The 20 best bird watching apps on mobile

If you're an avid birdwatcher, you already know the basics of the hobby: binoculars, field guides, and a healthy dose of patience. But what if there was an easier, more convenient way to identify birds? With the help of YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab, you can now learn more about birds than ever before.

App Logo Available On Reviews Downloads Features
1. YouTube YouTube Icon Android, iOS 4.6/5 17B+ Personalized recommendations, Content creation and sharing
2. Amazon Prime Video Amazon Prime Video Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 656M+ Download videos offline, Personalized profiles, Exclusive Amazon Originals
3. Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab Icon Android, iOS 4.9/5 5M+ Arten per Bild bestimmen, Arten per Gesang bestimmen
4. BirdNET BirdNET Icon Android, iOS 4/5 5M+ Arterkennung per Gesang, Über 3000 Vogelarten, Beobachtungen sammeln
5. iNaturalist iNaturalist Icon Android, iOS 4.3/5 5M+ Crowdsourced identifications, Community of experts
6. Seek by iNaturalist Seek by iNaturalist Icon Android, iOS 4.6/5 3M+ Identify plants and animals, Earn badges for discoveries
7. Picture Bird Picture Bird Icon Android 4.4/5 2M+ Arten mit Foto bestimmen, Arten mit Gesang erkennen
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1. YouTube

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Personalized recommendations, Content creation and sharing


Cost: YouTube (Free), YouTube Premium ($11.99/month)

YouTube is not primarily a bird watching app, it is a video sharing platform. However, there are numerous bird watching channels and videos available on YouTube. You can search for specific bird species, behaviors, or habitats to find videos that interest you. Some popular bird watching channels on YouTube include The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International, and National Geographic.

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YouTube - Personalized recommendations, Content creation and sharing
  • Tags:
  • Personalized recommendations
  • Vast video library
  • Content creation tools

Application information:

Downloads 1,652,541,299
Features Watch videos, create playlists, subscribe to channels, and share videos with friends.
Pros Easy to use, lots of content, great for discovering new videos.
Cons Can be addictive, can be a distraction, can lead to data overage charges if not used on Wi-Fi.

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2. Amazon Prime Video

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Download videos offline, Personalized profiles, Exclusive Amazon Originals


Cost: Free with Amazon Prime membership, Prime Video Channels (Varies depending on the channel)

Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service that offers a wide variety of TV shows, movies, and other video content. It is available on a variety of devices, including mobile phones and tablets. The Amazon Prime Video app for mobile devices is easy to use and provides a great way to watch your favorite shows and movies on the go. You can download videos to watch offline, create watchlists, and even cast content to your TV. With a subscription to Amazon Prime, you can access all of the content on Amazon Prime Video, including exclusive shows and movies that you can't find anywhere else.

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Amazon Prime Video - Download videos offline, Personalized profiles, Exclusive Amazon Originals
  • Tags:
  • Offline downloads
  • Cross-device resume
  • Exclusive originals

Application information:

Downloads 656,124,479
Features Stream award-winning Amazon Originals, popular movies and TV shows, and live sports.
Pros Vast library of content, offline viewing, compatibility with various devices.
Cons Some content may require additional subscription, limited availability in certain regions, occasional buffering or connection issues.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Nate: “I would say this is my second worst streaming app, with the worst being ESPN+. This app doesn't crash too often or log me out like ESPN does but I mainly use this for One FC. Searching for just recent events or even ongoing events is super clunky and nothing is in order. You basically have to go to the search bar every time (they don't have it categorized for easy finding) and when you search the events come up in random order. Very clunky and no organization.” – 2/5 in Play Store

AJ Rupert: “It's a streaming service of all time, which is why it gets at least a 2 star. But every time I watch a movie here, in 30 seconds or less, I'm reminded that every 15 seconds that amazon prime sometimes gives you 20 frames over 2 seconds so a large portion of every movie is watched as a stop motion movie. Terrible streaming service, but they own half the country, so I guess we're SOL” – 2/5 in Play Store

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3. Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab

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Arten per Bild bestimmen, Arten per Gesang bestimmen

Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab is a free mobile app that makes bird identification easy and accessible. With its intuitive interface and comprehensive database, Merlin guides you through a series of simple questions or allows you to snap a photo or record a song to identify birds around you. It provides detailed information on each species, including range maps, photos, and sound recordings. Merlin also offers personalized recommendations based on your location and time of year, helping you discover new birds and enhance your birding skills. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced birder, Merlin is an invaluable tool for identifying and learning about birds in the field.

