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
New rating after developer explained issues
I’ve left my original review below for context. There were two things going on that relate more to Apple than iBird. First, in-app purchase are not part of family sharing. Thus, you have to repurchase on different devices. Second, any device using a family shared app but not using the purchaser’s Apple ID has to purchase the original app and the in-app items on its own. Thus, family sharing only works for the original app. In effect, it provides marketing for the developer to extend its sales.
To the substance of iBird Pro. It’s the best birding app available. Buy it and put up with the App Store hoops.
I had to buy in-app purchases a second time for my iPad after buying them for my iPhone. None of the in-app purchases are recognized on my wife’s iPhone and restoring purchases fails. Instead the app says she has to purchase the original iBird Pro on her phone (i.e., not really family shared)so she can purchase the in-app items — Again! The developer has not responded to my support email or to my post n the support forum. Neither did they respond to my original review. I appreciate the need to make money and how offering in-app purchases for enhancements to components that were once standard or for new components is a way to increase revenue but they need to be honest about family sharing and in-app purchases. It’s a good app and one I’ve used for years but the new version is buyer beware.
Developer Response ,
The family sharing of in-app purchases is not something we control--its based on Apple's policy which is explained in detail here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203046. In part it says:
What you can't share
-Individual or student Apple Music subscriptions and other subscriptions.
-Items that are no longer available on the App Store and iTunes Store.
Not having problems, plus an interesting story
We really like iBird Pro and have not had any problems with version 11.0 on iPhone 8 or iPad Air 2. The illustrations with field marks and photos help a lot with identifications. The bird sounds are also very helpful. My wife and I have enjoyed using it for several years, especially last spring when a Cooper's Hawk built a nest and raised a family in our neighbor's tree. A few months after the hawk family had moved on, my wife was in a nearby town doing some shopping. She came out of a store to find a large crowd gathered around her car. Thinking somebody had hit her car, she started walking toward the car until somebody warned her not to get too close. On top of the car was a Cooper's Hawk with a dead rabbit. Whenever anybody tried to 'shoo' it away the bird threatened them with loud calls and thrashing wings. My wife took out her phone, launched iBird Pro, turned the volume up loud and played the Cooper's Hawk alarm call. The hawk on the car looked surprised and puzzled, looked around for another bird, then took off carrying it's prey. Everybody was astonished and my wife was pleased and proud of her quick thinking. One of the women in the crowd asked loudly, "What app is that? I want to buy it!" You probably got several new iBird Pro customers as a result.
I like the app a lot. But recently I have been getting frequent pop-ups that I have to click on, otherwise I cannot continue with the app. The pop ups sometimes occur about once a minute. I don’t know if these are virus portals or actual pop-ups by iBird. In any case, I have to delete the app and reinstall to get rid of the pop-ups. It is almost near impossible to submit a request through the contact form. It requires information at the end that a person would not have at their fingertips, so then you have to close down the contact form, get the information and re-open the contact form. I had to do this five times. I have a feeling they make the form so complex you cannot submit it.
UPDATE: The pop-up issue has been resolved. The only glitch is that I cannot delete the last bird I searched for using the “X” in the search line. I have to backspace to remove it. Fortunately, I am now entering band codes. Is there a way to fix this? I don’t have this problem on other apps.
Developer Response ,
You can disable the only popup ad in the app by going to Settings and turn off "Show Ads". The single popup should only show once so this is not a typical behavior and I'd like to help you fix it. The form for submitting a ticket is a standard Zendesk format and the only way we can help you with your issue is to know what device you are using, the OS version, etc. You can try going to the help.ibird.com on your desktop if you are having trouble filling it out on your phone or ipad.
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- Requires iOS 12.4 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.4 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.4 or later.
- Age Rating
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- In-App Purchases
- Photo Sleuth $4.99
- Birds Around Me $2.99
- Everything Bundle $6.99
- Time of Day $0.99
- Percevia and BAM Bundle $4.99
- Percevia Smart Search $2.99
- Hawaii Database $6.99
- Mexican Owls $1.99
- UK & Ireland Database $9.99
- Palau Database $6.99