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iBird Pro Guide to Birds app for iPhone and iPad

4.4 ( 4624 ratings )
Reference Education
Developer: Mitch Waite Group
14.99 USD
Current version: 10.06, last update: 5 months ago
First release : 26 Mar 2009
App size: 1.65 Gb

iBird™ Pro, considered by experts to be the world’s best app for identifying birds of North America, has been completely updated with the American Ornithological Union’s 2017 Supplement. You can now search for birds by activity levels during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), during the day (Diurnal) or during the night (Nocturnal) with the optional Time of Day package. iBird Pro is the only app that offers Birds Around Me (BAM)—showing just those species in your GPS location. It also features our patented Percevia™ smart search, which helps you identify birds just like the birding experts. Finally iBird Pro 10.06 includes our new Owls of Mexico and Central America package, including illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls and much more for these remarkable species.

iBird developers never sleep. Version 10.06 adds a unique collection of audio recordings for all Owls as well as 16 new composite illustrations. To see the latest drawings, go to Illustration Update on the Search menu and select 10.06.

More Details of What’s New:

iBird Pro contains 946 species of North American birds, including both common and rare species. It is designed to help both experienced and novice birders identify and learn about their birds. Unlike other iPhone apps, iBird includes most of the popular birds of the Hawaiian Islands and is completely up to date with the 2017 AOU and ABA checklists.

With iBird Pro’s Percevia™ matching system you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of 35 identification attributes to find your bird. iBirds comprehensive species pages have 3,300 built-in bird song recordings, 4,500 professional high resolution bird photographs, 1,750 hand-drawn composite illustrations and over 1,000 range maps.

Version 10.065 of iBird Pro Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices.

With over 1 million downloads iBird is the standard that all birding apps are measured by.


■ Identify 946 species with in-depth descriptions including details on appearance, habitat, behavior, conservation, size, weight, color, pattern, shape, sexual differences and much more.

■ Birds Around Me and Percevia™ smart search now available as in-app purchases with free 7 day trials.

■ Splits-History lets you see what birds have had name changes, have been split into more than one species or lumped into one species.

■ iBird’s icon-driven visual search engine enables you to identify birds using shape, color, location, habitat, head pattern, flight pattern, bill shape, length and more.

■ Extensive identification paragraphs and hard-to-find details such as diet, nest information, egg color, sex of incubator, vocalization definitions, and more.

■ The only birding app that includes both Illustrations and Photos.

■ Sort birds by first, last and family name and view birds by text, icon, thumbnail or gallery.

■ Search by common name, Latin name and even band code.

■ Comprehensive range maps which include migratory routes as well as subspecies maps for 40 species.

■ Only app with a field mark layer which displays key ID marks for male, female and juvenile birds.

■ Post, keep lists, and share sightings with friends and followers with an easy and user-friendly Notes and Favorites interface.

■ iBird’s database is completely self-contained; no internet connection is required like many other birding apps.

Other Features

■ The Conservation Status search attribute lets you filter birds by 6 threat levels maintained by Birdlife International and is called the IUCN Red List.

■ All screens optimized for tablets - illustrations, photos and range maps fill the screen.

■ Species, common and family names in English, French and Spanish (text is English).

Pros and cons of iBird Pro Guide to Birds app for iPhone and iPad

iBird Pro Guide to Birds app good for

Easy to use, recordings are usually of great quality. Improvement needed: to add sounds for some birds for which there are none
Fulfills all your bird encyclopedic needs. Comprehensive search, precise drawings and real life photography helps to rapidly and easily identify your spotted species. Expensive though.
You cant expect much more from a digital birding experience. Photos, drawings , sounds . All lot of useful information about the birds. So far the best birding app. Micky
Great app for every type of birder. If you have a portable device that supports iBird this is a must have.
Its so much easier to properly identify birds with this app than any reference book. Period. A lot of thought went into this app, and its worth every penny.
I love being able to leave my books in the car. This app is the single reason I switched from Blackberry to iPhone. All my birder friends were using it in the field.

Some bad moments

This app is lovely, and Ive sacrificed having other apps and/or music & video on my phone for it, but I cannot install an update that is *over 1GB* no matter how many new bird songs or fancy drawings there are! This is a mobile app, (remember that lots of iPhones are 16GB?) and at this point, I suggest to the developers that they either find a better way to compress the size of the code, or segment the app into downloadable geographic areas. Im going to try to avoid updating for as long as I can, but if it becomes a hassle, I will delete the app I paid for rather than lose functionality of my mobile device. Please let me know when theres a more streamlined update available.
Every time I see a bird that I want to look up,this app never has it. What a pain !
The latest version will NOT update. I deleted it hoping that would make it work, but now Ive completely lost the app. HELP!
Great app, but its a money sham. I already dished out $30 for the this version a year ago and now they make a better app called ibird ultimate that we have to dish out another $30 to get. Its the exact same but has 2 extra features. You should be able to upgrade for ten dollars. There screwing over all there past customers out of another $30, because this app becomes obsolete once they purchase the new one.
Search is hard to use. It seems awkward and hard to understand. The main concern is that Search settings dont seem to stick when you change them. For example, I will remove large bird categories from the search settings and the next time I go to use iBird, the large bird settings are turned back on again.
I have a couple of birding apps on my iPhone/iPad but this is the one I use all the time. It does everything I need, and Im sure there are features I havent even tried yet. It seems like every upgrade brings improvements. It works smoothly, has never frozen or quit on me. LOTS of information tucked away, but the layout lets you go to exactly what you want.

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