‘It’s much more convenient than taking a big book with you...the Collins app is fantastic.’
– Chris Packham, Metro

‘The Collins Bird Guide app is destined to become a real triumph, the ultimate in field guide apps — and deservedly so.’
– BirdGuides

The Collins Bird Guide App combines world-class illustrations and comprehensive information with intuitive design to create the ultimate field guide for passionate birders and casual birdwatchers alike. The app is based on the landmark book by Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström, universally acknowledged as the standard European field guide. This definitive work has been reimagined for iPad and iPhone by birders for birders.

The Collins Bird Guide App provides everything you need to identify a species quickly and learn about it thoroughly. Immerse yourself in the exceptional illustrations, maps, calls and concise text. Use the powerful search filter and curated confusion lists to focus in on a species. The Collins Bird Guide App is an essential companion always to hand on your iPhone, and available to browse in full glory on your iPad.

Features include:

• Over 700 species covered
• 3500+ beautiful illustrations by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström
• Detailed text covering habitat, range, identification and voice by Lars Svensson
• Record sightings, location and date with the listing tool
• Powerful search filter
• Intuitive design to quickly and easily swipe through species
• Curated lists of confusable species
• Over 750 carefully selected songs and calls – many by Lars Svensson
• Select species names from 18 languages
• Expertly edited video clips for all 794 species in the app (In-App Purchases)
• Available in English, Swedish, Norwegian, French and German
• Weighs nothing!

As well as the optional video library, the app incorporates British Trust for Ornithology/BirdWatch Ireland/Scottish Ornithologists' Club Bird Atlas 2007–11 mapping data as an in-app purchase, providing the most comprehensive location mapping of any bird guide app.

Find out more about the app and its creators:

The Collins Bird Guide app requires iOS 9.0 or later.

If you like the Collins Bird Guide app, don’t forget to share the app, rate it and leave a review.

What’s New

Version 1.6.9

Improvements to Greek species names

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Chocoholix5 ,

Great for ID, but listing function cd be better

This is a great resource for bird ID - I love the Collins Bird Guide book and this saves having to take it out with me when birding. I love the ability to compare different species. I was really excited to see it included functionality for recording sightings & holding more than 1 list but it is still very clunky. It would be so much better if it could:
- quickly add a bird sighting to more than 1 list (eg local AND UK, or Year list AND Life List) rather than having to make separate entries
- keep a tally of total species seen, not just individual sightings. At present the same bird seen twice in different locations adds it as two sightings to your total. So if you are doing eg. My #200BirdYear you have to keep a separate tally elsewhere, which is frustrating.

If the app does allow these things, then it isn’t clear how to do them - I have looked in Settings but the option isn’t there. It would be a 5 Star app if it also offered these things which some other (even free) bird listing apps have.

Crickmikey ,

Great app, issue with In App Purchases

Have just downloaded this app to my iPad and IPhone. It is essentially the book with some additional features, such as being able to compare different species, bird songs and calls. Haven't yet explored all the facilities yet though!
One issue is the In App Purchases. The app comes with sample videos, presumably to tempt you to buy additional videos, which you will probably want to make the most of the app. Volume 1 is over 100 additional videos of common birds which is £5.99. I bought this but it came up with the message "not enough disk space" when I knew I had plenty.
To resolve this problem, I went to Settings and selected Restore App Purchases, the videos then downloaded.

reklawp ,

Great app but here’s a suggestion for enhancement

I have been using this app for just over a month and it is excellent. The only things that would really help me in use are as follows:
The facility to pinch and enlarge the topography diagrams at the start of the introduction as the type is very small and I cannot read all of it. I have resorted to taking a screenshot and saving it to photos so I can enlarge it.
Similarly, it would be helpful if the distribution maps could be rotated to landscape mode as is the case with the bird illustrations. The only option at present activates the legend.

Otherwise I am delighted to be able to carry such an extensive guide into the field without ‘toting a brick'.


NatureGuides Ltd.
933.5 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Norwegian Bokmål, Swedish

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Video Library Volume 1 – Common Birds of NW Europe £5.99
  2. Video Library Volume 2 – Less Common & Local Species £8.99
  3. BTO Atlas Maps Pack £1.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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