The BirdKiss smart bird feeder is a very cute bird feeder that captures excellent images and runs on battery power with solar top-up. Easy setup and clear instructions, but if you don't buy the AI and storage subscription the app disables the smart detection features after the first month.
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The BirdKiss smart bird feeder has all the right features: infrared night vision, solar charging, video and audio capture, great image quality and a big perch for multiple birds.
Most who own this feeder are happy with the accuracy of AI (artificial intelligence) bird recognition, but you must pay a few dollars each month for an "Awareness Plan" to get this feature.
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BirdKiss Smart Bird Feeder Review
Warning - the BirdKiss smart bird feeder is so cute and so much fun that if you buy it for a gift you might end up keeping it!
The BirdKiss smart feeder can capture quality 1080p video and sound day and night, and will send intelligent notifications to your phone in real time:
Videos are stored in the cloud for 3 days, unless you buy a subscription plan, which is required to access the AI bird identification. Plans are priced according to how much storage you want, with the lowest price being around $3 USD per month.
If you do have a subscription, when you open a bird video you'll be able to click on the line that says "a bird detected" to be taken to a wiki page with more information on that species.
Screenshot of your BirdKiss video library.
Your library of videos is stored as a series of small thumbnails. Click on any of them to open the video in a small format at the top of your screen.
To download the video, tap on "Choose" on the right above the video and select "Download"
Tap on the white square in the lower right of the small video to expand to a full screen view
To see what was added to your library on previous days, scroll to the left on the calendar line at the top of the screen.
Who is this product for?
Of all the smart bird feeders we reviewed, the BirdKiss had the clearest, easiest to follow directions. That makes the BirdKiss a natural for people who don't tend to be fairly intuitive about putting things together.
With its ultra-cute design, the BirdKiss makes a perfect gift for children and seniors - but don't forget that someone has to pay for the app too.
Here's a video sample from the BirdKiss smart bird feeder. As you can see, the image is sharp and clear.
Watching this video you might have noticed that not all the birds are in clear focus. One great thing about the BirdKiss smart bird feeder is that the camera angle is adjustable.
If your birds are usually out of focus, you can reposition the camera lens so it points where the birds are so you get better pictures.
Overview of features
The BirdKiss smart bird feeder is made of recyclable ABS plastic and weighs just over 7 pounds (3.2kg).
It will hold about 4 cups (1.25 liters) of seed, which is about mid-range for a smart bird feeder.
10.03"L x 7.81"W x 10.23"H
Time To 1st battery charge
cloud or SD card (not included)
Mike & Speaker
Add extra viewers
Up to 4 additional
NOTE: This image shows the BirdKiss fully assembled and filled with seeds.
This feeder does not arrive fully assembled and does not come with seeds.
The BirdKiss smart bird feeder comes with a solar panel, USBC charging cord and several fruit holders.
Here's a complete list of what's in the box:
- Feeder Cover (i.e. roof)
- Bird Seed Container with AI Camera
- Bird Perch
- Mounting Bracket and Bracket Kit
- External WiFi Antenna
- 3W Solar Panel Kit
- 6 Fruit Holders
- Silicone Cup for Pouring Seed
- User Manual
How to use the BirdKiss Smart Bird Feeder
The first thing you should do when you get your BirdKiss smart bird feeder is unpack the camera and plug it in to start charging. (You may need to get an inexpensive wall plug if you don't already have one.)
The camera doesn't come out of the housing, so you'll need to plug the charging cable into the slot at the top, then plug the whole thing into your wall socket.
Expect charging to take at least 8 or 9 hours.
If you have a microSD card, now is also a good time to install it in the slot on top of the camera.
Next, assemble the bird feeder:
Then pair your phone, feeder and WiFi:
Placeming and mounting the feeder
You'll need to find a spot that has both a good WiFi signal and at least several hours of direct sunlight per day.
The BirdKiss can be mounted on a pole (not included) or using the included metal bracket as a stand. The bracket can be attached to a tree, wall or fence.
We don't recommend using the included strap to tie the BirdKiss to a tree, as straps tend to loosen over time and your feeder could fall down.
Once you've got the feeder mounted, you'll need to mount the solar panel and connect it to the left side of the feeder housing, just under where the roof attaches.
This feeder holds about 4 cups (1.25 liters) of any type of seed, which is about mid-range for a smart bird feeder.
To fill the BirdKiss smart bird feeder, just lift the left side of the roof to expose the filling port. A silicon cup is included in the box for easy filling. Just dump the food in and press the roof in place till it clicks.
The BirdKiss camera housing is waterproof against a direct hit by a jet of water, but not waterproof under water. This means you can't dunk it a sink or bucket for cleaning.
You can rinse out the housing with soapy water if you're careful, but it may be more efficient to just wipe it out with a damp cloth.
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This feeder is sturdy, but it is not squirrel-proof. If you don't want to feed squirrels, you'll need to either use a food they won't eat or place the feeder where they can't get to it.
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What people who own the BirdKiss Smart Bird Feeder say
Alternative to the BirdKiss Smart Bird Feeder
The Bird Buddy is a very popular smart bird feeder that's quite similar to the BirdKiss. It's slight more affordable for the basic unit but you'll have to pay for all the 'extras' such as solar power or different feeding options. It comes with generous free cloud storage, doesn't support an SD card.
The BirdKiss smart bird feeder's unique shape is very attractive and would make a cute addition to any yard. It's a good quality product, but to get the most out of it you must pay for a monthly subscription.