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 paid $15 for this app. And absolutely loved it for at least 10;years. I usually won’t spend more than $4. Best ap I’ve ever had. Sold other on it as well. Loved the browse feature the different search features, the information given the bird sounds. And I used the “ favorites” to keep track of my bird sightings. I used it all the time. I especially loved it when it was updated with some new birds. I went to use it and saw a notice to buy updates. I picked “read later.” I wanted to search for a bird. But nothing works any more. Tried to search for a bird by name and nothing happened. Searched for robin, perhaps the. IRS I was looking up was from Europe though I don’t think so. I went to browse where normally are listed all the birds listed — usually a great number. NOTHING. The only thing working was “favorites”. Is this an attempt to sell me info again in packets? I won’t rebuy it. As much as I love it, I’ll find another ap. Cornell isn’t too bad. Though originally this was better.
Difficult to use and expensive. The best thing about this is the wide range of locations. Good for international travel where space and weight matter. If traveling to an area for an extended period of time, get a local guide book. In North America, there are much better apps.
This is a good app overall. my only real gripe is that I cannot purchase any of the extra features like the time of day. When I attempt to purchase any of these The app acts like I han't tapped any thing. This might be due to the fact I am blind and using voiceover. While I am at it it would be nice if morc of buttons were labeled so that voiceover can tell which a button does. Just a thought
My go-to bird app. Love it!
After years of amateur birding, I finally discovered iBirds. Love the search feature. So much better than leafing through pages.
I’ve got 3 different birding guides and for everyday use I like it the most. Granted there are others that go into some detail better. Those I use when an id gets difficult. So iPro I would highly recommend for the beginner or casual birder.
I am a very casual birder, and I use this app all the time. Love being able to compare similar birds if I am not sure of my identification, and it’s wonderful to have seasonal distribution maps right in my pocket. Highly recommended.
I think you should bundle everything into the iBird Pro package and just raise the price. That way it would all be available for Family Sharing, and would only require the user to make one purchase decision. As it is, after I purchase the app for $15, upon first use of the application, I am confronted with a gaggle of prompts offering me or that upgrade. At this point I have no idea what they are or what they do, and how they are different from what is built-in to the app, and whether or not they are worth the upgrade for me, and whether I should start a trial (does it auto-charge?)? If the price were just $20 or $25, I wouldn’t be asking myself these questions, feeling confused, or defensive against an onslaught of upsells. You are the premier bird identification app, and if people are willing to pay $15 for your app, why not $20 or $25. $30 and above is too much of a stretch, in my opinion, but $15-25 are in the same range. Making this change would put the initial user experience closer to what you want it to be, and position yourself as an “everything you need for one price” premium app. Incidentally, I have removed another star as the in-app first experience and on-boarding are terrible. As I was attempting to send this feedback to you privately through your “contact us” area inside the app, it was requesting a bunch of version numbers - for iOS, for the app, which flavor (pro or ultimate, which I don’t see in the App Store), etc. NONE of this should be required for the user to enter. Your software is already installed on my phone. It should be trivial for your software to poll versions numbers on its own and prepopulate these fields. But, as it were, I was moving to a different screen to find the exact iOS version number (13.6.2), once I came back to the iBird Pro app, it forced a registration screen (which didn’t appear to work) and once exited, my feedback form was reset to blank. I have not yet used the app and I already am frustrated by your lack of attention to the on-boarding / first use experience, which I would describe as inelegant, clunky, and frustrating.
I used to be able to use this AP easily, but now I can’t even find a listing by families and sure don’t know the Latin names. I just have to use my books. My daughter put this on her Pad and hasn’t figured it out either. I do not recommend it nowadays to anyone.
A great tool for learning and interacting with all manner of avian Life.