U.S. Birding Applications*
Web    Mobile    Desktop

App Name Promoter's Description of the App Web Site Web Mobile Desktop Free?
Applications for Storing and Organizing Sightings
ebird.org A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ W Yes
birdnotes.net Archiving bird lists for the Northwest birding community since 1999. Rare bird alerts. Site Guides. Generate custom checklists. http://birdnotes.net/ W Yes
BirdPost Birdpost allows you to keep track of the birds you’ve seen and find out where other people are seeing birds. Regional Checklists. Rare Bird Alerts. http://www.birdpost.com/tours W Yes
AviSys 6 Database program for storing and retrieving sightings information. http://www.avisys.net/ D No
Bird Journal Record your bird sightings on your PC. Record photos, counts, subspecies etc. Also you can add your own fields, e.g. plumages, age, gender, migrating etc. Over 40,000 species and subspecies in database. Graphs. Export to eBird. http://www.bluebirdtechnology.com/ D No
Birdbrain 6 Bird Brain is a birding database for Macintosh computers. It lets you record and track your bird sightings, add notes, images, QuickTime movies, and other files. http://www.birdwatching.com/

short link: http://tinyurl.com/2cbrafj
D No
Flying Emu Map List Record and save sightings by pointing and clicking on the map. Enter sightings once into the database and create any kind of list: life list, state lists, county lists, state-in-year lists, month lists, day lists, country lists, lists with just a particular order or family of birds, etc. Windows software. http://www.flyingemu.com/ D N
Swift Database program with search, charts and graphs. http://www.swiftbirder.com/ D No
birdcountr birdcountr is a highly customizable app that allows for keeping records of over 900 North American species by plumage and gps location. http://www.birdcountr.com/ M No
WildLab Log sightings in real-time to a personal account from your compatible mobile phone. Uses phone's GPS capabilities. Maps on phone show nearby birding hotspots. From the Web, you can sort through personal sightings, add media, and share sightings with others from your personal account. By submitting sightings from your WildLab account to Cornell's eBird or the Avian Knowledge Network, you are contributing to larger scientific picture. http://www.thewildlab.com/ W, M No
Wings Wings is database software for the Mac for recording bird observations. Wings can store sightings data including taxonomic, location, observer and source data; perform data entry one record at a time; manage millions of records; search and sort; manage multiple checklists; import and export; create lists and reports; create charts; link or store photos. You can now move the data file between Windows and Mac OS machines without converting file formats. http://web.mac.com/wings_4d/

short link: http://tinyurl.com/27flhw2
D No
Aves Bird Watcher Log Allows you to create and maintain a list of bird species along with taxonomy, feeding habits, nesting, courtship details and much more. You can have a list of your club members, add comments into your diary and attach images. The new graphing module lets you analyze sightings and print records and images in color on your printer. You can export logs to HTML and create your own web pages. http://birdwatch.idealog.net/ D No
Flying Emu Map List Record and save sightings by pointing and clicking on the map. Enter sightings once into the database and create any kind of list: life list, state lists, county lists, state-in-year lists, month lists, day lists, country lists, continent lists, lists with just a particular order or family of birds, etc. http://www.flyingemu.com/ D N
Birdwatcher's Diary An easy way to record and review your daily bird sightings. For iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch. In seconds, you can make a note of birds you see or hear, including time and exact location (both automatically recorded), with additional field notes if you wish. Later, you can review the sightings as a list or on a map, and upload the recorded information to desktop software and online databases like eBird, and view your sightings on Google Maps. And Stevens Creek Software donates 50% of the proceeds from this software to support the work of local bird organizations. http://stevenscreek.com/birdwatchersdiary.htm M N
Birder's Diary Birder’s Diary is an advanced Listing program for maintaining, reporting, and sharing bird sightings. It runs on Microsoft Windows computers or on virtual machines (Bootcamp, Parallels, VirtualBox, etc.) on computers with non-Windows operating systems. Birder's Diary has been around for 20 years and is regularly improved. Go to the website to register and download the app for a fully-functional 30-day free trial with no strings attached. http://birdersdiary.com/ D N
Digital Bird Guides And Songs
Birds of North America Online Comprehensive reference covering the life histories of North America’s breeding birds. Online project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. BNA account contents are updated frequently, with contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors. Also, BNA Online contains image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and more. Most online BNA accounts feature recordings of songs and calls. http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/ W No
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Guide Search or browse by name, shape or taxonomy to get information about 584 of the more than 700 regularly occurring North American bird species. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/

short link: http://tinyurl.com/q24ywn
W Yes
Cornell Lab or Ornithology Bird Songs Wide variety of bird song CDs http://www.birds.cornell.edu/

short link: http://tinyurl.com/2g5h5ro
D No
Thayer's Birds of North America Thayer Birding Software and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have joined forces to create this CD. Thayer's Guide to Birds of North America version 3.9.8 features all 927 birds seen in the U.S. or Canada (excluding Hawaii) more than once. DVD includes 2,818 color photos and songs for 708 species and 90 video clips. Select the color, size, habitat, location or sound of an unfamiliar bird and the program will show you everything that matches. Also includes 700 quizzes. Can download songs and pictures to iPod. http://www.thayerbirding.com/ D, M No
Audubon Guides Identify North American birds with quality photos, bird songs and calls for each species, range maps, descriptions and more. Advanced search functions. For iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Android, HPTouch http://audubonguides.com/field-guides/bird-identification-app.html

