Review of Peterson Field Guide to Warblers and Guide to Birds of Prey for iPhone and iPod Touch

Peterson Guide to Warblers iPhone AppThe iPhone is a wonderful gadget for birders, especially with some of the easy-to-use applications. The Peterson Field Guide to Warblers (available for iPod touch as well) is a basic yet quick source for one of the trickiest families of birds to master.

You can read our review of the printed version of The Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America

Open up the application and after the welcome screen, you are given just a few options.

Peterson Guide to Warblers Application

  • “Browse by Family” is not of much use since these are all wood-warblers (except the Olive Warbler).
  • “Search Birds” leads into the meat of the program where you can search or scroll through the warblers in alphabetical order.
  • “My Checklist” will show birds you’ve browsed and checked, giving you the opportunity to isolate certain birds you are trying to learn.
  • And finally the “10-Question Quizzes” is a randomized series of questions that vary from sounds, images, and more to help you better learn the birds. (Note: you can do just sounds which is nice since that is a trickier area to learn at least for us.)

After finding a specific bird to look at you can quickly view several drawings from the newest Peterson Field Guide (where you are able to zoom in closer as well), select the range map of the species, view detailed information, and listen to their sound lightning quick. Here you can also check the bird to put in your checklist.

The Peterson Field Guide to Warblers application is not high-tech but does exactly what you want in a quick way.

From Wildtones – priced at $3.99

The Peterson Guide to Birds of Prey application has essentially the same features. The main differences are the “search by family” option is more beneficial as it breaks up the species by the several families covered. Each species has sound, range map, and extended information.

One major oddity is that “Nightjars” are included in this application. We are unaware of any birders that consider this group to be part of the “birds of prey”. (But hey, you get a bonus 8 species out of the deal 🙂

Also from Wildtones – priced at $2.99

2 thoughts on “Review of Peterson Field Guide to Warblers and Guide to Birds of Prey for iPhone and iPod Touch

  1. I have just found you — what a great site! We adore all of our city birds here in Dallas, and are really interested in finding others. I’m about to download the guide for teen birders, and I think I know what we’ll be doing this weekend. Thanks!!

  2. Andrea – thank you for visiting! We’re going to update the both young birder guides soon so come back often for updates on them! We hope to help encourage all birders of any age to enjoy the unbelievable beauty of nature.

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