iBird Plus is our entry level birding app and is priced appropriately. Unlike Ultimate it lacks the built-in features Birds Around Me and Percevia™ Smart Search. This final version of iBird Plus contains our most recent North America database with 946 species (962 including Mexican Owls). It has been updated with the latest 2018 American Ornithological Union (AOU) standard, described in detail in What's New. We have also added a new Purchases menu that contains optional features you can purchase to enhance the app. These include an amazing Birds Around Me, Percevia™ Smart Search, the Photo Sleuth feature that uses a neural network to identify birds from any photo, the patented Percevia search engine, and several others. As this is the last version of iBird Plus, we are providing users with our new version of iBird Lite which gives you free access to the same North America database in iBird Pro. Lite has been designed with the future in mind. It has been totally overhauled and is now a “consolidated” app, meaning with iBird Lite, you can buy and install databases for any of 4 countries. Again, unlike other bird apps, these databases are inside the app, which allows you to use them in the field with no Internet connection. If you'd like to move to this new version of iBird Lite, simply install this new 12.01 version of iBird Plus on your device (iPhone or iPad) and then install the new 12.01 iBird Lite. When you open iBird Lite you’ll see a free copy of the North America database, normally a $17.99 purchase. ALSO, YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT ALL IN-APP PURCHASES (EXCEPT PHOTO SLEUTH) ARE FREE — OUR GIFT TO YOU FOR BEING A LOYAL IBIRD CUSTOMER. About iBird Plus iBird™ Plus is the best app if you are serious about birding but want to keep your investment low. The app has most of the great features of the iBird product line. For the most advanced app, see iBird Lite, our new consolidated app. If you want to take your birding skills up a level or two, iBird Plus includes in-app purchases for features such as the Percevia™ Smart Search feature that gives anyone the skills of a bird identification expert, and the “Birds Around Me” (BAM) feature that restricts the birds to just those found in your current GPS area. In addition, this new version 12.01 of iBird Plus, takes a major leap forward with “Time of Day” filtering. 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). More Details of What’s New: https://ibird.com/whats-new/whats-new.html Whether you are an experienced or a beginner birder, iBird Plus starts with 946 species of both native and rare North American species, as well as popular Hawaiian birds. It has been updated with the 2018 AOU and ABA checklists. This increases to 962 species when you purchase the in-app Mexican Owls database option. With the iBird Plus’s avian matching system, you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of our 35 identification field marks to find your bird. iBird's comprehensive species pages have 3,300 built-in bird songs, 4,500 professional high-resolution bird photographs, 1,700 hand-drawn composite illustrations and over 1,000 range maps. Version 12.01 of iBird Plus Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices and a share feature that lets you send any species page via Mail, Messages, etc. With over 1 million downloads, iBird is the standard by which all birding apps are measured.
I bought IBird Plus quite some time ago and paid more for it than any other app I owned then or now. As I recall, it was called “Plus” because it was the full-featured version. It was a remarkable app and I felt it was worth the expense. Now I’m told it’s the entry level version, is being discontinued, and that I will have to buy each of the separate functionalities and updates as in-ap purchases. I suppose I should have expected that. Hopefully some ambitious software developers will seize on this opportunity and provide a little healthy competition.
The app is ok for an intro to birding. The way they try to upsell on everything is annoying. The navigation isn’t very user friendly and doesn’t feel logical. The search engine is bad. But searching for birds in my state I was able to find and identify many birds at my feeder and the illustrations are awesome for that, better than real photos. The docket also shows the birds’ migration and living range, it shows real life photos and plays various chirp vocals. It has detailed info about the birds’ behaviors and personality. For these reasons the app is worth the $10 in my opinion. But it’s def missing that complete and polished feel.
This has become my go to birding app
I opened my copy recently, and I am so disappointed, I will probably remove it and look for another app. It was a joy to use for years. Now I can’t figure out how to do even a simple search for information about a bird. I will no longer be recommending it to anyone but my worst enemies.
3 times now I have lost all my favorites when upgrading app! Bummer, otherwise very good overall!
Need to find out if it has apps for birds of other continents. (In English)
Had this app for about 8 years now, the only app I have keep and use all the time
I’ve used this app for years and have liked it. Had lots of fun making bird calls with the kids. I haven’t used it in 6 months or so but was not happy to see some Of the new changes. Since when have I had to pay extra to use an app that I paid full price for already? Adding in app purchases after the fact to view birds around me is just lame and rather sneaky.
Love having both photos and illustrations to help in identifying birds. Very useful app
It has been great to be able to identify the birds in our yard. The bird songs have been very helpful. I finally found the place where you can identify by color and that would nail it. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.