole Mounting System is only available to ship to some locations but has many cool features, including docking up to five devices/feeders, a modular design to fit your personal needs, a squirrel baffle, and a pollinator planter base.

What About Bird Buddy’s Smart Woodpecker Feeder?

Bird Buddy's Smart Woodpecker Feeder
Bird Buddy’s Smart Woodpecker Feeder (prototype in the works).
Photo credit: Buddy Bird’s Facebook.

I’ve seen Bird Buddy share information about a Smart Woodpecker Feeder on their Facebook page. The prototype looks like it holds suet blocks for woodpeckers to enjoy.

What About Bird Buddy’s Smart Platform Feeder?

Bird Buddy's Smart Platform Feeder
This Smart Platform Feeder (prototype in the works) and how it can be used for more than birds.
Photo credit: Buddy Bird’s Facebook.

Bird Buddy’s Smart Platform Feeder prototype has appeared on their Facebook page. It appears to be extremely versatile, holding seeds, peanuts, corn cobs, and more for birds or squirrels to enjoy.

Would I Recommend Bird Buddy?

Using Bird Buddy app screenshots.

Absolutely! I know it’s a higher cost than regular bird feeders, but if you or a loved one enjoy bird-watching, then this is a fun purchase. It would make an excellent Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for parents or grandparents. It works for all ages, too.

Bird watching is often considered a hobby for retired individuals. However, my 3-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son regularly ask if any birds visited us today. They’re curious to learn about the different species and enjoy helping me fill the feeder with more bird seed.

We especially enjoy the cardinals who visit us. Here’s a short video showing the video quality, and you can even hear the seeds crunching and some chirping in the background. I’m impressed with the sound quality.

How Does Bird Buddy Compare?

Many smart bird feeders have popped up in crowdfunding campaigns, and ultimately, some made their way onto the market. But Bird Buddy is the most promising with its sound structure, camera quality, and the added information the app provides to teach you more about birds.

To help keep birds visiting your yard, assess your lawn care routine. Many professional lawn care companies use harsh chemicals that are dangerous for birds, humans, and our planet. I’ve compared some of the best DIY lawn care programs.

Why Trust Safe Smart Living?

Kimberly is a nature enthusiast. Anything related to the outdoors she is often fascinated by. From lawn care to gardening to bird watching, she loves it all. She first became interested in birds during the pandemic in 2020. She really dove into her yard space and found a great deal of joy in it. When she heard about Bird Buddy, she was instantly intrigued. Unfortunately, Kimberly’s mother passed away in 2017 from ALS. Bluejays take Kimberly back to her childhood when she recalls her mother pointing out a bluejay in the backyard and saying how beautiful they were. That memory stuck with Kimberly; now, when she sees a bluejay, she considers it a sign that her mother is with her.

Kimberly Alt

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post. In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

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