Thursday, April 26, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App, 4/26/2012: Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds.

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Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds is normally priced at $19.99 in Google Play,(but is on sale now for $0.99) and it is normally priced at $9.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds is described as follows:
Identify North American birds with quality photos, bird songs and calls, range maps, descriptions, and more. Audubon Birds is your essential guide to identifying common and rare species of birds in your backyard or in the field. Great for seasoned and amateur bird watchers, Audubon Guides for Android places nature at your fingertips--no bulky books.

Note: Audubon Birds has 529 MB of additional content available as an optional free download. Because of the large file size, if you choose to download the content we recommend using a strong Wi-Fi connection--the bulk download is not a requirement for using the app. This application is not optimized for large tablets.

See Where They're Soaring

Browse by first name, last name, and scientific name of every species, by family, or by species shape and type. Search by multiple advanced variables including size, shape and color, and zip code for localized identification. Create your own Life Lists, Sightings, and Photo Albums, and record your own Field Experiences. Track a species using GPS, take a picture of it with the camera, take notes, and save to the app for records of your nature adventures.

Advanced search functions allow you to search birds by wing shape, locomotion, song type, song pattern, likelihood by month, within state and province, and much more. This comprehensive mobile field guide app contains the most up-to-date range maps with additional wintering range maps for over 125 migrating species. The wintering range maps are an exclusive feature to Audubon Birds.

Special features include:
  • Conservation status plus range maps with color key
  • Multiple images of each species in their natural habitat from the best bird photographers
  • Ability to enlarge each image to see incredible detail
  • Over 6 hours of bird sounds and calls from the best audio field naturalists in North America
  • Personal sightings tracker and life list
Built for Beginning Birders and Advanced Field Naturalists
Explore the World of Birds with the Experts

Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds includes over 770 species and contains the most complete species descriptions updated to the latest AOU checklist, with extensive details on behavior, habitat, life history, nesting times, number of eggs, nest location, bird family information, similar species, and family. All Audubon guides feature professional color photographs, in-depth descriptions of each species, fast and easy navigation, state-of-the-art search functions, real time availability, life lists, sightings, and photo albums. All apps are created in affiliation with the National Audubon Society.

Synch It and Share It
  • Optional Species Synchronization: Enable the synchronization feature to receive updates to your app in real time. Every time a new species, photo, or any other information enriches the Audubon database, your app will be updated accordingly.
  • Optional Content Synchronization: Enable synchronization to upload your user content, including lifelists, sightings, and photos to, and share your findings with friends.
Product Reviews

"Beyond speed, the brilliance of the new Bird of North America phone app is the audio. For most entries, from albatross to wren-tit, you can listen to the bird calls. In a nice touch, the audio includes hammering sounds for woodpeckers. Listening is much easier than figuring out what a print author means by a 'low chup,' and an excited 'zeeee chuppity chup.'" - Chicago Tribune

"Not only is the app chock full of reference material and birdwatching tips from the Audubon Society, but it's also a multimedia library with thousands of photos and bird calls." - Common Sense Media
Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds is rated at 3.7 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 4.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Don't get sucked in by the fact that Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds is currently priced at $0.99 in Google Play. It's a limited-time sale based on John J. Audubon's Birthday with a Regular price of $19.99 - or twice that of the Amazon Appstore normal price.

The app is also available in the iOS App Store, where it is normally $14.99, but currently priced at $0.99 for the same reason as above: Audubon's birthday. That app has a 4.5 rating for the current version and 4 stars overall.

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