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Audubon Birds Pro: A Field Guide to North American Birds

by NatureShare
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (806 customer reviews)

Price: $3.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 4.0.5
  • Fixed issues with proper Geolocation tracking
  • Crash fixes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004R49A4W
  • Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (806 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Incorporates eBird technology to locate birds in real time, with quick access to recent sightings, locations of notable and rare birds, and maps and directions to all the birding hotspots across North America.
  • Associates Field Marks for over 650 images to help with field identification
  • Includes Thousands of high definition images detail each species with extraordinary clarity. Includes multiple images of each species in their natural habitat by gender, age, and seasonal plumage variations
  • Contains over eight hours of audio from the best audio field naturalists in North America
  • Useful 'Journal' feature allows you to track and annotate your personal sightings by location, and share with friends by email or Facebook.

Product Description
Audubon Birds
State-of-the-art search functions

Identify North American birds with quality photos, bird songs and calls, range maps, descriptions, and more. Audubon Birds is your essential guide to identifying common and rare species of birds in your backyard or in the field. Great for seasoned and amateur bird watchers, Audubon Guides for Android places nature at your fingertips--no bulky books.

Note: Audubon Birds has 529 MB of additional content available as an optional free download. Because of the large file size, if you choose to download the content we recommend using a strong Wi-Fi connection--the bulk download is not a requirement for using the app. This application is not optimized for large tablets.

Audubon Birds
Detailed descriptions for all of your feathered friends
See Where They're Soaring

Browse by first name, last name, and scientific name of every species, by family, or by species shape and type. Search by multiple advanced variables including size, shape and color, and zip code for localized identification. Create your own Life Lists, Sightings, and Photo Albums, and record your own Field Experiences. Track a species using GPS, take a picture of it with the camera, take notes, and save to the app for records of your nature adventures.

Advanced search functions allow you to search birds by wing shape, locomotion, song type, song pattern, likelihood by month, within state and province, and much more. This comprehensive mobile field guide app contains the most up-to-date range maps with additional wintering range maps for over 125 migrating species. The wintering range maps are an exclusive feature to Audubon Birds.

Special features include:

• Conservation status plus range maps with color key

• Multiple images of each species in their natural habitat from the best bird photographers

• Ability to enlarge each image to see incredible detail

• Over 6 hours of bird sounds and calls from the best audio field naturalists in North America

• Personal sightings tracker and life list

Built for Beginning Birders and Advanced Field Naturalists
Audubon Birds
Beautiful songs from thousands of birds
Explore the World of Birds with the Experts

Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds includes over 770 species and contains the most complete species descriptions updated to the latest AOU checklist, with extensive details on behavior, habitat, life history, nesting times, number of eggs, nest location, bird family information, similar species, and family. All Audubon guides feature professional color photographs, in-depth descriptions of each species, fast and easy navigation, state-of-the-art search functions, real time availability, life lists, sightings, and photo albums. All apps are created in affiliation with the National Audubon Society.

Synch It and Share It

• Optional Species Synchronization: Enable the synchronization feature to receive updates to your app in real time. Every time a new species, photo, or any other information enriches the Audubon database, your app will be updated accordingly.

• Optional Content Synchronization: Enable synchronization to upload your user content, including lifelists, sightings, and photos to AudubonGuides.com, and share your findings with friends.

Product Reviews

"Beyond speed, the brilliance of the new Bird of North America phone app is the audio. For most entries, from albatross to wren-tit, you can listen to the bird calls. In a nice touch, the audio includes hammering sounds for woodpeckers. Listening is much easier than figuring out what a print author means by a 'low chup,' and an excited 'zeeee chuppity chup.'" - Chicago Tribune

"Not only is the app chock full of reference material and birdwatching tips from the Audubon Society, but it's also a multimedia library with thousands of photos and bird calls." - Common Sense Media


Technical Details

  • Size: 27MB
  • Version: 4.0.5
  • Developed By: NatureShare
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
    • Read only access to device state
    • Access location information
    • Receive messages via Amazon Device Messaging
    • Open network sockets
    • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Broadcast sticky intents
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • One or more permissions that have no effect because they are no longer supported in Android.
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 4 minutes

Customer Reviews

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225 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great portable field guide for Kindle Fire January 1, 2012
Verified Purchase
I purchased this app when it went on sale in the Amazon App Store for $5 for my HTC T-Mobile G2. I downloaded the database (525MB) so the entire guide is contained in my mobile device. Before it was released for Kindle Fire, I sideloaded it to that device as well, and it works perfectly there. The app is now available through Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire.

This app solves two of the problems I've had with most field guides. First, it uses photographs rather than watercolor renderings of the birds. There may be as many as eight or nine shots of a single species, and anybody who's starting out in birding knows that the one you're looking at in the field doesn't look like the one in the book - but it almost looks like three or four of the ones in the book. Photography makes precise identification a lot easier. You will find shots of males and females in dimorphic species, and there may be shots of juveniles when they vary much from adults.

