You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

The Best Apps To Identify Birds

It's Shazam for birds! You have a computer in your pocket, shouldn't it be able to identify every single bird breed on the planet? If you know the right apps to use, now it can. These awesome apps will tell you what type of bird you're looking at or listening to. Just open the app, wait for the app to listen a few seconds and these apps will instantly return the name and information of the bird breed. There are dozens of extra features these apps offer, so read over our descriptions and pick the one you like best!

Audubon Bird Guide
Collins Bird Guide
BirdLasser
Audubon Birds of California
Audubon Birds of Central Park

Best Apps

Highest scored apps in the category

Audubon Bird Guide
Audubon Bird Guide

Audubon Bird Guide

National Audubon Society

See what's in the trees.

Your ultimate resource for bird watching.

Collins Bird Guide
Collins Bird Guide

Collins Bird Guide

NatureGuides Ltd.

‘It’s much more convenient than taking a big book with you

‘It’s much more convenient than taking a big book with you...the Collins app is fantastic.’
– Chris Packham, Metro

‘The Collins Bird Guide app is destined to become a real triumph, the ultimate in field guide apps — and deservedly so.’
– BirdGuides

The Collins Bird Guide App combines world-class illustrations and comprehensive information with intuitive design to create the ultimate field guide for...

BirdLasser
BirdLasser

BirdLasser

Lejint Pty Ltd

BirdLasser is a fun, easy way to record your bird sightings and share with friends, your community and contribute to conservation

BirdLasser is a fun, easy way to record your bird sightings and share with friends, your community and contribute to conservation.

• Spot - Capture bird sightings painlessly with GPS precision, even when offline.
• Plot - Effortlessly view and manage your trip cards. Automatically backup your trips and lifelist to the cloud.
• Play a Part - Share your sightings with friends...

Audubon Birds of California
Audubon Birds of California

Audubon Birds of California

National Audubon Society

Nothing beats Audubon mobile field guides

Nothing beats Audubon mobile field guides. With 2 million downloads, they are the most trusted authoritative field guide collection in North America.

Did you know the California Condor is the largest flying bird in North America, with a wingspan of over nine feet? On your next trip to California, see this remarkable endangered species for yourself. Bring along the Audubon...

Audubon Birds of Central Park
Audubon Birds of Central Park

Audubon Birds of Central Park

National Audubon Society

Nothing beats Audubon mobile field guides

Nothing beats Audubon mobile field guides. With 2 million downloads, they are the most trusted authoritative field guide collection in North America.

Audubon Bird Guide: Central Park is your essential guide to identifying and understanding all the birds that can be found in one of the most unique park settings on the planet – New York City’s Central Park.

Featuring in-depth species...

Birds of Europe Guide
Birds of Europe Guide

Birds of Europe Guide

Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co. KG

The comprehensive bird ID app published by Kosmos with over 1000 drawings and detailed written descriptions

The comprehensive bird ID app published by Kosmos with over 1000 drawings and detailed written descriptions.

Encyclopedic information
- Over 470 European species of bird from the North Cape to Sicilly with detailed information on identifying characteristics, habitats, distribution and breeding behaviors.
- More than 1000 illustrations of the most important male, female, juvenile, full and basic plumages as well as typical...

Panama Birds Field Guide
Panama Birds Field Guide

Panama Birds Field Guide

Michael Mullin

Full-featured birding field guide for Panama

Full-featured birding field guide for Panama
-Images for more than 950 species
-Vocalizations for nearly 750 species including several endemics
-Information, field marks, range maps for all species on the Panama list

NO ADVERTISEMEMTS. FREE UPGRADES WITH ADDITIONAL IMAGES AND SOUNDS.

Additional features:
-Comprehensive SEARCH filter
-Search by name
-Sorting options
-Make target lists
-Check as seen, heard, or unseen/heard
-Personal notes
-Camera, email notes and photos.
-Similar Species feature allows quick...

iKnow Birds 2 PRO - Europe
iKnow Birds 2 PRO - Europe

iKnow Birds 2 PRO

NATURE MOBILE G.m.b.H.

Finally, you have the option to identify species without the help of a heavy book

Finally, you have the option to identify species without the help of a heavy book. You get a comprehensive library full of facts, figures, and images. Read fascinating information and learn facts about birds; browse professional images; listen to spectacular calls and songs. Find inspiration and experience nature in a whole new way.

Apps and books help to determine what species...

Audubon Owls Guide
Audubon Owls Guide

Audubon Owls Guide

National Audubon Society

Nothing beats Audubon mobile field guides

Nothing beats Audubon mobile field guides. With 2 million downloads, they are the most trusted authoritative field guide collection in North America.

