iBird Pro Guide to Birds

iBird Pro Guide to Birds

By Mitch Waite Group

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2009-03-27
  • Current Version: 12.01
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 2.07 GB
  • Developer: Mitch Waite Group
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 5,313 Ratings


iBird Pro, our most popular app, which covers all species of North America, now contains databases for other countries, including the UK and Hawaii, as well as several new features, such as Photo Sleuth. Besides the fact that iBird was the first birding app for the iPhone (released in 2008), it offers a combination of luxury features that set it apart from all birding apps in the iTunes app store. For example, only iBird offers both illustrations and photographs for every species. Of course, the beauty of drawings is that the illustrator can emphasize the important identification markings of the bird family, something photographs can’t do. For this very reason, iBird offers over 1,000 composite illustrations. Photographs, on the other hand, let you see how the species appears in real life. So, to optimize your experience, iBird includes both drawings and multiple photos for each species of bird -- usually of the male, female, juvenile and subspecies, assuming they are available and meaningful. Also unique to iBird, every one of the 946 species accounts contain a detailed field marks layer for each illustration. The layer can be turned on or off to highlight important identification characteristics. Every illustration in iBird is a high-resolution composite HDR drawing of the species in its natural environment. Additionally, iBird contains over 4,000 bird song and call vocalizations. But iBird's best feature has to be its comprehensive birding search engine that can turn anyone into an expert birder. It comes with over 35 characteristics that can be searched (such as body color, location, bill shape, etc.). There is also an AI-based photo recognition feature -- iBird Photo Sleuth -- available as a low-cost in-app purchase. Photo Sleuth can identify a bird from any photograph, even poor photos taken with your smartphone or tablet. You can watch a short slide show of how Sleuth works here: bit.ly/ibirdsleuth. A stand-alone version of Photo Sleuth is also available in the app store. No internet connection is required to use iBird as it has a self-contained database of all content. Also new to this iBird Pro version are the 2018 American Ornithological Union updates, including new splits, changes to common names, families, orders, etc. We’ve updated 37 high-resolution species illustrations, that, as you know, are one thing that sets iBird apart from all other birding apps, which only offer photographs. See What's New for more details. The iBird Pro architecture is now “consolidated”, meaning its default North America database is supplemented with databases of other countries, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, Hawaii and Palau. You can purchase databases for these countries and instantly switch between them inside the app. The beauty is that you no longer need multiple apps -- a single version of iBird Pro can now serve as a reference guide to birds around the world. Furthermore, you can install iBird Pro on multiple devices and share it with your family plan so that, with one app, everyone can enjoy thousands of new species of regions around the world. iBird Pro offers these fantastic in-app purchase features: Birds Around Me (BAM)—shows just those species within a radius surrounding your GPS location Percevia™ smart search—a patented feature that helps you identify birds just like the birding experts, Time-of-Day—lets you search for birds by activity levels during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), etc., and Owls of Mexico and Central America—which includes illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls and much more for these remarkable species. There are also discounted bundles of all these features available. Version 12.01 adds 69 new illustrations—to see these go to Search->Illustration Update-12.0 and 12.1. More Details of iBird Pro Version 12.01: http://ibird.com/whats-new/whats-new.html



  • Pay to update

    By Cantfindunusedname
    I purchased iBird Pro. I updated my phone. Now I have to pay again to use iBird Pro. Guess I won’t be using iBird any more.
  • Search box will not clear

    By wildwestbird
    I have used this app for about two years. I have not had any problems until a recent iPhone update. Now, the search box will not clear by touching the x. I must now manually remove each letter in the search box one at a time using the back spacer. Quite inconvenient.
  • Expensive goldigger

    By thisappdoesnotwork7$469
    It is very annoying to pay $15 for an app, only to be bombarded with more things that need to be purchased every time I try and use the app. I can’t seem to do anything without forking over more $$. Very disappointed.
  • Favorite List Useless

    By Jje1001
    App will not remember or save favorites list anymore. Tried everything even resetting iPhone and iCloud settings. This is an expensive app , FIXED IT!!
  • Used to be great

    By Steen a Dane
    Used this expensive app for years. Used to be amazing. To much functionality has been removed, I could pay more/again and get it back. If the app had been cheaper that would have been fine. Now I use an alternative app.
  • Mislabeled photos

    By WillieBT
    I just downloaded this app and the first thing I did was look at the Rd-tailed Hawk info, a bird I have studied for over 50 years and I am very familiar with. Looking at the photos, there are some that are obviously mislabeled. The photo labeled “Red-tailed Hawk Juvenile 1” is actually an adult as evidenced by the dark chestnut colored iris and the varied colors on the bird instead of the light iris and more monotoned colors of a juvenile. Conversely, the photo labeled “Adult Red-tailed Hawk Adult 3-Flight” is actually a juvenile bird as evidenced by the light iris, the lack of a dark sub-terminal band on the secondary wing feathers, and the thinly banded tail feathers with no broad sub- terminal band and no red coloration. With almost a quarter (22.2%) of the photos mislabeled, this brings into question the validity of the labels on all of the other photos in the app. I am immediately feeling buyer’s remote after purchasing this app. I would recommend spending your hard earned money on Sibley’s app instead.
  • Bad guide for advanced birders.

    By Hdlapbxywkfbaleicbzoqfjcojka
    So many species lack drawings or photos of birds out of breeding plumage or even just female plumage. Bummed I wasted 15$ on this.
  • Limited birds

    By Weak Sauce Birds
    When I filter hummingbirds in the state of Florida, it only populates one species. That clearly isnt correct. For an app that costs as much as this one, it should tell you how many tail feathers comes on every species of hummingbirds. Weak.
  • Continued Excellence plus GREAT “Photo Sleuth” paid in-app purchase

    By T. Swift
    Comprehensive, satisfying detail, plus AMAZING new Photo Sleuth” paid in-app functionality that has so far given an ID suggestion that matched all my submissions from iPhone photos where the bird was rather small in to original photo. Truly a great value delivering quick and very satisfying enjoyment of my bird observations. Thanks Mitch!
  • iBird PRO

    By Mister RMB
    I have been using this app for years. Nearly always has what I need. Occasionally I will cross reference it with other apps for more info like photos and other details. I have traveled the whole US with this app.