Review of Bïndo Birding
Having a social aspect to it, Bïndo is different to many birding apps, however it trails years behind Birda who, having first launched all the way back in 2018 are the pioneers of community based birdwatching apps. Birda have an fast growing global community and have recently been featured as ‘App of the Day’ by Apple in 148 countries around the world. Bïndo on the other hand is currently limited to birders in South Africa and only has a small active userbase.
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Log and share sightings on Bïndo
Digital birdwatching journal on Bïndo
Species Guide on Bïndo
Species Lists on Bïndo
Friendly competition on Bïndo
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Summary of Bïndo
Birda vs. Bïndo
Ease of Use
Birda features excellent isolated species reference images and thousands of user-generated photos of each species. This makes Birda an invaluable identification resource. Birda’s species guide is also deeply integrated into the whole Birda app which really sets it apart from the competition. So, identification and logging of species can now all happen within Birda rather than using a logging app and a separate identification app.
Range of Species
Birda takes pride in its vibrant and active community of birdwatchers built around a gamified birdwatching experience. The app enables users to connect with like-minded enthusiasts, share photos and sightings, and participate in exciting challenges and discussions. Having a longstanding community known for its inclusivity , Birda is the clear leader as a fun and knowledge based global birdwatching community. At the time of writing, Bïndo is still limited to a handful of users in South Africa so the app’s social features are let down by the lack of a significant community.
Birda’s Locations feature is designed to assist users in discovering birding spots and identifying the species that can be found there. Under the ‘Species’ tab, a list of species observed at the location within the past ten years is provided, offering users an idea of the birds they might encounter during their visit. The ‘New for you’ tab enables users to explore locations that are home to species they haven’t yet observed. This is accomplished by comparing a user’s life list with the location’s species list, generating a list of species the user hasn’t seen but have been recorded as seen at that site. At the time of writing, Bïndo does not offer a comparable location-based feature.
Birda submits public sightings to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The GBIF is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, with open access to data about all types of life on Earth – making it the top contributor of conservation science data. Bïndo does offer the ability to add a Bird Atlas Observer ID to your user profile which will presumably feed into SABAP2. It is however not clear if Bïndo will be submitting sightings to any other authority and their is no information available that details how they manage data quality prior to submission to project such as SABAP2.
Certain bird species are exposed to risks from human activities such as being captured, killed intentionally, or subjected to significant disturbance. These vulnerable birds can be further endangered by the availability of open-access data that can be used to exploit them. To address this issue, Birda has implemented measures to safeguard “Sensitive Species” data by restricting public access to sensitive sightings. This allows important information about these birds to be collected while ensuring that their safety is not compromised. At the time of writing, it is not clear if Bïndo will be protecting sensitive species data from being made public.