Audubon Bird Guide

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About this app

The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to over 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. Built for all experience levels, it will help you identify the birds around you, keep track of the birds you've seen, and get outside to find new birds near you.

With over 2 million downloads to date, it is one of the best and most trusted field guides for North American birds.


Thank you to all our users for the feedback on the new update. We'll be incorporating many of your feature suggestions and fixes in the next few updates. We very much appreciate your help and support.

Based on your feedback, we're currently working on the following issues:
- Restoration of user-created sighting lists. These lists were safely migrated with your account, but an issue is preventing them from being displayed. These will be restored soon in a future update, without any action required on your part.

- The ability to sort species alphabetically by last name in the field guide.

- Improved performance when searching and browsing lists of species, including the ability to quickly jump to a letter of the alphabet.

- Usability improvements, including photo and map display issues, for tablet users

- The ability to access the field guide, nearby eBird sightings, and other app features that don't require user-submitted data without first creating an account

- Other assorted usability and stability fixes

As always, if you need help with the app, or have a suggestion for a new feature, please contact us directly at Thanks!


It's now easier than ever to identify a bird you just saw. Enter all you were able to observe—what color was it? How big? What did its tail look like?—and Bird ID will narrow down a list of possible matches for your location and date in real time.

Our field guide features over 3,000 photos, over eight hours of audio clips of songs and calls, multi-season range maps, and in-depth text by leading North American bird expert Kenn Kaufman.

With our completely redesigned Sightings feature, you can keep a record of every bird you encounter, whether you're hiking, sitting on the porch, or simply catching a glimpse of birds out the window. We'll even keep an updated life list for you.

See where the birds are with nearby birding hotspots and real-time sightings from eBird.

Post your photos to the Photo Feed so other Audubon Bird Guide users can see.

Keep up with the latest news from the world of birds, science, and conservation, right on the home screen. Find an Audubon location near you to go birding. Or see where your voice is needed and take action to protect birds and the places they need, right from your app.

Once you log in with your NatureShare account, your sightings and photos will migrate with you into the new app. If something doesn't look right, don't worry—all of your data is untouched, safe, and secure.

Note: While we work on migrating all of our users' data to the new app, we have temporarily disabled some of the app's community features. In the next few updates, we'll be restoring and adding new features that make it easy and fun to share and view the photos taken by other Audubon Bird Guide users around the country. Stay tuned!

About Audubon:
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive.
Updated on
May 12, 2023

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Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
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Ratings and reviews

4.48K reviews
Madison Walker
April 19, 2023
This is my favorite app on my phone but simultaneously the must frustratingly buggy app as well. Can't look up sightings by location, can't name a location what it is without typing it out, if you do click on the location, you can't zoom out on the map to see which state you're in. It stinks because Merlin is bypassing the best bird app, but I don't want to switch over all my data on an app I've had for close to 10 years.
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National Audubon Society
May 2, 2023
Hello, we really appreciate your review Madison. We would like to hear more about your suggestions on finding a sighting by location and others on how to improve our app. If you have suggestions you would like to share please contact us at
Hal Jennings
January 1, 2023
Normally, I like this app a lot. Right now, I am extremely frustrated. I can't create a new location at which to report sightings. I've tried several times including after restarting my phone. It goes through all the steps but after saving the new location, it doesn't show up on the list of my sites. Also, pressing on Contact Us doesn't do anything.
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National Audubon Society
January 31, 2023
I'm sorry you're experiencing an issue with the app Hal. Can you please email and we'll do our best to correct the issue ASAP. Thanks!
Joe Nassau
January 8, 2023
This is absolutely one of the best apps I use. I'm not a "birder" so appreciate the ability of the app to use my location, time of year, and bird characteristics (size, type, etc.) to identify the birds I am seeing. I've also found that playing the calls included for the bird really brings them in to investigate the "stranger" in their territory so I can get a nice, close look at them.
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What's new

Bug fixes and performance improvements.