Bird Buddy Reviews

Bird Buddy
( 33 reviews )

Bird Buddy, found at, is a smart bird feeder which comes with a camera and app, allowing users to capture and organize photos of birds.

The Bird Buddy is not currently available in stores or online for anyone to purchase because it is still being crowdfunded, but it is available for pre-order.

How Does Bird Buddy Work

This is a smart bird feeder that features a camera and an app that notifies you when a bird is at the feeder.

The app will take photos of the bird and organize them into a folder for you.  Even if you aren’t at home, you will get an up-close and personal look at all of the birds that have arrived at the feeder.

The app allows for unique and interesting close-ups of birds. Because the birds are unaware of the camera, you don’t have to worry about them becoming startled and flying away.

The app can do more than just take pictures and organize them. It also collects different species of birds on the app, so you know what you’ve photographed. It could be exciting to realize that you have a rare specimen that has visited your birdhouse.

Even better, the app has the ability to recognize more than 1,000 bird species.

The birdhouse has a built-in microphone, and it can hear the birds approaching when they start to sing. You will receive a notification so you can see the birds if you would like, or you could have the photos collected.

The intelligence of the smart bird feeder doesn’t stop there, though. Another nice feature is that it will notify you when you need to add more seeds.

The process of putting the seeds in without making a mess is easy, as well. If you’ve ever forgotten to top off other feeders in your hard, this feature alone will be a major help.

The Bird Buddy has been designed to ensure the birds that come to feed are safe and comfortable. It also has a pleasant aesthetic that can work well for most yards.

Overall, the Bird Buddy seems easy to see as well whether it’s adding seeds, charging the camera with the USB-C cord, or using the app.

An Upgradable Solution

The Bird Buddy is sustainable, thanks to the detachable and upgradable module.  This is a nice benefit as it means you will not have to replace the entire birdhouse in a couple of years.

The camera price will be the only thing that you will need to consider when you want to upgrade it later.

What Color Options Are Available?

Currently, there are limited colors available for the Bird Buddy. It is available in either blue or yellow.  However, those colors can work well with just about any type of backyard décor and color scheme.

When Will Bird Buddy Be Available?

According to the information on the IndieGoGo campaign, the bird feeder should be ready for shipping in October of 2021. The release date should be around that time.

The company also has a campaign up and running on Kickstarter, which has a delivery date of September of 2021.  You can also check to track the progress on their Kickstarter. 

Because the Bird Buddy is not currently available for sale, it is not found on sites like Amazon.

The company has updated it's release date on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo several times.  According to the information on the company website, the release date should allow for the first pre-orders to arrive in June 2022.

What Add-Ons Are Available?

In addition to the Bird Buddy house, there are also some add-ons that some buyers who are considering the birdhouse might want to consider.

The solar roof is a way to ensure that the battery has a charge without needing to unplug it and bring it in for a charge.  This can be convenient, especially if you aren’t going to be home. 

There is also the option of a wall mount and a fence mount. The suet ball holder can help to keep the birds happy and in front of the camera.

What is the Price?

On IndieGoGo, the current price for a Bird Buddy is $189, and this is considered the Early Bird price.  It’s expected to go up to $222 once it hits retail.

You will also find an option for two of the feeders priced at $349. You could opt for three feeders for $499, or even 10 feeders for $1,489.

Those who are interested in the feeder and who have friends or relatives that might want one as well should consider getting one of these larger packages. 

Those who have large yards might also want to consider buying more than one while they are still at this price.

The Bottom Line

The Bird Buddy is an interesting and fun device that can put bird lovers closer to the action than ever before.

It can be used as a learning tool for kids, and it can provide some amazing pictures for a collection or that you could share with social media.

Of course, the product is expensive for a birdhouse even though it has all of those extra features. 

It’s generally best suited to those who want to get as close to the birds in their yard as possible. For those with the interest, it can be a fantastic option.

If you have any experience with Bird Buddy or their products, please leave your reviews below.

