bird guides on iTunes

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Subject: bird guides on iTunes
From: Bob & Trish Sothman <>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 06:05:54 +0000
I have both the PK (Pizzey & Knight) and Morcombe apps ... both are good but PK 
is clearly my favourite - both for the illustrations and calls.  I particularly 
like the calls on PK as there are generally several from different locations 
for most species. One example, PK has three calls for Australian Reed Warbler 
(1) Typical songs, Melbourne, (2) Typical songs, Warwick and (3) Contact call, 
Newcastle. I was birding on Calperum Station near Renmark SA a couple of days 
ago and heard a call near some reeds that I could not initially recognize.  It 
turned out the call was from an Australian Reed Warbler but it is was not their 
typical song but their contact call which PK had but Morcombe and the old BOCA 
tapes don’t have. 
By the way, Calperum including Taylorville (both managed by Australian 
Landscape Trust), is less well known for its birds than adjoining Gluepot 
(owned by Birdlife Australia) to the West and Danggali Conservation Park to the 
North. This is somewhat surprising as mallee bushland occurs on all three areas 
while Murray River floodplains only occur on Calperum. Thus, Calperum supports 
more bird species at any one time than either Gluepot or Danggali. Gluepot is a 
great place for birds and birding but so is Calperum.  
Bob Sothman

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of 
Peter Shute
Sent: Saturday, 30 April 2016 4:40 PM
Cc: Birding-Aus <>
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] bird guides on iTunes

The Pizzey app has calls too, but is more expensive than Morcombe. I think it's 
generally considered the better guide for id, but that Morcombe's calls are 
more complete.

The xeno-canto website has a lot of calls, and I think ebird now has the 
facility to upload them, so there may be some there too.

Peter Shute 

Sent from my iPad

> On 30 Apr 2016, at 12:24 PM, "" 
> <> wrote:
> HI Paul,
> I have found Michael Morcombe's guide quite helpful. There are 2 apps. The 
> first is a teaser for free and the full guide costs around $30.
> --
> Kind Regards,
> Simon Hayes
> ---- Paul Doyle <> wrote: 
>> Hi all,
>> I'm sure this has been done to death before, but I am new to Apple 
>> devices and would like to get some comments/recommendations on the 
>> various bird guides that are available in the app store.
>> I'm pretty good with the visual stuff, but hopeless with bird calls, 
>> so would be particularly interested in guides that are strong in that area 
>> i.e.
>> ones that would be useful to improve my call recognition.
>> TIA and sorry if we're going over old ground again..
>> Paul.

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