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
This app is great. It helps me identify the birds I see in several ways, the extensive search ability and the photo id option. For a beginner birder - I can’t say enough!
Excellent app for years, however it was flummoxing to have to crank out PII to register before using the latest version of this PAID app in February 2021. Accordingly, I’ve downgraded my opinion by two stars.
I recently updated the iBird Pro app and I had preciously purchased Photo Sleuth as well as all of the other in app purchases. I attempted to use Photo Sleuth today and it continuously prompts me to purchase it again. I clicked restore purchases d it changes the Photo Sleuth to “Owned” and starts to download. When it reaches approximately 70 percent it displays a dialogue box that states “there is a problem with your purchase...” I tried several times however each time I get the same result. Hey developer please respond as to why this is happening!!!
As usual, don’t do it... can’t access your photos. Wait till they clean up the latest update!!
Developer fixed photo sleuth!!!!! It works again !! Thanks!!
What happened to this app? It won’t update or let me use it anymore.
Bought this very excited to use the photo sleuth upgrade to the app. Purchased it in October 2020 and haven’t been able to open the app yet. Contacted the developer requesting a refund due to the glitch, response was that a fix was imminent. Sent another complaint a few months later, again requesting a refund - NO RESPONSE AT ALL. They took my money, know there is an issue and just ignore me. Not pleased.
You can search for a bird if you know its name, but if you don’t already know what it is, this app may not help. Images are limited. The app provides identification features for flashy males, but not so much for females and juveniles. Although there is a feature that suggests similar birds, for actually comparing them you are on your own, going back-and-forth between entries to try to discern how one differs from the other. Once you figure out what your bird is, this app provides good basic information about the species. I have not purchased any of the add-ons, so I don’t know whether they are any good.
This is 1 of the best aps for birding. The illustrations are superb and the field marks layer is super helpful. I love that there is SO much info on each bird at your fingertips. The information is in different tabs so you can know where to go to find the specifics, but you don’t have to wade through info you don’t want at the time. Cool bird ap.
Says it covers North America, which includes Mexico. Mexico coverage is truly terrible. Paid a lot of money for an app that is really no better than Audubon, which is completely free.