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Audubon Bird Guide: North America

By National Audubon Society

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The best field guide for the season.

Audubon Bird Guide: North America is an outstanding mobile field guide resource completely updated to the current AOU checklist. With almost 2 million downloads to date, it is one of the most trusted authoritative bird field guide for North America. The app includes 808 species; advanced gallery view for easy comparison and search; field mark call outs; “Find Birds with eBird”, powered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; the ability to keep Lists and log Sightings; and a social community of birders who observe, identify, and share their observations and photos in the mobile app and online.

Key Features:

•Identify 808 species with in-depth descriptions including information on size, appearance, habitat, behavior, and more

•Over 3,200 images from the world-renown VIREO, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s world-wide collection of bird photography, Philadelphia.

•Eight hours of the most exceptional, highest quality bird sounds.

•Robust seasonal and migratory range maps.

•Browse species in a gallery view and filter by shape, region and color, aiding quick identification.

•Find Birds with eBird - the ability to locate birds seen recently around you, drawing on the continuously updated database from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and eBird.

•Create a Personal NatureShare Account – post Sightings, keep lists, and share sightings with friends and followers with an easy, user-friendly interface.

What People are Saying:

“Now every birder can have the equivalent of a rare bird alert and comprehensive field guide wrapped into a single mobile app.” - Gary Langham, vice president and chief scientist for Audubon

“Instead of the hefty field guides, the apps give the nature photographer a very portable and lightweight library of natural history information.” – Jim Clark, Outdoor Photographer Magazine

AppPicker (“Best of” Lists, Jan 2013): “Audubon Birds…largely regarded as the best bird watching app…”

2011 APPY Award Finalist

“All I can say is WOW and double WOW! I have had Audubon Birds for a couple of years and have seen it grow into the BEST bird app for iOS! ...I am just blown away with all the new additions. My favorite is showing all the birds in a group (thumbnails) and when tapped lightly the name shows up. What a way to learn new birds. I just cannot express how much I love the update. Thank you…” - E Uhls

About Audubon Bird Guides: Audubon Bird Guides are the best digital birding field apps from the National Audubon Society (NAS). For more information, please see: An App Tutorial iOS video is available at

About the Developer:

The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats 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. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at and @audubonsociety.

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What's New in Version 4.4

-Added physical size specs for every bird to its Description!
-Post an Unknown Bird from the app for the community to ID!
-New silhouettes in Advanced Search menu & Advanced Search performance improvements
-Date Sort in My Sightings by Most Recent first
-Links to new App Tutorial Video at
-Bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Best available field guide app.

This really is the best one available for North America.

Here are my favorite features:

1) Tons of info for each species: photos, calls, maps, similar species, and a large text section with a full species description, discussion and size information

2) Full offline support. Go to the menu and there's an option to download all photos / calls etc.

3) Robust search capabilities. Go to 'Explore Birds' --> 'Advanced Search' to find tons of specific criteria. Your searches can be as broad as "this family in this location in this month" or as specific as "this color, wing shape and song type containing this word in the name"

They also have some interesting online features I haven't delved into yet. There is some eBird integration where it gives you location-relevant information such as recent "Notable and Rare" nearby sightings. It's also integrated with NatureShare - I haven't used it but I think it's basically a social media for naturewatchers; you can log sightings and 'follow' friends.

Overall top-of-the-line app. It's my guide of choice when I'm out birding.

Changed, not for the better

They added size back which they originally removed, but no description of wingspan. There is no description on feeding behavior either. I find the new descriptions less informative overall but hopefully they will be better.
Also, they removed the Ivory billed woodpecker from the guide. I don't support this change because although the species way very well be extinct, there is a small chance it is not. Including it also stirred the imagination and birding spirit, helping to preserve our treasured aves.

I like this guide very much and would really love to see better descriptions, especially on behavior and physical properties. It would also be nifty for kids and teens, or anyone new to birding, to have the ability to browse by "color".

As for navigation and searching, I they updated silhouettes depicting sub species. Such as when browsing perching birds which is great.

It's the best app bird guide and remains my favorite. Some of the new added features are nice touches. Such as "all about birds", and the link to John Audubon's art plates are fun to browse. I cant wait to see what else they add in. Excited.


I never review apps but feel compelled to share about this one. My three your old daughter and I use this on a very regular basis as we both enjoy our new hobby of birding. The audio comes through so well we tricked some gold finches in our backyard. This app is fantastic and I highly recommend it.


Audubon Bird Guide: North America
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.4
  • Size: 63.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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