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Bird Codes

By Nemesis Code

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Are you looking for a way to speed up your field notes so you can focus on actually looking at birds? Do you see birders using codes for birds on listservs and want to look them up? Do you want to enter your eBird checklists faster?

Alpha codes are four letter abbreviations assigned to bird species as a quick way to refer to them. These codes are commonly used in field notes to quickly record sightings and other situations where writing down the entire species name is impractical. This app allows you to search and learn the alpha codes created using the Pyle and DeSante (2003) system which defines alpha codes for all 2078 species recorded in the AOU (American Ornithologists’ Union) area. You can quickly search by either the birds name or by the alpha code.

What's New in Version 2.1

Version 2.1

Unified Search Bar
* Search for both a birds alpha code and common name from the same search bar, no need to switch back and forth.

UI Enhancements
* 168% as pretty as the old version for 2x as much fun as you learn.

Version 2.0

Speed enhancements!
* Search is blazing now, instant results as you type.


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Customer Reviews

Fast & easy

I struggle with remembering all of the bird codes. This is a handy app that I rely on almost daily. Does what it says. No bells and whistles. We can leave that for the birds!
You must know the correct spelling. It will not guess for you.

Helpful app

Helpful app for looking up AOU codes when eBird chokes on your acronym. I use regularly, pretty convenient.

Very helpful

I use this app quite frequently. Nothing fancy, just does what it's supposed to.

Bird Codes
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: Sep 07, 2012
  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 2.7 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish
  • Seller: James Stuckey Weber

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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