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Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab - Arten per Bild bestimmen, Arten per Gesang bestimmen
  • Tags:
  • AI-powered identification
  • Comprehensive bird database
  • Multiple identification methods

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

Maddie J.: “Obsessed with this app during my little backyard birding adventures. Pretty accurate at identifying birds-- I get so excited to see/hear "rare" or "uncommon" birds. I've made it my goal to collect them all :) I preferred the previous app design though-- everything feels a little bit smaller/ more sterile with the redesign. I wish the locations of where the Merlin recordings came from still appeared after using the sound ID. But! Still a great app.” – 5/5 in Play Store

Keeli B.: “I have loved using this app. However, I dont find the new interface easy to navigate after the most recent update. This could be due to my phone (galaxy z fold 4); I just prefer the older interface. Half of the ID/recording button is blocked by another button and I am unable to scroll down on the opening screen. I can just click the top if I'm careful to start recording, but it's just irritating if Im trying to quickly identify birds, hit the wrong thing, hit back, and the entire app closes lol” – 3/5 in Play Store

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4. BirdNET

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Arterkennung per Gesang, Über 3000 Vogelarten, Beobachtungen sammeln


Cost: BirdNET Free, BirdNET Pro (9.99)

BirdNET is a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to identify birds by their songs and calls. It is the most accurate bird identification app available, and it is easy to use. Simply open the app and start recording the bird's song or call. BirdNET will then analyze the recording and provide you with a list of possible matches. You can then tap on the most likely match to learn more about the bird, including its range, habitat, and behavior. BirdNET is a great tool for birdwatchers of all levels, from beginners to experts.

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BirdNET - Arterkennung per Gesang, Über 3000 Vogelarten, Beobachtungen sammeln
  • Tags:
  • AI-powered bird identification
  • Identify 3,000+ bird species
  • Record and analyze bird sounds

Application information:

Downloads 4,649,868
Features Identify birds by sound, track your sightings, and learn more about the birds in your area.
Pros Easy to use, accurate, and fun.
Cons Requires an internet connection, can be slow to identify birds in noisy environments.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “I am very impressed with BirdNET! So far it has been right most of the time. BirdNET works best when I'm not too close to noise (cars, running water, wind blowing through trees). Making short selections around the birdsong of interest helps a lot, as does turning up the gain setting enough to get a clear spectrogram (but not so much that the spectrogram starts smearing vertically, which is indicative of clipping).” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Great interface. Has trouble with unusual calls and regional song variations, which I have noticed with bluejays and carolina wrens. The app also thinks everything is a black and white warbler if it can't recognise it even when the ID isn't hard to determine. The playback button is completely broken and serves no function. Still better than any other app I've tried so far, just needs a little more development and food for the AI.” – 4/5 in Play Store

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5. iNaturalist

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Crowdsourced identifications, Community of experts


Cost: iNaturalist Pro (Monthly) (9.99), iNaturalist Pro (Yearly) (29.99)

iNaturalist is a mobile app that allows users to observe and identify plants and animals with their friends. It is a collaborative project of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. The app uses your phone's camera to take pictures of organisms, and then uses artificial intelligence to help you identify them. You can also share your observations with other users, and see what others have observed in your area. iNaturalist is a great way to learn about the natural world and connect with other nature enthusiasts.

