The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America
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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 www.mydigitalearth.com
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
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.
My go-to bird ID app
Probably the best app out there for experienced birders. Hasn't been updated in over a year and a half, but it still works fine, so I am ok with that. I also have iBird, Peterson's, Birdseye NA, and the Lite version of National Geographic Birds, and use them all for different reasons. Sibley's has, by far, the best collection of vocalizations. Even better, they are labeled with a description of the sound and the location of the recording. Sibley's also tends to be the most helpful understanding age and seasonal variations in appearance, though I often find myself wishing for a little more text. My only real complaints are the thumbnails could be a little bigger, and I wish there was an easier way to switch between a state index and the full index of birds when I want to look at something different (currently takes about 8 clicks, plus scrolling through the list of states and provinces twice, to go from the state index to the full index and back).
Great but flawed resourced
While it's great to have access to the quality information available in the app, the presentation needs improvement and falls far short of the paper book (while it should be the other way around). The main shortcoming I've run into is that when trying to browse in order to identify a bird, the index view shows only one variation. For example, I saw a dark-eyed junco in Colorado. The main image for that bird shows a variation completely unlike the pink-sided variation I was seeing, leaving me confused until later I used the book, which displays all the variations on the page. Identification was the easy and immediate. Also the images are way too small when searching through the taxonomic or alphabetical indexes. My other complaint is that the list feature is tragically primitive. No location support, so you have to clumsily label places instead. I'm glad I have the resource available on my phone and iPad, but it could/should be so much better and more useful.
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- Category: Reference
- Updated: Jan 30, 2013
- Version: 1.8
- Size: 447 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Cool Ideas LLC
- © 2013 Cool Ideas LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.