New Database

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Subject: New Database
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:36:25 +1100
Hi Jude - welcome to Birding-Aus!

I'll reply to you privately in more detail, but here's a quick reply for everyone on the mailing list.

Firstly, the topic of birding databases has been covered a number of times. Search the archives for "database"

Secondly, there are a few very important questions to ask about any bird database you might be considering:

Is it customisable for the main country you'll be observing in? i.e. does it follow an accepted taxonomy, and use the local English names? If there are images and/or audio, are they available for local species?

How simple is it to get your records into the database? I've used some databases that present you with a full world list that you have to narrow down to get the one species you want to enter - data entry should be quick and not need much typing.

How easy is it to export the records to another database, or online repository (e.g. BA Atlas, or Eremaea)? THere isn't much point pocking up your data in a proprietary format that doesn't export easily.

Will it run on your current operating system, and will it be compliant with likely upgrades, such as Windows 7 or Mac Snow Leopard?

Is it easy to backup records, and can your whole database be archived easily? Will you need extra storage capacity?

At the moment the number of birding databases is threatening to catch up to the number of birders! Some of these questions might help you narrow down the choices.

Good luck!


Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia

On 25/11/2009, at 12:12 PM, Roaminoz Crew wrote:


Brand new to this list today.

I'm wondering if anyone has heard of and/or used the database as put out by Bluebird Technology.

I am thinking of purchasing the above but would like to know any thoughts on the program by those who may have used it.

There is a free trial download at


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