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44 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

Apparently, like way too many birders, Merlin does not pay enough attention to bill and leg color.

ML217668001 Black Turnstone Macaulay Library

Does Merlin actually differentiate body parts and use them as the ID, or just match the overall feel for the photo with the photos used to train the model? I'm very much assuming the latter but haven't been able to find out better. It's essentially a really good amateur birder, who has seen every species in North America, but doesn't know any of the field marks, which means it makes hilarious errors. I once fed it this picture as an experiment, and it suggested Rock Pigeon, which is the kind of inhuman error that these systems kick up.


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