This is a LITE version of The Michael Morcombe eGuide to the Birds of Australia but is fully functional and includes ONLY 59 species, compared to 796 species in the full app. If you like the way this app works please check out the full version.

The foremost field guide to Australian birds is now available as a fully universal app on the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad with a comprehensive collection of bird calls.

Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds has been called the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds in the market today and now it is perfectly complimented by the eGuide which features:
iOS optimised controls – swipe to next or previous species, one-tap enlargement of an image (iPad) and rotate the device (landscape) to enlarge an image completely (and fit the width of the screen).
Over 300 hi-res bird images covering 59 bird species.
Most bird species have a detailed distribution map showing any subspecies that occur.
Detailed text descriptions of almost all bird species including songs and calls, measurements and breeding behaviour.
Over 170 carefully-selected and edited sound recordings. Many species are represented with multiple call examples showing the full range of vocalizations.
The ability to compare any two images, maps, or sounds, side by side on the screen. The ability to filter by geographic location, so that you see only the species likely to occur in your location, and to further reduce the possibilities to usual or vagrant species in the selected area.
A “Smart Search” that gives the ability to search by distinguishing features such as size, colour, physical features, habitat and exclude certain types of birds (eg. Passerines).
A basic personal species list that stores your sightings saved to the device* with the ability to email the list.
A comprehensive help and introduction section to help you if you get stuck or don’t understand how a certain feature works.

*Uninstalling/reinstalling the program will result in the loss of your list, it is recommended that you keep your own backup (master list) separate from the application.

We invite all users to share their comments and ideas on our forum at

NB. This Application WILL ONLY work on an iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad running iOS V7.1 or higher NOT A NORMAL IPOD CLASSIC/NANO.

What’s New

Version 1.2.1

Changed the minimum supported iOS version to 7.1 to prevent an app crash in a future iOS update.
Fixed a few bugs and errors.

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Chileshi ,

Terrible Support

I paid for and downloaded the app a few years ago. Great app. It disappeared and I downloaded the light version. No record of me having downloaded the full version before, so I paid for it AGAIN and seem to have got the lite version again. MMM. Lots of money, ordinary service.

Wasjigs53 ,

Very helpful app

I love it, and paid the full price for it. I believe I got my monies worth. Thank you. Is it still being supported and updated?

Susan Lambe ,

Crashes on opening

I wanted to check out the lite version before purchasing the full $30 version but given its 4 years old it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that it doesn’t work. It won’t even open.


Cool Ideas LLC
57.9 MB

Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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