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
I will say this one star rating has nothing to do with the value of this app. I have used iBird Pro for a number of years and think it’s a very good birding app. However a few days ago I started receiving a “request” or “message” whenever I open the app. If this is a request by iBird it is poorly done. If not I have concerns about the safety of continuing to use this app. So this is verbatim what I see upon opening the app.... alert.success.text alert.success.remindme.text alert.button.update alert.button.remindme alert.button.skip ———————————- The last three lines are in blue. This message appears to be a request by iBird....asking the user to respond and set a text alert???? I have not responded to the request which means the app is unusable. I know another user recently wrote a negative review based on the same problem. This user thought it was an error message. So iBird what gives?
Alert.success.title when open app on iPhones - both with latest iphone software
I like the app a lot. But recently I have been getting frequent pop-ups that I have to click on, otherwise I cannot continue with the app. The pop ups sometimes occur about once a minute. I don’t know if these are virus portals or actual pop-ups by iBird. In any case, I have to delete the app and reinstall to get rid of the pop-ups. It is almost near impossible to submit a request through the contact form. It requires information at the end that a person would not have at their fingertips, so then you have to close down the contact form, get the information and re-open the contact form. I had to do this five times. I have a feeling they make the form so complex you cannot submit it.
I’ve left my original review below for context. There were two things going on that relate more to Apple than iBird. First, in-app purchase are not part of family sharing. Thus, you have to repurchase on different devices. Second, any device using a family shared app but not using the purchaser’s Apple ID has to purchase the original app and the in-app items on its own. Thus, family sharing only works for the original app. In effect, it provides marketing for the developer to extend its sales. To the substance of iBird Pro. It’s the best birding app available. Buy it and put up with the App Store hoops. I had to buy in-app purchases a second time for my iPad after buying them for my iPhone. None of the in-app purchases are recognized on my wife’s iPhone and restoring purchases fails. Instead the app says she has to purchase the original iBird Pro on her phone (i.e., not really family shared)so she can purchase the in-app items — Again! The developer has not responded to my support email or to my post n the support forum. Neither did they respond to my original review. I appreciate the need to make money and how offering in-app purchases for enhancements to components that were once standard or for new components is a way to increase revenue but they need to be honest about family sharing and in-app purchases. It’s a good app and one I’ve used for years but the new version is buyer beware.
On several occasions, I’ve tried looking up birds and had problems finding them with this app. When working, it’s good. But it does not consistently work.
I am new to birding and use several great bird apps. This one is the best. Easy to use, intuitive software interface, beautiful audio/illustrations/photos, quick access to info, great search filters. Creating your own lists of favs (e.g. local songbirds, backyard feeder, etc.) is very easy and useful. Definitely worth the $$. (And I did not get paid to write this!)
I’m using iPhone 7 Plus, v12.2 When this was purchased for me as a gift, the price tag was $29 and change which is considerable for an app. I haven’t used it in a long time and just tried to do so. Went into my apps, updated, purchased iBird Sleuth (which I thought I already had) and entered an excellent photo and identification was way off. Then clicked on link for help to identify. It asked for my password. It then said it wasn’t the correct email address. Tried with all the email addresses I have and none of them work. What’s going on here? I’m pretty angry right now and out another $5!
This app is extremely helpful; don’t have any problems. I would completely recommend adding a widget so you could listen and view most recent birds and play lists; so you wouldn’t have to go completely into your phone, please.😁 Thank you!
I’ve had iNird for 4 years, but didn’t purchase BAM until today. In New Mexico I didn’t need it. I’m moving to FL. There is an Intracoastal Waterway that separates beachside and landslide. I’ll be beachside. I’ll miss my New Mexico backyard birds enormously and wanted to know what songbirds I can attract to my beachside backyard. So I bought BAM assuming the address search would allow me to constrain my search to beachside. IT DIDN’T. BAM allows minimum of 25 mile radius. I don’t even want to know what birds might be 3 miles west of me, let alone 25 miles. I am more than disgusted. It was only $2.99 but I feel tricked, conned, ripped off. I want a refund. UPDATE I frequently see Curved Bill Thrashers in my NM yard. Since I just bought BAM today, I decided to give BAM another chance to look up the Curved Bill Thrasher to find out what it’s been eating. I set it to use my GPS for the search to make it easier to find. The search didn’t even return Curved Bill Thrasher!!!!! I’ve been seeing this bird all the time for 4 years while backyard birding and looking it up using the Location feature for NM. It’s always appeared in the list. And BAM excluded it? Come on guys. Somethings’s definitely wrong with BAM. Talk to me, guys. I’m very unhappy.
When I was in college I was a pretty avid birder and spent a lot of time birding… But then life happened and I’ve been extremely busy for the last decade, more recently I have picked up the hobby again and have found having an app that will do everything my binoculars and book did in the past Is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend purchasing the photo sleuth as well.