Bird Buddy Smart Bird Feeder review

A slick app experience and AI smarts makes this one of the best ways to make new feathery friends in your garden

Bird buddy Smart Feeder in a garden
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Bird Buddy Smart Feeder stands out as an excellently designed and enjoyable way to engage with the wildlife right in your own garden. Not only is the bird feeder itself thoughtfully crafted and visually appealing, but the real highlight is the incredibly well designed app. The app provides a delightful experience, making navigation a breeze while infusing a sense of fun throughout. While the camera might not achieve perfection, it captures remarkable photos but occasionally stumbles in delivering smooth video. Yet, those fleeting moments of your feathered guests that grace your notifications will consistently spark excitement.


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    Slick app experience

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    AI smarts to identify birds

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    Feeder design is very nice

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    Solar roof means less annoying removing and recharging


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    Design might not suit a more traditional garden

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    No protection from being ransacked by squirrels

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    Live stream from camera doesn't work well

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    Doesn’t catch every feathery visitor

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    Wall mount is additional extra

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Have you ever looked out of the window and wondered what birds actually live in your garden? What about the ones that you can’t even see, the shy little ones that live in the trees and dart around so fast you miss them? Well, wonder no more, as you can now channel your inner David Attenborough with the best bird feeder cameras.

With smaller cameras that can now live outside, better WiFi, and longer batteries it is easier and more affordable than ever to set up cameras all over your home. And it hasn’t taken long for smart bird feeder cameras to become a popular addition to gardens everywhere. Bird Buddy has combined a well-thought-out design with an AI-powered camera that aims to not only capture your winged visitors but also identify them automatically, pinging notifications to your phone.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.