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The Sibley eGuide app for iPhone and iPad

4.2 ( 4912 ratings )
Reference Book
19.99 USD
Current version: 1.9.2, last update: 6 months ago
First release : 10 Feb 2010
App size: 496.5 Mb

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The most popular printed field guide to North American birds is now available in its entirety on the iPhone and iPad!

**If you would like to experience the app check out the newly released Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America LITE which is FREE and includes 30 species.**

We have taken the simplicity and ease-of-use that you have enjoyed on your iPhone/iPod Touch and expanded and redesigned the layout (not simply “stretching” it) to take full advantage of the larger screen area of the iPad while still being the same app that runs on the iPhone/iPod Touch.

The Sibley Guide to Birds has become the most popular and fastest selling printed guide to birds as well as the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to North American Birds:
Over 6600 images.
Every species is shown perched and in flight from above and below.
Shows every major seasonal, age, and male/female variation.
Detailed coverage of subspecies and regional variations.
Detailed maps showing not just winter and summer range but also migration and rare occurrence.
Detailed descriptions of songs and calls, comparing similar species measurements of length, wingspan, and weight for every species.

Now all of that information is available in an easy-to-navigate portable format on the iPhone/iPad. In addition, this version of the app also includes:
● Swipe to move to the next or previous species.
● One-tap enlargement of images and rotating the device expands images further.
● Over 2300 carefully-selected and edited sound recordings. Nearly all species are represented with multiple examples showing the range of vocalizations.
● The ability to compare any two images, maps, or sounds, side by side on the screen.
● The ability to filter by state/province, so that you see only the species likely to occur in your location, and to further reduce the possibilities to the most common birds in that area.
● The ability to search by distinguishing features such as size, prominent colors, habits, and group.
● A basic personal species list* that stores your sightings saved to the device with the ability to export the list using email or iTunes file sharing.

*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

NB. This Application WILL ONLY work on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS V6.1 or higher NOT A NORMAL IPOD CLASSIC/NANO and the download is about 400MB.

Pros and cons of The Sibley eGuide app for iPhone and iPad

The Sibley eGuide app good for

I was alreday using the iBird Pro which is very user friendly along with the Aububon. Each of the previous offer their plus and minus. It is possible to display two birds at the same time to compare them or to get lists of birds by province or state as you travel outside of Quebec.
So far the Sibleys app for iPhone and iPod Touch is pleasantly easy to used and is as comprehensive as his time-tested field guide. The added library of bird calls adds significantly to this useful electronic field tool. It would be nice if a selected grouping of species could be compared in succession. The only frustration is the limited list making capabilities of this app. Since the i-Apple platform is proving so successful for equipping hand-held devices in the field, it stands to reason that a comprehensive list-making app with export capabilities should be readily available. The question is, will this Sibleys app accomodate it with an update NOW? Or will somebody else sweep away the market? Its time to act.
really good ... especially the bird song audio, 3 or 4 different bird songs for most birds to help with identification ... also good illustrations and maps.. well worth it
Probably the best bird guide app for North America. The vocalizations section is comprehensive in addition to the complete descriptions and sketches of each species making the app a very valuable tool in the field.
The Smart Search and Compare functions on this app make it worth the price by themselves. I find the search works much better than iBird Explorer or even Peterson. Always the first eGuide I reference, it has all the best features of the paper version (like arrows point out field marks) and songs and calls for almost every bird. In "compare" you can even listen to both birds in question at once.
this app does everything you want it to do with no complaints wrt quality and functionality the only issue is that it is so large, that upgrades/downloads can be a problem. If your internet provider charges by the gb, each upgrade chews up a half gig and can take over an hour to download. if you are not impacted by the bug this release fixes, the benefit of the download is negligible

Some bad moments

I find that iBird Explorer is much nicer than the Sibley guide. IBird has better, more detailed drawings, and more information. Also, there is a glitch in Sibleys note function: it automatically records the date on which you write the note, but that is not necessarily the date on which you saw the bird... I changed the date and saved but it went back to the wrong date anyway...
This app is somewhat helpful but the search mechanism is really quite poor – very basic.
This app, while having a lot of data, is terribly out of date. Hasnt been updated before iPhone 6. The interface isnt helpful and searching only makes things worse. Unusable in my opinion.
I am a field biologist and cannot rely on this app for uncommon birds or most neotropical migrant in South Texas. Some of the ducks (Whistling ducks) are missing. Many more need to be added.
Great app, but it crashes when I go to view species in my own populated list.
The app is good as far as it goes, but it is not a replacement for the book. Numerous rather common and many uncommon species are missing. It sadly needs an update to include all the species in the book.