Second, the other big problem with guides like Sibley, for example, is that they have all 1200 birds in North America, and when you're in the field, you don't usually have time to flip through the whole book. With the Audubon app, you can establish parameters like Midwestern Plains Forest birds, and when you page through, you only have the ones most likely to be where you are to choose from. You can also select by state and month of the year. So you get them all but you also get only the ones that are where you are at the time.

The inclusion of bird calls makes this even better, because you hear them before you see them, and being able to identify them by calls/songs, you have a better idea of what's coming your way. I haven't tried playing calls to draw birds to my feeders - yet. But it's in my future, I'm sure.

Easily the best field guide yet, at least for Android -
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127 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More useful than my Audubon book June 21, 2011
Verified Purchase
This app covers birds in North America. I started my review with this because one of the reviewers on the Android Marketplace rated it one star because it didn't cover Europe.

There is an optional 500+ MB download of all the pictures and text after you install the app. The download took about 3 hours on my Wi-Fi connection. This increases the speed of searches and ensures you have the complete guide if you're birding where there is no data signal available. Updates can be downloaded as they're made available.

There are more pictures than my printed guidebook has. The number varies by species but I have seen up to 9 pictures. They are reasonably clear on my 4.3" screen. Obviously, there is a trade off between picture quality and the size of the download. I don't know the resolution used or how they would look on a tablet screen.

You can sign up for an account to record sightings and for your life list. I don't have a need for these features and I haven't tested them or checked if there is a fee to do this.

Some other useful features are:

- You can sort lists, including search results, by full descriptive name or by the major family. For example, when looking at the Hawks and Eagles category, you can sort them as (Bald Eagle; Broad-winged Hawk; Common Black-Hawk; etc.) OR (Black-Hawk, Common; Eagle, Bald; Eagle, Golden; Goshawk, Northern; etc.). You can also sort by scientific (Latin) name.

- When you are looking at a particular bird, there is a Similar button to show related birds.

- A reference section including useful short articles on birding, conservation, identification, as well as a glossary.

- Access to the camera from the menu.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Social Network or Field Guide to Birds? February 21, 2014
By LD
Until January 2014 this app was a field guide to birds that was customizable by people who bought it - for a dollar less than the current offering.

Not anymore. It now asks you (repeatedly), if you want to join NatureShare.com. You can respond "Yes" or "Cancel," but cannot say "No." So each time you open the app you'll be asked, and when you view or use your personal lists of birds, you'll be asked again. And if you "log off" (when did I ever "log on"?) you'll be asked to synchronize your lists to their website. They get your information. If you don't, your lists will be deleted from your device and their website.

The app asks for more permissions than any other app on my tablet and there is no way to decline or deny them access, if you want to use the app.

If you had the earlier version (before 4.0.2) the notes and annotations you spent hours creating have all been deleted.
Your personal lists of birds may appear as duplicated - more than once, in a random order, or in reverse alphabetical order, or show only as photos with no accompanying bird names. Change pages and come back to your list and sometimes (not always) the names of the birds do appear beside their photos. But sometimes, the whole app locks up and stops working.

This warning appears on Amazon, if you searched for "Audubon Bird" app below getting to this page:
"Note to Current Users: Please synchronize your Sightings and Lists before updating the app. Select `My Content' from the Landing Page and then select `Synchronize'. Your content will be saved to your... more" - ("Landing Page"? No where to be found.) (Why would a "Current User" be looking on Amazon or any app store to find this warning? Do I have to buy the update, again?
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Not Compatible with the new FireHD
i would love to know the answer to this question too. I was looking forward to having this on my new kindle hd.
Nov 16, 2012 by E. Timmie |  See all 23 posts
Why Not for the PC?
http://bluestacks.com/ <-- of course, that doesn't help if you can't GET the app.

But, seriously, it does beg the question "why spend time looking in the 'Amazon App Store for Android' if you don't have any compatible devices?" I don't look at the Apple iOS App Store on iTunes...
Apr 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer |  See all 4 posts
Android on Blackberry Playbook
I have already paid $3.99 for this app how will Amazon handle that? When I uninstall app and then try to download again? It didn't't download the first time? Thank you for your help, Carol
Nov 9, 2013 by Carol Stone |  See all 3 posts
How to get optional 500+ MB download of all the pictures and text?
I just verified this on my Polaroid PMID701C tablet (Android 2.3):

From the main screen of the Birds app press the Android "Options" key, select "More", then "Download All Content".

Be warned that it will tie up your WiFi for a few hours during download.
Jul 2, 2012 by NLee the Engineer |  See all 5 posts
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