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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
Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab
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...

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

Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab

Cornell University

What's that bird

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 photos, sounds, and ID tips about your bird!

If you have...

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...

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...

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...

BirdLasser
BirdLasser

BirdLasser

Lejint Pty Ltd

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

BirdLasser is a fun, easy way to record your African and Indian Ocean 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...

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

Newman’s Birds of Africa

Satpack Travel

KEY FEATURES

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 field, with labels showing diagnostic features.
• Over 800 bird calls...

Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 1
Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 1

Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 1

Larkwire

LAND BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA

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 is a complete, game-based system for learning to identify bird...

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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...

Panama Birds Field Guide
Panama Birds Field Guide
Panama Birds Field Guide

Panama Birds Field Guide

Michael Mullin

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...

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...

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 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...

ChirpOMatic UK - Bird Song ID
ChirpOMatic UK - Bird Song ID
ChirpOMatic UK - Bird Song ID

ChirpOMatic UK - Bird Song ID

Spiny Software Ltd

“Top of the pile of bird song recognition apps” - Bird Watching magazine
The only birdsong app that can safely be used on nature reserves!
Featured by Apple in 'Celebrate Springtime’

ChirpOMatic is an excellent way to identify bird sounds around you. Simply record a bird singing and use Automatic Recognition to identify...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Newman’s Birds of Africa LITE

Satpack Travel

*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...

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...

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...

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 Guide to Birds is the perfect app if you are serious about birding but want to keep your investment low. The app has most of the great features of the iBird product line. If you want to take your birding skills up a level or two, iBird Plus...

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

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...

The Birds of Switzerland
The Birds of Switzerland
The Birds of Switzerland

The Birds of Switzerland

I.M.D. Publicacion C.A.

Almost 10,000 species of birds are currently known worldwide. Approximately 380 of these species have been observed in Switzerland alone, these are regarded as "natural wild birds". Several of these are to be regarded as vagrants that have been sighted very rarely or only once and, therefore, have not been...

Birds of Western Palearctic
Birds of Western Palearctic
Birds of Western Palearctic

Birds of Western Palearctic

mydigitalearth.com

This app is an interactive companion to the book "The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic" – the comprehensive book for birdwatchers interested in the region. It covers ALL the regions found in the book.
This app has specific features that will enhance your birding experience.

FEATURES:
Multiple...

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...

Collins British Bird Guide
Collins British Bird Guide
Collins British Bird Guide

Collins British Bird Guide

NatureGuides Ltd.

Collins British Bird Guide takes 262 of the most commonly seen British & Irish bird species from the award-winning Collins Bird Guide and presents them in the same easy-to-use practical format. Search for a species by location, time of year or plumage traits; browse the stunning illustrations by Killian Mullarney...

Sasol eBirds
Sasol eBirds
Sasol eBirds

Sasol eBirds

mydigitalearth.com

"In southern Africa the Sasol eBirds would undoubtedly be my first choice. The text is detailed, the navigation system is user friendly and the opportunity to listen to recordings of calls and songs is a huge asset. Above all, the superb paintings by Norman Arlott and Peter Hayman have stood...

UK Ireland Bird Identification
UK Ireland Bird Identification
UK Ireland Bird Identification

UK Ireland Bird Identification

mydigitalearth.com

This app is an interactive companion to the book "The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic" – the comprehensive book for birdwatchers interested in the region. It ONLY covers the UK and Ireland regions of the book.
This app has specific features that will enhance your birding...

Birds of Europe Guide
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.

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,...

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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]

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Chirp! Bird Songs & Calls USA

Chirp! Bird Songs & Calls USA

Spiny Software Ltd

Listen and learn over 300 bird songs and calls from across the continental United States, with up to 34 seconds of song for each bird, and alternative recordings for some birds. The songs and calls are of the highest quality, most provided by the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

On first use, Chirp! selects birds for your current location, but then you are free to select any state (or group of states) on the Map Screen, to learn the common species from east to west and north to south. Or you may prefer to select all birds to learn the whole range! Try sorting by song style, so that you can compare birds that hoot and coo, or those with high pitched songs for example. If you are a beginner, sort the birds by commonness, so you can listen to the most common ones first, then move on to less frequent backyard visitors.

Make a shortlist of your favourites so that you can find them quickly (tap the + icon above the image to add birds to your favorites list).

After listening, try the quiz to test your memory. Answer fast to earn a score multiplier and get on the high score table! Experienced birders can use the custom quiz to help distinguish and learn similar songs.

And when you need a rest, try the slideshow feature - choose which birds to include, maybe add background bird song, then simply relax. If you want to continue learning while you relax, switch the voiceover on and hear the name of the bird announced at the end of each clip. This is also a good way of competing with the family - who can say the name of the bird first?

To keep up with the latest news:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/iSpiny
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chirpbirdsongs

Problems? Email us: [email protected]

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 showing the location of each sighting, to eBird, Facebook, Twitter, a birding listserv, Dropbox, or email it to yourself or others. Birdwatcher's Diary is designed to be useful for your "big day" efforts, Christmas Bird Counts, and for your everyday birding outings alike. Fast and easy to use yet packed with advanced features, Birdwatcher's Diary will enrich your birding experience.

SAMPLE USER COMMENTS:

"I use this awesome iPhone app nearly every day and upload my sightings to eBird." – Fred Crotte

"I find it basically effortless to use in the field and love it. It is also great to directly send a report to your local listserv from the app, which allows for your comments, list, and a link to the Google map. Very cool." – John A.

"BWD is the most powerful listing app I've used. The filtering capabilities seem especially well-suited to bird surveys and big days." – The Birders Library

"We did a Big Day –I used the app to keep track through 5 different locations –it worked great right through uploading to eBird. Love it!"– Lois S.

"BWD had been indispensable while scouting for our upcoming Birdathon. I'll use it during the event and then provide a map to our sponsors and donors to show them our route with each species' location seen. They love that!" – Laurie F.

"I find Birdwatcher’s Diary easy to use and frankly fun. You will enjoy using this app and seeing not only your lists, but also the sightings maps." – Nancy J.

The staff of SCS are longtime birders active in bird conservation advocacy. We support bird conservation, education and research organizations.

KEY FEATURES:
• One tap records a species with exact location & time. Further taps increase the count. Built-in calculator for large increments
• Intelliscroll™ switches from 1- to 2- and 3-letter alphabet tabs for superfast scrolling
• Conventional search by first name, last name, Latin name, or bird-banding code
• Upload your sightings to eBird directly from the app
• Can mark sightings as "heard only"
• Built-in, user-configurable phrase list – tap, don’t type, your notes
• Quickly switch between viewing all birds, sighted only, or not seen yet
• Save and recall daily sightings directly on the iOS device, as well as in the "cloud" with Dropbox™
• Create life lists or filter by criteria: country, state, county, location, date and more
• Import your existing eBird sightings
• View sightings map on the device, or upload the information and create your own custom Google Map to view from a desktop
• Preconfigured with U.S., U.K., and Mexican bird lists. Many country and 50 state lists available for easy download; others on request
• Lists include standard English and scientific names as well as local names (Spanish, French, etc.) as appropriate
• Easily create your own custom lists like target species for your birdathon, county CBC list, etc.
• By installing (or simply entering) new lists, software can be used for sightings of anything - butterflies, reptiles, mammals, etc.
• Built-in tool for updating checklists and archives of past sightings for renames, splits, and lumps
• Include your own bird photos!
• Full support for Bluetooth keyboards

View a video demo, screen shots, user manual, additional checklists available, and more at www.stevenscreek.com/birdwatchersdiary.htm