App News

The Warbler Guide appPrinceton University Press just announced an app based on The Warbler Guide will be available for iOS devices in December. Among the list of features, one in particular caught my eye:

  • 3D models of birds in all plumages, rotatable and pinch-zoomable to match field experience of a bird

That could be AWESOME! That’s one way that apps could really improve upon printed field guides.

Here are the other features:

  • Intuitive, visual, and interactive finders with filters for possible species based on audio and visual criteria chosen by the user
  • Rapid and confident two-step ID process using visual finders and comparison species
  • The first complete treatment of warbler songs, using a new objective vocabulary
  • An intuitive visual finder that includes side, 45 degree, and undertail views
  • Many additional photos to show behavior and reinforce key ID points
  • Color Impression Icons for narrowing down ID of warblers from the briefest glimpses
  • Playback of all songs and vocalizations with sonograms makes study of vocalizations easy and intuitive
  • iPhone® and iPad® versions let you take these useful tools into the field
  • Selectable finder sortings grouped by color, alphabetical order, song type, and taxonomic order
  • Interactive song finder using objective vocabulary for fast ID of unknown songs
  • Comparison species with selectable side, 45 degree, and undertail views

Bird Songs of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East iOS appBird Songs of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

From Edition AMPLE:

This is the professional App to the renowned reference work of Schulze and Dingler covering all 819 European species including all 2,817 songs and calls from the CDs and MP3-Discs. All species can be browsed according to their taxonomical classification and can thus be easily compared. Spectrograms to all sounds as well as high quality photographs and descriptions to each species are also included. As a novelty and practical advantage, multiple songs and calls of one species are arranged consecutively on separate tracks. Each track consists of several calls, which can independently be chosen and played immediately without the need to fast-forward. Explanations to all recordings and bird names are given in English.

Special features:

  • 2817 songs & calls
  • Includes 802 European species
  • Spectrograms to all sounds
  • Descriptions to all species
  • 1350 photographs
  • Create sighting lists and sort by place, date, group, and name
  • Make notes for each bird spotted
  • Display bird names in 18 languages


If you don’t already have this comprehensive sound collection – and have an Apple device – this looks like a convenient way to always have these songs at your fingertips.

Princeton University Press is looking for some feedback on a birding app they’re working on. Here’s the link to the short survey –

The big surprise…it’s an app to identify bird sounds, the mythical Shazam-for-birds.

Several bird apps are on sale right now. But hurry, this is only for a limited time.

Peterson Birds of North America – $0.99 (regularly $9.99). iOS only

Audubon Birds — A Field Guide to North American Birds – $2.99 (regularly $9.99). iOS, Android, Kindle, and Nook. All the other Audubon Single Subjects and Ultimate Nature Guides are also on sale –

BirdLog – North America – $4.99 (regularly $9.99). iOS and Android

BirdsEye North America – $4.99 (regularly $19.99). iOS only

Peterson Birds Pocket Edition iOS appPeterson Birds Pocket Edition – A Field Guide to Birds of North America

From Peterson Guides:

Peterson Birds Pocket Edition is the latest nature app from Appweavers, developers of award-winning Peterson apps for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Pocket Edition includes Roger Tory Peterson’s ground-breaking illustrations and content from the best selling book, Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America.

Peterson Birds Pocket Edition includes identical core content to the award-winning Peterson Birds of North America app, with illustrations, range maps, bird songs, species details, and much more.


This new app takes a different approach to the “lite” app concept. Instead of including a limited number of species, this Pocket Edition includes all the birds from the full Peterson App but drops some of the features. You miss out on some cool features – like the content of additional Peterson guides and some list capabilities – but you still get all the illustrations, sounds, maps, and species account text. And perhaps best of all – it’s only $0.99!

Costa Rica Birds Field Guide iOS appCosta Rica Birds Field Guide

From Birding Field Guides:

Full-featured birding field guide for Costa Rica, including bird photographs, individual bird range maps, vocalizations, field marks, description, habitat. Additional features include comprehensive filter choices, sorting options, personal notes, camera, email notes and photos.

Features include:

  • Over 400 Costa Rica species
  • Quality photographs for each bird
  • Extensive search / filter
  • Range map for each bird
  • Description, field marks, habitat for each bird
  • Bird Sounds
  • Personal notes
  • Email notes
  • Camera


There’s not a whole lot of information about the app on itunes or the developer’s website (but there are a few more details at Costa Rica Living and Birding). But there is a free Lite version that you can check out. This is the first field guide app to anywhere in Central America that I’m aware of, so even if it doesn’t turn out to be the best app ever it could still be plenty valuable to visiting birders.

Count Circle iOS appCount Circle

From Stevens Creek Software:

If you’re involved with Christmas or Breeding Bird Counts, the boundaries of your count circle are always of interest, and sometimes unclear. Count Circle includes the complete National Audubon database of CBCs, with a total of 2429 different count circles in 72 different states and territories including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, and Antarctica. Lookup and display any count circle on an interactive map, and find out exactly what is (and is not) included in the circle. The software also displays your current location, so you can determine precisely if you are inside or outside the count circle as you are doing your count.

You can also use Count Circle just to view the different circles, to help you decide which ones you might like to participate in.

If you have reason to believe the database is in error, Count Circle lets you set the center of the circle, then update the database, and even, if you choose to do so, report the revision directly to National Audubon.

You can also create and save your own circles, and even choose your own radius (in miles or kilometers)! Great for “patch challenges.”


Looks like a very useful app for bird counters.