Wake up to nature’s chorus with a bird alarm clock developed by Carnegie Museum of Natural History and The Innovation Studio. This artfully designed app is a calming, nature-inspired alternative to your usual blaring alarm. When the alarm goes off, birds begin to appear in trees to create a chorus of song. Choose from 20 birds to create a custom alarm. All of the birds are native to the northeastern United States, and users can hear their calls and learn more about them on bird cards developed with museum scientists.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The museum is an active research institution with an environmental research center in Rector, Pennsylvania called Powdermill Nature Reserve. The birds in this app were studied at the museum, are often banded at Powdermill, or are frequently impacted by window collisions—a phenomenon that the museum helps study and prevent as part of BirdSafe Pittsburgh.

The Innovation Studio is the design, development, and workflow laboratory at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, where it supports a culture of innovation throughout the museums.

What’s New

Version 1.1

- Sample a chorus as you create it
- Alarm notifications sound for 5 minutes
- New alarm mode lets you hear your alarms when your phone is on silent
- Opening a notification lets you hear the chorus singing together. Notification actions are still available: stop and snooze.

We’re also excited to announce the Chorus Bird sticker pack, which is included in this update.
Use our bird illustrations as stickers in iMessage!

We appreciate the feedback and support, cheers!

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
190 Ratings

190 Ratings

Pat1010pat ,

Love the bird songs

The bird songs are perfect and I would love waking up to this!! So when it’s time to alarm, I am tapped on my wrist via my AppleWatch (thrilled it also coordinates and functions with the watch platform). Then I get my phone and the screen is black. I log in and open my Dawn Chorus app and it’s only at that point that I hear the bird songs. Then I try to turn it off and the only thing I can do is snooze it. So when it alarms again in about 10 minutes, I can only snooze it still. Eventually I have to reboot my phone to turn off alarms. To be fair, it allows me to turn it off from my AppleWatch if I do so while pop up is still there, but then I don’t get to hear the bird songs. I think with a little tweaking, this app could be awesome! Please make it awesome so we can hear those beautiful bird songs again. I am wanting to use this for a stroke survivor to indicate a time for some action: medications especially. This survivor is an animal loving and bird loving individual who also officially counted birds for Cornell. He has done so much for birds and animals in general throughout his lifetime. He went from brilliant engineer with 3 degrees to barely any recognizable language. He still responds to bird songs. I am his caregiver and sister in law. Please do this for us.
1) fix on/off feature
2) create ability to alarm even if screen is black
Thank you

Mine78 ,

Please upgrade

I really love waking-up to the bird sounds and really wish this app was more practical to use. It is very hard to snooze this alarm and you cannot do it from your lock screen. It also does not allow you to change the snooze time. When my alarm goes off it takes a while for the snooze option to show-up. It would be some much better if you could turn the alarm off or snooze it with the side buttons on the phone, or if it allowed you to tap a button on the lock screen to snooze or turn off the alarm (like the apple clock allows you to do). It would also be very helpful if you could hear the alarm while your phone is on silent (again, like the apple clock). I have my work email on my phone and I hate having to hear my email notifications throughout the night due to not being able to put my phone on silent. The developer states the new version allows you to hear this on silent, but the app specially tells you to turn the silent feature off to hear the alarm. I tested the alarm with my phone on silent as well and it only vibrates. You cannot hear the alarm. I hope an upgrade is coming soon, because I really want to keep using this app, but it is just too cumbersome to use everyday. Please fix!

waterouzal ,

Good concept, bad delivery

It is a great idea for a pleasant and soothing wake up alarm, but a dawn chorus it isn’t.
Rather than listening to a morning chorus of local birds, you’re required to select five birds (out of ten) that play sequentially as part of the alarm. Once a bird sings a couple stanzas, the next bird sings until you’ve heard all five. Sorta OK, but then what really wakes you is the notifications you start to receive stating the first bird is wondering whether you are awake (what?) ... and then a notification from the next bird, and so on until there are 14 notifications on your phone. Really not OK.
The is no snooze feature ... don’t really need one since the birds all play and are then done.
The app requires the phone to be plugged into power (dumb), requires your notifications are turned on (I don’t want notifications from my alarm), and the do not disturb feature is disabled (not really OK).
I deleted the app since it was a bit too invasive and clunky and will try it again after it is more user friendly.


The Carnegie Institute
139 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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