For the first time, institutes from France, Germany, Portugal and South Africa have used artificial intelligence (AI) to train computers to identify individual birds and animals. In the pilot stage, a study was carried out on a smaller group of birds. AI was trained to individually identify birds from a collection of thousands of labelled images and then the collected data was used to train and test AI models to recognise images of individual birds in the wild. The study proved to be a success when researchers found images of birds that they hadn’t seen before. This system can replace the process of identification through manual tagging of birds with coloured bands, which is not just expensive and time-consuming, but also not always accurate and very stressful for birds.
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