The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to over 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. Built for all experience levels, it will help you identify the birds around you, keep track of the birds you’ve seen, and get outside to find new birds near you.

With over 2 million downloads to date, it is one of the best and most trusted field guides for North American birds.


It's now easier than ever to identify a bird you just saw. Enter all you were able to observe—what color was it? How big? What did its tail look like?—and Bird ID will narrow down a list of possible matches for your location and date in real time.

Our field guide features over 3,000 photos, over eight hours of audio clips of songs and calls, multi-season range maps, and in-depth text by leading North American bird expert Kenn Kaufman.

With our completely redesigned Sightings feature, you can keep a record of every bird you encounter, whether you're hiking, sitting on the porch, or simply catching a glimpse of birds out the window. We'll even keep an updated life list for you.

See where the birds are with nearby birding hotspots and real-time sightings from eBird.

Post your photos to the Photo Feed so other Audubon Bird Guide users can see your best bird shots.

Keep up with the latest news from the world of birds, science, and conservation. Find an Audubon location near you to go birding. Or see where your voice is needed and take action to protect birds and the places they need, right from your app.

Once you log in with your NatureShare account, your sightings and photos will migrate with you into the new app. If something doesn’t look right, don’t worry—all of your data is untouched, safe, and secure.

While we work on migrating all of our users’ data to the new app, we have temporarily disabled some of the app’s community features. In the next few updates, we’ll be restoring and adding new features that make it easy and fun to share and view the photos taken by other Audubon Bird Guide users around the country. Stay tuned!

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About Audubon:
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive.

What's New

Version 5.1.1

In this release (version 5.1.1), you'll find several new features that many of our users have requested since the new version's launch this spring. They are:

*Sort by Last Name, First Name in the Field Guide*
When browsing species by alphabet, you will see a new sort control at the top to sort species by their last name. So rather than "Yellow Warbler" filed under Y, you'll see "Warbler, Yellow" filed under W. This makes it easy to scroll down to see all the warblers together. (You can also, as before, use the Search function by tapping the magnifying glass at the top of the screen, and start typing "warbler" to filter the list).

*Alphabetical jump-scrolling in Field Guide*
Another feature we think will make it easier to find birds in the Field Guid is a new jump-scrolling control. Simply drag your finger up and down the alphabet on the right side of the screen to jump directly to a letter.

*Added Canadian frequency data to Bird ID*
Users in Canada can now use Bird ID to identify birds by Canadian province. If you are located in Canada, Bird ID will auto-detect your location, and only show you birds common to your province for the selected month.

*Assorted bug fixes*
Including a fix for a crash some users were running into when browsing all species matches in Bird ID.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
1.3K Ratings
1.3K Ratings

Amazing app

UPDATE: I love the app, but both my wife and I *hate* the new interface! 😡 Whatever Audubon paid to have this app redesigned, they lost big-time. The new interface REQUIRES you to create an account, and it's almost impossible to easily find what you're looking for. Dropping my earlier 5-star rating to a generous 2 stars. This reeks.

My wife and I have never been "bird watchers", but since being able to enjoy our morning coffee outside every morning, we've taken to really enjoying the busy company of our feathered friends. I downloaded this app to help identify the calls, and WOW! this app is terrific. It helps identify the multitude of calls, shapes, colors, regions, etc, and has really opened up our appreciation and knowledge. To cap it off: We were trying to confirm a Carolina Wren on our patio this morning; I opened the app and started playing the different calls of the Carolina Wren, and the next thing we knew, this little guy had braved hopping right up next to where we were sitting, trying to locate where the calls were coming from! I silenced my phone momentarily, and he flew a few feet away, but as soon as I started the calls back up, here he came again, trying to find his invisible friend! That alone is enough to merit a 5-star rating for this incredible app. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼


So sad. Please bring back ability to see all nearby observations!!!

This update is making bird life miserable for me. I have been using this app for about 10 years. I am an avid birder and rely heavily on it for the bird info where you can search by your location and pull up all the birds in your location that have been reported. Now you can only search by Hotspots and it only shows you daily lists, which are incredibly incomplete. I just went on vacation to Austin, Texas. I have never been there and tried to figure out what birds I had the potential of seeing. This new app version was completely useless. It kind of made me want to cry because I couldn’t figure out what birds were around me. Sooooo frustrating! I went to hotspots and the format for that was nearly useless.

Why did you take this feature away after 10 years? Now it’s the beginning of migration season up here in New York and I have no way to know what’s coming in. The hotspots don’t help because they are so specific to that area, it won’t apply to where I live and bird. Please bring that feature back ASAP before it ruins the migration season we wait all year for.

Jammin' Jem

Bring Back the Old Version

I just used the newly updated app for the first time and I already miss the old app. I saw a bird flying that I didn’t recognize so I used the bird ID part of the app and it is worse than the old version. This new version has too many steps and I don’t like having to go back and forth among all of the characteristics I need to enter. The old version was much easier to use and worked just fine. If I’m out birding and I see a bird I don’t recognize I want to try and ID it quickly, not go through a bunch of steps to try and ID it. The results on this new app don’t seem as accurate as the old one and there seem to be a lot fewer results. I also don’t like the stories that take up most of the app. I understand you want to share news and information but this app is not the place to do it; or at least have a separate section for it. I also had to create a brand new account to use this app because it said it didn’t recognize my email address. I wish I hadn’t updated the app and I don’t think I’ll be keeping it much longer. It’s not helpful at all.


National Audubon Society, Inc.
102.4 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© National Audubon Society


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