Birder FAQ

Before following the advice on this page, make sure you’re running the latest version of Birder on your device. 

  • What is the quickest way to identify a bird?
  • The 'Quick ID' feature is a great way to narrow down the possibilities. Entering bird’s general colour and size as well as shape and habitat will filter your list to leave only the most likely possibilities. You can enter all or just some of the criteria if you are unsure.
  • What information do you provide for each species?
  • The beautiful illustrations found within Birder are the primary way to identify a bird, but we also provide text information in two ways. The first is a general section, detailing brief information on the bird itself, its habitat, general traits and behaviour. The second section concentrates more on the details you will need to make an accurate assessment and identification of the bird.
  • Will Birder be expanded to detail more species?
  • Oh yes. We’ve got a host of new species waiting in the... wings.
  • How do I use the range maps?
  • The range maps for each species show locations a bird frequents and at what times of the year. We review the latest BTO information to provide up-to-date information and use a simple colour code to define if the bird is resident, migrant or a summer or winter visitor.
  • What sounds are provided for each species?
  • This depends on the species itself. In most cases there will be a 'call', but additionally there may be a 'song' or other associated sound like 'drumming' for a woodpecker etc.
  • How are birds listed?
  • Birds are listed either alphabetically or in scientific order. More experienced birders may wish to use scientific order.
  • How do I use Field Trips?
  • Field Trips are used to record your activity whilst out bird watching. Location can be recorded manually or by GPS location, along with general notes. As birds are identified, the sightings can be added to the trip data using the Record button on the species page. Full sighting lists can be accessed later, along with a map position for each sighting. A Field Trip summary can also be sent in an email for further reference.
  • How do I keep my data safe?
  • Your data can be backed and restored via iTunes, using the standard file sharing features offered by Apple. Find out more here [http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4094].
  • What is the Life List feature?
  • The Life List feature compiles a summary of all birds recorded from all of your Field Trip data. This is a convenient way to see all the species you have observed on all of your trips.
  • Is there any more information on how to use the application?
  • Yes. Tapping the More button allows you to access the information page. Here you will find further information such as a bird Glossary, Topography and a general help guide.