A high-quality digital field guide, with bird names in 15 languages, covering 352 species of birds regularly seen in Northern Europe. This list covers all except rarer vagrants and includes every bird likely to be seen by the vast majority of birdwatchers in the region throughout the year. Countries covered include Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland (The Netherlands), Belgium, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Luxembourg and Northern France. Comprehensive information is provided including: multiple annotated illustrations by leading artists showing the full range of plumages including rarer races and variations, beautiful still photographs for many species; songs and calls, maps showing distribution in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and the full detailed text accounts from the Concise edition of Birds of the Western Palearctic (THE standard reference work originally published by Oxford University Press). Perfect for more experienced birders who will appreciate the comprehensive and professional ornithological content in this App.
• fully compatible with iPad using the full resolution of its larger screen
• species names translated into 13 languages plus International English and US English
• includes audio recordings of songs and calls
• annotated illustrations by top bird artists including Ian Lewington, Alan Harris, Mike Langman and DIM Wallace
• superb portrait photographs for many species
• definitive text accounts from the Concise edition of Birds of the Western Palearctic
• information on typical behaviour, identification and plumage variations
• many images showing nests, eggs and flight shots
• detailed distribution maps for the whole Western Palearctic region
• quick search by species name or part of name
• organise bird names alphabetically or by family, with collapsible headings
• intuitive navigation uses gestures and flip-to-horizontal mode
• pinch zooming for visual assets
NAMES IN 15 LANGUAGES
Species and family names can be in any of the following languages, and changed at any time: Català, Dansk, Deutsch, English, English (International), English (US), Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Norsk, Português, Suomi, Svenska, русский язык (Russian). Note that the species text accounts, assets captions and illustration annotations are in English only.
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I don't know what people expect
It's hard to see why everyone doesn't give this five stars. I have at least £1000 pounds worth of bird books at home because there is no perfect guide or one reference that covers all aspects. The BWP is as close as it gets but I can't take that into the field with me. This is as close as you can get and on top of that I can hear calls too; no book can do that. I have to ask those that think this is expensive if they have ever bought a book before. If you are looking at this app you surely already have your bins, scope, goretex everything, etc. What's 15 quid on top of that to get the equivalent of £200 worth of reference books that can't go out of date, plus a box set of bird call CDs, all in a pocket-sized format (smaller than any of my field guides) that you don't have to re-wrap in parcel tape every other trip to stop it disintegrating. This is a bargain!
Great update thanks.
Good Application but not perfect
i bought this to replace taking my RSPB field reference book with me each time I go for a walk. As an amateur bird spotter I'm no expert and found the bird groupings not always helpful in finding a specific bird. No problem, just use the the A-Z grouping instead although common names can't be relied on to find what your looking for. I couldn't find Redstart and Curlew under R or C (they're listed as Common Redstart and Eurasian Curlew which is fine if you know the full name in the first place). Ok, you can revert to a search under the name you know and you'll find what your looking for - not quite. I tried looking for Common Gull and couldn't find it anywhere until I checked a reference book for the latin name Larus Canus, typed this in the search mode and discovered it is listed as a Mew Gull (never heard of it). I had to check several reference books before I found the name Mew Gull being used for Common Gull (it's actually the American name). I don't regret buying this albeit you need a bit of knowledge to navigate through it and it certainly won't replace my RSPB field reference book.
Bird names easy to fix
To address the issue raised by ColinWH on the names being a bit odd: that is because you have the language set to "English (International)". If you change it (by clicking on the i symbol in the top right of the screen, then settings, then language) to the one that is just called "English" you will get the British English names of the birds, ie Common Gull, Curlew, Redstart instead of Mew Gull, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redstart. It confused me at first but is easily fixed.
I've enjoyed using this so far - not a perfect substitute for a field guide but a useful thing to have on you day to day, and the ability to play back calls in the field is invaluable. It has also already been very useful on birding trips to Germany, as you can change the langage very easily so that you can tell your companions what bird you've just seen in their langauge!
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.