Here are some of the latest and greatest 2023 birding
apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android.
Featured as 'App of the Day' by Apple in 148 countries, Birda is a breath of life in the birdwatching world.
With community assisted identification, automated life lists, gamified challenges and fun badges, among other cool features, if you are looking for a free birding app to amplify your birdwatching experience this is probably it.
Stand Out Features:
Available on Apple and Android devices
Free to use
Join gamified challenges with prizes
Choose your preferred taxonomy
Localized species lists
Social features - meet and share your birding experiences with other birders
Discover birding locations near you, the birds that occur, including a list of the birds you have not yet seen
Comprehensive world wide field guide that is constantly improving
Set, track and monitor your birdwatching goals (E.g species seen per month, birding sessions)
Import your sighting records from other apps e.g. eBird
Automatically generated life lists, including home & patch lists
Track healthy living metrics, like walks and time in nature
Offline capabilities to use whenever you want to disconnect or are outside of your mobile service range
Fine-grained privacy controls, including hiding sightings from your home address
Features of the Sibley eGuide to the Birds of
North America App:
Over 6600 images
Every species is shown perched and in flight
from above and below.
Shows every major seasonal, age, and sexual variation.
Detailed coverage of subspecies and regional
Detailed maps showing not just winter and
summer range but also migration and rare occurrence.
Detailed descriptions of songs and calls,
comparing similar species measurements of length, wingspan, and weight
for every species.
One-tap enlargement of images and rotating the device expands images
Over 2300 carefully-selected and edited sound
recordings. Nearly all species are represented with multiple examples
showing the range of vocalizations.
The ability to compare any two images, maps, or sounds, side by side on
The ability to filter by state/province, so
that you see only the species likely to occur in your location, and to
further reduce the possibilities to the most common birds in that area.
The ability to search by distinguishing
features such as size, prominent A basic personal species list that
stores your sightings saved to the device
Unique search function for identifying bird by
song type or pattern, wing shape, time of year, by state/province,
locomotion and more
Up-to-date range maps with wintering maps for
125+ migrating birds
Audubon Birds App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Walk-Through
For those of you who prefer photos of birds for identification over
drawings (which we personally do not), you may like the Audubon app
better than the Peterson, National Geographic or Sibley apps which do
not have photos, but drawings.
The iBird Explorer Pro has both and
would be our choice if you wanted photos.
Sort by location, size and color through 867
birds of North America
View more than 1600 bird images, listen to bird
songs, 650 range maps, behavior and more
Search for birds by name and the list updates
and shortens as you type in the search box
This app would be a nice companion to the National Geographic's Field
Guide to the Birds of North America, for those who prefer it over
Peterson field guides, and/or instead of when you didn't have your
guide book with you. It's also priced relatively cheap.
The search function seems to one of the highlights of this birding app, though
we think Peterson's app is better at the same price because of added
functionality and features.
National Geographic's Birds (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad)
Some Features of BirdsEye App:
Powered by eBird, a joint project of the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon
New observations are downloaded from eBird over
Over one million bird observations each month
reviewed by local birding experts.
Map of 25,000 birding hotspots
Can show you where any one of 847 North
American species has been seen recently ??? and even give you directions
Keeps a record of your life list
For the 470 most observed North American birds
(377 additional bird content can be purchased separately) there are
photographs, songs and calls and Kenn Kaufman's notes about the species.
BirdsEye App Demo
We think this would be a good app to have in addition to one of the
other birding apps on this page which are more for identification
purposes. BirdsEye would be especially useful when you are traveling
and want to see new species in locations you aren't as familiar as your
Whether you are a beginner bird watcher or an expert ornithologist, any
of these six birding apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device would
be a great addition to your birding knowledgebase that is extremely portable.
All four, we believe, are bargain prices for the amount and quality of
information you receive about birds for your mobile device.
All four have field
guide related information, but if you want something more the BirdsEye app also allows users to
see what birds have been recently sighted in specific locations and has
an inventory of birding hotspots as well.
Choose the app that best suits your learning style and the kind of information
you would prefer most. Happy Birding!