Audubon Bird Guide: Owls is a fun-filled, interactive guide to the 19 owl species of North America. Featuring everything you need to know about owls, the app goes in-depth with species descriptions, audio of calls, range maps, up-to-date reference...

Also Good

Apps with average score

Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 1
Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 1
Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 1

Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 1

Larkwire

LAND BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA

Learn bird songs the fun way!

This is the app used by professionals to master birding by ear.

Have you always wanted to know what birds you were hearing? If you love birds, knowing bird songs and bird calls is like being able to speak their language.

Larkwire...

Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 2
Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 2
Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 2

Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 2

Larkwire

WATER BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA

Learn bird songs the fun way!

This is the app used by professionals to master birding by ear.

Have you always wanted to know what birds you were hearing? If you love birds, knowing bird songs and bird calls is like being able to speak their language.

Larkwire...

Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab
Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab
Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab

Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab

Cornell University

What's that bird? Merlin Bird ID helps you solve the mystery in 5 questions, or with a photo of a bird.

First, Merlin asks you a few simple questions. Then, almost like magic, it reveals the list of birds that best match your description. Pick your bird, then delve into more...

Newman’s Birds of Africa
Newman’s Birds of Africa
Newman’s Birds of Africa

Newman’s Birds of Africa

App Developer Studio Cc

KEY FEATURES
• Includes over 1000 high quality photographs.
• Universal app, pay once and get app for both iPhone and iPad.
• 975 bird species (i.e. ALL the species for the region).
• Detailed descriptions (including species status), illustrations and distribution maps.
• Accurate illustrations of each bird as it is seen in the...

iKnow Birds 2 LITE
iKnow Birds 2 LITE
iKnow Birds 2 LITE

iKnow Birds 2 LITE

NATURE MOBILE G.m.b.H.

Finally, you have the option to identify species without the help of a heavy book. You get a comprehensive library full of facts, figures, and images. Read fascinating information and learn facts about birds; browse professional images; listen to spectacular calls and songs. Find inspiration and experience nature in a...

Birds of Peru
Birds of Peru
Birds of Peru

Birds of Peru

Birds In The Hand, LLC

Princeton Field Guides are comprehensive, in-depth identification tools designed for all nature enthusiasts.

This is the interactive mobile field guide version of Birds of Peru by Schulenberg, Stotz, Lane, O'Neill & Parker. Like the paper edition, it is the most complete and authoritative field guide to this diverse neotropical landscape, featuring...

Big Year Birding ABA
Big Year Birding ABA
Big Year Birding ABA

Big Year Birding ABA

PVI Maine LLC

Big Year Birding offers all birders from novice to expert a fast and easy way to record sightings in the field.

Whether you are doing a Big Year, local Christmas Bird Count or simply keeping track of the birds in your own backyard, Big Year Birding makes recording your sightings easy,...

Birds of Britain Pocket Guide
Birds of Britain Pocket Guide
Birds of Britain Pocket Guide

Birds of Britain Pocket Guide

Spiny Software Ltd

Our apps are British-made, by British naturalists - we know our stuff! Fantastic photos, songs, calls, distribution maps and detailed information for over 200 birds - all the common and best known birds in Britain arranged by family or alphabetically. The specially written bird notes cover the appearance, habitat, diet,...

iKnow Birds LITE - USA
iKnow Birds LITE - USA
iKnow Birds LITE - USA

iKnow Birds LITE - USA

NATURE MOBILE G.m.b.H.

The ultimate FIELD GUIDE to BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, all in the palm of your hand!

Finally, you have the option to identify species without the help of a heavy book. You get a comprehensive library full of facts, figures, and images. Read fascinating information and learn facts about birds; browse...

Birds of Brazil
Birds of Brazil
Birds of Brazil

Birds of Brazil

NatureGuides Ltd.

Based on Ber van Perlo's ‘Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil’, this app covers over 1,800 species of bird seen in Brazil, including residents, migrants and vagrants. Helpful texts detail size, habitat and description, while informative illustrations show a host of plumages for each species, including subspecific variation. Distribution...

Birds of South Florida
Birds of South Florida
Birds of South Florida

Birds of South Florida

I.M.D. Publicacion C.A.

Another app in our Florida Wildlife series...

*** Now featuring bird songs (high-quality MP3 files) for each bird described***

This app shows the 104 most common bird species found in southern Florida, including the Everglades National Park. For each bird there are two or three high-resolution pictures, a brief description, and a...

iBird UK & Ireland Lite
iBird UK & Ireland Lite
iBird UK & Ireland Lite

iBird UK & Ireland Lite

Mitch Waite Group

iBird UK Lite Guide to Birds is the perfect field guide app to learn to identify birds of the United Kingdom and Ireland. It’s a free 40 bird demo of our advanced iBird United Kingdom and Ireland Pro app which has the full 343 common and rare species designated by...

