iBird Pro Guide to Birds

iBird Pro Guide to Birds

By Mitch Waite Group

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2009-03-27
  • Current Version: 12.6.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 2.25 GB
  • Developer: Mitch Waite Group
  • Compatibility: iOS 12.4+
Score: 4.47
4.47
From 1,964 Ratings

Description

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 14. Besides including all 967 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 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 967 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. 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 > 12.4. More Details of iBird Pro Version 12.6.2: http://ibird.com/whats-new/whats-new.html

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Reviews

Tired of buying and have the app update dropped

3
This is my third purchase of the so called iBird program. It seems every time I purchase a version of it, after a few years it is dropped, no longer supported and to keep using the program, I have to keep shelling out big “bucks”. With this one it keeps trying to get me to purchase bird sleuth even though I already own it, ask me to purchase birds of Hawaii which I also own. You can not tie the programs in with this version. And now I am waiting to see if it going to ask me to purchase the bird journal, which I also own. Buy this program, but, expect to have to re purchase it a new, after a few years. Wish they would restore the iBird journal link, it was very handy in making entries without having to open another application just to note a sighting.
By Nadawolf upset

Helpful app

4
Informative. Thanks for your work.
By Scotththomas

Apple crap

1
Have had iBird pro for a long time. Purchased Photo Sleuth in the past. Tried to used it recently and they want another in-app purchase ?? And they want some kind of registration. Total crap.
By Avanti_jj

Best of all birding books

5
I own the other standard authoritative birding books: IBird is the best. It has great descriptions and pictures and photos to help identify distinguish birds. It’s similar birds option is extremely useful. It’s range map is perfect. It’s bird recordings are useful and accurate. The other information in the site, bird by bird, is invaluable. Additionally the photo and sound identity tools are great. I use this app especially in the field along with Merlin and eBird, also mandatory and those are free. Best birding book you can own especially if you can afford only one. It is the one and only.
By Mainely birds

Regularly (like after looking up 5 to 7 birds) Quits Working!

1
I see or hear a bird, I type in a possible name, then tap the choice for the bird i want. info comes up. I “close” that entry, then do the same several times while on a bird hike. Then, suddenly, after iBird has been working great, I’ll type in a bird name, and get a blank screen, with “4 birds” or “2 birds” at the top of the screen. Browse just brings up another menu of stuff like “birds around me,” etc. The three lines info icon on the upper right offers no choice to reset the app, close open screens, or any way to get back to the alpha bird list. So far, the only recourse is to stop watching birds and shut down my iPhone. Just what I want to do while trying to I’d a bird! I even installed a new version a few months ago but the same thing is still happening.
By frustratedwithiBird

Why is this app so hard to use?

2
On previous phones I have used this app with great success. I now have an iPhone 11. I am not able to use this app. It just goes around in circles. I am not able to open it. So sorry to give such a bad review.
By cfsrms

Loses data

1
Every time I put data into the IBirds program then close system and then come back later all of my inputted data is gone. This has happened at least five times. I’m giving up!
By landklap

Good but should be better

3
Content and navigation is generally good. Biggest issue for me is the poor filtering capabilities and numerous errors within the filters. Countless errors with missing species when filtering by State - enough that you cannot trust the app filter for location (eg, American Oystercatcher and Laughing Gull do not reside in CT according to their filters. As I am looking at both of these species from the CT shoreline while typing this, it is a bit odd). Also, it is not possible to select multiple families to filter by - it would be nice to be able to select ‘ducks’, ‘herons’, ‘rails’, and ‘sandpipers’ when I am out birding my local marsh. Tech support tells me I should just use the ‘birds around me’ feature to solve all these issues. Unfortunately, this is an add-on purchase above fees already paid for the program, so a bit of a disappointing response for not fixing their bugs.
By Dogbutt1965

New version is just one big way for them to get more money from you

1
This used to be one of my favorite birding apps but the current version is bad. Every button now asks you if you want pay extra for features that used to work with on the older version. I would not buy this version.
By NWTweeter

Favorites doesn’t work properly

1
App will not permanently store favorites. Poor app support. Not worth the money.
By tripletddd123

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