iBird™ Lite Guide to Birds Version 10.06 contains a sample of 53 species found in our advanced iBird Plus, Pro and iBird Ultimate apps. iBird Lite is intended to provide a demo of our paid apps which have the full 946 species found in North America. Completely up to date with the 2017 AOU checklist, iBird Lite contains all the features of the full paid apps, but not all the species. It will help you learn what a fascinating hobby birding can be.

iBird Lite also takes a major leap forward with “Time of Day” filtering available in version 10.03. 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).

More Details of What’s New:

Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner at birding, iBird Lite contains species of both native and rare North American and Hawaiian birds, is completely up to date with the 2017 American Ornithological Union (AOU) checklists and is the only app to offer both illustrations and photographs.

With iBird’s avian matching system you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of our 35 identification field marks to find your bird. iBird's comprehensive species pages have hundreds of built-in bird songs, professional high resolution bird photographs, hand drawn composite illustrations and range maps showing migration details.

** NOTE If you are already a serious birder please check out our iBird Plus, Pro and Ultimate apps which are the fully paid versions of this demo. **


iBird Lite Version 10.06 now contains these exciting features:

■ Birds Around Me (BAM) narrows the species being searched to just those found at your GPS location, within a radius and season you specify.

■ Percevia™ intelligent search is a patented algorithm that guarantees you will not pick a search attribute that doesn’t lead to narrowing the matched list of birds.

■ iBird now takes advantage of the high-resolution retina displays of the iPhone and iPad so the screen shows more information than ever.

■ Splits-History. See what birds were renamed, split into different species or lumped together for every year.

■ 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 dozens of the wrong choices. iBird matches just those birds near you that fit your description.

■ Many hours of highest quality bird sound recordings.

■ Sort birds by first, last and family name and view birds by text, icon, thumbnail or gallery.

■ 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.

Other Features

■ All new range maps now include Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall ranges plus Year-round and Migration ranges.

■ The Conservation Status search attribute lets you filter birds by 6 threat levels. The standard is maintained by Birdlife International and is called the IUCN Red List.

■ All screens optimized for tablets - illustrations, photos and range maps fill the screen.

■ Species, common and family names in English, French and Spanish (text is English).

We invite all users to share their comments and ideas on our forum at

What’s New

Version 10.06

Also ready for iPhone X, this new expanded version of iBird Lite has been updated for the 2017 AOU (American Ornithological Union) Supplement (not all are included in this sample app). 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. We’ve also added a new Splits History search attribute so you can see what species have been split or lumped in past years.

There are 7 new AOU changes to Families (not all are included in this sample app): 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).

In our continuing effort to improve our illustrations and photos we have updated the following species drawings with much improved composite illustrations: Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Cassia Crossbill, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Golden-winged Warbler, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Harlequin Duck, Iceland Gull, Long-billed Dowitcher, Painted Redstart, Sinaloa Wren, Smith's Longspur, White-headed Woodpecker, Wrentit. You can see these in a matched list by selecting Search->Illustration Update->10.06.

Owls of Mexico
This sample app shows one Owl of our new Owls of Mexico package, 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. You can s=view one of the new Owls in iBird Lite by going to Search->Illustration Update->10.03 — Mexican Owls.

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.

Dropbox Migration is back
As you may know before we implemented iCloud for syncing Favorites, Notes and Photos, we used Dropbox. We made the shift because Dropbox removed an essential feature we used for the backup and sync feature to work. We thought enough time had gone by that most of our customers had migrated to iCloud, but we discovered that was not the case. So, we have implemented the Dropbox migration again feature so that customers who are still using it can let iBird move their Notes and Favorites to iCloud. You will still need to reassign your photos once they have been moved to your iCloud folder.

New Sounds
New sounds were just added for 8 owl species (not all are included in this sample app): the Elf Owl, Flammulated Owl, Great Gray Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Spotted Owl, Western Screech-Owl, and Whiskered Screech-Owl. Check out the female call of a Northern Hawk Owl in flight and female alarm calls from a Spotted Owl. We are committed to adding to our extensive sound library and routinely check for new sounds that we can include. Our Western Screech-Owl is a prime example of this. While we had the song, trill and alarm calls for this species we were able to add female and begging whinny calls as well as a different type of alarm call.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
65 Ratings
65 Ratings
wickedwolf🐺 ,

Fine with me

I like this app and it really helps if you have a wild bird I your family with this app my bird came come and go and every time I am on this app I learn a new fact about birds. But I think that you should just have all the types of birds without have to pay for the " Power Up" or " Upgrade " 🙄 but it is you choice and only yours. So... 😒😏

Developer Response ,

If we gave away all our content, as you suggest, we would not be able to stay in business. As some have said "content" is king. But it's also the only way to stay alive in this very competitive business. You can find many examples of web sites with free information about birds. Its just not easy to use them outdoors on an small phone or tablet.

Comandomomma ,


Very family friendly! Our kids enjoy this app very much. Great for adults too! We are all learning to identify the birds around us and interesting information about them. Highly recommend!

Mater Gravy ,

Birds Look Listen Search

Found this App. Was very interesting to look , see, and hear the different spices that are in it . Easy to navigate.


Mitch Waite Group
252.9 MB

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


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