Lifebirds Journal provides birders with powerful tools for recording, displaying, and sharing sighting data. Features include:
• up-to-date database of all 10,000+ bird species in the world
• species lists for 10 world regions
• powerful search technology to quickly find a species
• search terms include alpha codes and alternate names
• quick and easy entry of sighting information
• minimal typing to enter sightings
• minimum detail required but maximum detail possible
• location reuse once details are entered
• detailed bird counts by age and sex
• GPS coordinates of a sighting
• notes and/or voice memos (recordings)
• details of sighting can be emailed in one step
• sightings lists by any combination of dates/location/family
• lists ranging from one day to a life list
• multiple export options for lists in spreadsheet format
• eBird compatible export format available
• multiple sorting options for display and lists
• custom checklists
• taxonomy based on IOC World Bird List 7.1
• option to use North American field guide names
• local storage of all data on device
• no need for Internet connection except to send email
• detailed help topics covering all functions

Examples of what people are writing about Lifebirds Journal:

From the United Kingdom:

“The Best Bird Recording App - I have tried them all and this is by far the best bird recording App. Field tested during a birding trip to Thailand and it did the job perfectly.”

“Great app - Really good app. and a great way of keeping a record whilst out in the field”

“Excellent bird log - I used this on a trip to the USA. All birds I saw were in the the Database and they were easy to log. It was / is perfect for my needs and you can quickly get your list exported and e-mailed if you wish.”

From the U.S.A.:

“This app is great! It's got all the birds and it's very easy to use. The app is intuitive and helpful. ….. very few clicks are needed to add a sighting for the same location. …..All-in-all, this is a great app for both serious and beginning birdwatchers!”

“ Great bird sightings journal - I started using this app during the Great Backyard Bird Count and am now a convert. The app is easy to use, has all the functions I could ever need and will also be great to use on trips outside the US.”

“it is very impressive….. Your tool has far more features than I imagined …..and I think it has tremendous potential“

“Very effective - Nice app for keeping track of sightings, with the ability to reorganize into lists and multiple lists. … can reuse locations, so it's quicker than other apps I've used to record multiple species at one location.”

What's New

Version 4.1

In Lifebirds Journal 4.1, the taxonomy has been updated from the IOC Word Bird List version 6.1 to version 7.1, including all the new species, splits, and lumps. Therefore you may need to adjust your sightings in Lifebirds Journal for these splits and lumps. Check for the complete list. North American birders should pay special attention to splits of the Western Scrub-Jay (AOU and IOC) and Leach's Storm Petrel (AOU and IOC).

Ratings and Reviews

Lifebird review


My wife and I have been using Lifebirds for over a month and love it. It is extremely easy to use and yet allows quite a bit of flexibility. With 9000 plus birds in the data base, you can set up a location by country, state, etc. and just see the birds in that region. You can enter birds by date and location and retrieve them according to your own criteria. You can also e-mail lists to other people who can then open them with a spreadsheet program (Excel works great). Or, you can mail it to yourself and open with your own spreadsheet and copy/paste the list to other people who may not have a spreadsheet. After we lead a bird trip for our club, we use that feature to let everyone know the list of birds seen.

We have used several listing programs in the past, but this is certainly the easiest without sacrificing flexibility.

The only improvement I would wish for would be the ability to enter mass data by locking date and location. If you are moving data from other programs or paper lists, it would be nice to minimize the clicks in entering large amounts of sightings.

Great job.

Does what I need very elegantly


I have been very pleased with this app so far. I love the fact that the database is an open standard and easily backed up on a PC. Not too many keystrokes to enter a new sighting, especially with the last time and date button, and the separate Locations list is logical and helpful. One of developers emailed me back within a day with helpful, thoughtful answers to my questions and suggestions for a couple new features (like adding a "heard only" tag for a sighting, and a no-date option for given sighting only long ago.) I hope they keep polishing this already fine app.

Lifebirds Journal


This is an excellent way to record bird sightings even for the novice birder. I have this installed on my iPhone and that makes it very convenient to carry with me everywhere. It is very user friendly and allows me to quickly record sightings. It allows for repeated use of locations so that records can be entered with ease. it is very easy to search the bird listings to narrow down your record. It also provides quick listings of your sighting by many different categories such as date and location. I would highly recommend this app for anyone interested in birding no matter what level of expertise.


Apgeo Design, LLC
10.2 MB
Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Apgeo Design, LLC


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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