The Warbler Guide
The Warbler Guide
The Warbler Guide

The Warbler Guide

Princeton University Press

Warbler Guide App
Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle

Winner of the 2016 PROSE Award for Best App/eProduct

The Warbler Guide App is the perfect companion to Princeton’s revolutionary and widely acclaimed book The Warbler Guide, by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle. Whether for study or field use, this innovative app delivers the full...

Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Birds
Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Birds
Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Birds

Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Birds

Mark Oberle

Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Birds in photos and audio is a bilingual app for iPhone/iPod that provides at your fingertips a mini-encyclopedia for all of the 390 bird species of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with extensive text, visual and audio resources. English/Spanish text, 2,400 photos and 389...

Vietnam Bird Guide
Vietnam Bird Guide
Vietnam Bird Guide

Vietnam Bird Guide

Bao Nguyen

Vietnam Bird Guide: The app includes bird species occur in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand; advanced gallery view for easy comparison and search; field mark calls; "your observation" can be shared among community of birders or keep as your research database.

With the Vietnam Bird Guide, you can:
- Identify species by filtering characters including distribution...

iBird Yard+ Guide to Birds
iBird Yard+ Guide to Birds
iBird Yard+ Guide to Birds

iBird Yard+ Guide to Birds

Mitch Waite Group

iBird Yard Plus Guide to Birds has 270 species of North America. It is designed specifically for the 126 species of garden and yard birds found in North America and Hawaii and an additional 144 species of common birds most birders are likely to see such as ducks, hawks, seabirds,...

iBird Hawaii & Palau Guide
iBird Hawaii & Palau Guide
iBird Hawaii & Palau Guide

iBird Hawaii & Palau Guide

Mitch Waite Group

Ready for exotic birds? iBird Hawaii and Palau is the only 100% complete app guide to birds of the Hawaiian Islands as well as the environmentally sensitive island nation of Palau. The app, which contains 228 species of Hawaiian birds and 169 species of Palauan birds offers all the features...

iBird UK Pro Guide to Birds
iBird UK Pro Guide to Birds
iBird UK Pro Guide to Birds

iBird UK Pro Guide to Birds

Mitch Waite Group

iBird United Kingdom and Ireland Pro, the world’s most popular identification app to birds of the UK, is now available as Version 10.06. iBird UK Pro now offers two powerful features: Birds Around Me (BAM) and Percevia™ smart search. Smart search lets you identify birds just like the experts while...

iBird Pro Guide to Birds
iBird Pro Guide to Birds
iBird Pro Guide to Birds

iBird Pro Guide to Birds

Mitch Waite Group

iBird Pro, our most popular app, which covers all species of North America, now contains databases for other countries, including the UK and Hawaii, as well as several new features, such as Photo Sleuth.

Besides the fact that iBird was the first birding app for the iPhone (released in 2008),...

Bird Songs - Bird Call & Guide
Bird Songs - Bird Call & Guide
Bird Songs - Bird Call & Guide

Bird Songs - Bird Call & Guide

XLabz Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

With detailed information, pictures and sounds of more than 4500+ birds from 211 different countries around the world, Bird Calls is the most comprehensive bird guide app available anywhere.

Enjoy the melodious songs and calls of 4500+ birds from around the world! Identify birds, read interesting trivia and browse through...

iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds
iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds
iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds

iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds

Mitch Waite Group

iBird Ultimate is our most advanced birding app. It comes with two important features built in: "Birds Around Me" (BAM), a feature that restricts the birds to just those found in your current GPS area, and the patented “Percevia™ Smart Search” feature that gives anyone the skills of a bird...

iBird Plus Guide to Birds
iBird Plus Guide to Birds
iBird Plus Guide to Birds

iBird Plus Guide to Birds

Mitch Waite Group

iBird Plus is our entry level birding app and is priced appropriately. Unlike Ultimate it lacks the built-in features Birds Around Me and Percevia™ Smart Search. This final version of iBird Plus contains our most recent North America database with 946 species (962 including Mexican Owls). It has been updated...

Birdwatcher's Diary
Birdwatcher's Diary
Birdwatcher's Diary

Birdwatcher's Diary

Stevens Creek Software

Birdwatcher's Diary™ is the perfect field companion for birders in any part of the world! In seconds you can record the birds you see or hear with time and exact location automatically recorded, and add additional field notes. From the field you can upload your sightings, complete with a map...

Peterson Field Guides - Backyard Birds
Peterson Field Guides - Backyard Birds
Peterson Field Guides - Backyard Birds

Peterson Field Guides - Backyard Birds

gWhiz, LLC

Birding has never been easier or more fun! Quickly identify birds you see in your backyard with Roger Tory Peterson's innovative identification system. Time-tested illustrations and our unique display of similar looking birds make for fast comparison. And, best of all, it’s free!

