The most popular printed field guide to North American birds is now available in its entirety on the iPhone and iPad!

We have taken the simplicity and ease-of-use that you have enjoyed on your iPhone/iPod Touch and expanded and redesigned the layout (not simply “stretching” it) to take full advantage of the larger screen area of the iPad while still being the same app that runs on the iPhone/iPod Touch.

The Sibley Guide to Birds has become the most popular and fastest selling printed guide to birds as well as the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to North American Birds:
Over 6600 images.
Every species is shown perched and in flight from above and below.
Shows every major seasonal, age, and male/female variation.
Detailed coverage of subspecies and regional variations.
Detailed maps showing not just winter and summer range but also migration and rare occurrence.
Detailed descriptions of songs and calls, comparing similar species measurements of length, wingspan, and weight for every species.

Now all of that information is available in an easy-to-navigate portable format on the iPhone/iPad. In addition, this version of the app also includes:
● Swipe to move to the next or previous species.
● One-tap enlargement of images and rotating the device expands images further.
● Over 2300 carefully-selected and edited sound recordings. Nearly all species are represented with multiple examples showing the range of vocalizations.
● The ability to compare any two images, maps, or sounds, side by side on the screen.
● The ability to filter by state/province, so that you see only the species likely to occur in your location, and to further reduce the possibilities to the most common birds in that area.
● The ability to search by distinguishing features such as size, prominent colors, habits, and group.
● A basic personal species list* that stores your sightings saved to the device with the ability to export the list using email or iTunes file sharing.

*Uninstalling/reinstalling the program will result in the loss of your list, it is recommended that you keep your own backup (master list) separate from the application.

We invite all users to share their comments and ideas on our forum at

NB. This Application WILL ONLY work on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS V6.1 or higher NOT A NORMAL IPOD CLASSIC/NANO and the download is about 400MB.

What's New

Version 1.9.6

Added link to new Sibley Birds app.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings

Amazing app, but few minor flaws

When I first got this app, I was ecstatic. After more than a year I still use it on a daily basis. However there still are a few flaws that really need to be polished out. For instance, if you search a specific word in the top bar, the last 4 or so birds are blocked from the keyboard and the app prevents you from scrolling further. When you retract the keyboard, the search results disappear, and if you try tapping on the bottom most bird you can and try swiping right, you will just end up with the next bird in the taxanomic order, not the search order. One other feature that would be nice is the ability to filter out birds by region. I don't need to see all of the summer only birds in michigan when it's winter, or maybe I just want to see rare birds in the area, or maybe a combination of winter and year round. This feature would make the app wildy better, and I appreciate your consideration. Thank you!


Great support

I’ve been using this guide for some time on an iPad mini. It has a slightly weird interface but it works well apart from that until the latest version. The search window above the list of birds is now mostly hidden.

Complained about this issue yesterday from an update last week and it is already fixed. Great support!


Some glitches

The back < button doesn’t work on iPhone 8 iOS 11.3.1. So you can swipe hard but end up going back to main lists. The scroll down lists is somewhat sluggish & jerky. Male & female differences not determined in a lot of species. But it’s a nice app. Just needs some fine tuning.


Cool Ideas LLC
520.7 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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