iBird Pro Guide to Birds

iBird Pro Guide to Birds

By Mitch Waite Group

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2009-03-27
  • Current Version: 12.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 2.22 GB
  • Developer: Mitch Waite Group
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.4 or later.
Score: 4.45263
From 1,425 Ratings


iBird Pro, the first complete birding app for the iPhone, is now guided by the 2019-2020 American Ornithological Union (AOU) standard and is 100% compatible with iOS 13. Besides including all 900+ species of birds of North America, iBird Pro contains databases for four other regions: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hawaii, and the famous island nation of Palau. And it’s not just a digital field guide, a fascinating new feature called Photo Sleuth uses AI so you can identify a bird from any photo you take or upload. Released in 2008, iBird was the first comprehensive birding app for the iPhone loaded with features that inspired Apple to put iBird in their famous videos "We have an app for that." iBird offers functionality that sets it apart from all other birding apps. For example, only iBird offers both photographs and field-marked illustrations 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 appear in real life. So, to optimize your experience, iBird includes both drawings with toggled field marks along with multiple photos of almost every species of bird -- usually of the male, female, juvenile and subspecies. We also include in-flight photos for many of the species. As we just mentioned, every one of the 950 species accounts contains a detailed field marks layer for each illustration. The layer can be toggled on or off to highlight important identification characteristics along with calling out similar species. These field mark layers sit on top of illustrations that are all high-resolution composite HDR drawings showing each species in its natural environment and can be zoomed until you can see fine feather details. And to augment your ability to identify a species, iBird not only contains over 4,000 bird song and call vocalizations but also provides the AI-based photo recognition feature--iBird Photo Sleuth. Photo Sleuth can identify a bird from any photograph, even poor photos taken with your smartphone or tablet. 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. But we’ve saved the best for last – iBird's best feature is its comprehensive birding search engine that can turn anyone into an expert birder. The engine comes with over 35 characteristics that can be searched (such as body color, GPS location, habitat, bill shape, song type, etc.). No internet connection is required to use iBird in the field as it has a self-contained database of all content. The iBird Pro architecture is now “consolidated”, i.e., its default North America database can be supplemented with databases of other countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hawaii and Palau. You can purchase these additional databases from inside iBird, and instantly switch between them inside the app. 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. In addition to all of the features we’ve mentioned, 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, dawn, dusk, etc., and Owls of Mexico—which includes illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls for 16 remarkable Owl species. Version 1254 adds 38 new illustrations—to see these go to Search > Illustration Update > 12.2. More Details of iBird Pro Version 12.5: http://ibird.com/whats-new/whats-new.html



  • First rate

    By V!ashy
    I find it’s a little difficult to navigate searching for a particular bird using the markings and colorings, but I’m also not a pro birder so I’m not familiar with some of the terms. That being said, the overall app is so easy to use and has been helpful in identifying birds not only by the photos but also the calls/sounds.
  • I Bird App

    By 14steam
    This app is a great tool when I want to identify a bird by song that l can’t see or find
  • Worst App

    By brindled congo
    Very difficult to maneuver around. Not user friendly. Dient show any of birds I’m seeing in my area.
  • Indispensable

    By NAmericanWoodDuck
    This app is the best available resource of its kind for birders of all experience levels. It cost more than any other app on my phone but is so worth it!
  • False(?) description of price

    By boorman56
    Where’s the discount as stated on your product description?
  • Get it

    By AssMaster420
    If you are even thinking about birding, GET IT!
  • iBird Pro

    By DoshenBirder
    VERY useful for me, an Advanced Novice birder!
  • It needs more birds

    By cactuvela
    This app doesn’t have most birds. It’s hard to find birds if you don’t have the exact name. Information is lacking. I can find birds in google search just by writing some stuff like in a second.
  • Love this app

    By dizfish
    An EXCELLENT app.....so useful in so many ways......range, sound, identifiable markings, facts, ability to mark location seen, ability to narrow search by location, size, marks......the list goes on and on! A must have for bird lovers!!!!!
  • Fix lists please

    By ahhagahgaggag
    Lists is broken and won't allow you to make new ones, can we fix this already? Update: Yes it seems like lists is working. The search is glitched and the keypad doesn't disappear until you click on a species. Also the registration pop-up is silly but can be taken care of if you sign up with a junk email address.