iBird™ Plus Guide to Birds is the perfect app if you are serious about birding but want to keep your investment low. The app has most of the great features of the iBird product line. If you want to take your birding skills up a level or two, iBird Plus includes in-app purchase for the Percevia™ Smart Search feature, which gives anyone the skills of a bird identification expert, and the “Birds Around Me” (BAM) feature which restricts the birds to just those found in your current GPS area.
In this new version 10.06 iBird Plus, takes a major leap forward with “Time of Day” filtering. You can now search for birds by activity levels during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), during the day (Diurnal) or during the night (Nocturnal).
iBird Plus comes with a total of 21 search attributes while Pro and Ultimate have 38. If you purchase the Percevia Smart Search IAP for Plus all 38 attributes are unlocked.
More Details of What’s New: bit.ly/ibird-whatsnew
Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner, iBird Plus has 946 species of both native and rare North American and Hawaiian birds, and is completely up to date with the 2017 AOU checklist.
With the iBird Plus’s avian matching system you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of the identification field marks to find your bird. iBird's comprehensive species pages have 3,300 built-in bird songs, 4,500 professional high resolution bird photographs, 1,700 hand drawn composite illustrations and over 1,000 range maps.
Version 10.06 of iBird Plus Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices.
From tiny to angry birds, iBird works like magic, revealing a list of birds that perfectly matches your search choices. With over 1 million downloads iBird is the standard that all birding apps are measured by.
■ Identifies 946 species with in-depth descriptions including details on appearance, habitat, behavior, conservation, size, weight, color, pattern, shape, sexual differences and much more.
■ Birds Around Me and Percevia smart search now available as in-app purchases.
■ Splits-History lets you see what birds have had name changes, have been split into more than one species or lumped into one species.
■ iBird’s icon-driven visual search engine, enables you to identify birds using shape, color, location, habitat, head pattern, flight pattern, bill shape, length and more.
■ Voluminous identification and hard-to-find details such as diet, nest information, egg color, sex of incubator, vocalization definitions, and more.
■ The only birding app that includes both Illustrations and Photos.
■ The powerful search engine means no longer scrolling through hundreds of the wrong choices. iBird matches just those birds near you that fit your description.
■ Ten hours of highest quality bird sound recordings.
■ Sort birds by first, last and family name and view birds by text, icon, thumbnail or gallery.
■ This new update to iBird we have added 42 new drawings, 3 new search attributes to help you identify birds and other improvements you have asked for.
■ Search by common name, Latin name and even band code.
■ Comprehensive seasonal and migratory range maps include subspecies.
■ Only app with a field mark layer which displays key ID marks for male, female, juvenile.
■ Post, keep lists, and share sightings with friends and followers with an easy and user-friendly Notes and Favorites interface.
■ iBird’s database is completely self-contained; no internet connection is required like many other birding apps.
Besides compatibility with the iPhone X, this new expanded version of iBird is completely updated for the 2017 American Ornithological Union (AOU) Supplement. There are two new species; the Cassia Crossbill and the Sinaloa Wren. The Thayer’s Gull has been lumped as a subspecies of the Iceland Gull. Plus there are over 100 small changes, some of which are listed below.
In our continuing effort to improve our illustrations and photos we have updated the following 32 species drawings with much improved composite illustrations: Ashy Storm-Petrel, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Bermuda Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Cassia Crossbill, Couch's Kingbird, Crescent-chested Warbler, Eskimo Curlew, Eurasian Coot, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Golden-winged Warbler, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Hairy Woodpecker, Harlequin Duck, Iceland Gull, Killdeer, Long-billed Dowitcher, Northern Waterthrush, Painted Redstart, Rufous-capped Warbler, Say's Phoebe, Sinaloa Wren, Slate-throated Redstart, Smith's Longspur, Swainson's Warbler, White-headed Woodpecker, Willow Ptarmigan, Wrentit. You can see these in a matched list by selecting Search->Illustration Update->10.06.
There are 7 new AOU changes to Families: Sylviid Warblers (Sylviidae) changed to Old World Babblers (Timaliidae), Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopidae) changed to Bush Warblers, Tesias and Allies (Cettidae), Grassbirds (Megaluridae) changed to Grassbirds (Locustellidae), Cardinals & Piranga Tanagers (Cardinalidae) changed to Spindalises (Spindalidae), Emberizids (Emberizidae) has a new famuly New World Sparrows and Towhees (Passerellida). Finally the family Parulidae has changed to Icteriidae. Note the family Icteriidae is monotypic, containing only a single species, the Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens).
Owls of Mexico
Includes Owls of Mexico, the first time we have extended the North America database to include new species. In this collection our favorite 16 Owls of Mexico and Central America are presented in all the high quality detail iBird is known for, including illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls, photos, ID and behavior data and much more. Take a look at the graphical onboard tutorial on the Purchase page for a visual presentation of a typical species account for this package.
Time of Day Search
The new Time of Day search feature lets you filter birds by activity intervals during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), during the day (Diurnal) or during the night (Nocturnal). Time of Day Notes which provide additional information about a species behavior are found on each species from a new Time of Day menu. The Time of Day feature is particularly useful for birders who are interested in night birding.
Ratings and Reviews
Only one problem
I love this app. I have learned so much using it. I am completely new to birding. However, I lost my mind trying to identify a brown streaky bird that turned out to be a female redwing blackbird. The app doesn’t seem to take into account females that look nothing like their male counterparts. Yes you can see great pictures of the females if you know what the males look like, but a regular search will not turn them up. In desperation I used the app to look at every bird in my state that had brown on it. Yes, I was crazed. When that didn’t work I actually used another bird ID app(which was free) to ID the female redwing blackbird. Then I felt stupid because it was such a common bird and the male was coming to my feeder every day. Oh well, mystery solved. I still love the app and have identified many other birds.
Excellent tool for birders
I am a professional wildlife biologist and a lifetime birder. I use iBird Plus every day and find it powerful, reliable, and easy to use. The bird artwork, included photos, and supporting factual info are top notch. The sound clips are excellent and are frequently augmented.
I have used iBird for more than five years and I have only one gripe with it — the “sort order” of bird names is very rigid and there is no cross-referencing. It would seem the developers could easily remedy this! For example: You should find screech owls listed among the other owls ... and not need to know that their official name is “northern screech owl” ... so that they appear only under “S” for screech not “O” for owl. Other than this, I give the app top honors.
Like a textbook
The app is ok for an intro to birding. The way they try to upsell on everything is annoying. The navigation isn’t very user friendly and doesn’t feel logical. The search engine is bad. But searching for birds in my state I was able to find and identify many birds at my feeder and the illustrations are awesome for that, better than real photos. The docket also shows the birds’ migration and living range, it shows real life photos and plays various chirp vocals. It has detailed info about the birds’ behaviors and personality. For these reasons the app is worth the $10 in my opinion. But it’s def missing that complete and polished feel.
- Mitch Waite Group
- 1.8 GB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Italian, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Mitch Waite Group
- In-App Purchases
- Birds Around Me $2.99
- Time of Day $0.99
- Percevia and BAM Bundle $4.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.