Be sure and check our add-on "iBird Photo Sleuth," which will identify species from even poor quality photos.
iBird Pro, the first complete birding app for the iPhone, is now guided by the 2019-2020 American Ornithological Union (AOU) standard and is 100% compatible with iOS 14. Besides including all 967 species of birds of North America, iBird Pro contains databases for four other regions: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hawaii, and the famous island nation of Palau. And it’s not just a digital field guide; a fascinating new feature called Photo Sleuth uses AI so you can identify a bird from any photo you take or upload.
Released in 2008, iBird was the first comprehensive birding app for the iPhone loaded with features that inspired Apple to put iBird in their famous videos "We have an app for that." iBird offers functionality that sets it apart from all other birding apps. For example, only iBird offers both photographs and field-marked illustrations for every species. Of course, the beauty of drawings is that the illustrator can emphasize the important identification markings of the bird family, something photographs can’t do. For this very reason, iBird offers composite illustrations. Photographs, on the other hand, let you see how the species appear in real life. So, to optimize your experience, iBird includes both drawings with toggled field marks along with multiple photos of almost every species of bird—usually of the male, female, juvenile, and subspecies. We also include in-flight photos for many of the species.
As we just mentioned, every one of the 967 species accounts contains a detailed field marks layer for each illustration. The layer can be toggled on or off to highlight important identification characteristics along with calling out similar species. These field mark layers sit on top of illustrations that are all high-resolution composite HDR drawings showing each species in its natural environment and can be zoomed until you can see fine feather details.
And to augment your ability to identify a species, iBird not only contains over 4,000 bird song and call vocalizations but also provides the AI-based photo recognition feature—iBird Photo Sleuth. Photo Sleuth can identify a bird from any photograph, even poor photos taken with your smartphone or tablet. Watch a short slide show of how Sleuth works here: bit.ly/ibirdsleuth. A stand-alone version of Photo Sleuth is also available in the app store.
But we’ve saved the best for last—iBird's best feature is its comprehensive birding search engine that can turn anyone into an expert birder. The engine comes with over 35 characteristics that can be searched (such as body color, GPS location, habitat, bill shape, song type, etc.).
No internet connection is required to use iBird in the field as it has a self-contained database of all content.
The iBird Pro architecture is now “consolidated,” i.e., its default North America database can be supplemented with databases of other countries. You can purchase these additional databases from inside iBird, and instantly switch between them inside the app. Furthermore, you can install iBird Pro on multiple devices and share it with your family plan so that, with one app, everyone can enjoy thousands of new species.
In addition to all of the features we’ve mentioned, iBird Pro offers these fantastic in-app purchase features: Birds Around Me (BAM)—shows just those species within a radius surrounding your GPS location, Percevia™ smart search—a patented feature that helps you identify birds just like the birding experts, Time-of-Day—lets you search for birds by activity levels during day or night, dawn, dusk, etc., and Owls of Mexico—which includes illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls for 16 remarkable Owl species.
Version 1254 adds 38 new illustrations—to see these go to Search > Illustration Update > 12.4.
More Details of iBird Pro Version 12.6.2: http://ibird.com/whats-new/whats-new.html
This page describes updates to the latest version of iBird Pro for iOS Version 12.6.2.
Version 12.6.2 App Changes
Fixed occasional crash in Photo Assignment.
Removed link to iBird Journal.
Removed Facebook SDK. Version 12.6.2 New Splits
Version 12.6.2 New Splits
Japanese White-eye split into the Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) and Swinhoe’s White-eye (Zosterops simplex).
Ducky Thrush split into the Naumann’s Thrush (Turdus naumanni) and Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus).
Royal Tern split into the Royal Tern (Thalassius maximus) and West African Crested Tern (Thalasseus albididorsalis).
Version 12.6.2 New Illustrations
In our continuing effort to improve our illustrations, we updated drawings with improved composite illustrations for 13 species. You can see them all together by using Search->Illustration Update->12.4.
