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Sibley Birds of North America

by Cool Ideas LLC
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

Price: $19.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.6.3
  • - Fixed crash on certain Kindle devices when viewing bird listings.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B006QB52OG
  • Release Date: December 26, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,933 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Authoritative guide to North American birds
  • Over 6,600 images
  • More than 2,300 edited sound recordings
  • Detailed descriptions of songs and calls
  • Search and filter functionality

Product Description

On Sale Now !!!

The Sibley eGuide to North American birds now available on Android devices!

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

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 sexual 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 any Android device.
Includes the following functionality:
● Swipe to move to the next or previous species.
● One-tap enlargement of images with extended zoom functionality.
● 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 (ability to upload list coming soon)

* 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 (application provides backup/restore functionality in "My List" page)

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

Technical Details

  • Size: 3.8MB
  • Version: 1.6.3
  • Developed By: Cool Ideas LLC
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read only access to device state
    • Access GPS information
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Allows verification of Google app Entitlements
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.1
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have app for serious birders February 13, 2012
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For serious birders, this is a "must-have" app your Android phone, or especially your Kindle Fire. The app is very comprehensive and shows all of the species in all of the identifiable plumages shown in The Sibley Guide to Birds. One of the most useful features is that it contains multiple recordings of each species, usually both songs and call notes from various parts of the range (be sure to see David Sibley's blog entry, The Proper Use of Playback in Birding - [...] ). Also, the text in the app is expanded and much more comprehensive than in the original paper version of "The Sibley Guide to Birds" I own.

All of the species information (illustrations, text, sounds, and maps) is downloaded to your SD card, so storage is not really an issue, and an Internet connection is not required in the field. You can filter the species list so it just shows the species expected to occur in your state, but this is easily changed when you travel.

You can turn your device to landscape orientation to get large versions of the images. The "Compare" feature allows you to put pictures of 2 species on the screen side-by-side. This works especially well on the Kindle Fire. It's nice being able to swipe right or left to go to the next or previous species

Things I like

- Comprehensive, but easy to filter so it just shows birds that occur in your state;
- Sounds;
- Much more text information than in my paper version;
- "Compare" feature is simple to use and looks and works great on the Kindle Fire. It is also useful for comparing the sounds of 2 species;
- Swipe feature works well for "flipping through the pages";
- Range Maps (the parts of the range where a species is rare are colored gray);
- App is fast and stable

The price might seem expensive for an app, but I think of it as a much enhanced eBook.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birds of North America give you what you need January 27, 2012
I recently purchased Sibley's Birds for Android via Android Market. The price there is $19.95 for the same product that is offered here. It is indeed the same as the Sibley hard copy field guide, but with all the information based on your Android smartphone plus the song files and a notes section. Great search options and nice swiping capabilities. The first thing you should know though, is that it is not a 1.5MB program as is shown here. As soon as you download and open the program, it points you to [...] with instructions on how to download another 360MB zip package (though your computer) to install on your Android before the app will run. So, make sure you have enough free space on your smartphone to run the program. The installation is a snap. Mine's running fine on a Samsung Galaxy S. A pretty nifty app to carry along in the field and take notes with when you encounter that unknown bird in the middle of your day.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An application for the serious birder September 3, 2012
By Crow
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I was hesitant about purchasing this application after a bad experience with a different one, but I finally said to myself, "It's Sibley. You know they're going to stand by their product." I decided to give it a chance.

I do not have wifi at home, so I drove 45 minutes to get to the nearest library where we get a weak signal at best. The initial application loaded and then popped up a screen saying that it needed additional data to run properly. Note well: had I not read the previous reviews, I would not have understood what this meant! However, I had read the reviews and therefore knew that the intial app was simply the gateway to the full Sibley field guide. The "additional data" which was needed was the species descriptions themselves. I figured it would take 15-30 minutes to download, given the quality of the library signal, but I was surprised when it finished in about seven minutes. Then it was time to test the functionality. I set my location, opened a species description and played the sound files. Excellent!

The application is everything you'd expect from Sibley and more. You have the ability to filter for your area, unlike any other birding app I've seen. The sound files are a delight. You are provided with a variety of calls when they might vary with time of day or nesting season. You will have all the information including the calls available to you in the field which, of course, a paper field guide cannot provide. In short, this is Sibley's "bonus edition." If you love the Sibley guide, you will be overjoyed with the additional information this app gives you.

Hurray for Sibley! If I could rate this application at ten stars, I would!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great catalog of birds but they are difficult to find December 20, 2012
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It's nice to have a portable bird book on my android tablet but looking them up is difficult unless you know what species they belong to. I know what a mourning dove looks like but could not find it by searching for those terms. I had to know they were 'passeriformes' in order for them to show up in a list. I do like that the pictures and descriptions show males, females, and juveniles and also like the range maps. It's also great that there are east-west variants shown.

I imagine I'll need to spend more time with the search tools to figure out a better way to find the information, though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just about perfect! August 14, 2012
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The best field guide on your cell phone. Fits easily into your shirt pocket and has bird calls too. The search might be a little easier, and the songs more comprehensive, but this app impresses even non birders.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Elegant
Simple and elegant. New birders may have difficulty finding birds that they can't, at least, associate with a family. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bill Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love it. I'm a beginning birder but I know this book is not only great for me now but will be my go-to reference for a long time to come.
Published 15 days ago by E. L. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Phone App
Easy to use, and it's great to be able to play the birds' songs and calls when needed. I no longer carry any field guide books. Don't need to.
Published 15 days ago by Edward S. Stonick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nicely featured and easily navigable.
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You really need this app. if your a birder
I am a learning birder and this app. is great. Have the I bird app. also... If your going to bird , these 2 apps. are a great
help in identifying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Firewood
5.0 out of 5 stars ... found this guide for my android device quick and easy to use
I have found this guide for my android device quick and easy to use. I also frequently use the Sibley books so this is a great companion.
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte C. Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this app on my phone
I love this app on my phone!!! But be careful not to lock into certain state as it is difficult to see types if birds in other areas. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leilani Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! great pictures
Wonderful! great pictures, very good recordings. Recordings are done so well that I have had birds answer them when I play them on my phone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by janette adelstein
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
quite disappointing, the description of the birds is very limited.
Published 4 months ago by Montembault Bernadette
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference guide
Excellent reference to identify birds. I have only used it twice so far, but I believe it will be very useful for any bird watcher. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lansbury
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does anyone have experience with this app on a kindle fire?
Having just had a very bad experience with the iBird app for Kindle Fire (a different product), I am also leery of making a purchase until I hear more about the installation process. Since I have to travel some distance to have a wifi connection, I would also like to know if I also have to have... Read More
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