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05 Dec 2014 App Lists
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If you’re an avid bird watcher, or just getting into this exciting passion, then check out our list of the best bird watching apps for the iPhone and iPad. 

 

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iBird Pro Guide to Birds
$19.99
iPad / iPhone
1 review

This is the #1 birding app on the planet with numerous features and functions that are unmatched by any other birding app.


  • Full screen and landscape views
  • Nearly 1000 different species from North America
  • Syncs to iCloud
  • 38 different search attributes
  • 5 hours of bird songs and calls
  • Photo center for your personal birding photos
  • Compatible on iPhone and iPad

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The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America
$19.99
iPad / iPhone
1 review

The most popular field guide ever made is now available for the iOS!

  • Official Sibley guide
  • Exclusive for North American Birds
  • Comprehensive eGuide
  • More than “just” a book for your iPhone and iPad
  • Over 6,600 images and 2,300 sound recordings

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Peterson Birds — A Field Guide to Birds of North America
$14.99
iPad / iPhone
1 review

This is the official Peterson app, and it’s awesome. Highly regarded by many critics. 

  • Officially licensed by Roger Peterson’s identification system
  • Includes over 800 species of birds in North America
  • All accessible for both your iPhone or iPad
  • Detailed illustrations
  • Meticulous ID system

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Birds: Backyard Birdwatching
$3.99
iPad

Designed to teach the average person about bird watching and bird feeding. 

  • Made for the iPad
  • Extensive profiles for every listed bird
  • 50 feeder birds
  • Search is limited to both U.S. hemispheres
  • Tips for taking care of your binoculars

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Port Douglas & Daintree Discovery Guide
$2.99
iPad / iPhone

Port Douglas is an ideal nature spot for bird watching, and this app shows us why. 

  • Exhaustive local guide
  • Tips for visiting the island
  • Updated species list from bird expert Chris Dahlberg
  • “Free things to do” list
  • 24/7 support

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Solunar Table
$2.99
iPad / iPhone

Learn all about the best times of the day to go bird watching. 

  • Includes guide to hunting and fishing
  • Explains when the precise lunar period for the year is
  • Accurate estimates for sunrise/sunset
  • In-app GPS
  • Works offline

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Birdeez: Easy Bird Identification Guide
$1.99
iPad / iPhone

The app title says it all. An easy guide for us less experienced bird watchers. 

  • Offers easy way to spotting birds
  • List of rare birds to see according to your location
  • Learn by browsing pictures
  • Share latest sightings online
  • Customizable searching options

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National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America
$9.99
iPad / iPhone
1 review

An interactive field guide for bird watchers in North America. Anything by Nat Geo is a must have. 

  • Official license
  • Interactive field guide
  • Redesigned from the ground up
  • 995 species in North America alone
  • Customizable searches

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Peterson Backyard Birds - A Field Guide to Birds of North America
Free
iPad / iPhone
1 review

A great intro to common birds you can see in North America. 

  • 160 common birds
  • Beautiful and detailed illustrations
  • Quick visual comparison
  • Plays “bird songs”
  • Updated range maps

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Texas Birds
Free
iPad / iPhone

If you live in Texas and you are a birder, then this is a must have app for you. 

  • Introduction to native Texan bird species
  • Hundreds of images
  • Range map includes the whole state
  • Bird trivia
  • Tips on how to “attract” birds to you

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iBird Yard+ Guide to Birds
$2.99
iPad / iPhone
1 review

An in-depth app that provides a great deal of content like: photos, illustrations and audio recordings. 

  • 235 species of birds
  • Separate list for 149 common backyard birds
  • 86 “rare” birds which can be found in your backyard
  • Extensive database
  • Gorgeous landscape view

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iBird UK & Ireland Lite Guide to Birds
Free
iPad / iPhone
1 review

An app specifically designed for birders of the UK and Ireland. 

  • Profiles of 283 bird species
  • 30 species available on initial download
  • Constant updates
  • 400 new photos updated daily
  • Customizable labels

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Bird Song Id USA NE Automatic Recognition and Reference - Songs and Calls of North East American Birds
$4.99
iPad / iPhone

Learn and identify different bird species, by their songs and calls, with the help of this app.

  • Automatic voice recognition
  • Very functional
  • Learn to identify new bird species
  • Very fun to use
  • Works offline

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Costa Rica Birds Field Guide
$9.99
iPad / iPhone

If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica anytime soon, whether it be for birding or vacationing, then check out this app. 

  • Full birding guide
  • Hi-res photographs
  • Comprehensive filters
  • Record new species of birds
  • Smart filtering searches

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Audubon Birds Pro
$0.99
iPad / iPhone
1 review
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With over 1 million downloads, this award winning app is a must have for all birders. 

  • Officially licensed by Roger Peterson’s identification system
  • Includes over 800 species of birds in North America
  • All accessible for both your iPhone or iPad
  • Detailed illustrations
  • Meticulous ID system

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iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds
$24.99
iPad / iPhone
1 review
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This is the complete bird-watching app for the iOS. It's another amazing app by the Mitch Waite Group just like the first app on our list iBird Pro Guide to Birds

  • Lists all 940 exclusive North American birds
  • Patented algorithm searching functions
  • Updated searching attributes
  • Automatic syncing functions
  • Interactive slideshows

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Audubon Birds California – A Field Guide to the Birds of California
$2.99
iPad / iPhone
1 review

A thorough and useful guide for birders, hikers and tourists of the Golden State.

  • Multiple selective images
  • Updated birds listing
  • Complete bird library
  • Intuitive interface
  • 24/7 support

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Matt is a technology enthusiast, particularly surrounding smartphones and Apple products. Living in the UK, Matt passionately follows all of the latest news on Apple from across the globe.

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