iBird Plus is our entry level birding app and is priced appropriately. Unlike Ultimate it lacks the built-in features Birds Around Me and Percevia™ Smart Search. This final version of iBird Plus contains our most recent North America database with 946 species (962 including Mexican Owls). It has been updated with the latest 2018 American Ornithological Union (AOU) standard, described in detail in What's New. We have also added a new Purchases menu that contains optional features you can purchase to enhance the app. These include an amazing Birds Around Me, Percevia™ Smart Search, the Photo Sleuth feature that uses a neural network to identify birds from any photo, the patented Percevia search engine, and several others.
As this is the last version of iBird Plus, we are providing users with our new version of iBird Lite which gives you free access to the same North America database in iBird Pro. Lite has been designed with the future in mind. It has been totally overhauled and is now a “consolidated” app, meaning with iBird Lite, you can buy and install databases for any of 4 countries. Again, unlike other bird apps, these databases are inside the app, which allows you to use them in the field with no Internet connection.
If you'd like to move to this new version of iBird Lite, simply install this new 12.01 version of iBird Plus on your device (iPhone or iPad) and then install the new 12.01 iBird Lite. When you open iBird Lite you’ll see a free copy of the North America database, normally a $17.99 purchase. ALSO, YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT ALL IN-APP PURCHASES (EXCEPT PHOTO SLEUTH) ARE FREE — OUR GIFT TO YOU FOR BEING A LOYAL IBIRD CUSTOMER.
About iBird Plus
iBird™ Plus is the best app if you are serious about birding but want to keep your investment low. The app has most of the great features of the iBird product line. For the most advanced app, see iBird Lite, our new consolidated app. If you want to take your birding skills up a level or two, iBird Plus includes in-app purchases for features such as the Percevia™ Smart Search feature that gives anyone the skills of a bird identification expert, and the “Birds Around Me” (BAM) feature that restricts the birds to just those found in your current GPS area.
In addition, this new version 12.01 of iBird Plus, takes a major leap forward with “Time of Day” filtering. You can now search for birds by activity levels during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), during the day (Diurnal) or during the night (Nocturnal).
More Details of What’s New: https://ibird.com/whats-new/whats-new.html
Whether you are an experienced or a beginner birder, iBird Plus starts with 946 species of both native and rare North American species, as well as popular Hawaiian birds. It has been updated with the 2018 AOU and ABA checklists. This increases to 962 species when you purchase the in-app Mexican Owls database option.
With the iBird Plus’s avian matching system, you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of our 35 identification field marks to find your bird. iBird's comprehensive species pages have 3,300 built-in bird songs, 4,500 professional high-resolution bird photographs, 1,700 hand-drawn composite illustrations and over 1,000 range maps.
Version 12.01 of iBird Plus Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices and a share feature that lets you send any species page via Mail, Messages, etc.
With over 1 million downloads, iBird is the standard by which all birding apps are measured.
In addition to compatibility with the newest iPhones and iPads, this expanded version of iBird is completely updated for the 2018 American Ornithological Union (AOU) Supplement. There are two new species; the Cassia Crossbill and the Sinaloa Wren. The Thayer’s Gull has been lumped as a subspecies of the Iceland Gull. Plus, there are over 100 small changes, some of which are listed below.
In our continuing effort to improve our illustrations and photos we have updated the following 32 species drawings with much improved composite illustrations: Ashy Storm-Petrel, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Bermuda Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Cassia Crossbill, Couch's Kingbird, Crescent-chested Warbler, Eskimo Curlew, Eurasian Coot, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Golden-winged Warbler, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Hairy Woodpecker, Harlequin Duck, Iceland Gull, Killdeer, Long-billed Dowitcher, Northern Waterthrush, Painted Redstart, Rufous-capped Warbler, Say's Phoebe, Sinaloa Wren, Slate-throated Redstart, Smith's Longspur, Swainson's Warbler, White-headed Woodpecker, Willow Ptarmigan, Wrentit. You can see these in a matched list by selecting Search->Illustration Update->12.01.
