The new Sibley Birds app has arrived with comprehensive, up to date information of over 930 North American species. All the detailed artwork from David Sibley’s Guide to Birds Second Edition is included as well as thorough descriptions and distribution maps.

Features include:
• A new easy to navigate menu system on iPhone.
• A new grid view with larger thumbnails.
• Display species names in English, French, Spanish and Latin (Scientific).
• Search on banding code to quickly find a species.
• Over 2700 calls/songs covering most species.
• Compare 2 species side by side.
• Apply a location (US State or Canadian Province) to narrow down the list of birds.
• When a location has been selected, a status icon will appear next to each species in that location indicating whether it is Common, Uncommon, Scarce, Rare or Vagrant.
• Detailed information in the species description including location status by month.
• A similar species feature which shows all related birds.
• A vastly improved Smart Search with refined search criteria: Status and by month (when a location is selected), Bird habits, Bird Type, Bird Size, Body Shape, Color and Pattern.
• Keep a personal list (My List) of species seen and backup to iCloud/other cloud service.
• Build a custom sharable (as csv) and searchable (in Smart Search) species list using the new My Tags feature.
• Sort My List taxonomically.

What’s New

Version 1.2

Updated data - text, images, sound.
Added 2 new species.
Fixed some bugs.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Dyfoydigxxlbxogaits3589 ,

Browse or search by family function

Sibley’s drawing is always the best. That’s what makes this app unbeatable among all birding apps. Compare feature is also very useful.

One suggestion is, with all those smart search criteria, please add a basic browse or quick search by family option. For example, I want to compare Ovenbird and Northern Waterthrush calls. Currently there is no quick search criteria that can bring them up together. But they are close relatives in Wood Warblers family. I have to scroll down the whole list and see through many unrelated species (the little dots on the right did help scrolling faster but they too small and not precise enough).

So please provide a way to get to a bird family quickly and allow us comparing similar species easier. Thanks.

Dolyd ,

Search filter needs improvement

Filtering for only common birds is useless. Filtering for common to scarce yields too many. How about adding the simple option of common+uncommon? That would be by far the most useful option.

Also, for heavens sake, why can't the app look up the current location and date instead of requiring entry of that info every time?

The Sibley data is great. The app development is lacking.

ScottyW405 ,

Great App But The Scrolling is Slow & Jerky

I love the app and Sibley guides are the best. I find the scrolling to be kind of jerky and slow. Can the developers find this? It should be more smooth. I have an iPhone XS MAX.


Cool Ideas LLC
785.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

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

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