A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that A Field Guide to North American Birds lets kids cart around an encyclopedia's worth of reference material in one handy app. It also provides a means for kids to record bird sightings in a virtual notebook. There's a lot of information, but it's not presented in an intimidating way. Kids can even search for birds visually by identifying things like color, size, body shape, and wingspan. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.
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Is it any good?
The Audubon Society's A FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS is an invaluable, exhaustive resource for bird watchers. You'll find everything you need in order to learn about, identify and record sightings of more than 750 species of native birds -- including a detailed interactive search feature, audio clips of recorded bird calls, and thousands of stunning photographs. Best of all, there's no Internet connection required to access any of it. It's pricey, so it's not an app for the dabbler, but serious birders will appreciate its thoroughness.