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 paid a fair amount for this app years ago. Now, in order to use it I am expected to pay more just to search for birds around me. Never mind. If I have to pay again it will be for another app.
This app has made learning my local birds a treat
Hard to say enough great things about this app. Have been an iBird user for a long time and it gets better all the time. Worth the price, don’t be put off by it. For what it does worth every penny. Highly detailed, user friendly, extremely educational. Support of app is great. I think it is the gold standard of app development.
As a professional ornithologist, I use this app a surprising amount. Informative information, great vocalizations, and loads of pictures/art make this a great birding app.
Likely the best app for the money that I’ve ever purchased for anything. Whether a pro or amateur (I’m latter) the app is intuitive for use and absolutely loaded with information. Use it daily in my rural backyard on a pond, where many varieties are attracted to our feeders. Love it.
Product works as advertised. Really handy for looking up bird info. My one complaint, & this applies to other bird apps as well, is that you have to type in the correct spelling & name, for a bird to show up after a search. The Photo Sleuth add-on didn’t work that great, a little better than 50/50 correct ids. Could lead newbies astray while trying to identify new birds.
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.