iBird Pro Field Guide to Birds of North America is Apple’s best-selling app for identifying any of the 963 species of birds on the North American continent. This newest version 12.0 of iBird™ Pro contains our revolutionary Photo Sleuth feature as a low cost in-app purchase. iBird Photo Sleuth will identify the species of any North American bird from a photo, even if of poor quality. No internet connection is needed to use it. Sleuth is available for a limited time at a 50% introductory price for our iBird Pro customers. A stand-alone version of Photo Sleuth is also available in the app store. You can watch a short slide show of how Sleuth works here:

Also new to this iBird Pro version are the 2018 American Ornithological Union updates including new splits, changes to common names, families, orders, etc. We’ve updated 37 high-resolution species illustrations, which, as you know, are one thing that sets iBird apart from all other birding apps, which only offer photographs.

The iBird Pro architecture is now “consolidated”, meaning its default North America database is supplemented with databases of other countries, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, Hawaii and Palau. You can purchase databases for these countries at a price that is much lower than the individual apps, and instantly switch between them inside the app. The beauty of this new approach, which Apple asked us to implement, is there is no longer a need for multiple apps; a single version of iBird Pro can now serve as a reference guide to birds around the world. Furthermore, you can install iBird Pro on multiple devices and share it with your family plan so that with one app everyone can enjoy thousands of new species.

Of course, we will also continue to update both the features of the app and the content of the databases as we have done for the past 10 years since iBird was first born in the Apple store.

iBird continues to offer these other IAP features: Time-of-Day—lets you search for birds by activity levels during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), etc., Birds Around Me (BAM)—shows just those species in your GPS location, Percevia™ smart search—patented feature that helps you identify birds just like the birding experts and Owls of Mexico and Central America—which includes illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls and much more for these remarkable species.

iBird developers never sleep: Version 12.0 adds 48 new drawings—to see these go to Search->Illustration Update-11.1.

More Details of iBird Pro Version 12:

iBird Pro contains 963 species of North American birds, including both common, uncommon and rare species. The app is designed to help both experienced and novice birders identify and learn about their birds. Unlike other iPhone apps, iBird includes popular birds of the Hawaiian Islands and is completely up-to-date with the 2018 AOU and ABA checklists. Databases are available for the countries of the United Kingdom, Hawaii and the famous nation of Palau.

Summary of Top Features

● SHARE the Species page.

● Identify 963 species with in-depth descriptions, including details on appearance, habitat, behavior, conservation, size, weight, color, pattern, shape, sexual differences, etc.

● Share any species page via Mail, Messages, Facebook, etc.

● Birds Around Me and Percevia™ smart search now available as in-app purchases with free 7-day trials.

● The only birding app that includes both Illustrations and Photos.

● 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 range maps that include migratory routes as well as subspecies maps for 40 species.

● Only app with a field mark layer that displays key ID marks for male, female and juvenile birds.

● iBird’s database is completely self-contained; no internet connection is required.

What’s New

Version 12.0

Besides our annual American Ornithological Union update, which includes all the convention changes to North American bird species, this version 12.0 of iBird Pro offers a radical new in-app purchase feature based on artificial intelligence, that we think you’re going to love. It is called iBird Photo Sleuth and allows you identify any species of North American bird from a photograph, regardless of the photo’s quality! Take a quick photo of a bird with the iPhone camera, or access one from your photo roll, and even if it’s a fuzzy little blob in the middle of the frame, Photo Sleuth will tell you in a few seconds exactly what species it is! And it’s available at a super low introductory price just for our iBird Pro customers.

The other change the new “consolidated” architecture. This significant improvement allows you to switch between the different countries the app uses, e.g., from the default birds of North America database to birds of the United Kingdom, Hawaii or even the amazing nation-island of Palau.

The countries in this consolidated app are accessed by a new “Country” menu, so you no longer have to buy separate apps to access these species. These databases are available as in-app purchases at prices lower than what you would pay for the individual apps. We've added dozens of new photos and also a way to disable ads and reset popups (Settings and More), and we fixed a few bugs. You can learn all about these features in the Product Description or by visiting this link:

Besides compatibility with the iPhone XS, XS MAX and AR, iBird Pro version 12.0 has been updated for the 2018 AOU (American Ornithological Union Supplement. There are two new species: the Cassia Crossbill and the Sinaloa Wren. The Thayer’s Gull has been lumped in 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.

The major AOU change is the split of the White-collared Seedeater into the Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater that is endemic to the Pacific slope and interior of Mexico, as well as southern Baja California Sur. The Morelet’s Seedeater is now the only species of tanager that regularly breeds in the continental United States. We have included updated illustrations for both of these species. The Gray Jay has been renamed Canada Jay. Hill Myna has been removed from the AOU list due to declining populations of this bird in Florida, and it is no longer considered to be established in North America. However, for those customers not familiar with the AOU update, we have left this bird in iBird with an explanation and will remove it next year. There is a new family for the Wilson’s and White-faced Storm-Petrel. They are now in a family called Oceanitidae (southern storm-petrels while the rest of the Storm-Petrels (northern storm-petrels remain in the Hydrobatidae family.

