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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 in Version 1.9

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

● Added the ability to save GPS coordinates when logging a bird to My List.
● Update the user interface.
● A few bugs and errors have been fixed.


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Customer Reviews

Warning: Do Not Update!

I have been using the Sibley app since it first came out. I have been extremely happy with it, and have been recommending it to other birders whenever I get the chance. I really dislike the ‘new’ layout, which is much more like iBird. A big part of the reason I don’t use iBird is because I do not find the layout to flow well or to be very functional, and it’s a shame a great app like Sibley has upgraded to the same format. I plan to dump the ‘Upgrade' from my computer and iPhone, and re-sync the app with my iPad, which contains the old version. This is the first ‘Update’ of this app in a long time, and it’s a total shame they got it so wrong!


This has always been my go-to 5-star birder app, but I also dislike the new update, especially the fact that my List now sorts alphabetically. There should at least be a taxon. option. Worse yet, the app quits every time I try to delete a species from the list. Been trying for three days and haven't succeeded yet, even after deleting the entire list & starting from scratch. (Since I use the List for one of the only things it's logically good for, as a list of possible FOYs I might see in the next few weeks, this is a rather infuriating problem at present.)

I DETEST the new layout

I never write reviews for apps. Never. I have had the Sibley app for years and always use it in the field. It was never perfect (the amount of typos was laughable), but it still functioned well as a field guide. But this new layout is just downright awful. I loved being able to flip through the illustrations while reading the text at the same time. Or reading the song description while listening to the song at the same time. Now I can't do that? This new interface is ugly and clunky...I just don't understand why they did this. Ugh!

The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $19.99
  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 1.9
  • Size: 447 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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