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Peterson Birds — A Field Guide to Birds of North America

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Peterson Birds app featured by Apple in iPad Air keynote video: Peterson Birds -

Quickly identify birds you see in your garden, on your way to work, or out on a hike, with Roger Tory Peterson's innovative identification system, time-tested illustrations, and our unique display of similar looking birds for fast comparison.

———— Winner Best Outdoors App Ever Award — ————

"This is the best birding app I've seen. you guys nailed it!" iTunes app store review


The official Peterson app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Peterson Birds gives you illustrations, birds songs, range maps, and nest photos for over 800 species of North American birds on your on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

More detail than any other mobile bird guide, with information from 8 Peterson Field Guide books, including the best-selling guide to birds in print, Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America.


"Peterson Birds of North America for iOS a must for bird watchers"

"The Peterson Birds of North America app has given itself a delicate mission: to preserve the integrity and ease of use of the 75-year-old granddaddy of modern printed field guides and to do so without getting all sentimental or stodgy about it. It succeeds pretty well." BirdWatcher's Digest magazine review


Peterson Birds of North America is the most comprehensive and innovative bird guide available on a mobile device.

▶ Peterson Birds is the only app that lets you compare similar species by sight, song, and range from one screen

▶ Swipe through page after page of meticulously organized illustrations so you can ID birds faster

▶ Who wants to type in bird names in the field? Our one-tap QuickFind index takes you straight to the birds you want

▶ Make our app your app — add your photos to each bird species, make custom lists of birds and save them to your home screen, save search results as lists, share lists with friends, move icons around the home screen, change the font size, change the position of toolbar icons to suit left-handed or right-handed use, record your sightings and check birds off your life list

▶ What's going on in your neighborhood this week? Download lists showing every bird recorded in your county in the Cornell University database, with details showing frequency for every week of the year. See for more information


Peterson Birds of North America includes information from these print field guides:

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America
Peterson Reference Guide to Molt in North American Birds
Peterson Field Guides Hawks North America
Peterson Field Guides Hummingbirds of North America
Peterson Field Guides Warblers of North America
Peterson Field Guides Eastern Bird’s Nests
Peterson Field Guides Western Bird’s Nests
Peterson Field Guides Feeder Birds Eastern North America


Got questions? Visit the Peterson Guides support forum at for the fastest response. Or, email, find us on Twitter — @petersonguides, and Facebook —

What's New in Version 1.3

Thanks for everyone's patience with the checklist import bug, but it's now fixed. Yay! And, there's a bunch of new good stuff, including:

New UI for iPhone5 and retina display support
New tutorial
Sightings export
Canadian provinces added to search
and much more.

Tap on the What's More popup to see a quick video overview of all the changes in this release.


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Customer Reviews

Thanks for the update!

With the update for iPhone 5, this is probably the best overall bird reference. The drawings from Peterson are better than photos for identification, and the textual information is more organized and standardized than other apps. The only way it could be improved would be to have more than one vocalization per bird.

Slightly confusing

Confusing and unintuitive to navigate through anything but the slides. Definitely watch their tutorials. There is a ton of information in here if you can find it! Along with this app, I use Sibley's, iBird, and BirdsEye NA. Peterson's excels in showing you the pages of the great Peterson's Field Guides books, so you can see many similar species next to each other on the screen.

Wonderful Features

I am enjoying the guide tremendously, I use it all the time. I especially like the features that allow me to download site checklists for local hotspots from the Peterson Guide website, and to add my own photos to each species' page.

Please make it possible to add Ruddy Duck to the life list. I saw one today!