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iBird Pro Guide to Birds

By Mitch Waite Group

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Description

IBIRD PRO Guide to Birds—Here is the feature-rich birding app that started the revolution in smartphone field guides. And now that iBird Pro has been updated for iOS 7 and 8 it is the perfect app to show off the features of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Check out just a few of its exciting new features:

■ The most expansive digital key and most sophisticated bird identification algorithm, according to the American Birding Association.
■ Search engine with 37 individual attributes help you identify the specific bird you are looking for.
■ 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.
■ 120 more species have song recordings bringing the total to over 800 species and 2,500 high-quality recordings.
■ Sound Player has been completely redesigned with features that can play all the vocalizations for a species and show the location the recording was made.
■ 50 new composite illustrations from our best artists. Our products are the only birding apps with BOTH illustrations and photos.
■ 37 Subspecies Range Maps show migrations and locations of numerous races throughout the year.
■ Flickr option allows you to see photos others have stored on Yahoo's Flickr site for a chosen species.
■ Favorites Sort and View Modes. Now your Favorites list screen has the entire set of Sort and View functions found on the Browse/Search screen.

iBird Pro is the original app that defined the market for smartphone-based field guides. Designed to meet the needs of both advanced and beginning birders, iBird Pro covers birds of North America including Canada, Baja, Hawaii as well as the oceans and coasts of the northern continent. Here are more features that have made this app the favorite among birders:

▶ SYNC – Automatically syncs Favorites, Notes and Photos to Dropbox.

▶ 37 SEARCH ATTRIBUTES – Search by color, shape, song, location, head and body patterns, flight style and much more. Includes a new way to search by prominent color plus tutorials on how to use the Search function and definitions of every attribute.

▶ 940 BIRDS of North America, Canada and Hawaii including the latest ABA splits.

▶ DETAILED FIELD MARK layers can be turned on or off.

▶ 2,500 HIGH QUALITY AUDIO recordings of bird songs and calls.

▶ SLIDESHOW FEATURE for viewing lists of birds, listening and learning their songs.
▶ PHOTO CENTER lets you add your own photos to the species accounts and even play them in the slideshow

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

■ O'REILLY "BEST IPHONE BIRDWATCHING APP 2009"

■ RECOMMENDED BY SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2012

Wondering which iBird is right for you? Below find a quick guide as to how they differ.

Version Species Attributes BAM*? Percevia**?
Ultimate 940 37 Yes Yes
Pro 940 37 No No
Plus 940 18 No No
Lite 64 37 Yes Yes

*BAM stands for Birds Around Me, which uses your device’s GPS to find birds most likely to be in your area.

**Percevia is iBird’s patented Search Engine helps to identify birds faster and simpler by eliminating attributes that do not apply to your search.

As a standalone iPhone app, iBird Pro does not require an Internet connection for access to the information in its database. This does mean that the application is large, so please be patient when downloading from iTunes.

What's New in Version 7.2

Look at all these new "must upgrade" features in version 7.2:

■ The most expansive digital key and most sophisticated bird identification algorithm, according to the American Birding Association.
■ Search engine with 37 individual attributes help you identify the specific bird you are looking for.
■ 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.
■ 120 more species have song recordings bringing the total to over 800 species with songs a total of 2,500 high-quality recordings.
■ Sound Player has been completely redesigned with features that can play all the vocalizations for a species and show the location the recording was made.
■ 50 new composite illustrations from our best artists. Our products are the only birding apps with BOTH illustrations and photos.
■ 37 Subspecies Range Maps show migrations and locations of numerous races throughout the year.
■ Flickr option allows you to see photos others have stored on Yahoo's Flickr site for a chosen species.
■ Favorites Sort and View Modes. Now your Favorites list screen has the entire set of Sort and View functions found on the Browse/Search screen.

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Customer Reviews

Best app on my iPhone

I have had ibird pro since it first came out. I love the design - nice to look at, easy to find birds I'm looking for, search function very helpful. I use the song function often and am in ally learning some backyard birds. Have even learned to differentiate between our Pileated and red bellied woodpecker drumming. The drawings coupled with multiple pictures give you some options to what you actually see in front of you (or hope to see). I have a biology degree and this app gives me lots of scientific info and answers all my bird questions. However, it's not complicated, and my husband and parents live it too! If you are at interested in learning to identify birds, their songs, or just facts about them, YOU NEED THIS APP!!! I promise you won't be disappointed.

Great app for early adopters

I can't really address the improvements incorporated into the most recent releases of iBird Pro, because I'm still using an iPod Touch 4G that hasn't met the minimum requirements for the app in months (at least). the version I can use is a great resource for (especially) bird songs and calls, and the field guide art is more than adequate (though in the field I like to compare multiple species on the same page, rather than moving back and forth between different species accounts, and that's really only feasible with a field BOOK).

I'm not going to be stampeded into hardware replacement just to keep pace with iBird Pro, but I certainly look forward to using the current release when I finally succumb to temptation. Until then, I'll have to endure occasional massive downloads (up to 60 minutes or more using my DSL connection) every time they issue any kind of upgrade.

And don't get me started on promised (in rather easter-eggish manner) "free gifts" that never materialize.

Almost certainly great for birders who are early tech adopters. Less compelling for tech stragglers (or malingerers?) like myself. For those in the middle, a coin toss best sweetened by sale price.

Great App

I use the iPhone app while walking and it does just what I want, helps me ID birds. I've used it in the Caribbean and even Iceland. The iPad version has the advantage of larger photos and illustrations. When I get home from photographing birds I turn to the iPad iBird to help me get identities correctly. I investigated the leading birding apps and I am happy with iBird Pro. I have the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2 and the program is still fast on both.
The set up is certainly different from the guide books I have, and because it is computer driven instead of flipping around with pages it is a good adaptation for the phone. The new field guide marks are very good.

iBird Pro Guide to Birds
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $19.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2014
  • Version: 7.2
  • Size: 1.04 GB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Mitch Waite Group

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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