■ iBIRD PRO $4.99 SALE – iBird, the first digital field guide app, is celebrating its 3 year anniversary with a huge sale. Normally $19.95 iBird Pro is on sale for a limited time for $4.99.
iBird Pro 2 for Android is a must-have app for fans of ornithology. Selected Macworld’s Best Reference App of 2009, iBird Pro includes entries for more than 900 species of North American birds, along with over 1,000 drawings and 2,500 photos.
Birding Made Easy
One notable feature of iBird Pro 2 is five hours of song recordings from the Cornell University Ornithology Lab. Playing bird songs and calls allows you to attract birds right to your device for easier identification and clearer photographs. All illustrations, images, and maps come in full HD resolution; zoom and pinch the screen to view fine detail. All the art in iBird Pro is optimized for Android tablets.
Please use iBird in the field responsibly. The American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics, particularly section 1(b), is suggested as a usage guide.
A Nest Full of Facts
Also included in the app are in-depth descriptions for each species–even extinct species, such as the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Other features: a search engine to identify birds by color, shape, and habitat; color range maps; hand-drawn illustrations; band codes; extensive identification, behavior, and habitat information; physical attributes grouped into basic, head, and flight-related characteristics; taxonomic and alphabetical family sort options; and free lifetime updates.
Note that a download of 400MB is required to load the iBird Pro database on your device; a Wi-Fi connection is highly recommended for this download. This database should be automatically saved on your SD card. You can also manually do this by going to Settings->Applications->Manage Applications->iBird Pro 2 and tapping on Move to SD Card.
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.
- Taxonomic and Alphabetical family sort options on Browse screen.
- Great Program ★★★★★ My wife got this app for my Kindle Fire as a birthday gift for me, and I really love it. Once I downloaded it, I didn’t have to be connected to the web to use it any more, and it does all I want it to do as a portable guide. -Richard Call
- Best yet ★★★★★ This is the best app I have ever seen. I have been a listing birder for over 38 years and have over 7 systems of hardcover field guides and this is superior to anything I could imagine. Wow!!!!!! -Theatt
- Great app ★★★★★ Wonderful app. Especially since it works with android operating system. Have been waiting for it. The Audubon does not function with my tablet. -F. duran
- What a beautiful bird guide! ★★★★★ With great illustrations, photos, recordings of bird song and information this is the ultimate guide for the casual or serious bird enthusiast. -John H. Edwards “cat parent”
- Great birding app! ★★★★★ Comprehensive and detailed. The pictures and multiple calls are well recorded. I fond myself using this app everyday. My children use it as well. Easy to navigate. -H. Kessler
- Great product ★★★★★iBird Pro 2 is a great bird watcher’s companion. It has very nice photos that really help in identification. The sounds database is very good too. I like this product on my Android tablet so much more than using my old paperback field guide book. -Joyce McNemar
- THE Birding App for the Kindle Fire! ★★★★★ Bought this and the Audubon Bird Guide on the same day. Audubon is good but iBird Pro is great! More than just a bird ID guide, iBird gives ecology, taxonomic info, nesting and breeding info plus a link to Flickr. If you want the best, go with iBird Pro. It’s the best I’ve seen so far. -Cal Gee
- Worth every penny ★★★★★ Birders rejoice. Gives hardcopy field guides a run for the money. Convenient and appropriate as a tablet app. Developer constantly improving and adding content. -M. Jeong
- Excellent! ★★★★★ This app alone on the Fire would be a worthwhile investment. The large inventory of bird sounds from Cornell, the useful search feature, links to Flicker and Birdipedia, facts, photos, and migration info are all terrific. -AW
- The best! ★★★★★ This app is perfect for birding. I take my kindle fire with me in my jacket pocket, and fire up iBird whenever I am in doubt about what I am seeing or hearing. It is also a great learning tool for when I am stuck at home beause of lousy weather. I love iBird. -Linda A Winnie
- One App That’s Better Than Both Sibley and Stokes Books Combined! ★★★★★I was skeptical even after I read other reviews. Now I’m not sure that 5 stars is enough! Quality photography and all bird songs in one great App.Each bird is initially identified with two or three drawings, and there are 2-8 outstanding photos of each. There are tabs for “”Identify”" which gives ALL manner of information, Range, Similar birds, Facts, a link to Wikipedia (Birdpedia) which I assume when one is within wifi range, and then all the calls that the bird makes. You can mark your favorites and do something with Flickr though I’m on SmugMug (I noticed another App for that in Amazon Apps, btw).
