Universal iOS App for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
List Price: Free
iBird Lite Guide to Birds
  • Ratings: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ (7127)
  • Last updated: February 7, 2013
  • Version: 6.1
  • Species Count: 48
  • Database Size: 72MB

iBird Lite 6.1 was created to help you learn all the features of our paid apps. While it is not intended to be a full identification app we have increased the number of species from 32 in the prior version to 48 birds of North America and Hawaii. This innovative eBook contains illustrations, photos, bird calls, and comprehensive facts that help you identify and enjoy some of the most popular birds in North America. No internet connection is required once installed.

★ The FREE iBird Lite Guide to Birds will show you why ibird is The #1 most trusted field guide app for birders. ★ ▶ iBIRD LITE 6.1 was created to help you learn all the features of our paid apps. While it is not intended to be a full identification app we have increased the number of species from 32 in the prior version to 48 birds of North America and Hawaii. "IBIRD PLUS FROM MITCH WAITE GROUP EXEMPLIFIES ALL THAT IS POSSIBLE IN A POCKET-SIZED REFERENCE APPLICATION" - Jeffery Battersby, Macworld ▶ MWG’s GREATEST UPDATE EVER! We’ve added 12 new species to our paid iBird Pro database for a total of 938 species, aligned with the AOU / ABA standards, optimized for iPhone 5, iOS 6 & iPad Mini and added hundreds of new drawings and photos. ▶ IPHONE 5 SCREEN SUPPORT - iBird now takes full advantage of the taller iPhone 5 screen. ▶ FULL SCREEN & LANDSCAPE VIEW FOR ILLUSTRATIONS – with zoom and pinch. ▶ CHECK THIS IBIRD PRODUCT COMPARE TABLE: http://tinyurl.com/ibird-products iBird is the app everyone has seen in Apple’s TV commercial “We have an app for that” (see ibird.com/itchy) and has become the world’s best-selling birding app. It comes with a powerful decision engine for identifying any bird species of North America just like an expert. iBird replaces all your heavy field guides with a portable database that doesn’t need a connection to the internet like some birding apps. ▶ BUYER’S GUIDE TO BIRDING APPS – Before you buy any bird app compare their features at: ibird.com/compare. ▶ INCLUDES 938 SPECIES FROM NORTH AMERICA AND HAWAII – no other app comes close to this number of species. ▶ SYNCS – Automatically syncs Favorites and Notes to iCloud. ▶ 38 SEARCH ATTRIBUTES – search by color, shape, song, location, head and body patterns, flight style and much more. Includes a new way to search by color, tutorials on how to use the search and definitions of every attribute. ▶ AUDIO SONGS AND CALLS – iBird Pro offers 5 hours of bird songs and calls from the gold standard of recordings; the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We have 154 more species song tracks than any other bird app! ▶ UNIQUE SPECTROGRAPHIC DISPLAY brings insight to the structure of bird songs by allowing you to view the sound's frequency components. ▶ SAVE & LOAD SEARCH - Now you can save, load, name and edit your favorite search attributes and use them over and over. ▶ PHOTO CENTER - Photo Center is a gallery for storing and assigning your photos to specific species pages in iBird. It also allows you to share photos via Facebook and Twitter, or email them to friends. AWARDS and ACCOLADES for iBird: ■ MACWORLD'S "BEST REFERENCE APP 2009: 4 ½ out of 5 mice." ■ O'REILLY "BEST IPHONE BIRDWATCHING APP 2009" ■ NOMINATED 2012 BEST APP EVER FROM 148APPS.COM ■ RECOMMENDED BY SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2012 ■ TELEVISION PERSONALITY HOST PHIL DONAHUE'S FAVORITE BIRD APP Standard Features: ■ Parameter driven search engine lets you identify birds quickly, so you spend more time observing and less time reading. ■ Search by Shape, Size, Habitat, Color, Family, Song, Length, Weight, Flight Pattern, Wingspan, and much more. ■ Taxonomic and Alphabetical Family sort options. ■ Hand-drawn full sized color illustrations, with perching and flight views. ■ Multiple professional photographs for each species showing sexes and seasons. ■ Extensive identification, behavior, and habitat information. ■ Full color range maps. ■ Bookmark birds as Favorites for fast access. ■ Date and time stamped Notes for every species account. As a standalone iPhone app, iBird does not require an Internet connection for access to the information in its database. This does mean that the application is large, so please be patient when downloading from iTunes.
