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The most popular printed field guide to North American birds is now available in its entirety on the iPhone and iPad!

**If you would like to experience the app check out the newly released Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America LITE which is FREE and includes 30 species.**

We have taken the simplicity and ease-of-use that you have enjoyed on your iPhone/iPod Touch and expanded and redesigned the layout (not simply “stretching” it) to take full advantage of the larger screen area of the iPad while still being the same app that runs on the iPhone/iPod Touch.

The Sibley Guide to Birds has become the most popular and fastest selling printed guide to birds as well as the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to North American Birds:
Over 6600 images.
Every species is shown perched and in flight from above and below.
Shows every major seasonal, age, and male/female variation.
Detailed coverage of subspecies and regional variations.
Detailed maps showing not just winter and summer range but also migration and rare occurrence.
Detailed descriptions of songs and calls, comparing similar species measurements of length, wingspan, and weight for every species.

Now all of that information is available in an easy-to-navigate portable format on the iPhone/iPad. In addition, this version of the app also includes:
● Swipe to move to the next or previous species.
● One-tap enlargement of images and rotating the device expands images further.
● Over 2300 carefully-selected and edited sound recordings. Nearly all species are represented with multiple examples showing the range of vocalizations.
● The ability to compare any two images, maps, or sounds, side by side on the screen.
● The ability to filter by state/province, so that you see only the species likely to occur in your location, and to further reduce the possibilities to the most common birds in that area.
● The ability to search by distinguishing features such as size, prominent colors, habits, and group.
● A basic personal species list* that stores your sightings saved to the device with the ability to export the list using email or iTunes file sharing.

*Uninstalling/reinstalling the program will result in the loss of your list, it is recommended that you keep your own backup (master list) separate from the application.

We invite all users to share their comments and ideas on our forum at

NB. This Application WILL ONLY work on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS V4.3 or higher NOT A NORMAL IPOD CLASSIC/NANO and the download is about 400MB.

What's New in Version 1.8

● The bird names in the lists throughout the app can be displayed in a choice of four languages – English, French, Spanish and Latin. This can be changed in “My Location and Language” on the Main Menu.
● Added thumbnails to the main lists of birds.
● Added the ability to look up previous Locations in My List when adding a species.
● Xantus’s Murrelet has been split into two species – Scripp’s Murrelet and Gaudalupe Murrelet.
● Updated parts of the app to take advantage of the larger screen on iPhone 5
● A few bugs and errors have been fixed


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Customer Reviews

A little better now

This update is an improvement. But I too wish the app had been synchronized with the AOU and ABA taxonomic order. It does not make sense to me that the app should have to parallel the printed book. Apps can be updated in minutes while books take years.

Both National Geographic and iBird have updated their taxonomy to match the AOU and ABA so why can't Sibley? It's not because they are worried that the app will sell better than the book,

The ability to see the common names in Spanish and French is mostly useful to foreigners. I think it would have been much more substantial had he made the entire database in the language not just the names. But that would probably be very expensive.

I'm still not sure why Sibley's drawings do not have much detail in them. When I compare them to the Peterson drawings or the iBird drawings they look crude. Maybe that's just the way he paints?

It's good that the app is now iPhone 5 compatible. However the actual interface is is getting old in the tooth. I would like to see Sibley overhaul the entire UI to make it more modern like National Geographic or iBird.

I do like the way the Sibley search engine works. It's nowhere as comprehensive as Audubon or iBird but from a practical viewpoint it can work very well.

And of course I wish he had photographs in his app. Right now it seems there is only one app that has both illustrations and photographs. Why is that?

Still work to be done to make this current

The features that make the Sibley app worthwhile in the field - comparison, lots of drawings and the quick search feature - are still there, but I'm disappointed that this update didn't capture all the recent changes approved by the AOU and the ABA (the "what's new" statement does include a couple of splits, but not all changes).

The birds are in old taxonomic order (Loons, Grebes, Albatrosses, etc.) instead of the newer order (Ducks/Geese, Chachalaca, Quail, etc., with Falcons/Parrots following Woodpeckers). Also, several birds that appear in the U.S. are not in this app - four are missing for my life list.

The first time I wrote to the app publisher I was told that the app follows the book, so if a bird was not in the book, then it wasn't in the app. However, the app publishers have the ability to be more current and relevant than the printed product, which is more costly and time-intensive to create (but which I will still purchase when it is released).

National Geographic, a similar app with book ties, has placed the birds in current tax order ahead of the printed version, and NatGeo has all the birds seen in North America, including Sungrebe and Sinaloa Wren. The latest Audubon version hasn't updated to the 2012 tax order but is still newer than the Sibley app.

Please take the time to make this more current.

The best excuse to leave your field guide at home

I am a complete convert and exclusively use the Sibley eGuide in the field. It's the perfect reference for birding in that it packs all the information in the large Sibley Guide into your phone. Considering that you're likely taking your phone out in the field with you, this means you carry around a massive field guide with absolutely no weight added. The compare feature is a great learning and teaching tool as well. I frequently use it when I am leading field trips to explain subtle differences to field trip participants. It is easy to use and elegant. The only detraction would be that the Sibley Guide lacks much in the way of explanatory or background text. What text is present is very brief; however, this is a complaint with the Sibley Guide in general rather than the app. Those who use and enjoy the Sibley guides to birds will find little lost between the books and the apps and much to be gained: more frequent taxonomy updates, a library of birdsongs and the capacity to limit your options to a particular state or province.

The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $19.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: Jan 30, 2013
  • Version: 1.8
  • Size: 447 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Cool Ideas LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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