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 5,293 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



  • 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.
  • Not impressed

    By tdauc
    How close do you have to be to get a recognition? I’ve tried a number of times and the bird was not my bird.
  • Hard to use

    By Houstonsp
    I typed in “house finch”, but nothing comes up. So I don’t understand how to use the search. I gave up trying.
  • Used to be good but I don’t want to pay again

    By Ashlarah
    I paid a fair amount for this app years ago. Now, in order to use it I am expected to pay more just to search for birds around me. Never mind. If I have to pay again it will be for another app.
  • So good

    By ManyBlessings
    This app has made learning my local birds a treat
  • Best Bird app period, fun, and educational. Birder must have.

    By TonyA-Nashville
    Hard to say enough great things about this app. Have been an iBird user for a long time and it gets better all the time. Worth the price, don’t be put off by it. For what it does worth every penny. Highly detailed, user friendly, extremely educational. Support of app is great. I think it is the gold standard of app development.
  • I find myself using this all time

    By Aloicious
    As a professional ornithologist, I use this app a surprising amount. Informative information, great vocalizations, and loads of pictures/art make this a great birding app.
  • Wonderful! For amateur or pro!

    By Newberger
    Likely the best app for the money that I’ve ever purchased for anything. Whether a pro or amateur (I’m latter) the app is intuitive for use and absolutely loaded with information. Use it daily in my rural backyard on a pond, where many varieties are attracted to our feeders. Love it.