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.
Enhancements to support iOS 13.
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Privacy warning! Novices beware of birders at your door
I spotted a rare bird for my locality, and was pleased to contribute my data to the database. Or so I thought, until a couple of hours later my doorbell rang. I was caught off-guard by a couple of birders. I was a bit flummoxed but said they could visit my backyard to try to see the bird, which I’d seen for 3 days in a row. I left them and went back to my work, and I later found a note indicating they had indeed seen the bird. Trouble is, they had used a recorded bird song to lure the bird. I am just getting into birding, but I question the ethics. I offer food and water, but would not consider using a false call to lure a bird, especially an isolated bird that may be far, far from home. I turned away subsequent birders and quickly changed my privacy settings, which should be Anonymous by default — but are not. Check your privacy settings before submitting any sighting data! Incidentally I never saw the bird again.
Unstable on iOS; order of operations issues
First, app prompts immediate log-in or create an account; makes sense, but annoying. Show me what the app can do so I’m invested in linking personal data to app. Also, there are lots of instances where a person may wish to view hotspots or bird data through the convenience of an app and may want to do that without logging in. You can’t. OK, so I logged in. App was jittery, laggy, and so far as I can tell, all I’m able to do with it is link my Ebird account to app and submit bird lists. Yes, Merlin is for looking up birds, but didn’t expect such limited functionality relative to ebird features. Would like to see: 1) optional feature-based log-in; 2) access to bird hotspots and ebird regional data (even limited) without log-in; 3)store bird lists for later and submit with log-in (would benefit ppl without internet connection), and most importantly 4)let me update settings before logging in so I know what it’s doing with my location, name, data etc. currently have no idea if I’m anonymous or not in app. Most people using the app aren’t immediately planning to create a bird list upon download, so it seems like an order of operations issue. Ebird is very helpful; app is not right now.
I like this app and since using it, have become addicted to counting and entering the birds I see. I like the new distance tracking feature but I’m not a huge fan of the new time tracking feature. Since the time tracking feature is a part of the app now, I think the app should have a pause button for instances when my group is stopping for a bathroom break or something and we aren’t focusing at those moments on counting birds but it wouldn’t make sense to submit the checklist then create a brand new one. Also, the app (or even the website) should have a place where we can submit pictures of birds we’ve seen but we aren’t 100% sure what they are or we have no idea what they are. The experts could then weigh in with their thoughts so we can learn to identify those birds we are uncertain about and we can be sure to include them in our count the next time we see them. Sometimes I’ll come across a bird that I can’t identify and the bird books I have and the bird ID apps I use don’t help.
- Cornell University
- 57.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Akan, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, 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.
- © Cornell University
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.