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iNaturalist - Crowdsourced identifications, Community of experts
  • Tags:
  • Nature identification
  • Community collaboration
  • Citizen science

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

Patrick Richardson: “I tried many apps to identify the flora & fauna during my hikes and in my yard. This is by far the best. The review and suggestion feature by others is what puts it over the top. The side by side comparison feature is helpful. My only wish would be a few more pictures of some plants during the different phases of the season, but most have good reference pictures.” – 5/5 in Play Store

Sara Lovotti: “Wonderful app that needs an update! Like a lot of people have said, the app is really struggling to load photos, which is particularly frustrating because the purpose of the app is to share ID photos. Hoping they update to fix this problem soon. That aside, the app is great. You can give permission for researchers and publishers to use your photos (and give you credit) which is very cool. Especially when your photo ends up as the main photo for an organism on the Wikipedia page!” – 4/5 in Play Store

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6. Seek by iNaturalist

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Identify plants and animals, Earn badges for discoveries


Cost: Seek by iNaturalist (Free), Seek by iNaturalist Pro ($19.99)

Seek by iNaturalist is a mobile app that helps users identify plants and animals. It uses your phone's camera to take a picture of the organism, and then uses artificial intelligence to identify it. The app also provides information about the organism, including its scientific name, common name, and habitat. Seek by iNaturalist is a great way to learn more about the natural world around you, and it can also be used to contribute to scientific research.

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Seek by iNaturalist - Identify plants and animals, Earn badges for discoveries
  • Tags:
  • Real-time identification
  • Earn badges and rewards
  • Explore nature and learn

Application information:

Downloads 3,004,362
Features Seek by iNaturalist helps you identify plants and animals with point-and-shoot ease. Get instant results and connect with a community of over 400,000 scientists and naturalists.
Pros Easy to use, accurate identification, large community of experts, educational
Cons Requires internet connection, may not be able to identify all species, limited offline functionality

Comments and Reviews from users:

Kevin Willett: “Probably the most useful app I've downloaded in a long time. In addition, the source of the app and their third party data sharing and retention policy make me feel comfortable allowing access to images, location, etc. That's something that is hard to navigate these days (especially for free apps!). I've had no issues identifying plants and trees.” – 5/5 in Play Store

Christina Burch: “Seems to work pretty well with plants,as long as the wind isn't moving. Sometimes plants isn't identified either. Animals and insects both are almost impossible to identify, even with a perfectly clear pic and from different angles. If the animal/plant is moving, forget it. I love the entire concept of this app, it just needs a lot more work to make it fully functional nd useful since I get more unidentified items from it than those that are identified.” – 2/5 in Play Store

7. Picture Bird

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Arten mit Foto bestimmen, Arten mit Gesang erkennen


Cost: Picture Bird: Bird Identifier (Free), Picture Bird Pro: Bird Identifier ($4.99)

Picture Bird is a comprehensive birdwatching app that empowers bird enthusiasts with its cutting-edge AI technology. Simply take a photo or record the bird's song, and the app will instantly identify the species with remarkable accuracy. Its vast database covers over 10,000 bird species worldwide, providing detailed information about each one. Additionally, the app offers a user-friendly interface, offline identification capabilities, and the ability to share your bird sightings with a global community. Whether you're a seasoned birder or just starting to explore the world of birds, Picture Bird is the perfect companion for your avian adventures.

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Picture Bird - Arten mit Foto bestimmen, Arten mit Gesang erkennen
  • Tags:
  • Accurate Bird ID
  • Extensive Bird Info
  • Easy Bird Identification

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

WP Andros: “Wow, my pictures are pretty low quality, taken through a window zoomed in on our bird feeders (when we get close up they fly away). The results are impressive. I haven't used any other bird apps for comparison. The kids and I were so excited, we saw over a dozen birds at the feeders and the results matched the few we knew (cardinal, red bellied woodpecker, catbird) and looked exactly right for all the little birds we haven't been able to identify on our own. Yay, we aren't bird ignorant anymore!” – 5/5 in Play Store

Stacey Lowe: “I really like this app. So far the sound identifier has been spot on. I love how it keeps a log of the birds you identify. My only problems are with the speed in which you can open & start the sound recorder. Birds are not always easy to record. You need to be able to open app & go straight to choosing between sound or picture id. Instead you go straight to a pop up. Upon choosing sound id you go immediately to photo id then must choose sound. I've missed multiple IDs in this loop.” – 4/5 in Play Store

8. Bird Life

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Various charming birds, Nurture birds freely, Create unique bird room


Cost: Bird Life (Free), Bird Life Premium ($0.99)

Bird Life is a mobile app that allows users to raise their own virtual bird. The app features a variety of bird species, each with its own unique personality and appearance. Users can feed, bathe, and play with their bird, and watch it grow and learn new tricks. Bird Life also includes a social component, allowing users to share their birds with friends and compete in online competitions. The app is free to download and play, and is available for both iOS and Android devices.

