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Introducing Peterson Birds Pocket Edition

There is a Peterson Field Guide birding app for every budget and user level. Check out the chart below to see what is best for you.

Peterson Birds Pocket Edition includes identical core content to the award-winning Peterson Birds of North America app, with illustrations, range maps, bird snags, species details, and much more. See the comparison chart below.
Comparing the Peterson apps
Peterson Birds of North America
Peterson Birds Pocket Edition
Peterson Backyard Birds
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Screen Shots
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iPad Portrait Home Screen
iPad Landscape Home Screen
iPad Illustrations Zoomed
iPad Illustrations
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iPhone 5 Portrait Home Screen
iPhone 5 Landscape Home Screen
iPad Index
iPad Range Maps
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iPhone 5 Illustrations
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iPhone 5 Index
iPhone 5 Range Maps
How Peterson apps work


Compare birds by sight, song, and range on one screen. No other birding app makes it this easy to compare male, female, juvenile, and in-flight birds from multiple species at once. We even included Roger Tory Peterson's original system of arrows to make it easy for you to see important field marks.
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Get fast access to filtered lists of birds by saving search results as icons on your home screen.

Are you a lefty? Move the toolbar to whichever side of the screen you find most comfortable.

Need larger type? Tap to increase or decrease font size for all text in the app.


Identifying birds is not easy. If it was, it wouldn't be any fun! But we make it as easy as we possibly can.

Our four-step identification process is unique. No other bird guide app gives you an interface that is designed from the ground up to help you identify birds as quickly and as easily as possible.

Read more about the four-step bird identification.
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Forget struggling with keyboards made for tiny fingers. Our one-tap QuickFind index gets you where you want to be, fast.

The simplified filters of our search engine let you see only the birds you need to make a positive identification.

For example, search for all the birds in the mountains, in Colorado, in July to get a list of birds before going on a trip.


Like a book, you swipe your finger, view screen after screen of sumptuous illustrations, then tap to dive deep into core details. Tap to hear bird songs. Tap to view range maps. Our advanced touch interface takes the pleasure of finding out about birds to a whole new level.


Sophisticated life lists let you record, annotate, and share your sightings with friends and colleagues.

About Peterson Field Guides

Peterson mobile apps are made available by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which publishes over 50 books in the Peterson Field Guide series. For more information about HMH, please visit


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