Best Birding Apps - Hotspot Birding

Worldwide


Pros: Worldwide

Cons: Cost Money

BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide

BirdsEye isn’t a field guide app, per se, but it does include photos of nearly every bird on the planet. You can view the 100 most common birds anywhere you are, and can access others through subscriptions. Sound packages are also available for purchase.

100 species free, monthly subscription

United States & Canada


Pros: Finds birds with eBird

Cons: Cost Money

Audubon Birds — A Field Guide to North American Birds

The award-winning Audubon Birds is now Audubon Birds Pro, an outstanding mobile field guide resource completely updated to the current AOU checklist. And with “Find Birds with eBird” powered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; 821 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.

$3.99

Pros: Easiest to use

Cons: Ultimate not available

iBird Pro Guide to Birds

iBird Pro is designed to satisfy the demanding needs of advanced birders and professional naturalists. It offers comprehensive identification, behavior, habitat and ecology information, hand drawn illustrations, professional high resolution photographs, range maps and playable audio songs calls for 938 North American and Hawaiian bird species from the famous Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

$19.99

Pros: Contains the most information

Cons: Minor bugs possible

Sibley Birds of North America

The most popular printed field guide to North American birds is now available in its entirety on the Android! With over 6600 images, images shown include both perched and flying illusatrions, maps, subspecies and more.

$19.99

Central America


Pros: Experts to help id birds

Cons: Missing some species

Costa Rica Birds Field Guide

Why this birding app is meant for anyone who plans on visiting Costa Rica or learning about the hundreds of bird species that live in this incredible country: It’s easy to use: This field guide weighs as much as your device, and birds can be found with quick search tools and or by quickly scrolling down the screen with the touch of a finger. This full version shows over 620 species of birds. Multiple photos for each species: See images and learn how to identify birds awaiting you in Costa Rica. Vocalizations for more most species: Listen to and learn the beautiful and exotic sounds heard in the tropical forests of Costa Rica. Range maps for every bird.

$9.99

Pros: Experts to help id birds

Cons: Missing some species

Panama Birds Field Guide

This field guide weighs as much as your device, and birds can be found with quick search tools and or by quickly scrolling down the screen with the touch of a finger. This full version shows over 550 species of birds. Multiple photos for each species: See images and learn how to identify birds awaiting you in Panama. Vocalizations for more most species: Listen to and learn the beautiful and exotic sounds heard in the tropical forests of Panama. Range maps for every bird.

$9.99

South America


Pros: Free

Cons: Limited resources

South American Birds Free

Bird Sounds can be played by tapping on a bird picture. All sounds can be saved as Ringtones, Notifications and Alarms by long pressing on a bird and selecting the relevant option. Birds can be grouped by family or alphabetical order (with and without headings) using the Menu Settings. A Birdwatching checklist is included allowing you to tick off birds you have seen. Tapping on a bird on the checklist screen allows you to view more information about the bird on Wikipedia or perform an image search via Google images.

FREE

Europe


Birds of Europe

This e-guide to the birds of Great Britain and Europe is part of a series of mobile systems for identifying species in nature. They were developed as part of the EC KeyToNature project aiming to provide easy access to flora and fauna information.

$13.36

Bird Id - British Birds

Have you ever been bird watching and wondered "What kind of bird is that?". Bird Id is a great bird identifier app that helps you quickly and easily identify 250 bird species of the British Isles. Its great fun to use too. With Bird Id, identification can be enjoyed by the whole family. For the bird enthusiast there is anatomical, ecological and taxonomic information too. Bird Id can be used to keep a log of your bird sightings making it easy to build a record of the birds you've seen. Bird Id uses propriety image and audio libraries to help make bird identification quick and easy.

$4.53

RSPB eGuide to British Birds

The RSPB eGuide to British Birds is an interactive companion to The RSPB Handbook of British Birds – the ideal reference for birdwatchers of all levels of interest and experience. This application has specific features that will enhance your birding experience.

$7.99

Africa


eGuide to Birds of East Africa

The eGuide to Birds of East Africa is an interactive companion to Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe's Birds of East Africa field guide – the essential guide for birdwatchers visiting this spectacular region. It covers Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. This application has specific features that will enhance your birding experience.

$29.99

Roberts Multimedia Birds of SA

This app can be used in the bush and remote locations. It does not require a wifi, phone or internet connection once it has been installed and registered. The ROBERTS VII MULTIMEDIA BIRDS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA Android Edition is a comprehensive and interactive application that combines multimedia data on 968 Southern African bird species with seven interactive modules for every aspect of mobile birding.

$34.59

Sasol eBirds

The Sasol e.Birds of Southern Africa is an interactive version of the best-selling Sasol Birds of Southern Africa field guide. This application has specific features that will enhance your birding experience.

$29.99

Asia


Birds of India

The eGuide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent is an interactive companion to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent – the definitive guide for birdwatchers visiting the region. It covers India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. This application has specific features that will enhance your birding experience. NB: Please note that an additional download of 84MB is required once this app has been installed. Please ensure you use a WiFi connection to prevent additional data costs.

$29.99

Japanese Birds

This app provides information on 250 species of birds in Japan, complete with photographs, descriptions, and sounds. There are 364 sounds—including songs, calls, and drumming. Beautiful birdsong, passionate canzone, the melancholy melody of a love song, intense drumming, birdcall as daily communication—enjoy the diverse world of wild birds.

$42.24

Birds of Korea Pro

A Field Guide to the Birds of Korea is a guide to the field identification of every bird species that has been recorded in the Korean Peninsula up to November 2000. There are color illustrations and descriptions of 18 orders, 72 families and 450 species including descriptions and illustrations of all subspecies that can be easily identified in the field.

$9.99

Birds of the Middle East

The eGuide to Birds of the Middle East is an interactive companion to the Birds of the Middle East field guide – the comprehensive guide for birdwatchers visiting the region. It covers Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, the Arabian peninsula and Socotra. This application has specific features that will enhance your birding experience.

$29.99

Birds of Singapore

This mobile field guide for the Birds of Singapore from the Nature Society (Singapore) features over 500 stunning bird photographs of all the 385 species published in the 2013 Bird Group’s Records Committee’s Checklist. All photographs were selected for their distinctive features to facilitate identification. Species known to be dimorphic have pictures of both genders shown while images of Raptors in flight are highlighted as well. We have also incorporated 140 bird calls and songs to help with the identification of birds in the field, a very important and sought after aid.

FREE

Australia & Pacific Islands


The Michael Morcombe and David Stewart eGuide to the Birds of Australia

Michael Morcombe's Field Guide to Australian Birds has been called the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds in the market today and now it is perfectly complimented by the eGuide which features; Over 3000 hi-res bird images covering over 790 bird species, detailed distribution map showing any subspecies that occur, The ability to compare any two images, maps, or sounds, side by side on the screen.

$29.99

Pizzey & Knight Birds of Aus

The PIZZEY AND KNIGHT BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA DIGITAL EDITION for Android is a comprehensive and interactive application that combines multimedia data on over 900 Australian bird species with seven interactive modules for every aspect of mobile birding. The app can be used as a FIELD GUIDE (like the book) or as a BIRD LIST, with essential functions such as view bird page, play the sound, add to your list and view similar birds available directly in both.

$27.92

Birds of New Zealand

The Birds of New Zealand app is an interactive version of the newly released Birds of New Zealand: A Photographic Guide by Paul Scofield and Brent Stephenson. This application has specific features that will enhance your birding experience.

$29.99