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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 1.9.4

Fixed a layout issue on Species List on iPad.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Excellent but pricey - My favorite of all the bird guide apps


I have 7 bird apps and the Sibley guide is my favorite. This one has excellent illustrations (the same as in the printed guide) including all species in flight and a good range of different age and sex plumages. While many other reviewers laud iBird note that with iBird you get a haphazard selection of photos, not a consistent set of ages and sexes and very few species pictured in flight. Like the other guides this one has range maps, vocalizations, and written descriptions. Sibley has fewer features than iBird or Audubon (fewer search categories in particular) but unless you are a total beginner you don't need the search function that much. With Sibley you can limit the species displayed under any search to any one US state or Canadian province. The vocalizations are exactly the same as in the Audubon app. The best feature of Sibley app that no other has is the Compare feature that allows you to view and scroll through two species at once on a split screen. This is a very handy feature when trying to identify sparrows, gulls, Empidonax flycatchers, shorebirds and other difficult groups. Another advantage of the Sibley app is that because it doesn't have some of the unnecessary extras of iBird and Audubon the app is smaller and takes up less memory. I highly recommend the Sibley app especially for birders with some experience identifying birds in the field rather than total novices.

the best birding app in the most ways

Dipper's Attitude

Sibley's eGuide is the best when it comes to a birder's app for visuals. The drawings are the same great drawings as in the book and get larger on an iphone when you turn it for landscape orientation. You lose a little in the clarity of retina display in doing so, but the image is bigger for viewing.
It would be nice if the developers would optimize the images and lettering for retina display in either format.
More glaring is the lack of clarity in the images in the intro pages of the app. They should be the first to be improved as they are just plain fuzzy.
I particularly like the bird comparison feature including the pictures, the songs and the range maps. It is wonderful. Comparing some of the hard songs side by side is very useful too. It is excellent that Sibley's recommends more than once that we should not walk around broadcasting bird sound. It is extremely disruptive to the birds and their breeding success and survival. All birding apps should have this same information.
Sibley's guide would be more complete if the information indicated where long-distance migrants spend the winter, beyond the reaches of the range maps mid-Mexico. Since Sibley's guide doesn't include this I have to have more than one app. And that's what is great about apps, not so many books to carry around. the wonderful ability to continually improve them, and include audio, a huge part of the lure of the bird world.

Great Illustrations


Nice app version to the famed Sibley Guide. I see the main reason to have one of these apps is to learn to identify birds. Those who have actually tried to to this (as opposed to just planned to learn to do it) generally feel that illustrations are much more useful than photographs, and Sibley has been revered for great illustrations in multiple angles, and showing key variants. This is for a variety of reasons including lighting, foliage, variety of appearances in a bird species, and the tendency of birds not to pose in a position ideal to learn all the distinguishing features. This app also has a nice option to compare two birds side. Sibley and iBird share my top recommendation, each excels at some different things. iBird has a nicer search, but unless you can recall exactly the most useful aspects, and option for grouping similar birds together (like Peterson) has limitations. Hardcore types will want more than one, but novices probably wouldn't be dissatisfied with either.

I found Audubon slow, and it has few to no illustrations (though a good deal price wise). Haven't tried Peterson.


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