Birda: Birding Made Better

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About this app

With Birda, anyone can get outside, identify and record the birds they see, and share them with a fun and inclusive community. Modern life pushes us away from nature. Start pushing back.

Join challenges and make new friends. Feel less stressed. Don’t know a bird? Use the community as a HI (Human Intelligence) bird identifier - grow your birdwatching knowledge faster. Help protect nature by turning birding into a fun adventure. All with the help of a free bird app. Cool, right?

Birda connects the global community of birders irrespective of how they already record their sightings! Simply sync or import your records from eBird, Merlin Bird ID, Birdtrack, Birdlasser, and more to get started.

Birda is for anyone curious about nature and birds, no matter your level of knowledge or previous experience. We want to help you enjoy birds, so you are inspired to fight to protect them. Regardless of how you spell birdwatching (or bird watching) if you like fun & nature, Birda is for you!

Have fun while using your smartphone as a powerful tool to help conservationists protect a myriad of bird species. To get started:
1. Download Birda, it’s free!
2. Head out, head up.
3. Log your bird sightings - one at a time or multiple sightings as part of a birding session.

• Find birding locations & the bird species that occur there
• Use the field guide to identify what you have seen
• Set and track your personal birding goals
• Get species identification suggestions from the Birda community
• Unlock achievement badges
• Take part in local and international challenges
• Build up your life lists, by time and location
• See what friends, family, or other users have spotted
• Log sightings and sessions even when you’re offline
• Choose from multiple taxonomies (IOC, Clements & Birdlife HBW)

If you are coming from another platform, then there is no better way to get started than to import your records to Birda. We currently support imports from eBird, Merlin Bird ID, Birdtrack and Birdlasser - with support for iNaturalist, and more coming soon. If you want to move your records to another platform, you are free to export all of your sightings from Birda.

Birda automatically creates life lists of all the birds you've imported or recorded on Birda. Birda automatically generates sub-level lists based on time and geographic location. For example, you can see all your bird ticks for the last month or year as well as your bird ticks for your home and patch lists. We’ll also start automatically generating bird life lists for regions, countries, states/provinces and nature reserves in the near future.

We understand that taxonomy can be complicated! This is especially true when people are trying to compare species across taxonomic authorities and where a global community is using common names in multiple languages. It is for this reason that we built a cutting-edge solution to simplify taxonomy for our users. Our taxonomic engine makes taxonomy seamless for the user, allowing them to view each other’s sightings in their taxonomy of choice, irrespective of what taxonomy is being used by other users.

You can choose to create a 400m privacy zone around your address to automatically hide the location of any sightings you post in your garden. This privacy feature prevents you from inadvertently disclosing your home address to the public when logging sightings around your home. Setup your home location and Birda will also automatically create Home Lists and Patch lists for all the sightings you post within your Home List and Patch List boundaries.

You have control over what you share with others on Birda. Through your Location Privacy Settings, you can control who sees the exact location of the sightings you post on Birda. If you hide exact locations, Birda shows a vague sighting area and no location pins.
Updated on
Mar 16, 2023

Data safety

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.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Personal info and Photos and videos
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 4 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
139 reviews
Georgia Wyatt
January 31, 2023
Fun, kind community, and especially accessible for newbies (though not by any means limiting for more advanced birdwatchers). I enjoy having the opportunity to help others with bird identification, and the badges are kind of fun -- I'm always eager to add a new bird. Some of the challenges help build and retain momentum, as well. Friendly UI.
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February 3, 2023
Thank you so much for your 5 star review! We're really pleased to hear you're enjoying the app! If you have any ideas for features you'd like to see on the app, we'd love to hear your thoughts at All the best and happy birding!
Jorge Garcia
December 27, 2022
The app is at a great start. The biggest annoyance is that the mapping is funky. I try to reactively add bird sightings and it'll initially post it as my current location even though I submitted something different. I them have to go back and edit each post. It would be nice to log walks retroactively as well. Currently it only supports live logging of walks.
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December 28, 2022
Hi Jorge. Thanks for the review and your suggestions, much appreciated! Regarding the retrospective sessions, this is something that the team is working on so you can expect to see this soon :) Regarding the mapping issues you had, would you mind sending us some more details (to so that we can get our engineers can investigate?
Raj Madan (FireMonkeyLord)
February 3, 2023
One of the best birding social apps. It's just what I've been looking for to find birds near me that have recently been seen. However, I've only given it 3 stars because it's lacking in some fundamental ways. 1. Cannot at multiple birds when adding a sighting (rather than a session). 2. Needs a map that shows recent bird sightings or ability to search for a particular bird on a map. 3. Needs to be easier to navigate. Some features take lots of clicking to get to. A hamburger menu would be useful
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February 3, 2023
Hi Raj, thank you for your feedback. We may be creating retrospective sessions soon so this should solve the multiple bird sightings issue. We do have a map of Birding Locations - Head to the Lists Page, Locations then search for places. Whislt you can't search for birds yet, we'll take your suggestions on board. Thank you again and happy birding!

What's new

* Birda users are now citizen scientists, sightings can now be shared with the GBIF
* add sightings to existing sessions
* edit start and end time of sessions
* search life list
* photo life list
* all life lists have bird photos