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Bird Life - Various charming birds, Nurture birds freely, Create unique bird room
  • Tags:
  • Relaxing Gameplay
  • Adorable bird variety
  • Customizable bird room

Application information:

Downloads 1,122,137
Features You can raise your own bird by feeding it seeds and worms, and it will perform various cute gestures such as flapping its wings and chirping.
Pros Free to download and play, with no in-app purchases or ads.
Cons The bird can sometimes be repetitive in its actions, and there is not much variety in the gameplay.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “It's a really cute game, but english translation needs some work (weird wording, grammar mistakes and typos). I know japanese so I'm fine, but most of the pop-ups still contain untranslated words (like キャンセル instead of "cancel"). And why background art in the level map looks so blurry? Also it keeps pestering me to leave a review even after I did it =/” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “I rarely leave reviews, but this game deserves it. Let me tell you, this is the best dang "match 3" style game in existence. Maybe it's just because I want to go into Ornithology and adore birds. Maybe it's because the combination of the simple "take care of these adorable birds" and the actually challenging and entertaining match 3 provides a refreshingly cute and entertaining game. The art style is adorable, the music is perfect, the gameplay is actually fun and challenging, and I love it.” – 4/5 in Play Store

9. eBird by Cornell Lab

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Global bird tracking, Data for research, 41 language options


Cost: eBird Mobile (Free), eBird Pro (Paid)

eBird by Cornell Lab is a mobile app that allows users to record and share their bird sightings with a global community of birders. The app is user-friendly and comprehensive, with features such as GPS tracking, automatic species identification, and the ability to add photos and notes to sightings. eBird data is used by scientists and conservationists to track bird populations and distributions, and to identify important bird habitats. By using the eBird app, you can contribute to valuable scientific research while also connecting with other bird enthusiasts and learning more about the birds in your area.

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eBird by Cornell Lab - Global bird tracking, Data for research, 41 language options
  • Tags:
  • Real-time syncing
  • Detailed bird data
  • Collaborative database

Application information:

Downloads 857971
Features Explore species maps, photos, and sounds to learn more about the birds you see, and help us track their movements and populations.
Pros Easy to use, helps track bird populations, great for bird enthusiasts
Cons May not be useful for non-birders, requires an account to use, some features require a paid subscription

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Easy to use app that helps you submit your birding checklists. The newly added "My eBird" functionality shows you how many species you have seen in a given area that year, how many you were at in previous years, etc. The automatic GPS tracking for time and distance in traveling checklists is also a bonus. Every year the app gets better! Can't wait to see what they add next.” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Could be great but there are a lot of problems. The new update was meant to bypass entering a location until you were ready. The problem is, you still have to have your GPS on before you can start a list. If you don't use your GPS, it now takes longer to start a list than before the update. Merlin is a great app on its own, but it should be a part of ebird. You should be able to ID a bird through Merlin on the ebird app instead of switching back and forth. Also, life list? No, Merlin has it?” – 3/5 in Play Store

10. Audubon Bird Guide

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Cost: Audubon Bird Guide - Free (Free), Audubon Bird Guide - Pro ($9.99)

The Audubon Bird Guide app is an essential tool for bird enthusiasts of all levels. With detailed information on over 800 North American bird species, the app helps users identify birds by sight and sound. The app also includes range maps, migration patterns, and conservation status for each species. Additionally, the app allows users to track their sightings, create checklists, and share their observations with others. Whether you're a seasoned birder or just starting out, the Audubon Bird Guide app is the perfect companion for your next birding adventure.

