Auckland University Press has just released its first app, based on the popular photographic guide Birds of New Zealand by Paul Scofield and Brent Stephenson. Birdwatchers can personalise the app with their own observations, building their own list of bird sightings. The ‘Bird Compare’ feature also allows them to compare two birds on the same screen (including recordings of variant bird calls) and Smart Search functionality supports bird identification by bird type, size, colour, physical features and habitat and can displayinformation on a region by region basis.
‘When traveling and on the road, the app is fantastic to quickly refer to,’ says Brent Stephenson, photographer for Birds of New Zealand. ‘It has all the text, photos, and distribution maps from the book, but probably the most useful feature in the field will be the audio clips now included.’
Author Paul Scofield says, ‘This will increase the opportunity for members of the general public to make remarkable findings, such as the recent instance that brought the reclassification of the thought-to-be-extinct, South Island kokako.’
If anyone thinks they have spotted something rare or unusual, they can report their discovery to the Records Appraisal Committee of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand, which independently verifies sightings of rare birds from New Zealand.
So stop wasting your time with Angry Birds, and go get Birds of New Zealand!