The foremost field guide to Australian birds is now available on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with a comprehensive collection of bird calls.
** If you would like to experience the app check out The Michael Morcombe eGuide to the Birds of Australia LITE which is FREE and includes 59 species **

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:
● iPhone optimised controls – swipe to next or previous species, one-tap enlargement of an image and rotate the device (landscape) to enlarge an image completely (and fit the width of the screen).
● Over 3000 hi-res bird images covering over 790 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 1800 carefully-selected and edited sound recordings for over 600 species. 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* (ability to upload list coming soon)
● 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 or iPod Touch running iOS V7.1 or higher NOT A NORMAL IPOD CLASSIC/NANO and the download is about 320MB.

What’s New

Version 1.5.1

Fixed a few issues with some species missing from the IOC index.
Added What's New section.

Added IOC taxonomy switch to species index (found top right of Taxonomic Index screen), this will switch between the current Australian BirdLife taxonomy and the IOC taxonomy (for species currently in the app).
Added IOC species names to species text descriptions.
Updated some bird data.
Added 142 new calls.
Updated app for latest iOS devices.
Fixed some bugs.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

youcantryreachingme ,

Good where it counts

This app is good for what it delivers - but since it's launch in 2016 there hasn't been an update. There are a few usability issues that could be improved - eg. Showing both birds' names when doing side by side comparison, not displaying the warning box all the time about side by side, not clearing your search text if you then apply a location filter. So usability is niggly but despite this it is very helpful for IDs in the field, which is what really counts. Some would criticise some illustrations as inaccurate, but it's a good starting point and handy in the field.

yahya2200 ,

Great, but needs an update

The app is fantastic. Easy to use. And the best thing is when you don’t know the names. You can easily search by pics or groups. However, it in desperate needs of an update.

Eliza O'Sullivan ,

Better off buying the book

I thoroughly enjoyed the book so was optimistic about downloading the app. The app has some fantastic features, namely, the recorded bird calls. However overall I was disappointed by the lack of bird species as compared to the book. I acknowledge that the app is cheaper compared to the book, and as such is not as impressive. Yet for $30, I would have to say that this app is not worth that amount of money due to lack of bird species.
I live just north of Brisbane in open forest and very often cannot find common bird species when bird watching.


Cool Ideas LLC
472.3 MB

Requires iOS 10.3 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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