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Audubon Bird Guide: North America

by National Audubon Society
Rated: All Ages

Price: Free Download
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 4.3.9
  • What's New:
  • -Post an Unknown Bird from the app for the community to ID!
  • -easier-to-use 'Add Sighting' screen, map and 'Sighting Location' improvements
  • -Date Sort in My Sightings by Most Recent first
  • -Fixed sporadic 'screen wakelock' bug
  • -Bug fixes

Product Details



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

The best field guide for birding! Nothing beats Audubon mobile field guides! With over 1 million downloads, they are the most trusted authoritative field guide collection in North America—now for FREE! The award-winning Audubon Birds of North America, the go-to mobile field guide resource, has been completely updated to the latest standards. Now with bird descriptions and data from America’s premier avian expert, Kenn Kaufman. Also offers “Find Birds with eBird” powered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; 808 total species; advanced gallery view for easy comparison and search; field mark call outs; and NatureShare - a social community of birders who observe, identify, and share their observations and photos in the mobile app and online. Key Features: • Identify 808 species with in-depth descriptions including information on appearance, habitat, behavior, and more • Over 3,200 images from the world-renowned VIREO, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s world-wide collection of bird photography. • Eight hours of the most exceptional, highest quality bird sounds. • Robust seasonal and migratory range maps. • Browse species in a gallery view and filter by shape, region and color, aiding quick identification. • Find Birds with eBird - the ability to locate birds seen recently around you, drawing on the continuously updated database from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s eBird. • Create a Personal Nature Account – post, keep lists, and share sightings with friends and followers on NatureShare and Facebook or via email with an easy and user-friendly interface. What People are Saying: “Now every birder can have the equivalent of a rare bird alert and comprehensive field guide wrapped into a single mobile app.” - Gary Langham, vice president and chief scientist for Audubon “Instead of the hefty field guides, the apps give the nature photographer a very portable and lightweight library of natural history information.”– Jim Clark, Outdoor Photographer Magazine AppPicker (“Best of” Lists, Jan 2013): “Audubon Birds…largely regarded as the best bird watching app…” 2011 APPY Award Finalist
About us: The Audubon mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. Through its education, science and public policy initiatives, Audubon engages people throughout the U.S. and Latin America in conservation. Audubon’s Centers, and its sanctuaries and education programs are developing the next generation of conservation leaders by providing opportunities for families, students, teachers and others to learn about and enjoy the natural world. The science program is focused on connecting people with nature through projects like Audubon at Home and Great Backyard Bird Count. Audubon’s volunteer Citizen Scientists participate in research and conservation action in a variety of ways, from monitoring bird populations and restoring critical wildlife habitat to implementing healthy habitat conservation practices.
Product Feature Highlights
• Find Birds with eBird to locate birds in real time, see recent sightings and locations of notable and rare birds, and maps and directions to birding hotspots across North America.
• Field Mark Diagrams for over 650 images to help with field identification
• 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
• Over eight hours of audio from the best audio field naturalists in North America
• Track and annotate your personal sightings by location, post to the NatureShare community, and share with friends by email or Facebook.
• Explore John J. Audubon’s seminal ‘Birds of America’, tips on birding, birding trails, and taking better smartphone photos, and local Audubon resources near you.
• Optimized for Amazon device compatibility.

Technical Details

Size: 33.7MB
Version: 4.3.9
Developed By: National Audubon Society ( Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window )
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Access the vibration feature
  • Write to external storage
  • Allows verification of Google app Entitlements
  • Broadcast sticky intents
  • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • Access location information
  • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
  • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
  • Open network sockets
  • Access information about networks
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Read from external storage
  • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • One or more permissions that have no effect because they are no longer supported in Android.
Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0.3
Approximate Download Time: Less than 5 minutes

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By D. Earls on 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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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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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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