2018 AOU updates
Gray Jay has been changed to Canada Jay, White-collared Seedeater has been split into Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater & Morelet's Seedeater, Harris’s Hawk Band code changed from HASH to HRSH, Fox Sparrow changed from Old World to New World Sparrow, Storm-Petrels are now grouped into Southern (Oceanitidae) and Northern (Hydrobatidae) Storm-Petrels, several parrots have been placed in African and New World Parrots from lories, Parakeets, Macaws and Parrots, Black-faced Grassquit, Saffron Finch and Yellow-faced Grassquit have been moved from Emberizids to Tanagers. Gray-streaked Flycatcher has been moved from Tyrant Flycatchers to Old World Flycatchers. Flame-colored Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Summer Tanager and Western Tanager have been moved from Tanagers to Cardinals & Piranga Tanagers. Red-billled Leiothrix has been moved to Sylviid Warblers from Old World Babblers. Bananaquit has been moved from Bananaquits to Tanagers. Crimson-collared Grosbeak has been moved to Tanagers from Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies. In addition to the above changes, 16 birds had species name changes and 8 birds had changes to Latin names.
This plugin identifies birds of North America from any photo, even poor quality photos. Open photos in your Photo Gallery or use your device camera directly. Photo Sleuth allows beginners and advanced birder’s to ID species the stump the experts. The beauty of Sleuth is that it doesn’t need an internet connection. Go to the Purchases screen to find a short slide show about iBird Photo Sleuth.
Owls of Mexico
Includes Owls of Mexico, the first time we have extended the North America database to include new species. In this collection our favorite 16 Owls of Mexico and Central America are presented in all the high-quality detail iBird is known for, including illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls, photos, ID and behavior data and much more. Take a look at the graphical onboard tutorial on the Purchase page for a visual presentation of a typical species account for this package.
Time of Day Search
The new Time of Day search feature lets you filter birds by activity intervals during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), during the day (Diurnal) or during the night (Nocturnal). Time of Day Notes which provide additional information about a species behavior are found on each species from a new Time of Day menu. The Time of Day feature is particularly useful for birders who are interested in night birding.
Ratings and Reviews
Only one problem
I love this app. I have learned so much using it. I am completely new to birding. However, I lost my mind trying to identify a brown streaky bird that turned out to be a female redwing blackbird. The app doesn’t seem to take into account females that look nothing like their male counterparts. Yes you can see great pictures of the females if you know what the males look like, but a regular search will not turn them up. In desperation I used the app to look at every bird in my state that had brown on it. Yes, I was crazed. When that didn’t work I actually used another bird ID app(which was free) to ID the female redwing blackbird. Then I felt stupid because it was such a common bird and the male was coming to my feeder every day. Oh well, mystery solved. I still love the app and have identified many other birds.
Excellent tool for birders
I am a professional wildlife biologist and a lifetime birder. I use iBird Plus every day and find it powerful, reliable, and easy to use. The bird artwork, included photos, and supporting factual info are top notch. The sound clips are excellent and are frequently augmented.
I have used iBird for more than five years and I have only one gripe with it — the “sort order” of bird names is very rigid and there is no cross-referencing. It would seem the developers could easily remedy this! For example: You should find screech owls listed among the other owls ... and not need to know that their official name is “northern screech owl” ... so that they appear only under “S” for screech not “O” for owl. Other than this, I give the app top honors.
Like a textbook
The app is ok for an intro to birding. The way they try to upsell on everything is annoying. The navigation isn’t very user friendly and doesn’t feel logical. The search engine is bad. But searching for birds in my state I was able to find and identify many birds at my feeder and the illustrations are awesome for that, better than real photos. The docket also shows the birds’ migration and living range, it shows real life photos and plays various chirp vocals. It has detailed info about the birds’ behaviors and personality. For these reasons the app is worth the $10 in my opinion. But it’s def missing that complete and polished feel.
- Mitch Waite Group
- 2.2 GB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Mitch Waite Group
- In-App Purchases
- Birds Around Me $2.99
- Time of Day $0.99
- Percevia and BAM Bundle $4.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.