Our apps are British-made, by British naturalists - we know our stuff! Fantastic photos, songs, calls, distribution maps and detailed information for over 200 birds - all the common and best known birds in Britain arranged by family or alphabetically. The specially written bird notes cover the appearance, habitat, diet, lifespan, nesting habits, rarity status, and distribution in Britain, as well as interesting facts.

The photo-based Bird Finder will quickly identify a mystery bird, then you can mark it as seen, add your own photos, and make a note about it. Automatically note the current date, time, latitude, longitude and Grid Reference. The app includes iCloud syncing, so that if you have more than one device (iPhone, iPod or iPad) your sightings will automatically synchronise.

"I don't say this often, but you guys should charge more for this neat little piece of work! I almost feel guilty now, for the price!" - AppStore review

Great features! This is the ONLY budget British bird app with the following features:
• A photo-based BIRD FINDER based on appearance, habitat, location, date and more
• Carefully selected photos of MALES, FEMALES and JUVENILES, to show the main features
• Labelled photos of KEY FEATURES
• A HISTORY feature to make it easy to go back to the last bird you looked at
• Select the birds for the area WHERE YOU LIVE
• European distribution maps for EVERY BIRD
• A BACK-UP system so you can save your data
• iCLOUD syncing to synchronise your sightings across your devices

The Pocket Birds app includes birds that are likely to be seen without making a special trip, plus well-known species. Want more? For the full works, look for Birds of Britain Pro: A Field Guide.

What’s New

Version 2.3.0

Updated to run correctly on all current devices.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
467 Ratings

467 Ratings

Graeme69 ,

Really good app

Quite impressed with this app. Easy to navigate and enough info to ID many British birds and common migrant species. Good pics, sounds and info about each bird, locations, habits and genus.
Had a minor problem after downloading and had response and sound advice within the hour. Customer service of this quality is rare these days so very well done

LardElvis ,

Okay but....

Firstly, there are some great things about this app that others don't offer such as the ability to record sitings and compare different characteristics to confirm a species.

However, I would not recommend this app to a serious twitcher. For a start there are only two or three photographs for each species and little to help with identifying juveniles or distinguishing features from similar species. Secondly, and probably a fundamental problem, is that many species are missing. For example, there are no wood larks, Cirl buntings or bar tailed godwits to name three.

There are much better apps out there in my opinion if you want a really good bird identification app.

Developer Response ,

This Pocket Birds app is designed to be an easy-to-use guide to common British birds (those that are seen in Britain without making a special trip) plus well-known species. It is a cut-down version of our larger and more expensive Birds of Britain Pro app. The Pro app is intended for more serious birders and includes all the birds you mention plus many more.

CoffinDodger12 ,

Not responding

I’ve had the app for a few years now and it’s been great, but I’ve just bought a new phone and I have tried backing it up from iCloud with poor results. When I try to open the app it just reverts back to the app screen on the phone, if I switch off iCloud in the app settings on my iPhone then I can use it but all my sittings have gone.
Didn’t worry much as I thought I could record any new sittings on the phone then transfer them to my iPad, tried this yesterday and the iPad has the same problem.
Not impressed but can’t tell if it’s the app or iCloud

Developer Response ,

This is a problem with iCloud, not the app. If you email us, we can help you.


Spiny Software Ltd
204.9 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Dutch

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

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

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