National Geographic Handheld Birds was one of the first field guide apps for the iPhone. But, from all accounts, it didn’t work well since it was a direct port from another platform. But now they’ve completely redesigned it to work with the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, and updated the content as well. Here’s the description from National Geographic:
National Geographic Birds is a one-stop resource for any bird enthusiast. With more than 995 species and 3,000 gorgeous illustrations of birds of North America, this app is the most comprehensive birding guide on the market. Available for iPhone and iPod touch.
From its detailed illustrations to its easy-to-use interface, this app makes spotting, identifying, and understanding birds easier than ever before.
- Check out 995 species—more than any other app—accompanied by gorgeous full-color illustrations and field-mark annotations
- Find birds in each season with more than 800 up-to-date range maps
- Quickly and easily locate species of interest with our robust search/sort/filter functionality with real-time results
- Track all of your sightings in the My Journal section by adding location details, weather descriptions, photos, notes, and more
- Start your own life list and peruse numerous lists compiled by National Geographic, including longest-distant migrants, endangered species, and species most likely to be spotted in regional hot-spots such as Cape Hattaras and Madera Canyon
- Test your birding knowledge and increase your identification skills, with custom-created quizzes, curated by the experts at National Geographic
- Learn about birding ethics and must-have gear
- View exclusive videos of bird songs and calls from the field
This app definitely has some great content, including the illustrations and range maps from the latest NatGeo print guide (sixth edition), plus many new things such as sounds, quizzes, lists, and more. It’s definitely worth the current $9.99 price, especially for those who favor the National Geographic guide. (Be on the lookout for some more details on this app in my updated iPhone Field Guide Comparison, coming soon.)
Posted by Grant McCreary on December 3rd, 2012.