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Audubon Bird Guide -
  • Tags:
  • Species identification
  • Bird tracking
  • Offline availability

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “10/5/18 update: I REALLY wish this app was easy to use. 1) you can no longer add pictures of sightings, even though it gives you the option (doesn't work). 2) Cannot easily add locations to where you have sightings (always gives a "use location" option, but you cannot continue because it doesn't work) 3) Cannot delete existing locations. I have a bunch of wrong locations in my list because it's so difficult to add them. So I've used my phone's location and tried to rename, but it doesn't work correctly. I think I'm done with the app at this point. Really sad. This app is "Ok". The process of logging your sightings is a bit tedious, but you have to play with it a while. The category listings take some work getting used to, but it isn't easy to just jump to a bird type if you don't know where to start. .. not too user- friendly for identifying birds, but it is a decent electronic field guide.” – 3/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “I've really enjoyed using this app to get to know the birds in my area. You can put in a bunch of different information about a bird you see (location, colors, size, type of call, etc...) and it gives a list of possible matches. I can typically find the right bird. It also has a "similar birds" tab to help you if you're not totally sure. I love the amount of pictures this app has and the recorded bird calls you can listen to. It also has lots of information about each bird - nesting, diet, migration, stuff like that. And, even though the app is huge, I like that I can use the whole thing without needing to have data service while I'm hiking or whatever. This is a great app!” – 5/5 in Play Store

11. Bird Kind

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Collecting new bird breeds, Raising birds to adulthood


Cost: Bird Kind (Free), Bird Kind - No Ads ($2.99)

Escape to a mystical forest and start collecting birds in this relaxing game! Bird Kind is a bird watching app that lets you collect and learn about different bird species. With stunning graphics and realistic bird calls, you'll feel like you're right there in the forest. The app also includes a field guide with information on each bird, so you can learn more about their habits and habitats. Whether you're a seasoned birdwatcher or just starting out, Bird Kind is the perfect app for you.

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Bird Kind - Collecting new bird breeds, Raising birds to adulthood
  • Tags:
  • Relaxing Bird Sanctuary
  • Nurturing and Collecting
  • Educational Bird Facts

Application information:

Downloads 258090
Features Immerse yourself in a tranquil forest setting, collect and interact with adorable birds, and complete quests to unlock new areas and species.
Pros Relaxing gameplay, charming art style, and a wide variety of birds to collect.
Cons May become repetitive after extended play, and some players may find the pace too slow.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Jenny Belt: “I've been a big fan of Flutter: Starlight forever, but I ran out of new moths to catch. I've been one of those wishing for more games like it, but I've never quite found one. I'm so glad Bird Kind is here, and I'm so in love with it already! The graphics are beautiful, the sounds and music are relaxing, and there are so many pretty birds. Thank you so much for making this, Runaway!” – 5/5 in Play Store

Tera Kovarik: “It used to be a ton of fun, but lately within the last few months, I get stuck with a "Server Error" screen and refuses to let me play. I've done everything, Cleared the cashe, updated the game, forced stopped, uninstalled and reinstalled multiple times. This would be 5/5 as soon as I can play the darn game again. Please Fix!!!! Edit: I went and deleted my in-game files, ans then recovered my save and it worked. Hope this helps others!” – 5/5 in Play Store

12. Birda

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Sync existing bird records, Connect with birders globally


Cost: Birda Free (Free), Birda Pro ($4.99/month)

Birda is a free birdwatching app that helps you identify, track, and share your bird sightings. With over 10,000 species in its database, Birda is the perfect companion for birdwatchers of all levels. The app features beautiful photos, detailed descriptions, and range maps for each species, as well as a variety of tools to help you track your sightings and share them with others. Whether you're a beginner just starting out or an experienced birder looking to expand your knowledge, Birda is the perfect app for you.

