iBird Ultimate is our most birding advanced app. It comes with the two advanced features built in: “Birds Around Me” (BAM), a feature which restricts the birds to just those found in your current GPS area and the patented “Percevia™ Smart Search” feature which gives anyone the skills of a bird identification expert. If you are not sure you’ll need these features you can try iBird Pro, a less expensive app which offers both these as in-app features you can buy at any time. iBird Plus is like Pro but has half the search attributes.

iBird Ultimate also takes a major leap forward with “Time of Day” filtering available in version 10.06. 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).

Also included in this version is our new Owls of Mexico and Central America package, including all the hard to find details which iBird is so well known for: illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls and much more.

More Details of What’s New:

iBird developers never sleep. Version 10.06 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 10.06.

Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner at birding, iBird Ultimate contains 946 species of both native and rare North American and Hawaiian birds, is completely up to date with the 2017 AOU and ABA checklists, and is the only app to offer both illustrations and photographs.

With iBird Ultimate’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 3,300 built-in bird songs, 4,500 professional high resolution bird photographs, 1,750 hand drawn composite illustrations and over 1,000 range maps.

Version 10.06 of iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices.

From tiny 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.

** NOTE If you would like to try out iBird at no cost check the newly released iBird LITE Free Guide to Birds of North America. It contains all the features of paid iBird Ultimate, but contains just 35 species. And it’s completely FREE. **


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

■ Percevia™ intelligent search is a patented algorithm that guarantees you will only choose search attributes that narrow the matched list of birds. It also comes built-in to iBird Ultimate.

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

■ Contains the latest 2016/17 AOU and ABA checklists.

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

■ View all birds by head which makes identification easier.

■ Back up and sync favorites and notes with iCloud and share with all your devices and your friends.

■ Fun new birder’s “stickers” to spruce up your text in Messages.

Other Features

■ 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).

What’s New

Version 10.06

Besides compatibility with the iPhone X, this new expanded version of iBird is completely updated for the 2017 American Ornithological Union (AOU) Supplement. 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.

In our continuing effort to improve our illustrations and photos we have updated the following 32 species drawings with much improved composite illustrations: Ashy Storm-Petrel, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Bermuda Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Cassia Crossbill, Couch's Kingbird, Crescent-chested Warbler, Eskimo Curlew, Eurasian Coot, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Golden-winged Warbler, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Hairy Woodpecker, Harlequin Duck, Iceland Gull, Killdeer, Long-billed Dowitcher, Northern Waterthrush, Painted Redstart, Rufous-capped Warbler, Say's Phoebe, Sinaloa Wren, Slate-throated Redstart, Smith's Longspur, Swainson's Warbler, White-headed Woodpecker, Willow Ptarmigan, Wrentit. You can see these in a matched list by selecting Search->Illustration Update->10.06.

There are 7 new AOU changes to Families: 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).

Owls of Mexico
Includes Owls of Mexico, 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. Take a look at the graphical onboard tutorial on the Purchase page for a visual presentation of a typical species account for this package.

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
355 Ratings

355 Ratings

Kattyeye ,


What is there to say. The Ultimate version is a dead product. If you want updates to the program or data you are now expected to buy the Pro version apparently?! I have always been confused why there were multiple iBird products and which one is the most complete or what the difference even was. Most folks would look at the name of “Ultimate” and figure that is the top of all the iBird products line. Apparently not as this version is now discontinued. The developer appears to blame Apple but it is the developer that created this confusion by making multiple versions of the same product. Not sure after spending money on a now discontinued product if I trust them enough to buy yet another version. After all, if this happened once, it will probably happen again. Heck, something like a “subscription” will probably come next after I buy the Pro version! (Except I don’t “rent” software and I have many other bird sources so I’ll have to decide if iBird is worth more money or I have enough bird ID programs and books already.)

Omnipotentud ,

Geo-locator too wide ranging. GPS should allow for more precise geolocat9ion.

I live in the San Francisco Bay area, where the habitats change every few miles. So no matter where I am hiking in the bay area I seem to get a list of 297 species of birds to choose from. This app seems to include pelagic birds, shorebirds, mountain birds and everything in between. And this list stays the same no matter what habitat I’m hiking in. I understand the Geo location has a radius of about 25 miles, equaling a diameter of 50 miles, which would make Geo locating pretty useless amid such diverse geography where I live. To make this app useful for Geo location, I think it would need a much smaller radius, say 5 miles.

The choices for “time of year” are confusing because the six choices are not mutually exclusive.

The app would be useful if it used a real-time data base of birds that have been cited in the last week or so in the location where I am hiking. This would eliminate a lot of birds to choose from that aren’t even located where I am at this time of year.

The result is that after having this app for a number of months, I use it only as an encyclopedia of American birds. This is useful to me because it means I don’t have to carry a book with me.

Developer Response ,

Omni I appreciate the functionality you are looking for but what you describe is not the purpose of our Birds Around Me feature. And so instead of reviewing the field guide features of this app you are critiquing it for its search engine which is a subset of the app's features.

For the majority of customers BAM is immensely helpful in narrowing the list of birds to a much more manageable number based on their GPS location. For example all other Field Guide apps (and remember that is what iBird is) only allow Location search by State. For California that results in over 440 species. iBird offers that feature but it also offers BAM which as you point out narrows it to 297 species in the SF Bay Area. You mention this is too broad because it includes all kinds of families of birds you are not interested in. So why not use the parametric search to pick individual Families (Search>Family), individual Orders (Search->Order) or an even broader selection of individual shapes, such as just perching birds, or hawks (Search->Shape). If you'd like to discuss this in more detail you can reach me at

Previous Response: The reason you are getting so many species is because you live in one of the richest birding hotspots in the world, as I am sure you know. Hundreds of species of all types fly through the SF Bay Area during migration and many live here permanently.

You can narrow the match list in BAM by picking Season and selecting say Spring and Summer which will take it down to just 54 species.

Or you can narrow the match list from 297 birds by picking a second filter, such as Shape, so you could see just the 37 Sandpiper-like birds are likely to be in your field trip. Or you could use the Habitat attribute and pick Forests which will narrow it to 125 species.

I hope these ideas help you find the value in the search system of iBird.

Sitkasound ,

Great app but poor sound quality

The bird illustrations are spectacular, the maps are excellent, and the text is absolutely unparalleled. In my opinion, iBird sets the highest standard for all three of these essential qualities. Unfortunately, iBird falls far behind in the fourth key aspect of bird identification—sounds. iBird does have a great selection of songs and calls, but unfortunately the audio quality for many species is tinny, weak, fuzzy, or even distorted. This is a major shortcoming in all versions of iBird, compared to the far superior sound quality in apps like Sibley or Audubon. Hopefully the good folks at iBird will address this problem with an update that improves the audio reproduction. In the meantime, I depend on other apps with superior sound quality, while I use iBird for everything else.


Mitch Waite Group
1.8 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. Time of Day $0.99
  2. Mexican Owls $1.99


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