Setting aside the fact that it doesn’t cover ALL North American species, what it does cover is 98% of what we have in the west, and that is unusual since we westerners often get short shift in nature guides. This even has the Oak Titmouse, the Acorn Woodpecker, California Thrasher, and the Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and so many more which have relatively small ranges. (Of course, it does indeed cover eastern North America.)
All and all, I cannot get over the amount of information, the quality of the photography AND drawings, and the songs which would have been sufficient. The rest is just icing on this inexpensive cake. I no longer have a “”need”" for Stokes No. American Guide on Kindle, and that’s going some.
A must have for birders, hikers, nature lovers, and photographers who love birds.
P.S. There are 200 more species than the Audubon Birding App -Ethan A. Winning “ewin64″
- Making me cheat on Sibley! ★★★★★As casual birdwatchers, we were overjoyed to find The Sibley Guide to Birds. We’ve been able to identify many different species as they frequent our backyard. I saw this app on sale and decided to try it out and see how it compares. After just a day, this is my new favorite birding resource!I installed this app on my Kindle Fire. It runs perfectly. I opted not to sync all of the species at once because it seemed to lock up. Instead, I started by checking all of the birds we’ve already identified and syncing those.
The amount of information for each bird is wonderful. One drawback of Sibley is that all of the images are portraits. I really like that this app has both portraits and images AND a Flickr link to see other people’s photos. The sound files for the bird calls are clear and accurate. I stood in my backyard and played the killdeer call and was delighted to hear a real killdeer call back.
The best part of the app, in my opinion, is the option to see similar birds based on appearance or on their calls. As a casual birder, I can kind of group unfamiliar birds into a family, but it’s not something I’m very good at. However, I can now see a new bird, say, “”hey, that looks like a red-shouldered hawk,”" access the hawk and then see all of the birds that are similar in appearance. It makes it easy to identify unfamiliar birds quickly and accurately without desperately flipping through pages to try and find the section for that type of bird and then scan each page to determine markings and so forth.
This is a great app, fun and easy to use, and completely worth the price. Thanks! -*Michelle*
- I love this app. ★★★★★ I love this app. I am only a casual bird viewer (not really a watcher), but the photos are great and so are the bird songs. I installed this on my Kindle Fire and it works perfectly with no problems. The download did take a little while since I immediately had it synchronize all birds with latest info. -W. Robinson
- Amazing Bird Guide/Reference ★★★★★ iBird Pro2 contains information on over 900 birds. Fantastic photos and illustrations, detailed identification traits, sounds, similar birds , and much more information are included. You can mark birds as favorites and you can also write notes in the app. I am a novice birder and have been using iBird Pro2 to help me figure out what type of bird I have spotted. iBird Pro2 is much easier for me to use than the field guide books and I am able to locate a bird in the app quicker than in the field guides. There is even a quick flickr photo search feature if you want to quickly see more photos.
I like the application on the Kindle Fire as the 7″” tablet screen is a perfect size for displaying the photos, illustrations, and information, but is small enough to take with me on trips. -hartshope “laura”
- iBird is a Fantastic App for Bird Watchers from Amazo on a Kindle Fire! ★★★★★ This is a must have app for anyone that loves bird watching and wants to identify birds they see or hear. The graphics and information is extremely helpful. I love the different photos and bird calls (multiple calls for a bird is a big plus). I also like the varies ways of presenting a bird – a drawing, photos, descriptions, range, similar birds (so you can compare what you think you are seeing with other possibilities) AND with WiFi there are links to Flickr (more photos and info)and Birdpedia. You can also mark bird listings as Favorites. This makes it easy to pull up a list of your specified birds. This app is a great tool. As with another Bird apps, the iBird takes up a lot of disk space if you download all of the data – but I would rather have this app and all the information than a bunch of games! I have it loaded on my Kindle Fire. -Diana 3D “3D”