Fowl Escapades
2000 Zindi Points
Southern African Bird Call Audio Identification Challenge
166 data scientists enrolled, 26 on the leaderboard
16 January—20 April

The data consists of mp3 files with unique IDs as file names, split into train and test sets and available as zip files in the downloads section. The labels for the training set are contained in train.csv, corresponding to one of the 40 species of bird listed below. Your task is to predict the labels for the test set, following the format in sample_submission.csv.

In cases where more than one species is calling (many recordings contain faint background noise) the labels correspond to the most prominent call, and your predictions should do likewise.

We are grateful to the many citizen scientists and researchers who shared the recordings which made this competition possible. The full list of authors can be found in authors.csv.

Files available for download

  • Train.csv - has the common name of the bird and corresponding unique mp3 ID for the training files.
  • Test.csv - has the unique mp3 IDs you will be testing your model on.
  • SampleSubmission.csv - is an example of what your submission file should look like. The order of the rows does not matter, but the names of the mp3 must be correct. Your submission should contain probabilities that the mp3 is of each species (with values between 0 and 1 inclusive).
  • - mp3 files with unique IDs. Common names of the birds are in Train.csv. You will use these files to train your model. 1857 files.
  • - mp3 files with unique IDs. You will use these files to test your model and predict the common name of the main bird in each recording. 911 files.
  • StarterNotebook.ipynb - This is a starter notebook. You can also find it at this link.

Visualizations of some of the bird sounds you will encounter in this challenge.

Some of these recordings are under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 license, meaning that you cannot sell or distribute modified copies of the calls. If you would like to share example calls, please download them directly from xeno-canto and give proper attribution to the author.

List of potential species:

  • Ring-necked Dove
  • Black Cuckoo
  • Red-chested Cuckoo
  • Fiery-necked Nightjar
  • Green Wood Hoopoe
  • Crested Barbet
  • Cape Batis
  • Olive Bushshrike
  • Orange-breasted Bushshrike
  • Bokmakierie
  • Black-backed Puffback
  • Southern Boubou
  • Black-headed Oriole
  • Fork-tailed Drongo
  • African Paradise Flycatcher
  • Sabota Lark
  • Eastern Clapper Lark
  • Rufous-naped Lark
  • Dark-capped Bulbul
  • Sombre Greenbul
  • Long-billed Crombec
  • African Reed Warbler
  • Rattling Cisticola
  • Levaillant’s Cisticola
  • Tawny-flanked Prinia
  • Karoo Prinia
  • Bar-throated Apalis
  • Green-backed Camaroptera
  • Chestnut-vented Warbler
  • Cape White-eye
  • Karoo Scrub Robin
  • White-browed Scrub Robin
  • Cape Robin-Chat
  • White-browed Robin-Chat
  • Chorister Robin-Chat
  • Southern Double-collared Sunbird
  • White-bellied Sunbird
  • African Pipit
  • African Rock Pipit
  • Cape Bunting