The first raptor identification app designed for mobile devices; "HawkWatch International's Identification Guide to Raptors" puts expert hawk identification content in the palm of your hand. In this guide to North America's 34 species of diurnal raptors, you'll find nearly 1000 annotated photos, and cutting edge identification video for each species, geared toward helping you identify raptors in flight. If you're just getting started with birding, this app covers the basics; if you're already an expert hawk watcher, this app covers all the variation that can lead to identification confusion, even among the most seasoned birders.

• Developed by HawkWatch International in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
• Comprehensive identification content created by Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan
• ~1000 annotated photos covering plumage, age/sex, and geographic variation
• Cutting edge ID-focused video showing each species in flight, including voice-over ID tips from Jerry Liguori
• Range maps with links to interactive seasonal eBird maps
• Vocalizations for each species
• 'Ask the authors' raptor ID question forum

What's New

Version 1.0.5

- Reduced app size by over 250 MB
- Performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Great app but a difficult search

Bigwave chief

Great app, but difficult to use as a field guide raptor identifier. Having pictures at the opening of the app would be superior to having to go through all the listed raptor names to find a bird. Therefore, I use Peterson or iBird Pro to identify by picture.

I would not recommend this app to be used in the’s just too cumbersome. BUT, it is a great learning and study tool. Wonderful videos,pics, and scholarly information.

A little tweeking on their next upgrades would be appreciated.

The best raptor app

Falco columbarius

There is no equal in the amount of data that is available. Pretty awesome resource with excellent images that provide comparisons with confusion species.

I would like easier ways to compare two photos next to each other.

Best raptor reference

Falco columbarius

Is it worth the price? Yes. The content is so good that originally wanted to give it a five star review, but it was not all intuitive. Much has been improved now however, and I really recommend it highly.


HawkWatch International, Inc.
820.6 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 HawkWatch International


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