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 video commercials on television, including this one: We have an app for that.

New Consolidate Architecture
In 2018 Apple requested that we consolidate our various apps into one universal app. They wanted people to be able to choose what country they wished and buy it from inside the 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 very difficult for customers to find the apps they wanted. The downside to this idea was there was no migration path for previous owners of iBird products to update to. In other words Ultimate and Plus owners could not update to this new consolidated app and get credit for their purchase. Since of our 3 main apps, iBird Pro was the most popular by a large number, the only way we could minimize this was to make our "consolidated" app a version of iBird Pro with the North America database built in. So anyone who has owned iBird Pro can update to the new consolidated version of iBird Pro 12.0 and will get all the new AOU changes to the North America database. Owners of iBird Ultimate, Plus, Canada and Hawaii-Palau are left out in the cold as Apple will no longer allow us to update these apps. These are indicated in the table below as DISCONTINUED. You can still re-install these apps on a new device, as long as you are using the original Apple ID you were using when you purchased the app. For 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. Be sure and read the Notes below the table. 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 Photo Sleuth Identify birds from any photo $9.99 North America 1.3 947 or 963 NA No App Store 4.9 stars
iBird Journal Identify birds from any photo $9.99 North America 1.3 947 or 963 NA No App Store 4.9 stars
Name Design 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 Future-proofed (1)
iBird Ultimate Single Country $19.99 North America 10.06 944 37 (3) DISCONTINUED Was most powerful
iBird Plus Single Country $9.99 North America 10.06 944 17 (3) DISCONTINUED Lowest cost
iBird Canada Single Country $6.99 Canada 10.06 690 35 (3) DISCONTINUED Canadian birders
iBird Hawaii & Palau Single Country $9.99 Hawaii & Palau 10.06 355 35 (3) DISCONTINUED Tropical birder
iBird Yard Plus Subset of NA $4.99 North America 10.06 267 35 (3) DISCONTINUED Backyard birder
iBird Lite Demo NA Free North America Beginner 50 35 (2) App Store Free 50-bird demo app
Name Design Price Country Latest Version Total Species Attributes In-App Features Availability Details
iBird UK & Ireland Single Country $14.99 United Kingdom 10.06 343 33 Coming soon: (3) App Store Most advanced
iBird UK Lite Demo UK Free United Kingdom 10.06 35 33 Coming soon: (3) App Store Free 35-bird demo app
Name Apps Price Country Latest Version Total Species Attributes In-App Features Availability Details
The Delighted Birder Pro, Hawaii & Palau, Photo Sleuth $14.99 North America 12.0 947 or 963 37 (2) App Store Huge discount
The Ultimate Birder Ultimate, Hawaii & Palau, Journal $14.99 North America 12.0 947 or 963 37 (2) DISCONTINUED Removed

Table Notes

(1) Consolidated: The new versions of iBird Pro (11 and 12) contain the country databases that in the past were available as separate apps. iBird Pro comes with the North America database as its default. There is a new "Countries" menu where you can buy and download separate databases for these countries: United Kingdom & Ireland, Hawaii and Palau. Coming soon: NA Backyard and UK Backyard databases for those who wish to start with a less expensive collection of birds.

(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: BAM, Percevia, Time-of-Day, Discounted Bundle of all IAPs. Does NOT include Photo Sleuth or Birds of Mexico.

(4) Birds Around Me (BAM)
. Uses your GPS location to match just those species that are found in a 25 to 150 mile radius that you set. You may also pick the seasons that are used 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 type in any address you wish to see what species are found at that specific location.

(5) Percevia. Our patented search algorithm provides you with only those 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
Crystal Adams

writers Image Processing
Michelle Sixta

writers Technical Support
Fraser Brooks, Brenna Minier

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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