With the recent release of the new National Geographic Birds app, I felt it time to update my feature comparison between the leading North American field guide apps. I thoroughly examined each app and checked to see if they each had the features listed below. If you discover errors, please let me know so that I can correct them. Because apps are frequently updated, I will have to update this list periodically.
|Spectograms seem to be trending in the birding world these days, so I'd expect we'll see more of them included in our apps. NatGeo had all of these sound features.|
|NatGeo and Sibley both have range maps for subspecies which is pretty cool. All five of the apps have the ability to keep personal records.|
|Surprisingly, I could not find the ability in iBird to scroll through a taxonomic list, but it does have the ability to sort by common name and by family group. Update: Drew Weber from NemesisBird.com showed me that there is an on/off button built into iBird's family list for taxonomic order, so iBird does indeed have that ability, though not as easy to identify. iBird's search bar indicates that you can search by banding code, but in the half dozen attempts I made, it failed to yield results, so this feature appears to be currently broken. iBird is the only app taking advantage of linking to outside information dependent upon an internet connection for each species like flickr. I'd love to see apps link to Cornell's AllAboutBirds.com, but who knows if such groups could work together to this end.|