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Bird Buddy Customer Reviews

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Much better than other reviewers would have you believe.
February 17, 2023
I have 2 of them. They work great and firmware updates keep improving it operation. Battery life is fine and improving. Picture quality is okay but not outstanding - but my standards are high as I am a pro photographer. I see some have posted that it would not take pictures of any birds that they clearly saw were coming to the feeder. Mine did that for about 2 weeks then I started getting more than I can look at. Not sure why that is. It seems they continually make improvements with each update. Overall a great and improving product. I would buy again. Of you aren’t good at connecting devices to your Wi-Fi this is not going to be any easier but it’s not a big problem. A recent update added video capture and longer battery life. They boast it will soon be able to charge with solar panel alone and never need additional charging. It already lasts for weeks. It does an okay job with identifying birds but it’s not perfect. Again that’s improving too.

Big $ small return
February 12, 2023

The product is well made, easy to assemble, battery life is great, and the feeder is esthetically pleasing (a little too small though) HOWEVER, I watch the birds land in the feed, pick up seed over and over and over everyday……..still not a single photo taken! I KNOW it is working as I check the livestream and have resorted to watching the birds through the livestream (no photos can be taken when livestream is open but I have not received a SINGLE photo in the 2 months I have had this feeder up and regularly observed birds).

I have done every software update and am fully aware that the camera doesn’t take photos unless it deems the photo to be “good”.

Overall, this is not worth the money.

Too many things not right
January 26, 2023


The battery feature does not last very long. The camera does not capture quick enough to get good results. The solar roof did not ship with the product and I going to be 2 months later. But most of all there is no customer support. They charged cc long before delivery. There is no phone support, to troubleshoot ,to try to return, to get update on products they owe you.

They communicate by email which is not done in a timely fashion ( they warn you of this when you submit questions they are really busy) so 30 days may or may not expire.

I'm frustrated with the whole deal and want to return. I'm wondering how I can't return if they have not completed the entire sale. Not good for non computing geeks, wifi set up can be very difficult.

January 16, 2023

DO NOT BUY. This company and product is a scam. It flat out doesn’t work, and the company doesn’t accept returns or issue refunds.

Doesn’t work as advertised
January 15, 2023
I would give it a zero if I could. Camera will not pair and tech support is awful try to blame the problem on you. Don’t buy this.

Bird Buddy Never Worked- No Service Response- Don't Buy
January 15, 2023
Bird Buddy needs to be shut down. The camera module NEVER paired or connected to internet from day 1 when it was delivered. There is no response from tech support besides standardized emails that are generated from "help" through the app. There is no service, no way to get a refund, no response. We have tried for 4 months to get a response that may replace the module or give us a refund. There is no phone or address to contact this company. Very suspicious. What a waste of $239 for my daugher who thought her gift would be so wonderful.

Do Not Buy
January 9, 2023

Overall, they have poor to no customer support, a poor return policy, and did not properly review their product for quality control issues before putting it on the market. I am not even sure if they are an American company. Overpriced and may find a better option on Amazon. Not recommended for colder climates.

I am waiting for the solar roof, but from what reviews I have found on it I guess that product will not be sufficient to keep the battery charged.

Best to search for other companies for similar better products.

Shut down this comapany
January 9, 2023
I think there needs to be a class action law suite to require a full refund for this poorly designed product. Shut down their site from selling anymore until they hire quality control in America.

RobertBarraclough January 17, 2023

I’ll be happy to join that class action suit. A module that doesn’t work and NO response from the company...

Do Not Buy
January 9, 2023

Minus Zero if I could, Overall, they have poor to no customer support, a poor return policy, and did not properly review their product for quality control issues before putting it on the market. I am not even sure if they are an American company. Overpriced and may find a better option on Amazon. Not recommended for colder climates.

I am waiting for the solar roof, but from what reviews I have found on it I guess that product will not be sufficient to keep the battery charged.

Best to search for other companies for similar better products.

Bird Buddy SCAM!
January 4, 2023
The camera's battery will not charge. There is no way to contact Bird Buddy. How do I replace that battery. There are no instructions on how to troubleshoot Bird Buddy. Appears Bird Buddy is a SCAM!

john January 09, 2023

Overall, they have poor to no customer support, a poor return policy, and did not properly review their product for quality control issues before putting it on the market. I am not even sure if they are an American company. Overpriced and may find a better option on Amazon. Not recommended for colder climates.

I am waiting for the solar roof, but from what reviews I have found on it I guess that product will not be sufficient to keep the battery charged. Best to search for other companies for similar better products.