In our continuing effort to improve our illustrations and photos, in Version 12.0 we updated 48 species drawings with improved composite illustrations. These are so good you will want to frame them and hang them on your wall. You can see them all together by using Search->Illustration Update->12.0. We’ve also added a new Share feature on the Species page which lets you send the species details to anyone using Mail, Messages, Facebook, etc.

The following new IAP is available to download in iBird Pro 12.0.

Photo Sleuth
Our newest IAP, Photo Sleuth, turns your iPhone or iPad into a magical bird species identifier. Submit any photo of a bird and, using advanced Machine Learning, it will tell you the exact species name in just a few seconds.

Fixed crash in iPad Gallery Mode and centered Countries menu in landscape mode.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
955 Ratings

955 Ratings

Nalarider ,

Not having problems, plus an interesting story

We really like iBird Pro and have not had any problems with version 11.0 on iPhone 8 or iPad Air 2. The illustrations with field marks and photos help a lot with identifications. The bird sounds are also very helpful. My wife and I have enjoyed using it for several years, especially last spring when a Cooper's Hawk built a nest and raised a family in our neighbor's tree. A few months after the hawk family had moved on, my wife was in a nearby town doing some shopping. She came out of a store to find a large crowd gathered around her car. Thinking somebody had hit her car, she started walking toward the car until somebody warned her not to get too close. On top of the car was a Cooper's Hawk with a dead rabbit. Whenever anybody tried to 'shoo' it away the bird threatened them with loud calls and thrashing wings. My wife took out her phone, launched iBird Pro, turned the volume up loud and played the Cooper's Hawk alarm call. The hawk on the car looked surprised and puzzled, looked around for another bird, then took off carrying it's prey. Everybody was astonished and my wife was pleased and proud of her quick thinking. One of the women in the crowd asked loudly, "What app is that? I want to buy it!" You probably got several new iBird Pro customers as a result.

pmoliver ,

Disgusted with BAM

I’ve had iNird for 4 years, but didn’t purchase BAM until today. In New Mexico I didn’t need it. I’m moving to FL. There is an Intracoastal Waterway that separates beachside and landslide. I’ll be beachside. I’ll miss my New Mexico backyard birds enormously and wanted to know what songbirds I can attract to my beachside backyard. So I bought BAM assuming the address search would allow me to constrain my search to beachside. IT DIDN’T. BAM allows minimum of 25 mile radius. I don’t even want to know what birds might be 3 miles west of me, let alone 25 miles. I am more than disgusted. It was only $2.99 but I feel tricked, conned, ripped off. I want a refund.
I frequently see Curved Bill Thrashers in my NM yard. Since I just bought BAM today, I decided to give BAM another chance to look up the Curved Bill Thrasher to find out what it’s been eating. I set it to use my GPS for the search to make it easier to find. The search didn’t even return Curved Bill Thrasher!!!!! I’ve been seeing this bird all the time for 4 years while backyard birding and looking it up using the Location feature for NM. It’s always appeared in the list. And BAM excluded it? Come on guys. Somethings’s definitely wrong with BAM. Talk to me, guys. I’m very unhappy.

Developer Response ,

I think the problem is the Mexican Jay has an unusual shaped migration pattern that partly creeps into New Mexico but is mostly centered in Mexico. So whether it shows up in BAM is highly dependent on your initial location, which you don't mention in this review. I see it every time I use BAM with Mexico as the starting point. We could do a much better job helping you if you contact us at and reference this review and the user name you use of pmoliver. Keep in mind BAM is based on our range maps and State Month was based on live observations that were constantly changing. This made them way less accurate and we received complaints all the time asking why such and such a bird was not appearing? So in the long run State Month created way too many issues to be worthwhile to the majority of our customers. So again please start a customer support ticket at and we will help you figure this out.

Stvme ,

Search function downgraded

I have been trying to figure out how to email the developer but have not been able to figure it out. This was my go to App for Birding until a recent update seems to take away the ability to search by month and state. You can still search by state but not by month. It is frustrating because I like to use this app not only in the field but when I am planning for a trip. I am currently hoping to go to Arizona in May and I cannot use this app for review because I cannot get a relevant list up. Maybe they think that the “Birds Around Me” is an upgrade but it doesn’t help when you do not have a cellular connection and it definitely doesn’t help in planning for a trip. I still think it has the best collection of vocalizations of any App out there which is why I gave it a three, and I will correct my rating if this gets fixed, but I will literally have to be looking for a different app to use if it does not get fixed.

Developer Response ,

I believe you are confused about the way Birds Around Me works; it DOES NOT require a cellular connection. It only requires a view of the sky so it can see the satellites. Put your phone or iPad in airplane mode then try using BAM. It will use your Latitude and Longitude to locate your position and tell you exactly what birds you are likely to see at that location. If you do have a internet connection you can use its address look up feature. This is the way ALL maps work on smartphones today, its got nothing to do with iBird.

As you can see by the fact iBird has the highest average rating of ANY birding app in the store, the vast majority of our customers love BAM. We had to remove the State Month feature because its result were inaccurate and supporting it was not reliable. So I'm sorry to disappoint you but we won't be bringing it back.


Mitch Waite Group
2.2 GB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Photo Sleuth $4.99
  2. Birds Around Me $2.99
  3. Everything Bundle $6.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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