About iBird
Interactive Field Guide to Birds


In 2008, iBird was the first app to prove that birders didn't need to lug heavy printed field guides on their outdoor adventures to help them identify birds. As long as iBird was on your smartphone, not only could you identify birds, but also play bird songs and calls, review range maps, and much more. iBird represented a large paradigm shift in the world of birding, and Apple helped the world discover this new phenomena through a number of clever television commercials on television, including this one: We have an app for that.

New Consolidated Architecture
In 2018 ,Apple requested that we consolidate our various apps into one universal app. Originally we had separte apps for North American, the UK and Ireland, Hawaii and the island nation of Palau. Apple wanted customers to be able to choose what country they wished and buy it from inside a single app. This was part of an effort by Apple to "clean up" their App Store, which in the last decade had ballooned to over 2.5 million apps. They believed this clutter made it difficult for customers to find the apps they wanted. We decided to make our consolidated app a version of iBird Pro with the North America database built in. Current iBird Pro owners can update to the new consolidated version of iBird Pro 12 for free. Apple required us to discontinue iBird Ultimate, Plus, Canada, and Hawaii-Palau. Unfortunately, they did not create a way for previous owners of these apps to transition to iBird Pro 12.0 for freFor more details please read our FAQ: iBird Plus and iBird Ultimate: Why Can't I Update?

Which iBird is for Me?
Here is a quick overview of our products and how they differ from each other. Tap on name of app to view it in the iTunes App Store.

Name Function Price Country Latest Version Total Species Attributes In-App Features Availability Details and Status
iBird Pro Consolidated (1) $14.99 North America 12.0 947 or 963 37 (2) App Store 4.5 stars
iBird Photo Sleuth Identify birds from any photo $9.99 North America 1.3 947 or 963 NA No App Store 4.9 stars

Table Notes

(1) Consolidated: Version 12 of iBird Pro comes with the default North American database, and provides, as optional low cost In-app purchases, the country databases for the Unitied Kingdom & Ireland, Hawaii and Palau . Previously these were only available as separate apps. Use the new "Countries" menu to buy and download the separate databases for these countries.

(2) In-App Purchase Features: Photo Sleuth, BAM, Percevia, Time-of-Day, Birds of Mexico, Discounted Bundle of all IAPs.

(3) In-App Purchase Features: The following featurs are available inside iBird as in-app purchases: Birds Around Me (BAM), Percevia™ expert search engine, Time-of-Day, Photo Sleuth and Birds of Mexico.

(4) Birds Around Me (BAM)
. Uses your GPS to match just those species that are found in a 25 to 150 mile radius centered on your location. You may also pick the seasons tto use for matching. This helps identify birds more easily by only showing you those that are likely to be in the area you are searching and during the season you selected. You may also enter an address to show what species are found at that specific location.

(5) Percevia™. Our patented search engine uses characteristics found in birds in your area. For example, if you are selecting color from a list and the birds in your area do not have any black color, then that color will not be displayed in the search engine.


writers Editorial Director
Jane Wright

writers Range Maps and Bird Songs
Lisa Mease, Jane Wright, Michelle Sixta and Crystal Adams

writers Image Processing
Michelle Sixta

writers Technical Support
Brenna Fossett

writers Writers and Ornithologists
Jane Wright, Crystal Adams, Katie Manning, Lisa Mease, Gary Owen Dick, David Lukas, Simone Whitecloud, Nataliya Kovalenko, Ashi Maruster, John Schwarz, Mary Beth Geisel, Jason St. Sauver

illustrators Illustrators
Michael Oberhofer, Chris Vest, Yury Lisyak, Irina Rud-Volga, Samira Belous, David Wenzel, Dwight Kirkland, Imran Khan, Juan Costa, Kavita Jhunihunwala, Ryan Durney, Santiago Cornejo, Noel Sirivansanti, David Bishop, Bill Callis.

patent Patent
This product is covered by U.S. Patent No. 7,363,309

design and concept Design and Concept
Mitchell Waite

design and concept Publisher
Mitch Waite Group



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