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.
Performance updates for “Updating eBird…” dialog, including more intelligent updates and ability to cancel dialog if needed.
Ratings and Reviews
Useful, room to improve
This app is extremely helpful overall and the issues are relatively minor. I strongly prefer to at least start my checklist using this app as opposed to the desktop version. The user interface is overall clean and intuitive, and any issues causing prior versions to crash are usually corrected promptly by the developers. The app suggests hotspots and remembers locations you often use, including personallized spots with nicknames if you prefer. I am glad to have the variety of observation types (eg banding station added relatively recently), and the option to search for birds using IBP abbreviations.
Minor technical improvements: when searching for a species to add to a checklist, the keyboard always pulls up numbers instead of letters. As other reviewers mentioned, I think recording your location track should default to off for privacy/safety reasons. I would describe these as minor issues.
Suggested additional feature: It would be helpful to have the option to upload supporting media like sound files or photographs directly in the mobile app. Currently it is not possible to attach media unless you use the desktop. I do not typically carry a separate sound recording device and almost always take sound recordings on my phone, and I expect many others are in a similar situation. Therefore uploading sound files in particular would be more convenient on the app.
Much to improve
This app is overall incredible. But some things don’t make any sense: why not let you search for a species within a particular radius from yourself etc.
Biggest peeve is with the keyboard. When you want to manually enter a number of birds, so tap on the species and it opens into the full screen counter for that species, the keyboard that opens is alphabetical, not numerical, requiring yet another tap to get it entered. Also, it would be cool if the app would allow you to sort in the birds you already found to the top of the lists (it’s often the case that after seeing one group of Canada geese, I see another), but keep the yet unseen birds in the species or alphabetical lists below. This would offer faster access. When seeing a lot of birds at a time, one doesn’t want to have to scroll or input letter by letter to bring a species back up to add to.
Underside shots of more birds would be really helpful, too.
Also, ability to message with other birders by consent would also be cool cuz sometimes you don’t meet in the field but wish you could find out more. Many thanks!
One more thing: you should make track location OFF as there default.
Women and ppl of color are often afraid to post exactly where they regularly go or their homes, so also making it possible to offer the tracking details to you at Cornell but obscure them from the public by default would also be great.
Great as a supplement to the eBird experience
While this app works great, it is merely one of the tools in the vast world of eBird. Its main focus is to make submitting checklists easier. You’re not going to be able to view species information, upload media, view people’s profiles, etc. For the full eBird experience you must get familiar with the website. That being said, while it is somewhat limited in features, it carries out its purpose well. I find it to be an essential tool to birding. It keeps perfect track of your checklist location and duration and makes it a lot easier to maintain accurate counts in the field. You can easily add sighting details and breeding codes for the birds you see. I have found very few, if any, significant issues with the app. In the future, I would love to see the app expand to encompass more of all that eBird has to offer, but in the meantime, I think this app works beautifully and is definitely worth the download if you’re an eBird user.
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- Cornell University
- 82.1 MB
- Requires iOS 11.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.1 or later.
English, Akan, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian
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- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.