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National Geographic Birds app review: field guide to North America



National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America is an app that is a must-have for birding enthusiasts. It'll provide them, on their iPhone or iPad, with a field guide, photos, lists, quizzes, and complete note-taking features for recording their sightings.

This app can be found in the Reference section of the App Store, and it can be downloaded for $9.99, which is a fair price for such a comprehensive and feature-packed app, so let's take a look at what it does.

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National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America



The obvious highlight of National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America is the field guide which consists of over 995 species of birds listed in it, all of which can be found in North America.

Birding enthusiasts, whether beginners or seasoned, will love searching through the database of species to find the one they're looking for. There are powerful search functions with real-time results, along with sorting and filtering functions to find the species you're looking for in a jiffy.

Each of the listings come with photos and as you learn about them, you can test your knowledge by doing the quizzes also contained within. Furthermore, you'll also find bird lists such as endangered species, most sighted, and longest-distant migrants lists.

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Beautiful interface
Beautiful interface

Functions & Features

Speaking of lists, users can also create their own list to which they can add the species they like. There are plenty of other tools available for birding enthusiasts that will help birders have safe, ethical, and educational birding experiences.

The My Journal section is where you can enter each of your sightings. You can enter various parameters under which you saw the bird so that you may recreate the moment or help other users find the perfect conditions to sight the bird again. Location, weather, photos, and other notes can be added with just a tap.

There's also a birder's Tool Kit feature, which is full of videos and sounds of birds. You will also find other essentials such as ethics guides and gear guides.

Listen to bird sounds
Listen to bird sounds

National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America


Pros & Cons


  • Contains over 995 species of birds in North America
  • Beautiful, interactive field guide
  • Great for beginners as well as seasoned bird-watchers
  • Powerful search functions with various filtering and sorting options
  • Keep track of the birds you've found using the My Journal section
  • Add comprehensive details to your sightings
  • Check out lists of birds put together by National Geographic such as endangered species, often-sighted species, and more
  • Curated and custom-made quizzes to test your knowledge


  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

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Final Words

National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America is a beautiful app which certainly lives up to the reputation and professionalism of National Geographic. This app is a must-have on the iPhone or iPad of every serious birder.


National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America

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Neha Sinha

Neha has been writing and editing since 2010 and has been reviewing iOS apps since early 2014. She has lived in four different countries and loves having the world at her fingertips thanks to these awesome apps.