eBird Mobile makes it easy to record the birds you see in the field, and seamlessly link these observations with eBird--a global online database of bird records used by hundreds of thousands of birders around the world. This free resource makes it easy to keep track of what you see, while making your data openly available for scientific research, education, and conservation. eBird Mobile is the only app that passes information directly from the iOS device to your eBird account on the web.


- Enter bird observations from any location around the world.
- Full global taxonomy based on The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World.
- Common names available in local languages (e.g., Portuguese names in Brazil or in Portugal).
- Checklists customized for your location and time of year, showing most likely species based on eBird data.
- Rare species flagged during data entry and on the checklist.
- "Record as you go" functionality for incremental list keeping and counting while birding.
- GPS enabled location plotting to ensure accuracy.
- Map tools that enable selecting from hundreds of thousands of eBird "Hotspots."
- Full offline functionality, enabling use in places with limited or no Internet connection.
- Trip and Day list functionality that makes it easy to keep track of your species list on a particular outing.
- Support for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
- Entire app translated to German, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Turkish, and Dutch.

What’s New

Version 2.0.13

Bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Sammgrl ,

New update is not working

This new update has completely broken the app if you try to use it in a location where you cannot get GPS coordinates. Many of the places that I go birding are places where it is not possible to get the location using GPS. It is also impossible to get the location from the map if you don’t have cell service and GPS. If I try to select a recent location (which is what I have done in the past), it tries to download something (what?) and freezes because there is no cell service. So... I am unable to start a count at all. When I do have cell service I still cannot load a previous location. The app just freezes trying to download something. There should be a choice for off-line counting as there used to be.

Developers: Thanks for your note but sadly, the app does not work the way you described. I test by going into airplane mode which simulates the locations that I count out in western Marin County. I do have the bird pack downloaded but the only choice it gives me other than to try again to load the GPS location is to Quit or to Choose From a Map which you cannot do without GPS or cell service. The only way I can figure out how to make counts is to start a list while I still have cell service, select a location that I am going to on the map, stop the count, and then when I am on location use that un-submitted list to enter the counts in the real time, so at least I have figured out a workaround.

Developer Response ,

Hi Sammgrl, we're very sorry to hear of your frustrations with the new app. Thousands of people are successfully using it daily, and we're confident that we can get it to work for you too!

The 2.0 version has been designed to work offline, even in places without GPS. The app will look for GPS for 10 seconds, and if it doesn't find it, it'll give you the opportunity to start a checklist using a 'basic list' for the region. You can then track your birds for your list, and when you get back to service, choose the specific location by searching on the map.

Please let us know if that solves your issue, and if not, please use "Send Us Feedback" in the "More" section of the app to reach out and we'll get it fixed!

NyNewbie ,

Updated Review

I am again running into problems where the app hangs up at “downloading checklist” when I am trying to start a log from places where I don’t have a cell signal. Sometimes if I stand on the dock I can get just enough so it will move forward. Funny thing, later when I go to submit, it has no problem finding my location. I think it should just ask “use recent pack” or “ use installed pack” as I am within NYS 99.9% of the time. I have submitted an email, but I understand that responses may be delayed during these times.

The new update initially caused me some issues, but turning off “tracking” based on feedback from the developers isn’t helping now, It’s back giving me problems.

Developer Response ,

Hi NyNewbie, we're sorry to hear of your frustrations with the new app.

For location services, if you turn off 'tracking', it'll only use your location right when you first start your checklist, and again when you choose your location from nearby locations or a map. This is the minimum level of location services needed to achieve accurate locations.

In addition, we did extensive testing for location services, and have found from our testing across dozens of devices that 'tracking' being ON versus OFF had no significant impact on battery life. The main difference was the amount of time that the phone screen was on, so if you're having battery concerns, we'd recommend minimizing the amount of time the screen is on.
Please let us know if this solves your issue, and if not, please use "Send Us Feedback" in the "More" section of the app to reach out and we'll get it fixed!

NopeNotMyChoice ,

Now I remember why I uninstalled this app in the first place

Have recently renewed an interest in birding, and wanted to participate in the birding community a more using eBird. Downloaded this app over a year ago, but then deleted it sometime last summer. Now, after downloading it again and logging in, I remember why I deleted it to begin with. It irritatingly wants location data at all times in order for one to participate at all. I find this inconvenient, as it is a drag on the battery, compromises what little privacy control I already have on my phone, and assumes a list of species one might see in a given area-almost at a hyperlocal level, and also assumes that one will have have network connectivity all the time. I get it – the location is important to science. But I should have that choice about whether or not I want to provide my location at all times in order to participate, plus sometimes I am in remote areas where there is no network connectivity. I suspect that removing the requirement to have location services “on” is going to require a complete re-vamping of the app, so I am not optimistic, given my preferences, that I would go back to using this app anytime soon.


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85.6 MB

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


English, Akan, Basque, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

Age Rating
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.


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