iBird Photo Sleuth

iBird Photo Sleuth

By Mitch Waite Group

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2018-05-11
  • Current Version: 1.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 780.09 MB
  • Developer: Mitch Waite Group
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Score: 4.7195
From 82 Ratings


This new update to iBird Photo Sleuth now includes access to our ornithology experts who will help identify your bird if you want more help. The “Help Me Identify a Bird” forum has been around for 10 years and has over 100,000 members. Every now and then an app breaks out from the pack with features that are simply astonishing. iBird Photo Sleuth fits that mold; use its machine learning "brain" to identify a photograph of any bird of North America, regardless of the photo’s quality. Photo Sleuth uses Apple’s new CoreML machine learning system to figure out the species in even the most distorted, fuzzy and poor contrast photograph. The Photo Sleuth app has been “trained” by over 2 million photos of bird species to ID birds with uncanny accuracy. You can use iBird Photo Sleuth in the field -- no internet connection is required, because its CoreML database is contained in the app. Take a photo with your camera or select it from the built-in iPhone Photos gallery (Dropbox, Google Photos and OneDrive coming). Don’t worry if the bird is a tiny blob in the frame; Photo Sleuth is smart enough to find the features that distinguish it from all other 900+ bird species of North America. After you submit your photo to the Sleuth, it will give you a list of its top 3 guesses as thumbnail sized images. Each will display a “Confidence” value between 0% and 100%. When the Sleuth is really sure of its analysis, it will produce a high value; when unsure it will display a low value. If the app thinks that you have submitted a photo of something other than a bird, it will display “Not a Bird.” Of course, some people’s faces look like birds, so it may still suggest a bird species. For example, my selfie came up with “Not a Bird” for the #1 spot and the Barn Owl for #2. To help confirm the 3 guesses made by Photo Sleuth, you can tap on any of the thumbnail images to open more species details, including an enlarged illustration, text that explains important field marks and a range map that shows the migration coverage of the bird. The range map includes a range and habitat paragraph that helps confirm that the species is indeed located in your GPS area. A future update will add our “Birds Around Me” technology to further narrow the choices that Photo Sleuth guesses. On this same screen you may open a rich content species account in our iBird app (should you have it on your phone) to review much more information, including playing the bird’s songs and calls, seeing similar birds, behavior details and much more. Sharing of your results can be done two ways: you can share your photo and the Photo Sleuth guesses with your friends via Apple Messages, Email, Facebook, Twitter and all other functions such as printing, which appear on the standard Apple activity menu. There is also a button for optionally sharing your photo and the results of the Photo Sleuth guess with Mitch Waite Group, so that we can improve our neural network. Both correct and incorrect guesses help us improve the performance of the artificial intelligence. Or course, we only use the photograph for training, and the copyright remains with you. If you would like more information about using iBird Photo Sleuth please visit: http://ibird.com/sleuth/sleuth.html Be sure and check out our new bundle The Delighted Birder; which includes this app plus iBird Pro and iBird Hawaii-Palau.



  • Broken link

    By Jackster847
    IBird promised to fix the link so it would open to the appropriate bird in their apps. I am still waiting.
  • Best on line birding app

    By DoctorSus
    Fantastic amount of information and constantly updating
  • Easy way to identify backyard birds

    By Methodius76
    I use it often and am well satisfied, particularly with its ability to analyzing blurry or poorly focused photos.
  • Not Helpful - Waste of $

    By Fannin Momma
    Did not recognize common geese or swallows. The email to provide feedback also did not work. Waste of $10. I do not recommend.
  • Beginners

    By Shamusdouglas
    This program will allow new birders to I.d. birds that would otherwise be a frustrating effort. GREAT birding tool !! James Douglas
  • Wow! Yup, that good

    By georgebs54
    I have been photographing outdoor life for quite a while. I only recently found this app. I had a number of led birds in my photos that I could not identify, even with Bird Guides. I used the app and,in seconds, answers came back that further research proved to be correct. It is amazing. Gives you 3 birds with likely percentages of being the proper ID. Mine were all in the number 1 selection. Thanks for this app iBird.
  • Outstanding App

    By RobFirst
    A friend recommended this app. All I can say is it is very accurate. Even when I can’t get close to the bird, and have to zoom and crop the pic, so far this app has never missed. I’m very impressed.
  • No bird for Baja?

    By boodabill
    Thank you for adding the Mexican owls, please I have birds endemic to Baja. Not happy with buying the sleuth application and then having to buy it again as in App plug-in.
  • It just works

    By A. Guest
    Got it as part of a 3app pack with iBird pro. Works seamlessly to identify photos of birds, has given us more time to spend watching birds than thumbing through field guides. A+
  • Great, fun app

    By Grandpa Grey Jay
    This iBird app works very well. Even with some far away bird shots, it can help a lot in identifying birds I have photographed. It’s a good, quick way to verify what I am thinking a bird is. Some identification is obviously well off but those are usually for good reason (poor quality photo or odd angle) but by in large it works great.