▶ iBIRD LITE 6.1 was created to help you learn all the features of our paid apps. While it is not intended to be a full identification app we have increased the number of species from 32 in the prior version to 48 birds of North America and Hawaii. ▶ MWG’s greatest update ever! We’ve added 12 new species to our paid iBird Pro database for a total of 938 species, aligned with the AOU and ABA standards, optimized for iPhone 5, iOS 6 and the iPad Mini, and added hundreds of new drawings and photos. ▶ WE’VE ADDED THESE NEW SPECIES TO 6.1: Brown-chested Martin, Cape Verde Shearwater, Parkinson's Petrel, Red-lored Parrot, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Tundra Bean-Goose, White-chinned Petrel, and White-eyed Parakeet. ▶ IPHONE 5 SCREEN SUPPORT - iBird now takes full advantage of the taller iPhone 5 screen. ▶ UPDATED ILLUSTRATIONS - 60 iBird species have brand new illustrations by one of our award-winning artists, Michael Oberhofer. ▶ FULLSCREEN VIEW OF ILLUSTRATIONS - Now by tapping on the illustration for a species you can open a full screen view of the illustration that allows you to zoom. ▶ LANDSCAPE MODE - All of the iBird portrait screens now support landscape orientation on the iPad and the iPad Mini. ▶ IPAD FULL LANDSCAPE MODE – All screens on iPad now work in Landscape. ▶ UPDATED SPECIES NAMES - Updated the common names of 6 species, and 46 species have had their Latin names revised. We made changes to the taxonomic ordering and band codes for all the species with new Latin names. ▶ MISCELLANEOUS – Syncing of Favorites and Notes to the cloud has been made more robust. There is now a warning if you try to close Notes without saving. The glossary has been added to the species page slider for easy access.
Notable Features of all versions:
  • Location search has two attributes: Common for the most popular species in a state and Uncommon for rare and state listed birds.
  • Attributes are grouped into basic, head and flight related area.
  • 14 new search attributes including search by patterns, length, wingspan.
  • Updated state and province bird lists using official references.
  • Shake your device to automatically play a random bird song.
  • Taxonomic and Alphabetical family sort options on Browse screen.
  • Fantastic app. I enjoy it very much. ★★★★★ This app is easy to use. It’s a great way to learn the sounds and songs of the birds. I recommend it. -Mrs. BLB
  • Amazing ★★★★★ The reason this app has just 32 birds is because it is a free demo. The devs come right out and say that in the product page. So what’s all the fuss?-naturefaith
  • Love it!! ★★★★★ It’s a wonderful app that gives you information about certain birds within the area or state. Some are really beautiful. I love using this app. -K M
  • Me like ★★★★★ Great little free app, will buy the expanded app soon. -The Texas reader
  • IBird lite ★★★★★ Love this app. It has everything you need for birdwatching. -Cheryl Glasgow
  • Attention, Birdwatchers!!! ★★★★★ Wow! This is a GREAT app.. I love it. It is a very good app especially for free!!!!! -Bluejay 123
  • Look ★★★★★ This is a very good app for kids to learn about birds. -Arfan Javeria
  • Great app ★★★★★ Installed the lite version and tried it, was very pleased with it and enjoyed using it. Finally purchased the pro version and have put my bird books back in the book case! Great app! -SkipperSam
  • Excellent app for birders ★★★★★ I have only tried the lite app, however, it is very handy to use and have on hand. It is much better than a field guide. I heartily recommend this for any beginning through expert birder! -Ajsent
  • Love this app ★★★★★ Learned a lot from it. Need to upgrade soon. -Pinto de colores
  • iBird ★★★★★ Love this reference! Easy to use and informative. -Dennis Lessard
  • Fantastic Bird Resource! ★★★★★ I love using this app everywhere I go! -Will207
  • Very nice app ★★★★★ Love the sound feature. Nice maps. Easy to navigate. Educational for just an amateur curious about the birds outside the kitchen window! And it’s free!!! Thank you. -Tjl44
  • Gary ★★★★★ This was so easy to use in my 7th grade classes. Plus many kids wanted to get it to use on their own. Cool to have kids doing science on their own! -Gpop59
  • North Central Texan ★★★★★ Unique, useful and very entertaining. Quick portable access to information means no more guessing of bird types. -Harold6500
  • Beautiful birds! ★★★★★ Awesome app! I now notice the beauty & uniqueness of each bird. This app makes it fun to want to learn. -Watchful eyes
  • Field Guide condensed ★★★★★ I’ll be purchasing the real deal here soon. My kids love the free app and like me to quiz them on bird sounds. -hollowbodied
  • 5 stars and more ★★★★★ There’s a reason why it’s called “Lite”. It’s a sample of the full program. A program that is well worth the cost. Stop complaining about how many birds are in the lite version and give a truthful review of the program itself. -Blossom14167

As a standalone app, iBird does not require an Internet connection for access to the rich media information in its database. This does mean that the application is large, so please be patient when downloading.

You can also keep up to date with fellow iBird users by following @iBirdExplorer on Twitter and by joining the iBird fan page on Facebook.

If you use iBird in the field, please do so responsibly. We recommend the American Birding Association's Code of Ethics (http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html), particularly section 1(b), for guidance.