Lifebirds Journal

Lifebirds Journal

Lifebirds Journal

Record all of the details of your bird sightings wherever you go with your iDevice.

Download on the App Store

Birders can enter detailed information about their sightings wherever they travel using Lifebirds Journal's intuitive, easy-to-use interface. All data entry is designed to minimize typing since most of the information on a new sighting can be entered from search lists of defined categories or lists of previously saved information. Features include:

  • An up-to-date database of all of the world's bird species.
  • Powerful search logic using English or Latin names or, in North America, 4 letter alpha codes.
  • Easy to enter details about your sightings including notes and voice-memos.
  • Map locator and GPS coordinates for precisely locating a sighting.
  • On-screen lists or downloads of your sightings for any possible combination of location and time period from a world-wide life list to a one day outing.
  • Several options for emailing and downloading sighting information.


Lifebirds Journal: Easy to Use

Easy to Use

  • Choose "Sightings" to select a species using advanced search technology and then either review your previous sightings or add new ones.
  • Choose "Locations" to review and edit your existing locations or add new ones.
  • Choose "Lists" to generate custom checklists and create detailed lists of sightings for any time period and location.
  • Choose "Help" for detailed guides on using Lifebirds Journal efficiently and effectively.

Species Selection Screen

Fast Search of 10,000+ Species

Lifebirds Journal uses an up-to-date database of all the bird species in the world based on the IOC World Bird names project. This project is sponsored by the International Ornithologists' Union in an effort to standardize the common English names used for the more than 10,000 worldwide bird species. Several options exist to search efficiently for species including typing any portion of the English or Latin names or, in North America, a 4 letter alpha code.

To aid in identifying the correct species, alternate English names are included in the search process along with the IOC English names. The search can be narrowed by choosing one of ten world regions for the search. The search screen for selecting a bird species is illustrated on this page. Note that bird species that have sighting information are checked.

Sighting Info Screen

As Detailed as You Want

Once a bird species is selected, all previous sighting information can be displayed for that species or detailed new sighting information can be entered. The first of several screens for entering or viewing sighting information is illustrated on this page. Only a minimum of information entry is required with the option always available of editing or adding to this information at a later time.

Required categories of information include: Date and Time (which default to the current date/time), Count, and Location (which can be as simple as choosing from a list of saved locations). Optional information includes: Subspecies, Detailed Count information (broken down by sex and age), GPS coordinates (chosen from the device or from a map), Notes, and Voice memos. Voice memos can be very handy for quickly recording details for later entry.

Location Info Screen

Enter Location Details Only Once

The screen for creating and saving location information is shown on this page. Again, only a few pieces of information are required, but entering more detailed information such as state, county, and city will permit generation of lists of birds seen in those locations. Once saved, this information can be edited at any time and used over and over again for recording future sightings.

Required information includes only Locale, World Region (chosen from list of twelve pre-defined regions), and Country. One of the optional categories allows for creation of a "Custom Region" which then can be used for generating sightings' lists for that region.

Sightings List Screen

Custom Lists

Many options exist for generating sightings lists. The basic screen for generating lists is shown on this page. Any combination of date ranges, locations, and family selections can be used to generate a sightings list. Leaving all of the information blank will generate a "life list".

Generate a list of all sighting information or just the unique bird species. Download either type of list as an email attachment in spreadsheet format. The option also exists of creating a custom checklist.

Questions, Feedback, or Problems


"The Best Bird Recording App - I have tried them all and this is by far the best bird recording app. Field tested during a birding trip to Thailand and it did the job perfectly."


"Great app...and a great way of keeping a record whilst out in the field"


"Excellent bird log - I used this on a trip to the USA. All birds I saw were in the database and they were easy to log. It was/is perfect for my needs and you can quickly get your list exported and e-mailed if you wish."


"This app is great! ...intuitive and helpful...very few clicks are needed to add a sighting for the same location.... All-in-all, this is a great app for both serious and beginning birdwatchers!"

Download on the App Store
Available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Download Lifebirds Journal TutorialWe offer a downloadable PDF tutorial file. Right click on the icon to the right and select "Save Link As" in Firefox, or "Save Target As" in Internet Explorer.