Birds of Northern Europe Reference App Review (iOS, $20.99)


Languages: English

Seller: NatureGuides Ltd.

Improved scrolling, various bug fixes

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
6 Ratings
All Versions:
6 Ratings


A high-quality digital field guide, with bird names in 15 languages, covering 352 species of birds regularly seen in Northern Europe. This list covers all except rarer vagrants and includes every bird likely to be seen by the vast majority of birdwatchers in the region throughout the year. Countries covered include Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland (The Netherlands), Belgium, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Luxembourg and Northern France. Comprehensive information is provided including: multiple annotated illustrations by leading artists showing the full range of plumages including rarer races and variations, beautiful still photographs for many species; songs and calls, maps showing distribution in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and the full detailed text accounts from the Concise edition of Birds of the Western Palearctic (THE standard reference work originally published by Oxford University Press). Perfect for more experienced birders who will appreciate the comprehensive and professional ornithological content in this App.

• fully compatible with iPad using the full resolution of its larger screen
• species names translated into 13 languages plus International English and US English
• includes audio recordings of both songs and calls (which can be played on iPhone and iPod touch built-in speakers)
• annotated illustrations by top bird artists including Ian Lewington, Alan Harris, Mike Langman and DIM Wallace
• superb portrait photographs for many species
• definitive text accounts from the Concise edition of Birds of the Western Palearctic
• information on typical behaviour, identification and plumage variations
• many images showing nests, eggs and flight shots
• detailed distribution maps both for the whole Western Palearctic region
• quick search by species name or part of name
• organise bird names alphabetically or by family, with collapsible headings
• intuitive navigation uses gestures and flip-to-horizontal mode
• pinch zooming for visual assets

Species and family names can be in any of the following languages, and changed at any time: Català, Dansk, Deutsch, English, English (International), English (US), Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Norsk, Português, Suomi, Svenska, русский язык (Russian). Note that the species text accounts, assets captions and illustration annotations are in English only.

Produced and published by BirdGuides Ltd, the UK's leading developer of natural history software. Please visit to see the wide range of birding services and products that we offer. BirdGuides has been established for more than 15 years and is staffed entirely by people who are birders themselves. We publish reference guides for every level, from beginners to professional ornithologists. The content and design of this app for Northern European birds draws on this wealth of expertise. Please see our other apps in the iTunes store.

• To hear the songs, calls and commentaries, make sure your iPhone isn't switched to silent, and that the volume is turned up sufficiently.
• Early model iPod touch will require earphones or speakers.

Customer Reviews

  • Отличное приложение!!

    by Voodison

    Пользуюсь им пару лет почти. Особенно полезна огромная коллекция записей голосов птиц. Для фотоохотника, коим являюсь уже 7 лет, вещь просто незаменимая. Как определитель использую редко, ибо практически всех птиц, имеющихся в приложении, знаю в лицо. Рекомендую!

  • Casual birder

    by Ignatius O'Reilly

    There is a lot there and you can switch between languages. It is a little bit difficult to navigate and it is expensive. I think they win partially by being the only choice, at least when I bought it. Not dissatisfied and happy to have that much info on my ipad/iphone when I'm running around.

  • Comprehensive Coverage

    by Carducci

    Pros: Comprehensive. Each entry has many drawings, some photographs, a range map, and several sound recordings. Also shows nests, immatures, and fledglings in many cases. Navigation is easy. Only choice I found for iPad/iPod/iPhone. (Probably why the charge so much! The USA Audubon birds has twice the birds, better navigation, and costs half as much). Cons: Does not enable annotation or establishing your own list. Does not have a facility to show like species. Cost is about double what it should be.

  • Clunky & primitive

    by Lintfree

    Lots of information but difficult to navigate. No easy way to switch between similar bird pictures or songs to compare. No way to annotate birds seen. Range maps and songs require too many clicks to find and are ignored when scrolling through pictures & BWP. Too expensive for such a clunky & primitive app.

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