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pbjosh Monday 20th August 2018 22:42

Sticky thread for best birding apps
 
At this point the market for birding apps for phones / tablets is starting to mature a bit it seems. There are a good number of apps that I'm aware of and use, but there are, I'm certain, a good number out there that I don't know about and don't use.

The best guides by region threads are tremendously useful. Having something similar for apps seems like it would be equally valuable.

By region, here are the best quality apps that I am aware of:

USA/Canada - Sibley, iBird Pro
Europe - Collins Bird Guide
Peru - Birds of Peru
South Africa - Robert's Multimedia Birds of SA

A second tier of more localized apps, photo based apps, and the like, includes these that I'm aware of:
Argentina - Aves Argentinas Guia de Campo Digital
Costa Rica - Birding Field Guides Costa Rica
Panama - Birding Field Guides Panama

There are also the Sunbird apps for Ecuador and Colombia but as they are based on Restall artwork I've not tried them yet.

What other great digital field guides and other apps are out there?

DMW Tuesday 21st August 2018 16:10

Great idea. Off the top of my head:

- Faansie Peacock's LBJs guide for southern Africa is superb.

- Morcombe & Stewart Guide to Birds of Australia is pretty good - can't claim it's the best Aussie bird app as I haven't used any others.

pbjosh Tuesday 21st August 2018 16:38

I don't see the Faansie Peacock / Chamberlain's guide to LBJs available as an app. I see it as an eBook but that's something quite different.

The Morcombe & Stewart Australia app looks first rate!

Fritz73 Tuesday 21st August 2018 20:53

I like "Aves Vox" for bird songs

Dan Miller Tuesday 21st August 2018 23:42

In addition to several mentioned above, I also use eBird on a daily basis, and BirdsEye with regularity.

Steve Babbs Monday 3rd September 2018 19:35

Birds of the Middle East
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ddleeast&hl=en

South Africa
Sasol ebirds - superb
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...roducts.ebirds

pbjosh Monday 3rd September 2018 23:39

Alright I'll try to keep this list up to date somewhat then, based upon recommendations:

Bird Guide Apps - The Best of the Best
USA/Canada - Sibley, iBird Pro
Europe - Collins Bird Guide
Australia - Morcombe & Stewart Guide to Birds of Australia
Peru - Birds of Peru
South Africa - Robert's Multimedia Birds of SA -and- Sasol ebirds
Middle East - Birds of the Middle East

Bird Guide Apps - incomplete species content / photo based apps / etc
Argentina - Aves Argentinas Guia de Campo Digital
Costa Rica - Birding Field Guides Costa Rica
Panama - Birding Field Guides Panama

There are also the Sunbird apps for Ecuador and Colombia but as they are based on Restall artwork I've not tried them yet.

Non Field Guide Apps of great use
eBird
iObs (observation.org's app)
AvesVox
BirdsEye

What other great digital field guides and other apps are out there?

pbjosh Monday 3rd September 2018 23:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fritz73 (Post 3754345)
I like "Aves Vox" for bird songs

Is it possible to get Aves Vox to do something like, say, download the top N tracks for every space in a country or department or the like? So you have them for offline use?

fugl Monday 3rd September 2018 23:58

For US/Canada, I’d add the Peterson “Birds of N.A.” app, far better in my opinion than any of the sloppily written and edited Waite apps, iBird Pro included.

SteveClark Tuesday 4th September 2018 02:49

Birds of East Africa - Stevenson and Fanshawe
Birds of Australia - Pizzey and Knight
iBird (UK)

Very few options for se Asia as far as I can see.

Wimpy Sunday 9th September 2018 23:13

For Costa Rica, I can recommend

Costa Rica Birds Field Guide by Birding Field Guides

Great images, usually three per bird, maps and data and most have calls and sounds. There is a facility to enter your sitings. It also contains an excellent filter system with 11 entries to help filter. When we went to CR I took "The Birds of Costa Rica" by Garrigues and Dean and it stayed in the hotel. Out in the field, the app was a great benefit to me as I had no previous knowledge of the birds of CR.

There was a small charge for the app.

Check it out. Available for both IOS and Android.

http://birdingfieldguides.com/costarica.html


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