This new version 11.0 of iBird™ Pro represents a major advancement in its architecture. iBird Pro is now a “consolidated” app, meaning its default North America database is supplemented with in-app purchased databases of other countries, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, Hawaii and Palau. You can optionally purchase the databases for these countries at a price that is much lower than the individual apps, and instantly switch between them. The beauty of this new approach, which Apple asked us to implement, is that there is no longer a need for multiple apps; a single version of iBird can 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. Our plans at Mitch Waite Group are to continue to expand the databases to Europe and South America. 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.

In addition to the consolidated design, iBird content has been updated with the American Ornithological Union’s 2017 Supplement. iBird continues to offer a Time-of-Day in-app feature that lets you search for birds by activity levels during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), etc. And, iBird Pro is the only app that offers Birds Around Me (BAM)—showing just those species in your GPS location and features our patented Percevia™ smart search, which helps you identify birds just like the birding experts. Finally, iBird Pro 11.0 includes our new Owls of Mexico and Central America in-app packages, including illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls and much more for these remarkable species.

iBird developers never sleep. Version 11.0 adds a unique collection of audio recordings for all Owls as well as 16 new composite illustrations. To see the latest drawings, go to Illustration Update on the Search menu and select 11.0 and 10.06.

More Details of iBird Pro Version 11:

On top of the features above, iBird Pro contains 946 species of North American birds, including both common and rare birds. It is designed to help both experienced and novice birders identify and learn about their birds. Unlike other iPhone apps, iBird includes many popular birds of the Hawaiian Islands and is completely up-to-date with the 2017 AOU and ABA checklists.


■ Identify 946 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 with free 7-day trials.

■ Splits-History lets you see what birds have had name changes, been split into more than one species or lumped into one species.

■ Extensive identification paragraphs 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.

■ 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.

■ Post, keep lists, and share sightings with friends and followers with a user-friendly Notes and Favorites interface.

■ iBird’s database is completely self-contained; no internet connection is required like many other birding apps.

What's New

Version 11.0

iBird™ Pro Version 11.0 What’s New
The all-time most awesome version of iBird Pro we’ve ever created; so radical we thought about renaming it iBird Pro Consolidated. But that took too many words. The most significant improvement is that you can now interchange the countries the app uses from the default birds of North America to birds of the United Kingdom, Hawaii or even the wonderful island of Palau. This is done via 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 the individual apps offered for them. There is also a new recommendation system for finding the best bird feeders, binoculars and other accessories. We've added 13 new illustrations, dozens of new photos, and some cool new features such as Shake, which lets you shake the phone to open a random species and play its song (for learning to identify birds by sound). There is a way to disable ads and reset popups (Settings and More). We also fixed a few bugs. You can learn all about these features in the Product Description or by visiting this link:

Also found in Version 11.0
Besides compatibility with the iPhone X, version 11.0 of iBird Pro has been updated for the 2017 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.

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 family 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 in Version 11.0, we updated the following 13 species drawings with improved composite illustrations: Ancient Murrelet, Arizona Woodpecker, Black Tern, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Black-footed Albatross, Brown Creeper, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco, Ferruginous Hawk, Ovenbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Redhead, Rufous Hummingbird. In the prior version 10.06, we updated these 32 species drawings. You can see both these new drawings in a matched list by selecting Search->Illustration Update->11.0 or 10.06.

Owls of Mexico
In this in-app purchase 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.

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.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
726 Ratings
726 Ratings

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.

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.

My go-to app for bird ID


IBird has been my Go-to app since it first became available. I use it to help verify sound, habitat, and images out in the field. The detailed drawings are very helpful in identifying the birds. During an interview Mitch described those detailed drawings were supplied by individuals who depended on less than ideal sources to provide power to their computers so they could send him the images. That makes me appreciate the app all the more. I've used other apps but this one works the very best for me because of the organization and ease of locating the specific piece of information I I am interested in at the time.


Mitch Waite Group
2.1 GB
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
In-App Purchases
  1. Birds Around Me $2.99
  2. Time of Day $0.99
  3. Percevia and BAM Bundle $4.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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