Aplomado Falcon, Broad-winged Hawk, Carolina Chickadee, Common Black Hawk, Grasshopper Sparrow, Gyrfalcon, Hermit Thrush, Lesser Goldfinch, Red-tailed Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Townsend's Warbler REVISED, Wood Duck, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Version 12.6.2 New Photographs
Version 12.6.2 New Photographs
To help with identification we updated these species with additional new photographs.
Aplomado Falcon, Aztec Thrush, Black Swift, Chinese Egret (also known as Swinhoe's Egret), Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater, Common House-Martin, Dusky-headed Parakeet, Eared Quetzal, Green Parakeet, Guadalupe Murrelet, Key West Quail-Dove, Little Bunting, Mexican Duck, Nutting's Flycatcher, Pin-tailed Snipe, Scripp's Murrelet, Short-tailed Shearwater, Siberian Accentor, Western Reef-Heron, White-capped Albatross, White-throated Needletail, White-throated Swift.
Version 12.6.2 Miscellaneous Changes
The Budgerigar has been removed from the AOU ist, but we will leave it in the app for now so birders can become familiar with the change.
Northwestern Crow has been lumped in with American Crow.
Berylline Hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina changed to Saucerottia beryllina).
Bumblebee Hummingbird (Atthis heloisa changed to Selasphorus heloisa).
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps changec to Leucolia violiceps).
White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis changed to Basilinna leucotis).
Xantus’s Hummingbird (Hylocharis xantusii changed to Basilinna xantusii).s
Ratings and Reviews
Still haven’t got spectrograms right
An excellent app, have used versions for years, not happy about consolidation of the apps, but it was getting confusing with all the similar apps.
One problem with the earlier versions of iBird is they claimed to have spectrograms. They were not spectrograms. However this version now, at last, has spectrograms.
The bad news is their y-axis is twice as large as it need be. Looks like 20 kHz rather than the more standard 8-10 kHz. This means the diagnostic rise and fall of the birds’ song is nearly a straight line. It’s like plotting the rise in temperature from freezing point to boiling point on a graph that goes from 0 C or -32 F to 1000 degrees: the graph of temp increase incline will barely be seen.
As well, these spectrograms are so small that even if they were set onto a useful y-axis they’d be hard to see relevant details and diagnostic features.
The big question then is, why bother putting spectrograms on there if they can’t be used the way they’re intended? Either remove them completely, or talk to those of us who work in bioacoustics about how to present spectrograms so they can utilized for their intended usage. Check Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, talk to those folks about bird songs and spectrograms. Or see the Peterson Guide to Eastern Bird Sounds, or talk to the author (Nathan Pieplow) or see his blog earbirding.com. See what wildtrax.ca is doing with spectrograms—now there’s an app just waiting to be developed!
The Mitch Waite group leaped ahead of other bird guides. It is now in the position to be overtaken (see The Warbler Guide app...that surpasses all other guides and I believe they’re aiming to do the same thing for all birds). But, they still have the chance to lead the pack again. They did it once. They can do it again.
Like this app a lot
Good app but I’m starting to get frustrated
This app is starting to fall behind other apps in terms of functionality and features. It’s frustrating when searching for a bird and having to select whether the search is by full name, band code or Latin name. If you search by band code and you have it set to search by full name it won’t find the bird. It should be like eBird which shows results regardless of whether you search by band code or full name. Add photos with different plumage phases, currently not enough and the quality of the photos of some species is poor. The photo sleuth isn’t very accurate compared to other ID apps. I’m starting to consider purchasing another comprehensive field guide - this used to be the only one I needed. 😔
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- Mitch Waite Group
- 2.4 GB
- Requires iOS 12.4 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.4 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.4 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © Mitch Waite Group
- In-App Purchases
- Photo Sleuth $6.99
- Birds Around Me $3.99
- Everything Bundle $9.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.