Poor product and worse support - beware
December 27, 2022
Sadly this is both a poor product and terrible support and service. Initial camera unit would not charge and eventually got it charged once. Photographs are not close up so quite poor. Then it would not charge again. It has taken weeks for support to offer to replace but there return process doesn't work it will take weeks to get another camera even after return. Sadly a king present but actually a nightmare

Very disappointed
December 14, 2022

It's a scam! I have ordered and paid for the product 2 years ago. I still haven't received anything. Please don't give them your money.

YvonneWestfall December 28, 2022

I just got mine! it took 1.5 years.

The battery does not last long in cooler/cloudy weather even with the solar roof
December 13, 2022

I received my Bird Buddy with the solar roof Nov. 2022 as a Christmas gift for Dec. 2021. Everything came as described and setup was quick and simple. I wish the feeder was larger since I know they will clean it out daily. It does take great closeup pictures.

Gary R

Still waiting
December 1, 2022
I was very excited to receive my Bird buddy this November (2022). I did the special order to ensure that it was delivered in time. As of 12/01/2022 I have not received it. I sent an email to the company and have not received a response .

john January 09, 2023

Cancel ASAP and get refunded, you will be very disappointed with their product

Beautiful design doesn't make up for lousy implementation
November 21, 2022

It seemed like a cool idea. But it's obviously a kick started rushed campaign that they're now trying to backpedal and blame their customers for their failures.

1. Mesh dual-band routers - don't work. If you have one, expect them to tell you to BUY A NEW ROUTER just for the bird feeder. Um, seriously? And I should connect my phone to that router as well?

2. WPA2 - they claim that if you have both WPA2 and WPA3 that this won't work. why? reasons.

3. "spaces in the password" - never mind that the bird buddy never even SAW the router, apparently they believe that it can magically know about your password BEFORE you connect and if you have spaces there it breaks. I don't, so they didn't have an answer for that aspect.

4. information-less error messages - It spent all night long trying to download a firmware update (I connected it to my phone's hotspot to do so) then failed with an error that said "please contact support"

5. MY ACCOUNT IS GONE - after rebooting my phone I opened up the BirdBuddy app, and my account is gone. My preferred username is "already in use" but they have no record of my email any more. I also can't connect my bird buddy to a new account because I "don't have permission". AKA IT'S BRICKED.

They spent more time on the packaging and the design of the thing and zero time on the app and functionality. And now it's coming back to bite those of us who were stupid enough to support them.

Perfect for bird watchers
November 4, 2022
Love this product! After receiving mine, I immediately ordered one for my sister and father in law (both avid bird watchers). Can’t wait to give it to them for Christmas.

Battery does not indicate it is being charged.
October 30, 2022
Finally received my Birdbuddy (Oct 29, 2022) nearly two years after I ordered. The contents of the package look interesting. I have tried to charge the camera unit, but nothing on the camera indicates it is being charged. Will call tomorrow to determine what to do.

I have it, but it's not working correctly. So frustrated.
October 26, 2022
I ordered this on kickstarter before covid. I have waited two years for this product. It finally arrived last week, and I have had nothing but problems with it since. It takes 'postcards' (pictures) but doesn't send them to me. It has technology to decide which pictures are 'interesting'. I watched so many birds land on the feeder all day, and did not receive one picture. I started a ticket on this with the helpdesk, and this hasn't been resolved. In the meantime I got locked out of the app, and had to contact them to get me back into it again. They blamed me for mistyping my email address. I tried several times with the correct spelling, but was locked out for two days. Now, I can access the app, but the unit will not connect to my wifi. The unit itself is cute, and great packaging,,, but it doesn't work properly. So disappointed. If I can get this working, I will update my review. So far though, I have wasted so much time trying to get this to work.

Such cute product!
October 18, 2022
I got my Bird Buddy in the mail yesterday! It looks so much cuter than I imagined. Can’t wait to set it up on my backyard!

I LOVE it!
October 11, 2022
Got mine! I have to admit I was hesitant with all of the comments I’ve been seeing recently, but I’m so glad I decided to wait it out. 100% worth it. It looks so cute in my yard, wait to see the first birds come in!

birdmomma October 14, 2022

That's funny, because they aren't shipping until November 2022 and you posted this on October 11. lol.

HectorNorris October 24, 2022

Not really sure where you got this information? I received mine on October 10 (1 day before I left this review) and at that point lots of people had received theirs judging by their FB group and the pictures in there.