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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, and range maps 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.

▶ Know exactly what you’re looking for? Search birds by name and/or location. Not quite sure? Browse birds by category or alphabetically.

▶ Make our app YOUR app — make custom lists of birds, share lists with friends, record your sightings, 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

Major update! All new, easy-to-use user interface with new features including:
- top level navigation menu
- tap on species image to view species detail
- combined text and parameterized search
- location and local weather automatically added to sightings
- create and update checklists directly from sightings or species pages


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Customer Reviews

Love the County Checklists!

My favorite feature of this app is that you can download local checklists (based on E-Bird sightings) for the US and Canada. Of course data is still spotty, but you can see abundance week by week throughout the year. This is great for trips. I also use BirdsEye. The last version listed species in the the checklists alphabetically by first name making it difficult to find new birds. This version allows listing by family. When they allow sorting by last name they'll earn another star. I love the detailed information (especially on nests) but miss the pictures in the old version. I haven't figured out how to zoom the plates yet.

I love Peterson but what happened with this last update!?!?

Wow I still love Petersons paintings and field guide to birds and was extremely happy with the previous version ... What happened with the update?

The plates are great but when you zoom in they are horribly fuzzy and low resolution, making that function silly. This function also awkwardly zooms to a section of the page, cuts off part of the bird, then re-images and finally you can see what you zoomed in on, kinda.

Now you can select a species which opens a new window to view the information and details. Again, highly awkward. The illustrations are fuzzy at best and weirdly cropped for detail, you'll see what I mean, not easy to view. Furthermore in the field accidental touches on the iPad are causing species to open into the detail pane she. I don't want them too ... Again ... Awkward!

The details page seems hastily put together and segmented. My eyes are confused and it's not easy to decipher at first what I want to look at. I really like the much simpler version previous.

The illustrations are great still but what happened with this update? I feel like I got a "whammy".

Update is easier to use for me

I like the new update. I always had trouble finding stuff in the old version. I liked it but I could never remember what the icons meant and it took several taps to find what I was looking for.

Now everything is right there. Map, bird call or song (my favorite feature of the app), related species that you can easily tap on anathema just hit the back button to go back to the original bird you were looking at, info on the bird.

The pictures are a bit fuzzy closer up, but field marks are perfectly visible non zoomed, and that's the point of the Peterson system.

I have never used the sightings feature, but it looks much more integrated now. I'll have to try it.

Great update imho.

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
  • Size: 155 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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