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National Geographic's Handheld Birds™

National Geographic's Handheld Birds™



National Geographic presents an innovative, beautiful, and interactive field guide to the birds of North America for all your Apple devices. Whether you are new to bird-watching or already an expert, this completely updated and redesigned app makes spotting, identifying, and understanding birds easier than ever before. From its detailed illustrations to its easy-to-use interface, this is the one-stop resource you need to identify and track every bird you see.

• The most comprehensive app on the market with 995 species.

• Robust search/sort/filter functionality—with real-time results—helps you locate species quickly and easily.

• Track all of your sightings in the My Journal section by adding location details, weather, photos, notes, and more with just the touch of a finger.

• Start your own life list, or 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 experts at National Geographic.

• The Tool Kit feature contains all the essentials every birder needs—learn about birding ethics and must-have gear, as well as exclusive videos of bird vocalizations. A real-time newsfeed keeps users abreast of breaking news in the birding world.

• And so much more!

Each species is accompanied by gorgeous full-color illustrations—the trademark of our best-selling companion book, National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America— showing subspecies, juvenile birds, and seasonal plumage changes, as well as images of resting, roosting, swimming, and flying. Users can pinch and zoom to get a better view of the details. To make identification even easier, we’ve included field-mark annotations, which users can toggle off and on by tapping on the screen.

More than 800 up-to-date range maps show where birds can be seen in each season. In addition to winter and summer ranges, each map now features migration ranges and 40 subspecies range maps as well. Vivid color-coding and a drop-down map key make the smallest details crystal clear.

With its simple and smart navigation beautiful interface, and easy-to-use features, this app is sure to be a hit with every birder—from novice to expert!

A School Library Journal Top App of 2013

What's New in Version 3.5

This update eliminates several bugs and errors that our fantastic users helped us identify and diagnose. You can reach us at apps@ngs.org.

- Fixed a bug that resulted freezing or crashing in Journal events with photos.
- Fixed a bug where the most recently added species was not appearing at the end of very long lists.
- Fixed a bug that prevented a new event from being added when location services were unavailable (iPhone only).
- Corrected erroneous abundance data for 70 species.

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


0/5 stars

No keyword search? why?

This app desperatly needs "keyword" search feature. If you want to see all the gulls for instance you can't simply search for "gull" and have all the gulls show up, which would make common sence for an app like this. Not having that feature is such a tremendous drawback that it makes the app nearly useless for the simple fact that it makes it so tedious and time consuming to use that it just annoying and you may as well carry a book. I hope they fix this soon.

4/5 stars

Nice App - Great Content

I use the National Geographic birding field guides and really like what they have done with the latest version of the app. It's the same great book content with added search capability (including keyword and bird characteristics) to make it a very useful birding utility.

5/5 stars

Great App!

Unlike others, I have found the search features to be extremely helpful. It helped me narrow down to a short list of birds for a friend until he was able to identify the bird by it's song. Two features would really enhance am already awesome and first rate app - 1. Side by side pictures of two birds for helping identify a bird in the field, and 2. A checklist, ideally to include date and location birds were seen, maybe even a life list and year lists. Otherwise, this is a 5 star app!

Additionally, the search will find, for example, all the gulls. If you type in the word gull, it instantly tells you your search matched 27 birds. If you the press the "Birds" button it will take you to where you can scroll through all 27 gulls. You can also add things like color, size and range in the search to narrow the number down even more. Hope this helps!


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