This article is from the Birds FAQ, by Lanny Chambers with numerous contributions by others.
Commercial computer programs exist for this purpose; they are advertised
in the back pages of many birding magazines.
One prominent commercial program, AviSys, is reviewed in the August
1992 issue of _Birding_. _Birding_ has reviewed several such programs
in the past few years, including Plover. _Living Bird_ reviewed nine
PC-based programs in its Summer 1992 issue.
Many shareware and public-domain programs also exist, such as LifeLister.
Check public-domain archives to get copies of these programs.
Carena Pooth <HFDH09A@prodigy.com> graciously provided the following list
of names, addresses, and phone numbers. If you find any problems with
it, please notify her as well as the FAQ maintainer. All prices are
FOR MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows:
AviSys ~ Perceptive Systems, P.O. Box 369,
Placitas, NM 87043. (In N.A. (800) 354-7755)
The latest version is AviSys 4.58 for
Windows 3.x, 95, 98, Me, XP, NT, 2000.
It is priced at $99.95 + $4 S&H.
Information at http://www.avisys.net
BirdBase for Windows: http://members.aol.com/sbsp
Santa Barbara Software Products, 1400 Dover Rd., Santa Barbara,
CA 93103 [BirdBase for Windows 3.X, 95, 98, ME, XP, NT, and 2000,
including the world species list, is US$59.95 + US$4.00 shipping to
the U.S. and Canada, or US$8.00 shipping to elsewhere; with the
North American/Hawaiian species list it is $US$39.95 + US$3.00 S&H]
Birder's Diary: http://www.thayerbirding.com
Thayer Birding Software
PO Box 110613, Naples, FL 34108 [Birder's Diary 2.5 is compatible with
Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000, includes four different species lists (Sibley,
ABA, AOU, Thayer) and the last edition of Charles Sibley's
reference - "Birds of the World". US $140 + $5.95 shipping to U.S. and
Canada, $20 shipping to elsewhere.]
BirdRecorder 32, Wildlife Computing: http://www.Wildlife.co.uk
[US$125.00 for the Windows version (Including World Bird Data)]
BirdBrain 4.0, Ideaform, Inc., P.O. Box 1540, Fairfield,
Iowa 52556 (In N.A. (800) 779-7256, or +1 515 472 7256).
[US$79.95 or US$99.95 with World Birds Data]
MacPeregrine, Whole Life Systems, P.O. Box 162,
Rehoboth, NM 87322
If you use a bird-listing program, please post a review to rec.birds.