The Michael Morcombe and David Stewart eGuide to the Birds of Australia
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The foremost field guide to Australian birds is now available on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with a comprehensive collection of bird calls.
** If you would like to experience the app check out The Michael Morcombe eGuide to the Birds of Australia LITE which is FREE and includes 59 species **
Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds has been called the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds in the market today and now it is perfectly complimented by the eGuide which features:
● iPhone optimised controls – swipe to next or previous species, one-tap enlargement of an image and rotate the device (landscape) to enlarge an image completely (and fit the width of the screen).
● Over 3000 hi-res bird images covering over 790 bird species.
● Most bird species have a detailed distribution map showing any subspecies that occur.
● Detailed text descriptions of almost all bird species including songs and calls, measurements and breeding behaviour.
● Over 1800 carefully-selected and edited sound recordings for over 600 species. Many species are represented with multiple call examples showing the full range of vocalizations.
● The ability to compare any two images, maps, or sounds, side by side on the screen. The ability to filter by geographic location, so that you see only the species likely to occur in your location, and to further reduce the possibilities to usual or vagrant species in the selected area.
● A “Smart Search” that gives the ability to search by distinguishing features such as size, colour, physical features, habitat and exclude certain types of birds (eg. Passerines).
● A basic personal species list that stores your sightings saved to the device* (ability to upload list coming soon)
● A comprehensive help and introduction section to help you if you get stuck or don’t understand how a certain feature works.
*Uninstalling/reinstalling the program will result in the loss of your list, it is recommended that you keep your own backup (master list) separate from the application.
We invite all users to share their comments and ideas on our forum at www.mydigitalearth.com
NB. This Application WILL ONLY work on an iPhone or iPod Touch running OS V4.3 or higher NOT A NORMAL IPOD CLASSIC/NANO and the download is about 320MB.
What's New in Version 1.3
*As with all updates please make sure that you have a copy of your personal bird list (My List) saved elsewhere as there is always a chance that is could be deleted in the update process*
● Added thumbnails to main bird lists.
● Added ability to display bird names in either English or Scientific.
● Added ability to save GPS coordinates in My List.
● Added ability to go to the species information screen from My List on iPads (already a feature of iPhone version).
● Added a button the Main Menu that allows users to contact us directly with any comments, complaints or suggestions.
● Added a tab that links to all the other apps developed by mydigitalearth.com
● Fixed various bugs and errors.
Not as good as it should be!
A useful guide but not a brilliant one. It has a number of short comings.
The illustrations are not of a high quality, and in some cases are poor. The coloration of many birds is not always indicative of the true colours.
The search function is linked with the area of the country where you are observing but the data entered into this function have not been checked for accuracy.
There are several birds that the provided maps show as occurring in Tasmania but the search function does not list them as being in the state.
I have also found other species that are common. in Tasmania but the guide claims they do not occur in the state.
Finally, the guide does not always clearly highlight the differences between closely similar species. It is possible to display two species alongside each other but you often have to search for the differences - it would much more useful to have these highlighted.
Very helpful - great to have with you in the field
I love this app! It is on my iPhone which I carry in my pocket when in the field. I can easily check identification, use the Smart Search to help identify an unknown bird, and having access to the bird calls is fantastic. I agree with others, it would be useful to have the ability to sync between devices, because I keep my life list on my iPad rather than the iPhone. Of course there are errors etc, but I find if you advise the developers, they respond promptly and make a correction in the next update.
A great way to identify birds
This is a great app for taking on walks to identify the birds that you see. You don't need to be a bird expert to use it. Just the other day I used it to identify a new parrot at my local park as a Musk Lorikeet, which I had never seen before.
I've had the app for a couple of years, and each version makes it better. The latest version has thumbnails and GPS tagging of bird sightings, which is a big improvement.
I highly recommend this app.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: 12 March 2013
- Version: 1.3
- Size: 354 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Cool Ideas LLC
- © 2013 Cool Ideas LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.