The foremost field guide to Australian birds is now available on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with a comprehensive collection of bird calls.
** If you would like to experience the app check out The Michael Morcombe eGuide to the Birds of Australia LITE which is FREE and includes 59 species **
Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds has been called the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds in the market today and now it is perfectly complimented by the eGuide which features:
● iPhone optimised controls – swipe to next or previous species, one-tap enlargement of an image and rotate the device (landscape) to enlarge an image completely (and fit the width of the screen).
● Over 3000 hi-res bird images covering over 790 bird species.
● Most bird species have a detailed distribution map showing any subspecies that occur.
● Detailed text descriptions of almost all bird species including songs and calls, measurements and breeding behaviour.
● Over 1800 carefully-selected and edited sound recordings for over 600 species. Many species are represented with multiple call examples showing the full range of vocalizations.
● The ability to compare any two images, maps, or sounds, side by side on the screen. The ability to filter by geographic location, so that you see only the species likely to occur in your location, and to further reduce the possibilities to usual or vagrant species in the selected area.
● A “Smart Search” that gives the ability to search by distinguishing features such as size, colour, physical features, habitat and exclude certain types of birds (eg. Passerines).
● A basic personal species list that stores your sightings saved to the device* (ability to upload list coming soon)
● A comprehensive help and introduction section to help you if you get stuck or don’t understand how a certain feature works.
*Uninstalling/reinstalling the program will result in the loss of your list, it is recommended that you keep your own backup (master list) separate from the application.
We invite all users to share their comments and ideas on our forum at www.mydigitalearth.com
NB. This Application WILL ONLY work on an iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS V7.1 or higher NOT A NORMAL IPOD CLASSIC/NANO and the download is about 320MB.
Fixed a few issues with some species missing from the IOC index.
Added What's New section.
Added IOC taxonomy switch to species index (found top right of Taxonomic Index screen), this will switch between the current Australian BirdLife taxonomy and the IOC taxonomy (for species currently in the app).
Added IOC species names to species text descriptions.
Updated some bird data.
Added 142 new calls.
Updated app for latest iOS devices.
Fixed some bugs.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Compact, easy to use, could be better
I’ve used this app extensively over several years. It is a reasonable basic guide with some extras. These make it somewhat better than a scanned book but it still falls well short of the potential of an app.
On the positive side it has a superb call function which separates vocalisations by subspecies and type with an easy to control player - birding apps elsewhere take note!
The regional restriction feature is useful but beware of situations where you see seabirds from a headland but can’t find them in the regional list. I would prefer an easier method of adding out of range species.
The illustrations, from the field guide, are excellent at capturing the giss of birds. I like the pre-digital pencil sketch feel of these illustrations although sometimes the shading of key features is unclear (f grey vs chestnut teal this morning). Each includes several illustrations showing features and variants of plumage along with nests and eggs, and point out diagnostic features. I often find features or developmental stages I’m looking at that are not covered or are unclear: can there ever be enough? Perhaps the best option for apps is to include a premium version with regularly updated photo libraries.
The maps are also pencil sketch type, with colors indicating subspecies and hybrid zones, and two densities of shading to indicate abundance. I like the format, which shows sophistication without relying on ugly digital cartography. However, these could be greatly improved. I would like to distinguish summer, winter and transit distributions of migrants; to show seabird breeding sites more clearly and to include more detail, perhaps with zooming in, and the latest information on distributional anomalies (which makes handdrawn pencil sketches hard to maintain).
The text is sparse and barely adequate for identification. This could be greatly improved. Many descriptions are inconsistent in features that they address which makes it difficult to compare similar species. These should be greatly expanded and given a more consistent format - a birding app must give more information on plumage and variation, and should also go well beyond the basics of ID.
The compare two species function is a bit clunky and particularly limited by the text.
The general indexing is basic and frustrating, such that you must type whole words in order to search out a species. For example, typing “duck” will exclude all ducks with other names such as Mallard, Gargany, Shovelers and Teals. A smarter indexing function would link groups, allow partial and imperfect matches.
The most disappointing feature is the MyList function which breaks many of the fundamentals of bird bookkeeping. It is easy enough to add a species to your list when you are on that species page but there is no indication whether you have already added this species to that list. The coordinates can be added but are off by default (why not on?). There is no mapping function.
Editing your list is a nightmare: in particular changing location names, adding and deleting species from locations, downloading or uploading are all time wasting, cumbersome and wrong, wrong, wrong. So much so that this function is barely worth using - I suspect that it will be difficult to port lists from this app to anything else. In it’s defence, this problem is far from unique. Most birding apps have a long way to go in handing easy control of lists to the user (compare this with a specialist listing app like BirdLasser).
I’ll keep using this app and hope that updates greatly improve the information, include photos and have user friendly listing.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.