This page is about the original Sibley eGuide to Birds app, which was replaced by the Sibley Birds V2 app in 2018 and has not been maintained or updated since then. As of Jun 2021 a few users are reporting the app fails to open on their phone after an iOS update. You can find more information here, including instructions for how to retrieve a bird list from an app that won’t open.
The Sibley Guide to Birds – the most popular, most comprehensive, and fastest-selling printed field guide to North American birds – is now available in digital form as an app for several mobile phone platforms.
Scroll down for a description of features. FAQ and trouble-shooting is here.
The entire content of the Sibley Guide to Birds – over 6600 images, every word of text, 800 range maps – along with the songs and calls of nearly every species… and all in your pocket!
Want to test it before you buy?
For iPhone and iPod you can check out the Lite version for free at iTunes. This is a fully functional version of the app that includes only 30 species. See how it works before you buy.
Lite versions for other platforms are coming soon.
All of the content of the printed book is carried over to the electronic edition:
- Over 6600 images of 810 species
- Every species illustrated in flight and perched, and every major variation of age, season, or sex is shown
- Detailed descriptions of songs and calls, comparing similar species
- Detailed coverage of subspecies and regional variation
- Detailed maps show winter and summer range, and also migratoin and rare occurrence
- Measurements of length, wingspan, and weight for every species
In addition, the eGuide does things a printed book can’t do:
- Play audio recordings of over 2300 different calls and songs, contributed by Lang Elliott, Kevin Colver, and others, the most complete collection of North American bird sounds available in a single package
- Filter species to show only the birds found in a single state or province, or only the most commonly-seen species
- Filter species by color, shape, size, and habits
- Personal sightings log
- Many future improvements planned
Easy and intuitive navigation
In designing this app I wanted to make the navigation easy and intuitive, requiring a minimum of “taps” or “clicks” to get to the important information.
Find any species in seconds by typing a few letters of its name, or by scrolling through the list (either alphabetically or taxonomically)
Swipe left or right from any species to view the previous or next species in the list ((non touch-screen devices use buttons and menus to achieve a similar functionality))
Swipe up and down to scroll through the full series of images for each species
Tap images to view full screen, and rotate to landscape mode for even larger images
Tap text to view full screen
Icons lead to map, audio, and list features
Filter species by region, and also by the most commonly seen species in that region
Filter by size, color, shape, and habits
The only eGuide that allows you to compare two species images, maps, or sounds at once on the same screen (examples below)
How to use the guide
Update Feb 2013
The iPhone and Android versions are essentially identical to each other in content and functionality, with only very minor differences. The biggest differences will be seen in the lower resolution screens of some devices running Android OS, but when comparing the app on devices with similar screens users should see virtually no difference between them other than a few inherent differences in user interface.
A discussion forum for users of the product can be found here, please feel free to join in, leave comments, tell us what you like or don’t like. We will be continuing to develop the program.
Instructions and tips for using the program are here
Read an interview with David about the iPhone guide at Birder’s World here
Developed by MyDigitalEarth