iBird Pro Guide to Birds
By Mitch Waite Group
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IBIRD PRO—Here is the feature-rich birding app that started the revolution in smartphone field guides. And now iBird Pro has been updated to version 7.22 for iOS 8.
IBIRD PRO Guide to Birds—Identify birds like an expert with the world's most popular birding field guide app! With over a half-million downloads, both beginning and advanced birders will find iBird unmatched in bird identification functionality and ease of use. Look at what ABA magazine had to say about iBird:
Diana Doyle of American Birding Association’s "Birding" magazine, says:
"If you’re looking for the most expansive digital key, the encyclopedia-like iBird Pro 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" March/April 2014 issue
What’s new in 7.22: We tweaked a few things in version 7.2 of iBird Pro. We added popups to many of the search attributes to help beginning birders to get up and running. We added an option to disable the song Autoplay function because some birders felt it disturbed birds when out in the field. We also fixed a few bugs and polished the Favorites feature so you could choose to sort and view them according to your preference. Happy birding!
As always, Mitch Waite Group’s iBird Pro offers these exceptional features:
■ iBird's Search Engine has 37 attributes to help you identify birds. You can search for birds by location, color, shape, song, habitat, head and body/bill patterns, flight style and much more. If you saw a yellow bird in California with a cone shaped bill, iBird will show you in 3 steps that it’s an American Goldfinch. No other app can do this as well as 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.
■ Over 2,500 high-quality recordings associated with over 800 species. You can enable or disable the Autoplay feature, or choose whether you’d like to play all vocalizations or just one. Information about the location where the recording was made is also included.
■iBird apps are the only products with BOTH illustrations and photos from the best artists and photographers in the field of ornithology.
■ 37 Subspecies Range Maps show migrations and locations of numerous subspecies during the year.
■The Flickr option allows you to see all the photos that photographer’s have stored on Yahoo's Flickr site for a chosen species. There are literally hundreds per species.■ Favorites Sort and View Modes. Your Favorites list screen has the entire set of sort and view features found on the Browse/Search screen.
■ Field Mark Layer. A detailed field mark layer, provided on all illustrations, can be turned on or off and helps you to learn the key ID characteristics to look for in a species.
■ Photo Center. Add your own photos to species accounts and store them in Dropbox.
■ Slideshow. Customize a list of birds and enjoy a slideshow complete with songs and calls.
■ Sync. Your favorites, notes, and photos are automatically synced to your Dropbox.
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
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
What's New in Version 7.22
Bug fixes and performance improvements
Perfect 5 Star Average
iBird is the only app I've seen with a 100% 5 star average rating. That made me take a closer look and now I know: Bird apps don't get any better than iBird Pro. It's the only bird app with ingenious frequency domain sonography playback, a marvel slideshow that plays the species calls and songs while displaying illustrations or photos, a brilliant intelligent search engine (called Percevia) and a very powerful feature called Birds Around Me (BAM). I
iBird's drawings are so high resolution that you can zoom in on the wrinkled skin of the bird's cere. How'd they afford to do that?
Birds Around Me is my favorite feature: it takes your GPS location and generates a list birds inside a 10 to 250 mile radius. You control the seasons along with the size of the radius.
The other neat feature is kind of hard to explain but once you use it you'll wonder why every bird app doesn't do this. The feature is called Percevia or SAVE and essentially it enhances the search engine so you can't pick values that would lead to a "not found" result. Sounds cool, right? It has so drastically improved my ID skills that I've been able to name species before my birding expert friends. That is priceless.
When you compare iBird PRO to other apps you'll find it's the best money can buy.
IBird in WSJ the Gold Standard
In is a Wall Street Journal story today (3-25) James Currie, the host of Birding Adventures TV, lists iBird among the tools he uses for the wild birding movies he produces. iBird is the only app he uses.
As a long term user I can't say enough good things about this app. The fact it has BOTH illustrations and photos sets it above all other field guide apps. But then you include the depth of the ID and behavior information, huge recorded song and call library, ability to attach your photos to any species account, the Notes and Favorites features and of course the powerful search engine that makes bird ID so easy.
I’m especially impressed with Birds Around Me (BAM). It works kind of like eBird but uses real range maps rather than people’s observations. It grabs your GPS location and lists the birds your likely to find there.
Compared to eBird I found the observations in iBird much more useful. Reason is sightings in eBird for my area are really sparse. Your at the mercy of what people report and they don't see all birds. Since iBird’s BAM uses range maps and GPS the results are full of known birds and so the results are more to robust.
If you don't own this app you have no idea how much fun birding can be.
I have been using this app for a few years. It is my most used app. If you are an avid bird watcher, this is the app to have. It is a pleasure to use and is updated on a regular basis. The only other app I would use is the Ultimate version which has added features that help identify birds in the location where the app is being used by the use of the GPS chip in your device. The version I have has many features that make bird watching a pleasure.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Mar 15, 2015
- Version: 7.22
- Size: 1.06 GB
- Language: English
- Seller: Mitch Waite Group
- © Mitch Waite Group
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.