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Birda - Sync existing bird records, Connect with birders globally
  • Tags:
  • Global bird community
  • Easy Bird Identification
  • Fun and inclusive

Application information:

Downloads 203169
Features Identify, explore, log and compete with the Birda birdwatching app. Use photo recognition, browse birdwatching locations, grow your life list and compete with friends.
Pros Easy to use, connects you with nature and a community of birders.
Cons Can be difficult to identify birds solely from photos and requires data connection.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Jorge Garcia: “The app is at a great start. The biggest annoyance is that the mapping is funky. I try to reactively add bird sightings and it'll initially post it as my current location even though I submitted something different. I them have to go back and edit each post. It would be nice to log walks retroactively as well. Currently it only supports live logging of walks.” – 4/5 in Play Store

Georgia Wyatt: “Fun, kind community, and especially accessible for newbies (though not by any means limiting for more advanced birdwatchers). I enjoy having the opportunity to help others with bird identification, and the badges are kind of fun -- I'm always eager to add a new bird. Some of the challenges help build and retain momentum, as well. Friendly UI.” – 5/5 in Play Store

13. Birds of Europe Field Guide

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Vogelstimmenbestimmung, über 500 Vogelarten, viele Suchkriterien


Cost: Birds of Europe Field Guide, Birds of Europe Field Guide Pro (4.99)

The 'Birds of Europe Field Guide' app is a comprehensive mobile reference tool for birdwatchers and ornithologists. With detailed descriptions, stunning images, and comprehensive range maps, it covers over 550 bird species found in Europe. The app features an intuitive interface, allowing users to easily browse species by name, appearance, or behavior. Advanced search filters enable users to refine their search based on specific criteria. The app also includes a bird song player and a checklist function, making it an invaluable resource for bird enthusiasts of all levels.

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Birds of Europe Field Guide - Vogelstimmenbestimmung, über 500 Vogelarten, viele Suchkriterien
  • Tags:
  • Bird Identifier
  • 515 bird species
  • Europe Coverage

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A B: “First impressions are that is a good app, but I can't see the cost of the in app purchases - some of which I think I may want/need. Where is this information? Update: Apparently here: (First) Review and agree By tapping ' Agree ' you consent to the immediate performance of the contract and acknowledge that ( except for services ) you thereby lose your right of withdrawal . This does not apply to pre - orders , which you can cancel . See Google Play Terms of Service for more information .” – 3/5 in Play Store

Emily Savage: “It's so good. Easy to navigate and find the species you're looking for, even has bird calls for you to identify without visual ID. Great little app” – 5/5 in Play Store

14. Bird Buddy

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Stunning bird photography, Real-time bird watching


Cost: Free, Premium (4.99)

Bird Buddy is a mobile app that helps users identify and learn about birds. It uses artificial intelligence to analyze photos of birds and provide information about their species, habitat, and behavior. The app also includes a social media component that allows users to share their bird sightings and connect with other bird enthusiasts. Bird Buddy is a great resource for both experienced and novice bird watchers, and it can help users learn more about the birds in their area and contribute to citizen science projects.

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Bird Buddy - Stunning bird photography, Real-time bird watching
  • Tags:
  • AI-powered bird identification
  • Stunning close-up photos and videos
  • Real-time bird content from around the world

Application information:

Downloads 87,057
Features Create personalized bird profiles, share bird sightings, and earn badges for identifying different species.
Pros Easy to use, fun and educational
Cons Can be addictive, may not be suitable for all ages

Comments and Reviews from users:

Nicholas Cahill: “We just got our Bird Buddy and the app seems like it's already fully functional. Connection, setup, firmware update, and operation have all gone very smoothly, with the app providing directions along the way. The look and feel of the app is very smooth and cute. Only one complaint: I wish the bird photos were zoomable, sometimes you just want a closer look. In summary, I highly recommend for backyard bird enthusiasts.” – 5/5 in Play Store

Jon Pfeil: “After the most recent update, Postcards are now working! However, the app still has some rough spots that need to be worked out. Specifically, there needs to be better support for bulk reviews. I'm getting >100 postcards per day and it takes ~30 seconds to review each batch of 2-3 photos. There needs to be an optimized flow that lets you swipe through all of the new postcards. Also, changing wifi networks shouldn't require a full device reset.” – 3/5 in Play Store

15. Collins Bird Guide

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Umfangreiche Infos, Weltklasse-Illustrationen, Intuitives Design


Cost: Collins Bird Guide App (Free) (€0,00), Collins Bird Guide App (Paid) (€0,09)

The Collins Bird Guide app is the ultimate field guide for the birdwatcher. With over 3,000 species of birds from around the world, it is the most comprehensive birdwatching app available. The app includes detailed descriptions, range maps, and stunning photography for each species. It also features a variety of tools to help you identify birds, including a built-in sound recorder and a quiz mode. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced birder, the Collins Bird Guide app is an essential tool for identifying and learning about birds.

