The new Sibley Birds app has arrived with comprehensive, up to date information of over 930 North American species. All the detailed artwork from David Sibley’s Guide to Birds Second Edition is included as well as thorough descriptions and distribution maps.
• A new easy to navigate menu system on iPhone.
• A new grid view with larger thumbnails.
• Display species names in English, French, Spanish and Latin (Scientific).
• Search on banding code to quickly find a species.
• Over 2700 calls/songs covering most species.
• Compare 2 species side by side.
• Apply a location (US State or Canadian Province) to narrow down the list of birds.
• When a location has been selected, a status icon will appear next to each species in that location indicating whether it is Common, Uncommon, Scarce, Rare or Vagrant.
• Detailed information in the species description including location status by month.
• A similar species feature which shows all related birds.
• A vastly improved Smart Search with refined search criteria: Status and by month (when a location is selected), Bird habits, Bird Type, Bird Size, Body Shape, Color and Pattern.
• Keep a personal list (My List) of species seen and backup to iCloud/other cloud service.
• Sort My List taxonomically.
Fixed images with color issues.
Added map legend.
Fixed a bug with species compare on iPad.
Fixed some wrong maps and images.
Fixed some other small bugs/errors.
Ratings and Reviews
New interface and extra species are an improvement
The v1 interface seemed antiquated compared to more modern applications so v2 has some much needed improvements.
The seasonal frequency for your state is a nice touch if it is accurate.
The extra species and up to date sequence are great but it would be nice if the choice to see/hide rarities was sticky and didn’t get forgotten each you go into the main menu. I can hide them with smart search and I’m trying to decide if that will allow me to hide them more permanently.
The concerns raised about the illustration colors are a huge issue. After all of the complaints about the first printing of the second edition I’m stunned to see the app appears to have replicated it. I’m guessing things were too far in development and a hopefully free fix will come eventually? The map problems also seem fixable. I’m guessing there will be lots of bad reviews in the meantime.
This is a great app that allows you to have a guide always at hand and I’m hoping the developers fix some of the issues soon so I can give it the 5 stars it should earn.
Developer Response ,
Good day, thank you for your comments. This latest update fixed the color problems and some map issues. If you are experiencing any other issues please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will investigate.
I like it but ...
This is my go to app for bird id but I could hope for some improvements. If I search for “sparrow” I get a heading of Buntings and new world sparrows, but I only see the members of the group that have sparrow in the name. An ability to click the heading and have all members in the group listed would be welcome. Secondly, I an not sure why the navigation pane at the left needs to be constantly on top. If I am looking at a species and click an image to display larger, part of the image disappears behind the navigation area. That should be improved. (I use an iPad mini though I also have the app installed on my iPhone).
It is wrong to charge existing customers $10 for this “upgrade” when we have been users of this app for a long time now. Not to mention purchasing the hard copies as well.
Do not delete your earlier app! This new version has too many issues that need to be addressed which I’m sure they will get to but it isn’t ready for prime time yet. Colors are off again as well as the range maps.
And no eBird integration? Really?
And no way to port my data and notes over from the earlier app?
*Updating my review to thank the developer for the quick update to correct some of the issues that were brought up. And I’m assuming we will be seeing more incremental updates as we go along.
Just a suggestion, how about making some Sibley stickers for iMessage? Sibley’s artwork is terrific and it’d be fun to be able to use some of them in your messages.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for feedback, we are posting an update within the next day to resolve bugs and other issues, there are numerous exciting updates planned for 2019, please be assured we are committed to the future of this App. Also you are able to export your list from the old Sibley app and then import it into the new Sibley app.
Thank you for updating your review, yes you will be seeing more incremental updates as the app evolves and we strive to meet all user's expectations.
mydigitalearth development team
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.