Technology has changed many things about our lives. Learning about birds is no different. Instead of having to carry a very heavy field guide, we can have the whole thing on our phones. We no longer need to carry additional devices to have bird songs with us, those are on our phones as well! These changes in technology have also made it easier to learn about birds. We now have apps that can identify birds, teach us bird songs, and tell us where to go birding. Here’s a review of what I consider to be the best apps for birders.
Merlin Bird ID is an incredible app that can give you suggested identifications based on a photo you took. If you didn’t get a photo, the app will ask you a few questions and give you some options as well. Merlin uses millions of eBird sightings to help suggest the best possible species for your photo or description.
I’ve always loved the book form of the Sibley guide and the app is even better! Not only do you have all of Sibley’s incredible illustrations, you also have over 2,300 songs and calls included as well.
The Warbler Guide is one of the best apps I’ve ever seen. Although it focus on only one group of birds, warblers, it covers them extremely thoroughly. The 3D models of each species are the coolest feature, allowing you to see the birds from every angle.
BirdsEye uses eBird data to show you what birds can be found near you. I’ve found this to be extremely useful when traveling. You can see local hotspots from eBird and know what has been reported there recently.
This apps is one of the best ways to learn bird songs and calls. This is a fun game-based learning app that makes it fun and addicting to learn bird songs. You can also fully customize what you songs and call you want to learn.
Don’t know what it is you’re hearing, take a recording and let this app give it a shot. The app will give you several options so that you can figure out which species you are listening to.