--------------------
ABOUT PETERSON BIRDS
--------------------

Offering undeniable value and unmatched...

Other Apps

Could be good for special cases

Bird ID Hawaii for iPad

Bird ID Hawaii for iPad

John P. Hoover

This version runs on iPad. Features video for almost all birds.
- Identify birds seen regularly in the main Hawaiian Islands.
- Find birds by Habitat, Color, Common name, Hawaiian name.
- Play video and sound for most birds (internet connection required)
- Save birds in Logbook, add notes, edit notes, email Logbook (text only)
Includes all native and endemic birds, regularly-seen seabirds and shorebirds, common migrant waterfowl, all widespread introduced birds. Not included: rare seabirds, rare migrants, and a few very localized introduced birds.

Created by John Hoover, author of Hawaii's best-selling marine life ID books: The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes, and: Hawaii's Sea Creatures, a Guide to Hawaii's Marine Invertebrates. Check them out on Amazon.

Newman’s Birds of Africa LITE

Newman’s Birds of Africa LITE

App Developer Studio Cc

*Requires iOS 9 or later*

This Lite version of the Newman’s Birds app has full app functionality, but is limited to 60 species.

This Newman’s Birds app is based on the 2010 commemorative edition of Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa, one of the most popular birding guides in southern Africa since its initial publication in 1983.

In the full version of this app there are 975 different bird species, more than 1300 images, more than 1000 photos and over 800 calls, with multiple calls per species.

Key features (Full version):
• Includes over 1000 high quality photographs.
• Universal app, pay once and get app for both iPhone and iPad.
• 975 bird species (i.e. ALL the species for the region).
• Detailed descriptions (including species status), illustrations and distribution maps.
• Accurate illustrations of each bird as it is seen in the field, with labels showing diagnostic features.
• Over 800 bird calls with multiple call types (song, duet, alarm, mating).
• Easy navigation using the unique Newman’s bird groups.
• Browse alphabetically by family name.
• Search by common, scientific and Afrikaans bird names.
• Identify birds by region or your current GPS.
• Filter your results by bird size and colour.
• Easily compare birds using cross-references in species descriptions.
• Keep track of bird sightings in your online life list, allowing you to store the date, location and comments for each sighting.
• Your life list is automatically backed up online and will be shared across your other devices that have the app installed.
• The full app is downloaded to your device, so internet connectivity is not required to use the app (aside from the initial logging in to the life list – see the Important Note below).

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING THE LIFE LIST:
This app includes a cloud-based life list that stores your sightings online. You need to log in to the life list while you have internet connectivity, but once logged in, you can add sightings when you don’t have an internet connection. When you next connect to the internet, the life list will sync, and your new entries should be added to your list. The life list will sync to all your devices that have the app installed and where you are logged in with the same details.

iKnow Birds PRO - USA

iKnow Birds PRO - USA

NATURE MOBILE G.m.b.H.

The ultimate FIELD GUIDE to BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, all in the palm of your hand!

Finally, you have the option to identify species without the help of a heavy book. You get a comprehensive library full of facts, figures, and images. Read fascinating information and learn facts about birds; browse professional images; listen to spectacular calls and songs. Find inspiration and experience nature in a whole new way.

Apps and books help to determine what bird it is, but you are still unconfident?

You now have the best chance to correctly determine the right species with the ONLINE SPECIES CONSULTATION. Enthusiasts and Biologists from around the world will help identify what bird species it is.

You discover a bird or make a great snapshot?!

With the SIGHTINGS FUNCTION you are organizing your discoveries on the road or at home! For each sighting, you can store comprehensive information, e.g. photo, time, GPS position and location.

You want to learn to identify birds the easy way?!

The new SPECIES TRAINING in the trivia game will help you to achieve your goal much faster. You can generate your questions according to the different features.


CONTENT

* 997 bird species - 3200 images
* Species include the US, Canada and Mexico
* 550 calls and songs offline and thousands online
* Extensive description of the species
* Bird names in 4 languages
* Scientific identification
* Online Species Consultation
* Capture and share sightings
* Quiz game


BIRD IDENTIFICATION BY

* APPEARANCE
- Size, feathering, beak type, etc.
* RANGE AND HABITAT
- Cities, forests, waters, mountains, etc.
* ORDER
- Owls, herons, eagles, etc.
* MIGRATION
- Sedentary, short, medium, long


NATURE MOBILE on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/naturemobile


ABOUT NATURE MOBILE

The mission of NATURE MOBILE is to present exciting topics from nature and other areas to a wide audience of interested people, enthusiasts, and experts in an attractive way. You are an author or photographer, you have fascinating ideas or content, please contact us at [email protected]

CHECK OUT MORE APPS BY NATURE MOBILE