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Audubon Birds Pro: A Field Guide to North American Birds
 
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Audubon Birds Pro: A Field Guide to North American Birds

by NatureShare
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews)

Price: $3.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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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
  • Original Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639 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


Developer Info
Green Mountain Digital is the mobile apps market leader in nature and wildlife. We design and publish authoritative and comprehensive mobile applications that engage users with all aspects of the natural world.

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
    • com.amazon.device.messaging.permission.RECEIVE
    • 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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
202 of 209 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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117 of 124 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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106 of 123 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but poorly implemented August 28, 2011
By Rich
While the textual information about each bird does not approach what is contained in an Audubon field guide it is nice to have a a large number of pictures and bird calls available in one application. Unfortunately the final implementation of this application is poor. This is probably because the application was originally written for the iPhone and then minimal rework was done to make it operational on Android. As of this review more Android phones are sold then iPhones, it's time for software developers to give Android owners what they deserve, either native implementations for Android or a web application that works on any phone platform.

What that means for Android owners is poorly resized out-of-focus graphics and spotty screen rotation support. I can only guess that the graphics were made for a different screen resolution and then simply resized for Android rather than being recreated at the correct size. The initial screen you see is a display of fuzzy-looking icons, not a good first impression. Many of the list screens will rotate with the phone, but the page that displays bird information does not. I can scroll through a list with the phone in landscape orientation, but as soon as I select a bird the information is sideways and I have to rotate the phone to portrait orientation.

The default photo size is small. Multi-touch zooming of photos is not supported, you must select the zoom button, then use the zoom in/out buttons below the picture. Photos do not change orientation when the phone is rotated, the phone must always be in the portrait (vertical) orientation. When zooming in on the photo higher resolution images are not used so the image just becomes "pixelated." In effect there is no reason to zoom in on a photo because there is no more detail to be seen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful pictures
excellent ap for identifying birds - even the bird calls are there!
As a bird carver, I appreciate the clear and detailed photos
Published 21 hours ago by Susan B. Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
Love this resource. Keep in mind when you download the bird songs and information utilize the SD card. It takes a lot of space.
Published 2 days ago by Michael Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars not of much use in field
Don't bother downloading game if you plan to play while commuting on busses or flying or if you don't have wifi at home or if you choose to live your life unattached constantly . Read more
Published 3 days ago by wiccanlez
5.0 out of 5 stars Less expensive than the printed copy!
Even better than the printed book because you can view different pictures of the bird, or hear the songs, or click on similar birds. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mr. Geweke
1.0 out of 5 stars Re The Audubon Pro bird book I neveg got.
Really I can't rate the Audubon book because it never was delivered to my cloud and now isn't on my device. Read more
Published 8 days ago by George K
3.0 out of 5 stars Audubon Birds Pro: A Field Guide to North American Birds
Good if you are a birder.
one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen to fulfill required number of words.
Published 8 days ago by Jim Tice
1.0 out of 5 stars Really poor app
I'm surprised people rated this app highly. I find it buggy, difficult to navigate and use and overall pretty useless. Basic features like the location don't work properly. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Stephen J. Lowry
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good app for Kindle.
Using on Kindle HDX, hangs and stops. Quite slow to load. Do like the local sightings feature and search is great when it works.
Published 12 days ago by Evgirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poorly designed app.
Extremely slow, buggy and no way to search in the checklist, you will have to scroll all the way to your bird of interest.
Published 14 days ago by Hemant Kulkarni
4.0 out of 5 stars Disliked update at first, now I like.
When I first down-loaded the free update for Audubon Birds Pro, I disliked it. However, the more I use it and learn about it, the more I like it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by A.K.Wrobley
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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 16 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...
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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 2 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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