iBird™ Pro, considered by experts to be the world’s best app for identifying birds of North America, has been completely updated with the American Ornithological Union’s 2017 Supplement. 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) with the optional Time of Day package. iBird Pro is the only app that offers Birds Around Me (BAM)—showing just those species in your GPS location. It also features our patented Percevia™ smart search, which helps you identify birds just like the birding experts. Finally iBird Pro 10.06 includes our new Owls of Mexico and Central America package, including illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls and much more for these remarkable species.

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.

More Details of What’s New:

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

With iBird Pro’s Percevia™ matching system you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of 35 identification attributes to find your bird. iBird's comprehensive species pages have 3,300 built-in bird song recordings, 4,500 professional high resolution bird photographs, 1,750 hand-drawn composite illustrations and over 1,000 range maps.

Version 10.065 of iBird Pro Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices.

With over 1 million downloads iBird is the standard that all birding apps are measured by.


■ 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, 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.

■ 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 which include migratory routes as well as subspecies maps for 40 species.

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

■ 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.

Other Features

■ The Conservation Status search attribute lets you filter birds by 6 threat levels 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 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 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 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).

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.

Owls of Mexico
This sample app shows one Owl of our new Owls of Mexico package, 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. You can s=view one of the new Owls in iBird Lite by going to Search->Illustration Update->10.03 — Mexican Owls.

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

277 Ratings

277 Ratings

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.

8/1/17 Missing State-Month Search


The latest update corrected the crash problem. State-Month filter is missing in this release and that is disastrous for me. Instead, one must purchase BAM. I've used
The trial BAM it doesn't work well for me.

Occasionally I see a Mexican Jay. The Mexican Jay does not show up in my filtered search under BAM's maximum radius. To locate it, I must switch from BAM search to location search. Unfortunately, they removed the state-month filter. So, it's impossible to use State-Month when I need to use Location instead of BAM. I wonder what other birds I'm missing when I use BAM?

Two Hummingbirds that I see will not appear in BAM unless I set radius to 115 miles or greater and every time I enter the app, the default is switched to 25 mile radius even if I have saved the search. This is annoying. Additionally, we had some hummingbirds last year up until mid November. Would a BAM search with automatic date have returned those hummingbirds?

Finally, I don't think it's possible anymore to search using a past date.

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.


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. Birds Around Me $2.99
  2. Percevia and BAM Bundle $4.99
  3. Time of Day $0.99


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