The old proverb “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”, is usually about balancing the risks of the known with the unknown. Not in this case! With this app you can be sure of having not one, but nearly 50 birds “in your hand” when you next head bush.

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service has partnered with Geometry Pty Ltd and some of Australia’s best photographers and sound recordists to produce a beautiful and professionally produced App.

The App covers 49 of Tasmania’s common and endemic birds and includes bird calls, high quality pictures and information on their habitat, breeding, diet etc. Use the App while out bush to work out which call is which.

Our latest version now includes the ability to send in sightings from GPS-enabled devices. The coordinates of submitted sightings are entered into the Natural Values Atlas and will help scientists build a record of the distribution of Tasmanias' birds.

The island of Tasmania is Australia’s smallest and most Southern State. It is one of the world’s special places. Over 40% of the island is reserved for conservation (over 440 reserves) and 20% of the State is listed as World Heritage. The island is a haven for birdlife, including the very rare Orange-bellied parrot (under 200 birds remain in the wild). For more info on Tasmania’s reserves and wildlife, see the Parks and Wildlife website:

So check out this app, offer suggestions (to and let us know if you have any really high quality Tasmanian bird photos or vocalisations that we can include in our V 3.0 release.

In the future we are also planning to make other applications available covering Tasmania’s native wildlife and National Parks.

Available for iPhone and iPod touch, OS version 3 or higher.

What's New

Version 3.0.1

- added support for iOS 11

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5

18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Not good value for money


A great idea, but very poorly realised. Only 50-odd species with limited calls, which in some instances seem uncharacteristic, and some with extraneous noises ... blowflies in some, and kelp gulls in the background of the Pacific gull recording, for example.

Has none of the features of its British counterpart (Pocket Birds) such as "here now" and sighting recording linked to maps.

A very half-hearted attempt at what could have been a very useful resource if done properly.

iOS11 update required

Nicko the shark

Unfortunately this great app that I use all of the time out in the bush has not been updated to support iOS 11 so I cannot use it any longer 😕

But, But, BUT!

This app is really good well designed and logical. I have been using it for a year or so BUT then I updated my phone BUT parks and wildlife didn’t update the app...

Come on it’s been a few months now and Bird in the hand is still not up dated don’t be another lazy Government department get on with it UPDATE THE APP


Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
80.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Tasmania Parks and Wildife Service


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