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iBird Pro Guide to Birds

By Mitch Waite Group

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iBird Pro, the world’s most popular identification app to birds of North America, is now available as Version 10, our biggest update in 12 months. iBird Pro now offers two powerful features found only in our high-end iBird Ultimate: Birds Around Me (BAM) and Percevia™ smart search. Smart search lets you identify birds just like the experts while BAM only shows species that are found in your GPS area.

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Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner at birding, iBird Pro has 944 species of both native and rare North American and Hawaiian birds, and is completely up to date with the 2016 AOU and ABA checklists.

With the iBird Pro’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 2,700 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 of iBird Pro Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices.

From tiny birds 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 944 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.

■ Download and Installation is must faster now with Apple’s App Thinning.

Other Features

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

■ New Conservation Status search attribute lets you search by the size of any species population as well as see specific species endangered status on each account. 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).

What's New in Version 10.02

New in version 10.02
We increased bird song count to 3,291 recordings.
We restored the recordings for 177 species so they now have far more vocalizations.
We added the recordings for 460 species which had no vocalizations in prior versions of iBird.

Database is up to 50% smaller.
All new sound library.
Landscape mode now works for iPad.
Photo Center Facebook photo sharing works.
Free stickers for birders.
Completely updated for new AOU and ABA standards.

42 new species drawings found with Search->Illustration Update->10.0.
Splits-History in Search-Basic Group shows AOU and ABA changes for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Free 7-day trial for new in-app purchases for Birds Around Me (BAM) and Percevia smart search. See Navigation->Purchases screen.
View by Head via Set View/Sort Mode button.
Gallery mode now includes Common Names of species.
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Customer Reviews

Great App

This is the best bird identification app that I have come across yet and I have several. It has everything you can ask for to identify birds and you can even hear their vocalizations. The only things I would like to see are more information on nesting and parenting behavior and (I know this won't happen) video. Anyway it's a super good app 😃

Updates lose favorites

I have over 400 favorites and the app is set to sync to iCloud. Yet every update since iCloud replaced Dropbox I lose my favorites. I loved this feature when it used to work with Dropbox. It even used to sync across devices and that no longer works either. Now it just annoys me.
I use the favorites often when I'm out in the field to know whether I'm seeing a new lifer. I guess i'll just go back to opening a spreadsheet and forget trying to use this app.

Update removes features

While iBird is still a good bird app, the most recent update removed a number of features (spotted location/month, ability to select multiple bird shapes, and more), the developer then opted to add in-app purchases to poorly replace some of the features removed. So I'm left having paid $6 more for a worse app.

I wish they'd just not updated. The User Experience is just worse and the developer response below shows why.

iBird Pro Guide to Birds
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $14.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 10.02
  • Size: 1.48 GB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Italian, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Percevia and BAM Bundle$4.99
  2. Birds Around Me$2.99
  3. Percevia Smart Search$2.99