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

**If you would like to experience the app check out the newly released Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America LITE which is FREE and includes 30 species.**

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 1.9.1

*As with any update, there is a small chance your list could be lost. Please make sure you have another copy saved elsewhere*

● Fixed some bugs that went out with the latest update.
● Stopped auto-play of bird calls.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5

28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Beautiful; waiting for more features


I am a hobby birder and have been "collecting" for over 50 years. My Sibley book is the only "list" I've kept for years, after transferring it from well-worn Peterson West and East volumes, and probably has 400+ in it, with locations and dates for all but the most common birds. I hope to put it all in the e-version. Your app is just as complete, authoritative and useful as the original, and I'm looking forward to using it in the field. For that, I appreciate you made it all resident on the phone/pad so it can be used without a cell signal. As you look to add more features, I hope you will find a way to translate GPS coordinates into geographic place names, retaining both in the List. Also, and more importantly, please work out a way to synchronize the Lists between devices owned by one person, making it handy to use a phone in the field, then transfer entries to a "master List" on a tablet. Your app is a great start, now I'm looking for just a bit more. Thank you. (The sync feature would be fine if it only worked over cell/wi-fi, once out of the field.)

Still needs work


I wish the app had been synchronized with the AOU and ABA taxonomic order. It does not make sense to me that the app should have to be parallel to the printed book. Apps can be updated in minutes while books take years.

Both National Geographic and iBird have updated their taxonomy to match the AOU and ABA so why can't Sibley? It's not because they are worried that the app will sell better than the book,

The ability to see the common names in Spanish and French is mostly useful to foreigners. I think it would have been much more substantial had he made the entire database in the language not just the names. But that would probably be very expensive.

I'm still not sure why Sibley's drawings do not have much detail in them. When I compare them to the Peterson drawings or the iBird drawings they look crude. Maybe that's just the way he paints?

It's good that the app is now iPhone 5 compatible. However the actual interface is is getting old in the tooth. I would like to see Sibley overhaul the entire UI to make it more modern like National Geographic or iBird.

I do like the way the Sibley search engine works. It's nowhere as comprehensive as Audubon or iBird but from a practical viewpoint it can work very well.

And of course I wish he had photographs in his app. Right now it seems there is only one app that has both illustrations and photographs. Why is that?

Update change


I have been using this app on my Ipod Touch for a couple of years and find it very useful. I like to add trip birds as I go along, and previous versions showed my trip list in taxanomic order, but I could only export in the order I entered the sightings, which was a problem for my reporting what I had seen. The new version (1.9) has a new interface that I like better, but the trip list is now shown only in alphabetical order which makes it difficult to review the list to check if I have entered all of the birds seen on the trip. I see that a version 1.9.1 is out, but my Ipod Touch doen't see it as an update.


Cool Ideas LLC
520.6 MB
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 Cool Ideas LLC


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