short link: http://bit.ly/qOGj1S
M No
ibird Interactive guide to North American Birds for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Illustrations, photos, bird calls, facts, search. http://www.ibird.com/ M No
The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America The program includes all 6600 images, and all text and maps from the printed guide. In addition it includes over 2200 audio recordings representing a wide range of the commonly heard vocalizations of nearly every species. http://www.sibleyguides.com/2010/02/

short link: http://tinyurl.com/y9zclbt
M No
National Geographic Handheld Birds Mobile interactive field guide to North American birds. ebird checklists, search, calls and songs, images, range maps. iTunes Store M No
birdJam birdJam delivers bird song collections with photographs on an Apple iPod or iPhone. Intuitive playlists designed by birders for birders. Collections include 1000+ birds of North America, Costa Rica and Mexico, and 100+ frogs and toads. http://www.birdjam.com/ M No
Peterson Birds of North America For iPhone, iPad. Illustrations and details on over 800 species from the best-selling print field guide, Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America. Includes unique Bird Finder lists⎯automated import of checklists from petersonguides.com showing birds for every county in US and Canada and every North American hotspot in Cornell's eBird http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/

Short link: http://bit.ly/ouQrYS
M No
Peterson Field Guide to Warblers For iPhone and iPod Touch. Takes all the fully colored images, maps and information about Wood and Olive warblers from the most recent edition of the well-known Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, adds crystal clear sounds of their songs and calls, includes image and birdsong quizzes for all the birds, a search function and easy navigation to simplify learning about, comparing and identifying Warblers. http://wildtones.com/Peterson_Field_Guide

Short link: http://bit.ly/nJqLOd
M No
Peterson Field Guide to Backyard Birds Bird guide for 180 backyard birds for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Images, text, calls, range maps, quizzes, search, personal checklist http://wildtones.com/

short link: http://tinyurl.com/yezhgjl
M No
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Prey For the iPhone and iPod Touch, this app features all 65 Birds of Prey with content taken directly from the current Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America. Includes range maps, text, songs, quizzes. http://wildtones.com/

short link: http://tinyurl.com/yezhgjl
M No
Peterson Feeder Birds of North America Peterson Feeder Birds has illustrations and details on 160 backyard birds⎯more than any other free bird app⎯and includes downloadable Bird Finder lists from petersonguides.com showing birds for every county in US and Canada, by week. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/

short link: http://bit.ly/nWTlAj
M Yes
Chirp USA For iPhone and iPod Touch, this app features the songs of the most common birds of backyards, gardens, parks and woodland in USA, excluding Alaska. Birds are arranged in order of commonness. http://www.spinysoft.co.uk/Chirp M No
Better Birdwatching DVD video guides with video and sounds of birds. Versions for Western US, Eastern US, and individual states. http://www.betterbirdwatching.com/ D No
Stokes Field Guide to Bird Song West: Contains 4 CDs with the songs and calls of 551 bird species found from the Rockies west. East: Contains 3 CDs with the songs and calls of 372 bird species found from the Rockies east. The song and calls of each bird species are contained on an indivicual track of the CD to make access easy. http://stokesbirdsathome.com/shop

short link: http://tinyurl.com/282st2p
D No
BirdTunes BirdTunes provides rapid access to a comprehensive collection North American bird songs and calls. Over 2400 tracks for 674 species. Includes some lesser-known calls and songs, photos, a search function, and four playback modes. It runs on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices. http://www.birdtunesapp.com/ M No
Other Birding Apps
Doc's Quiz for Bird Watching For Android phones. No more will anyone doubt your bird watching talent once you take all five quizzes with 10 questions apiece, totaling 50 questions. http://www.androidzoom.com/android_

short link: http://tinyurl.com/273mha3
M Yes
BirdsEye For the iPhone. Uses current observations being submitted to eBird (Cornell University Lab of Ornithology) by thousands of 'citizen scientists' in the United States and Canada. BirdsEye shows you what birds are being seen near you. Looking for a particular bird? BirdsEye will provide you with a map of places it's been seen recently, tips on what to look for from birder Kenn Kaufman, and photographs and recordings of the bird's songs and calls. http://www.getbirdseye.com/ M No
YardBirds Identify birds by head color, size, feeding style, etc. http://www.ramphastos.com/ D No
Song Scope Song Scope software automatically detects and identifies birds, frogs, and other wildlife vocalizations in field recordings using sophisticated patented digital signal processing algorithms. http://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/ D No

* This Web site in no way endorses, recommends or guarantees any of the applications listed above. It is 100% up to the consumer to determine whether an application should be avoided, tried, acquired or used. The order in which the applications are listed has no significance.

** "Desktop" applications might or might not be intended to work on laptops, nettops and netbooks in addition to desktops.

*** To add a software application to this Web page, e-mail me at wosATjanehadley.net