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Peterson Birds — A Field Guide to Birds of North America

By gWhiz, LLC

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Take birdwatching to a whole new level! Quickly identify birds you see in your garden, on your way to work, or out on a hike, with Roger Tory Peterson's innovative identification system. Time-tested illustrations and our unique display of similar looking birds make for fast comparison.


As the official Peterson app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Peterson Birds puts comprehensive descriptions, full-color illustrations, bird songs, range maps, and nest photos for over 800 species of North American birds right at your fingertips.

With more detail than any other mobile bird guide, the app includes information from 8 Peterson Field Guide books, including the best-selling guide to birds in print - Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America.


Presented in a fun-to-use, innovative format, Peterson Birds of North America is a must-have tool for birding enthusiasts everywhere! No other mobile birding app even comes close.

▶ Peterson Birds is the only app that lets you compare similar species by sight, song, and range from one screen.

▶ Swipe through page after page of wonderfully organized illustrations so you can identify birds faster.

▶ Locate birds in your area with ease using the app’s smart search feature populated with user-specific county-level and monthly data. Not quite sure what you’re looking for? Browse birds by species category or alphabetically.

▶ Make our app YOUR app - create your own Species Notebook with user photos, make custom lists of birds, record your sightings, share individual sightings and lists with friends via email or social media, and check birds off your life list.

▶ What's going on in your neighborhood this week? The app syncs up with the web-based Cornell University database, tracking every bird recorded in your county with frequency data for every week of the year. See for more information.


Peterson Birds of North America includes information from these print field guides:

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America
Peterson Reference Guide to Molt in North American Birds
Peterson Field Guides Hawks North America
Peterson Field Guides Hummingbirds of North America
Peterson Field Guides Warblers of North America
Peterson Field Guides Eastern Bird’s Nests
Peterson Field Guides Western Bird’s Nests
Peterson Field Guides Feeder Birds Eastern North America

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What's New in Version 2.6

County level search
Share Sightings with friends
Add notes to checklist species
Export checklists into CSV format
Content corrections
Minor Bug fixes/Improved Performance


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Customer Reviews

The Best — and Still Improving

Peterson’s Field Guide continues to be the best birding guide available on the iPad. I have had several iterations of this app, and have always been impressed with its capabilities. And yet they continue to find ways to improve it, making it easier to use. For example, managing and updating life lists and sightings is now even easier than before.

I own and occasionally use three other birding apps, but Peterson's is my mainstay. It's so good that I finally stopped using my paper field guide last year and now only use this app.

Field marks missing

The biggest discriminator for using Peterson field guides over the other guides I've got on my phone is the trademarked Peterson Identification System using arrows to show field marks. While the field marks are shown on the screens with multiple birds as they appear in the familiar book pages, if you are looking at a page showing the single, specific bird, they are not present. For example, if you use the otherwise *wonderful* filtered bird search, you will never see a field mark at all. They only show up if you use the browse birds method. IMHO this flaw is a critical must-fix for the next release.

Illustrations And Bird Calls; Fully Supports iPad Pro

This is a really nice reference that has excellent illustrations that you expect from Peterson. It also has birdcalls, maps and descriptive text. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it supports the full screen resolution of the iPad Pro. It also supports Slide Over and Split View multitasking on compatible iPads.

Peterson Birds — A Field Guide to Birds of North America
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $14.99
  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 2.6
  • Size: 418 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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