The first raptor identification app designed for mobile devices; "HawkWatch International's Identification Guide to Raptors" puts expert hawk identification content in the palm of your hand. In this guide to North America's 34 species of diurnal raptors, you'll find nearly 1000 annotated photos, and cutting edge identification video for each species, geared toward helping you identify raptors in flight. If you're just getting started with birding, this app covers the basics; if you're already an expert hawk watcher, this app covers all the variation that can lead to identification confusion, even among the most seasoned birders.

• Developed by HawkWatch International in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
• Comprehensive identification content created by Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan
• ~1000 annotated photos covering plumage, age/sex, and geographic variation
• Cutting edge ID-focused video showing each species in flight, including voice-over ID tips from Jerry Liguori
• Range maps with links to interactive seasonal eBird maps
• Vocalizations for each species
• 'Ask the authors' raptor ID question forum

What’s New

Version 1.0.6

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

The Raptor ID app by HawkWatch International and Cornell Lab of Ornithology is now free! You can now download the top raptor identification app for your apple device for free. Browse all 34 species of North American diurnal birds of prey with cutting edge photo and video content produced by renowned raptor experts Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan. This unique app features overview text (similar to an ID book), vocalizations, distribution maps, and high-quality photos and videos with voiceovers for identification tips that aid users in understanding nuanced flight behaviors. Download the app for free today!

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

I can`t find one ,

Love it

This app is great.
Photos are superb.
Lots of Info.
Videos can be viewed offline.
Highly recommend!

The Grey One 3 ,

Raptor ID

This is the Raptor app I have been waiting for. It has an excellent series of photos of each of the raptors, with superior coverage of subspecies and juveniles. The descriptions include excellent info on behaviour and habitat, etc. The videos are just the thing one needs to round out this excellent tool. Audio clips and maps are very complete. This is a must have app for any serious birder.

App Privacy

The developer, HawkWatch International, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

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

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