iBird Pro Guide to Birds 4+

Field Guide to North America

Mitch Waite Group

Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 2.6K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Unleash your inner ornithologist with iBird Pro, the definitive app for bird identification and unparalleled avian insights.

iBird Pro is a self-contained, take-anywhere-no-Internet-required app that turns your iPhone into a field guide to birds of North America, the United Kingdom, and Hawaii. iBird is superior to other birding apps because of the following features:

NO INTERNET REQUIRED: Unlike many birding apps today, iBird Pro has a built-in database so that you can use the app anywhere, even with no Internet access.

Get ready for a thrilling avian adventure with iBird Pro, the ultimate birdwatching companion that transforms your iPhone into a dazzling field guide! Unleash the power of iBird Pro, the birding aficionado's dream come true, and explore the magnificent world of birds across North America, the United Kingdom, the enchanting island nation of Palau, and the tropical paradise of Hawaii.

Experience the iBird advantage, packed with extraordinary features that make birding an exhilarating experience:

Offline Access: Wander off the beaten path, and iBird Pro's built-in database will accompany you, empowering you to explore bird species, even in the most remote corners of the world, without needing an internet connection.

Advanced Search: Unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes with our patented parametric search engine that helps you identify birds like a pro. Utilize 35 attributes such as GPS location, color, habitat, bill shape, and song type to quickly and accurately pinpoint the bird you've spotted.

Stunning Illustrations: iBird Pro, the only app boasting high-resolution, hand-drawn illustrations for every species, captures the essence of birds in all their glory. Revel in detailed images of males, females, juveniles, birds in flight, and plumage variations, making identification a breeze.

Vivid Photos: Immerse yourself in our ever-growing collection of over 4,000 mesmerizing photographs, capturing species in a myriad of settings and environments. iBird Pro uniquely fuses illustrations and photographs for a comprehensive birding experience.

Songs and Calls: Sharpen your birding skills with over 4,000 birdsong and bird-call recordings, ideal for confirming IDs or when a bird remains elusive but vocal.

Photo Recognition: Unveil the magic of iBird's innovative Photo Sleuth app, harnessing cutting-edge AI technology to identify bird species from any photograph, even those that are low-quality or unclear. Note: Photo Sleuth is a separate app called from iBird. Discover how Photo Sleuth works: bit.ly/ibirdphoto.

Detailed Range Maps: Uncover the secrets of each species with iBird Pro's intricate range maps, showcasing year-round habitats, migration patterns, and more.

Embark on a captivating journey through the world of birding with iBird Pro and experience unrivaled features that will skyrocket your birdwatching escapades to new heights!

PREVIOUS USERS. If you previously purchased iBird Pro, the subscription app is free for one year. Tap the Previous Owner button to access the free subscription while in the iBird app’s “7-day trial” offer. iBird will check and unlock your previous ownership receipt for a free year. If iBird can’t find your receipt, it will present a screen so you can email us, and we’ll forward the offer code.

EULA: https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula/ (https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula/)

What’s New

Version 13.1

When running iBird on an M1 or M2 Mac:
Fixed sound not stopping when switching to another species.
Fixed Previous Next buttons on species pages, making them easier to see in the background.
Corrected BAM not loading for the UK database.
Photo Sleuth menu now opens Photo Sleuth if you have the app or opens the app store product page if you don't.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

RioNapo ,

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.
-In-App purchases.
-Items that are no longer available on the App Store and iTunes Store.

Nalarider ,

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.

Bombo Mama ,

Pop ups

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.

App Privacy

The developer, Mitch Waite Group, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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