iBird Pro Guide to Birds
By Mitch Waite Group
Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
iBird Pro 9 Guide to Birds now includes the new features of iOS 9 including 3D Force Touch for opening iBird with shortcuts and Deep Linking to search for any bird right from the iPhone's Spotlight screen. Also included are a new Save Search feature you asked for and 65 updated species accounts.
iBird Pro is Mitch Waite Group's classic field guide to birds of North America for the iPhone and iPad. It contains 940 species and offers all the features that contribute to making iBird the most popular birding app in the world.
"If you’re looking for the most expansive digital key, the encyclopedia-like iBird excels. It has the most sophisticated algorithm, incorporates live location, shows search results in real time (with a slide show option) and has the most fine-grained advanced key choices."
-The Quest for a Bird Identification Key by Diana Doyle in ABA BIRDING magazine, March/April 2014 issue
New in 9.1
■ Faster Downloads with App Thinning. It now takes much less time to update iBird.
■ New illustrations. Be sure to visit the Illustration Update attribute on the search menu and select the latest version number.
■ Improved Thumbnail and Gallery images.
Check out a few of iBird Pro's exciting new features:
■ 3D Force Touch uses shortcuts to open iBird to specific screens while Deep Linking puts iBird's database into the SpotLight search results.
■ Save Search remembers all your search settings even after quitting iBird.
■ Day and Night Themes. Day theme is black text on a paper-white background. The dimmer Night theme keeps the iPhone from alerting every critter in the forest.
■ More sound recordings! Almost all birds, even the shy ones, have songs and calls, and iBird Pro has the best from professional recordists in the field.
■ The only bird field guide app with BOTH illustrations and photos.
■ Powerful Sound Player is the only bird app that displays waveform and spectrograms of the song, has multiple vocalizations per species and shows the recording location.
■ Includes 37 different search attributes covering everything from color, habitat, size, patterns, bill shape, crown color and many more.
■ New subspecies Range Maps show migrations and locations of numerous races during the year.
■ Flickr Option. Allows you to see hundreds of photos people have stored on Yahoo's Flickr site for a chosen species.
Check out these additional features of iBird Pro:
■ Photos. An extensive collection of photos from professionals accompanies all the illustrations.
■ Field Mark Layer. Detailed field marks on illustrations that can be turned on or off helps you to learn the key ID characteristics to look for.
■ Search for any bird by entering a species Band Code, its Common or Latin Name.
■ Favorites, Notes and Lists. Lets you pick birds to add to custom lists, back them up to free Dropbox, sync and share among other iBird apps or send them to your friends.
■ Sort and View Modes. Sort species by name or family and view by compact, icon, and thumbnail or gallery mode.
■ Slideshow. Choose species you want to learn about and the app will present photos and/or illustrations accompanied by songs and calls.
AWARDS and ACCOLADES for iBird:
■ MACWORLD'S "BEST REFERENCE APP 2009: 4 ½ out of 5 mice.
■ NOMINATED 2012 BEST APP EVER FROM 148APPS.COM
■ RECOMMENDED BY SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2012
(1) Note iBird Pro requires iOS 7, 8 or higher.
What's New in Version 9.1
This update uses a new feature of iOS 9 called "app thinning". Based on asset catalogs, slicing and on-demand resources it avoids downloading assets you'll never need. So for example an iPhone doesn't need to download an iPad splash screen. Overall this means updates only download the files that have changed -- so updates are much faster to finish. Which allows us to update more often.
Improved Thumbnail and Gallery images. The images for the Thumbnail and Gallery view now use 24-bit PNGs which are much sharper and easier to see than the previous JPG images.
New illustrations. Be sure to visit the Illustration Update attribute on the search menu and select the latest version number. This will show you all the illustrations that have been updated.
Fixed a bug in Force Touch when used with Gallery mode.
Poor Descriptions of Sounds
Version 6 on my old iPod is most useful for a Western birder. That version of the app clearly distinguishes between western and eastern Marsh Wren songs and calls. It clearly provides songs and calls for the Sooty Fox Sparrow. These are just two examples. Subsequent versions, including the newest version 9, have made it incredibly difficult to find the song or call for some of the western races. Photos are still less than helpful. An example is the Cinnamon Teal. Sure the drake is a splashy fellow and every photographer wants to capture him. But the app doesn't need 8 photos of a drake and so few of the hen, which is much more difficult to identify unless she is in the company of a drake. Why not a flight photo of the hen? There is no dearth of photos available for this app now that we are in the digital photo age. They need to do better. It's ironic that I keep going back to my obsolete iPod to use version 6 for songs and calls.
Go to bird app
This is my go to mobile bird app. If I don't have a field guide with me, this app is more than adequate to use for the ID purpose. Whatever limitations this app had in my mind have been addressed in subsequent updates. The best $10 I have spent on my phone.
Searching is easy, pictures are beautiful, useful and the paintings quite lifelike. While I would like to see more, the most useful photos/drawings are the ones that show "off-color" phases...as in those fall/off season images which help identify species. I have used this many, many times to convince others that the bird is indeed what we thought it was, even though it does not look like the full color summer image they are used to seeing.
Stellar app, thank you!
IBird Pro is a decent birding app. I use it almost daily. It's convenient and a great learning tool. There are many, many search tools, which at first I found quite daunting and cumbersome, but with time I'm starting to use these effectively. The biggest downside I've encountered in searching to I.D. a bird is that the identification criteria are based solely on the male---I searched in vain for ages trying to identify a bird that had many prominent features. No matter how many or few I put into the search, I could not identify the bird, which turned out to be a female red winged blackbird. Considering all the various criteria available in the search area, it would seem that sex of the bird would be considered, it clearly is not. That's a pretty big flaw in my opinion. Other than that, I'm pretty happy and feel the app is worth the money for regular birders.
Customers Also Bought
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Dec 13, 2015
- Version: 9.1
- Size: 1.26 GB
- Languages: English, Arabic, Italian, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Seller: Mitch Waite Group
- © Mitch Waite Group
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.