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
I otherwise really like this app VERY much. But there is NO sense in saving up huge amounts of data and then putting up an update that is so large that I finally gave up on it ...... after numerous attempts!!!! Smaller bits at a time would be MUCH more appropriate and appreciated! I could give 5 stars if you were responsive to this request! And NO, it has NOTHING to do my phone, my provider nor my service. I update 8-10 apps all the time in fewer than 2-3 minutes!
I’ve had this app for years. I’ve compiled a list of all of the birds I’ve identified in my “favorites”. Well the latest update obliterated that.... years of birds.... and curiously I can’t seem to generate a new list. Why did this happen???? Many years ago even though I had paid top dollar for the application with all the perks an update acted like I was new and needed to pay for features that I should have already had. It was like a shakedown...perpetrated by shoddy, inexperienced or predatory programmers. I can’t begin to express how disappointed I am with an app that had been by my side helping me identify birds by their looks and calls. I’ve lost years of data. Don’t trust it and store your lists elsewhere.
This last software update lost all of my lists that I had compiled over the years. I hope with another software update, the lists will appear again as they just couldn’t be accessed with this upgrade. Could be terrible software testing before releasing it to the general public if everyone’s lists have been erased (as I’ve written software for 50+ years). This could be a mistake that will take a while for the software to recuperate from this issue if everyone’s lists are gone. Up to the lists issue, the app has a 5 star rating.
After reading the negatives about the recent update, I was hesitant about loosing my favorites list. No Problem 🙏🏽. All 530 were intact👍
I’m a beginner birder. There’s a lot of similar birds and your inclusion of photographs is a big help!
I find this app very frustrating, search is not good and as a result I often can’t find the most common birds in my area. I contacted the developer and they gave some nonsense about how the bird (an osprey) should not be there at the time so that’s why I could not find it....Then there is the most common American Magpie which I can’t seem to make appear in my app despite the hundreds right out my door! Google is better. Unless your a bird pro, probably better to get another app. I wish I did given the expense relative to every other app.
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. UPDATE: The pop-up issue has been resolved. The only glitch is that I cannot delete the last bird I searched for using the “X” in the search line. I have to backspace to remove it. Fortunately, I am now entering band codes. Is there a way to fix this? I don’t have this problem on other apps.
I’m a casual bird watcher, and this app has helped me tremendously to identify birds. I frequently refer to the app while vacationing or sitting out in the backyard. Years ago I had the ability to call-in screech owls. Due to aging, I can’t do that anymore. This app replaces my whistling ability by using it to call screech and other owls from my iPad. It works quite well - try it after dark in your neighborhood or in other wooded areas.
Lost my favorites list on the newest update. Can’t create a new favorites list. Please fix
I don’t have enough storage on my phone to install the app😟