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Collins Bird Guide - Umfangreiche Infos, Weltklasse-Illustrationen, Intuitives Design
  • Tags:
  • Comprehensive information
  • Exceptional illustrations
  • Intuitive design

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “A good app for quick reference, if you know the categories. The information is good, but the distribution information is weaker than I expected it to be. I have one major problem with the app: The scientific names, located beneath the common name, are almost completely covered by the image plates, which means that they are unreadable.” – 4/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Just dowloaded the app & found it fairly intuitive. images are great too. My only real gripe is the location option when adding birds to your own lists! I would like the app to remember my location even if I added it manually! It's time consuming having to scroll across the map constantly when adding a bird. It certainly shouldn't just centre over Britain when it covers the whole of Europe!” – 4/5 in Play Store

16. GoBird

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Hi-res bird photos, 150K bird recordings, Fast eBird interface


Cost: GoBird (Free), GoBird Pro ($4.99)

GoBird is a comprehensive bird watching app that helps you identify and learn about birds around the world. With its extensive database of bird species, detailed descriptions, and high-quality images, GoBird makes bird identification easy and enjoyable. The app also includes a variety of features to enhance your bird watching experience, such as a built-in field journal, range maps, and sound recordings. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced birder, GoBird is the perfect app to take with you on your next birding adventure.

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GoBird - Hi-res bird photos, 150K bird recordings, Fast eBird interface
  • Tags:
  • Identify birds worldwide
  • Best bird watching spots
  • 150k bird songs and calls

Application information:

Downloads 64373
Features Identify birds through photos or sound recordings, keep track of your sightings, and connect with other bird enthusiasts.
Pros Easy to use, comprehensive database, great for beginners and experienced birders alike.
Cons Can be data-intensive, may not be accurate in all situations.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Fantastic app. Accurate and up-to-date (some sightings even less than a day old) and reasonably comprehensive list of birds for my city with photos, relevant Wikipedia link and even location of sighting.” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Fantastic! A great use of eBird data. The only thing it's missing is the ability to select a custom location instead of always your own (ex. to plan ahead for the trip we'll be taking later this week)” – 5/5 in Play Store

17. Birdfy

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Smart camera integration, Real-time bird identification


Cost: Free, Premium (9.99)

Birdfy is a mobile app that helps birdwatchers of all levels identify and learn about birds. With a vast database of bird species, Birdfy provides detailed information, stunning images, and interactive quizzes to enhance your birdwatching experience. Whether you're a seasoned birder or just starting to explore the world of birds, Birdfy is the ultimate companion, making bird identification easy and enjoyable.

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Birdfy - Smart camera integration, Real-time bird identification
  • Tags:
  • Smart Bird Feeder
  • AI-Powered Bird ID
  • Real-Time Bird Watching

Application information:

Downloads 27382
Features Bird recognition, real-time bird feeder monitoring, bird species identification, live video streaming from anywhere
Pros Easy to use, accurate bird identification, live bird viewing, helps you learn more about birds
Cons Requires an internet connection, only works with Birdfy bird feeder, may not be able to identify all bird species

Comments and Reviews from users:

Kate Schneider: “This app has a much nicer look and feel than the Netview app, and I like the community features. However, the Netview app lets me filter my alerts by "bird," which is the entire point. With the camera recording random video clips every few minutes, or every time a car drives by, I currently have 20+ "alerts" for nothing. It's useless. I'll keep using the Netview app for now.” – 2/5 in Play Store

Tony Jacobson: “I have two birdfy feeders on the app and it works really well by giving me notifications when birds have visited either. I can check who stopped by that day. Since it detects any motion and sends a notification I set up my feeder near the front door of my house to double as a security camera. I like the layout of the app and think it's an improvement over the old netvue one. I wish it devoted more space to my photos and videos on the home screen. It was easy to set up and has been reliable.” – 4/5 in Play Store

18. BirdTrack

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Records bird sightings, Supports research, Enhances birdwatching


Cost: BirdTrack Lite (Free), BirdTrack Premium (£24.99/year)

BirdTrack is a free birdwatching app from the British Trust for Ornithology. It allows you to easily record the birds you see, wherever you are. Your records contribute to vital conservation science, helping us to understand bird populations and how they are changing. The app is easy to use, with simple menus and clear instructions. You can record your sightings by species, location, and date, and add photos and notes. BirdTrack also includes a handy bird identification guide, so you can learn more about the birds you see.

