What’s New

Version 12.03

For starters, this app contains a major overhaul of the content of iBird. This comes from our implementing updates to the American Ornithological Union (AOU) 2018 standard.

Besides the major content update described below, we made a radical change to the architecture of iBird Lite. The app can now be expanded to have all the features of our iBird Pro product. The app contains a Country menu for downloading databases from other countries. There is also a Purchases menu where you can install various in-app features that expand iBird Lite’s features. See the Product Description section for all the details.

In order to comply with App Store guidelines, we were required to consolidate the Lite, Pro and Ultimate apps into a single app. If you previously installed iBird Plus or iBird Ultimate on your device this new version of iBird Lite will automatically detect those app and freely unlock the North America database for iBird Lite. Furthermore, iBird Lite will unlock the Everything Bundle in the Purchases menu so all of the in-app purchase options are instantly available to you. This makes your version of iBird Lite equivalent to any apps you have purchased from us. We are doing this because we value the customers of iBird Plus and iBird Ultimate and want to show you our gratitude for sticking with our app.

What's New in This Version
The full North America database in this version of iBird Lite has been updated per the 2018 AOU Supplement. In addition, we added two new species: the Cassia Crossbill and the Sinaloa Wren, we lumped the Thayer’s Gull as a subspecies of the Iceland Gull, and we added a new Splits History search attribute so you can see what species have been split or lumped in past years. Plus, there are over 100 small changes, some of which are listed below.

There are 7 new AOU changes to Families (not all are included in this sample app): Sylviid Warblers (Sylviidae) changed to Old World Babblers (Timaliidae), Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopidae) changed to Bush Warblers, Tesias and Allies (Cettidae), Grassbirds (Megaluridae) changed to Grassbirds (Locustellidae), Cardinals & Piranga Tanagers (Cardinalidae) changed to Spindalises (Spindalidae), Emberizids (Emberizidae) has a new family -- New World Sparrows and Towhees (Passerellida). Finally, the family Parulidae has changed to Icteriidae. Note, the family Icteriidae is monotypic, containing only a single species, the Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens).

In our continuing effort to improve our illustrations and photos, we have updated the following species drawings with much improved composite illustrations: Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Cassia Crossbill, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Golden-winged Warbler, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Harlequin Duck, Iceland Gull, Long-billed Dowitcher, Painted Redstart, Sinaloa Wren, Smith's Longspur, White-headed Woodpecker, and Wrentit. You can see these in a matched list by selecting Search->Illustration Update->12.01.

Dropbox Migration is back
We implemented the Dropbox migration feature again so that customers who are still using it can let iBird move their Notes and Favorites to iCloud. You will still need to reassign your photos once they have been moved to your iCloud folder.

New Sounds
New sounds were just added for the following 8 owl species (not all are included in this sample app): Elf Owl, Flammulated Owl, Great Gray Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Spotted Owl, Western Screech-Owl, and Whiskered Screech-Owl. Check out the female call of a Northern Hawk Owl in flight and female alarm calls from a Spotted Owl.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

wickedwolf🐺 ,

Fine with me

I like this app and it really helps if you have a wild bird I your family with this app my bird came come and go and every time I am on this app I learn a new fact about birds. But I think that you should just have all the types of birds without have to pay for the " Power Up" or " Upgrade " 🙄 but it is you choice and only yours. So... 😒😏

Developer Response ,

If we gave away all our content, as you suggest, we would not be able to stay in business. As some have said "content" is king. But it's also the only way to stay alive in this very competitive business. You can find many examples of web sites with free information about birds. Its just not easy to use them outdoors on an small phone or tablet.

G-love Louise ,

Problems solved

Happy that issues were able to be resolved. Great application.

Comandomomma ,


Very family friendly! Our kids enjoy this app very much. Great for adults too! We are all learning to identify the birds around us and interesting information about them. Highly recommend!


Mitch Waite Group
325.2 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Mitch Waite Group
In-App Purchases
  1. UK & Ireland Database $14.99
  2. North America Database $16.99
  3. Photo Sleuth $4.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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