iBird Plus Guide to Birds
By Mitch Waite Group
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
iBird™ Plus is the perfect app if you are serious about birding but want to keep your investment low. The app has most of the great features of the iBird product line. If you want to take your birding skills up a level or two, iBird Plus includes in-app purchase for the Percevia™ Smart Search feature, which gives anyone the skills of a bird identification expert, and the “Birds Around Me” (BAM) feature which restricts the birds to just those found in your current GPS area.
In this new version 10.04 iBird Plus, takes a major leap forward with “Time of Day” filtering. 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).
More Details of What’s New: bit.ly/ibird-whatsnew
Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner at birding, iBird Plus 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 Plus’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, 1,700 hand drawn composite illustrations and over 1,000 range maps.
Version 10.04 of iBird Plus 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.
■ 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.
■ The Conservation Status search attribute lets you filter birds by 6 threat levels including Least Concern, Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered and Extinct in the Wild. 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 10.04
Fixed a crash being experienced by some users.
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 and is available as an inexpensive in-app update for 99 cents. Please note that we are in the process of updating the paragraphs for each species so this first release will not be complete.
Dropbox Migration is back. As you may know before we implemented iCloud for syncing Favorites, Notes and Photos, we used Dropbox. We made the shift because Dropbox removed an essential feature we used for the backup and sync feature to work. We thought enough time had gone by that most of our customers had migrated to iCloud, but we discovered that was not the case. So, we have implemented the Dropbox migration again feature so that customers who are still using it can let iBird move their Notes and Favorites to iCloud. You will still need to reassign your photos once they have been moved to your iCloud folder.
New Sounds. New sounds were just added for 8 owl species: the Elf Owl, Flammulated Owl, Great Gray Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Spotted Owl, Western Screech-Owl, and Whiskered Screech-Owl. Check out the female call of a Northern Hawk Owl in flight and female alarm calls from a Spotted Owl. We are committed to adding to our extensive sound library and routinely check for new sounds that we can include. Our Western Screech-Owl is a prime example of this. While we had the song, trill and alarm calls for this species we were able to add female and begging whinny calls as well as a different type of alarm call.
New Species: We are constantly updating the illustrations for our species. Here are the ones we have updated for this new version 10.04 of iBird. Black-faced Grassquit, Botteri's Sparrow, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, King Rail, Kirtland's Warbler, Limpkin, Louisiana Waterthrush.
Very Useful App
This app has been very helpful in helping me with identifying birds. It's been great having the information I needed to make an identification in a phone that I would carry anyway rather than a book.
Searching for birds in the app can be a little tricky. In my experience it's too easy to go down the wrong trail with the filters. So I'm finding a bit of a learning curve with doing the bird searches. But as they say, "your mileage may vary."
I've found the photos of birds to be very helpful. The illustrations are great, bit the pictures provide "real world" views of the birds.
Great app - almost perfect
This is a great app. Doesn't completely replace a paper field guide, but I often don't bother bringing a paper guide on short trips now that I have this. And the songs are a huge bonus that paper books don't have, so this makes for an indispensable backup in that regard.
The app keeps getting better, and the little tweaks in the pro upgrade are nice too. It still has a few little areas that need improvement though before it'll truly be a top notch app, but for better or for worse it's still the best available. It needs more illustrations of juvenile and alternate plumages (for example no juvenile or fall plumage illustrations for black-throated green warbler), although the photos fill in some of those gaps (but not all, like fall plumage black-throated green warbler). And there are some minor bugs in the illustrations (such as not showing the white outer tail feathers on the black-throated green warbler). And the search function has some gaping holes that make it hard to use effectively, especially in the habitat search option. For example, when searching for California mountain habitat, it returns the Dark-Rumped Petrel, a pelagic species, but doesn't show the Mountain Chickadee or the Clark's Nutcracker, two of the most common species in the sierras (this is unfortunately still true as of August 2017). Also, searching by smaller geographic areas or climate zones rather than states would be really helpful, such as a 'northern California' or a 'rocky mountains' category. These search tools have the potential to be fantastic once implemented better. For now, searching for a mountain bird is still faster in my paper book than in this app, which I'm hoping will soon change.
Indispensable app while birding.
Indispensable app while birding.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Jul 30, 2017
- Version: 10.04
- Size: 1.59 GB
- Languages: English, Arabic, Italian, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Seller: Mitch Waite Group
- © Mitch Waite Group
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Top In-App Purchases
- Percevia and BAM Bundle$4.99
- Birds Around Me$2.99
- Time of Day$0.99
- Percevia Smart Search$2.99