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3 Amazing Bird Watching Apps

What better way to identify birds while bird-watching, sitting in your garden, or walking in your neighborhood than with a comprehensive app for your mobile device? The following apps offer a wide range of features for budding ornithologists. 

iBird Pro Guide to Birds (iTunes, Google play) Various prices

This interactive field guide, aimed at beginning and experienced bird watchers, includes over 800 bird species in North America, Canada, Hawaii and more.


  • Identify birds on search engine with help of 37 attributes, including location, habitat and flight style
  • Browse illustrations and photos from artists and photographers who specialize in ornithology
  • Switch between Day theme (black text on white background) and dimmer Night theme, designed for bird watching in low light
  • Listen to more than 2,500 bird recordings, including information about where the recording was made
  • Upload photos to Photo Center and store in Dropbox
  • Create customized slideshows with calls and songs

Peterson's Birds of North America (iTunes) $14.99

With over 800 species of North American birds, this detailed app includes information from 8 Peterson Field Guide books. You can compare similar bird species by sight, song and range from one screen.


  • Browse nest photos
  • Locate birds with one-tap QuickFind index
  • Upload photos to files of each bird species
  • Save custom bird lists to home screen
  • Share bird lists with friends

Sibley Birds of North America (iTunes, Google play) $19.99

This app, from the publishers of the bestselling printed guide, includes over 6600 images of birds shown perched and in flight from below. The detailed maps show winter and summer range as well as migration and rare occurrence.


  • Listen to bird names in English, French, Spanish and Latin
  • Choose from over 2300 edited sound recordings
  • Search for birds by distinguishing features like size, colors and habits
  • Filter by state/province in order to find birds common to your area
  • Store sighting to your device and export with email or iTunes file sharing


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