With over 26,000 downloads, BirdTrack is one of the most popular birdwatching apps available. It is a great way to get involved in bird conservation and learn more about the birds in your area.

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BirdTrack - Records bird sightings, Supports research, Enhances birdwatching
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  • Easy bird sighting recording
  • Supports research and conservation
  • Links to BirdTrack account

Application information:

Downloads 26470
Features BirdTrack allows you to log your bird sightings, view real-time maps of bird distributions, and contribute to scientific research.
Pros Easy to use, helps you learn about birds, contributes to conservation.
Cons Can be addictive, may make you want to spend all your time birding.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Sailing Sue: “Really useful to have this app on my phone to replace the 'pocket notepad' and keep a complete list of birds seen on a walk, or to log occasional sightings. I created an account on the website FIRST and registered to use Birdtrack, I also used the main website to create my 'Places'. The app is only a subset of the full functionality of the website. I'm glad I was not put off by the poor reviews below.” – 5/5 in Play Store

James Kenny: “The brand new version of the app is a vast improvement and well worth using. Counting and note taking in the field is much easier than ever before, plus I love the auto generated weather data. The checklist feature is a nice touch too. Highly recommended.” – 5/5 in Play Store

19. Where to Watch Birds Scotland

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Finds birdwatching sites, Provides bird sighting info


Cost: Where to Watch Birds Scotland (Free), Where to Watch Birds Scotland Pro (£2.99)

Discover Scotland's best birdwatching sites with the Where to Watch Birds Scotland app. The app features over 600 of the best birdwatching sites in Scotland, with detailed information on each site including location, directions, facilities, and target species. The app also includes a trip planner, a checklist of all the bird species recorded in Scotland, and a photo gallery. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher, the Where to Watch Birds Scotland app is the perfect companion for your next birding adventure.

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Where to Watch Birds Scotland - Finds birdwatching sites, Provides bird sighting info
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  • Easy to use
  • Expert site info
  • Up-to-date sightings

Application information:

Downloads 9916
Features The app lets you choose from over 250 sites managed by the SOC and partner organisations, or search the whole of Scotland for local or recommended birdwatching sites.
Pros Excellent guide to birdwatching sites.
Cons No information provided.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Easy to use and full of useful information..just what I needed for my bird watching north of the border.” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Lots of Orkney is missing. Nothing for Sanday or North Ronaldsay. I wouldn't trust the rest of the information as my home area is incorrect. Good response from developer, hope they can get more sites uploaded soon.” – 3/5 in Play Store

20. Bird Watching Magazine

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Unlimited archive access, Members-only rewards, Read or listen to articles


Cost: Free, Premium (4.99)

Bird Watching Magazine is the UK's best-selling birdwatching magazine, and its app brings you all the latest news, features and advice from the magazine, plus exclusive content and features. With the Bird Watching Magazine app, you can:

  • Get the latest bird news and features
  • Read in-depth articles about bird identification, behaviour and conservation
  • Discover the best birdwatching sites in the UK and around the world
  • Get expert advice on birdwatching equipment and techniques
  • Share your bird sightings and photos with other birdwatchers

The Bird Watching Magazine app is the perfect companion for any birdwatcher, whether you're a beginner or an experienced birder.

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Bird Watching Magazine - Unlimited archive access, Members-only rewards, Read or listen to articles
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  • Unlimited archive access
  • Members-only rewards
  • Read or listen to articles

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Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “New upgrade is not good. App stops working seconds after it opens. Subscription fee wasted...” – 2/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Works fine but there is a major issue. I have just bought one issue so far to try it out. I thought it didn't work across devices but needed to allow time for that to happen.” – 4/5 in Play Store