iBird Plus Guide to Birds

iBird Plus Guide to Birds

By Mitch Waite Group

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2008-12-06
  • Current Version: 10.06
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 1.65 GB
  • Developer: Mitch Waite Group
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 1,511 Ratings


iBird™ Plus Guide to Birds is the perfect app if you are serious about birding but want to keep your investment low. The app has most of the great features of the iBird product line. If you want to take your birding skills up a level or two, iBird Plus includes in-app purchase for the Percevia™ Smart Search feature, which gives anyone the skills of a bird identification expert, and the “Birds Around Me” (BAM) feature which restricts the birds to just those found in your current GPS area. In this new version 10.06 iBird Plus, takes a major leap forward with “Time of Day” filtering. You can now search for birds by activity levels during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), during the day (Diurnal) or during the night (Nocturnal). iBird Plus comes with a total of 21 search attributes while Pro and Ultimate have 38. If you purchase the Percevia Smart Search IAP for Plus all 38 attributes are unlocked. More Details of What’s New: bit.ly/ibird-whatsnew Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner, iBird Plus has 946 species of both native and rare North American and Hawaiian birds, and is completely up to date with the 2017 AOU checklist. With the iBird Plus’s avian matching system you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of the identification field marks to find your bird. iBird's comprehensive species pages have 3,300 built-in bird songs, 4,500 professional high resolution bird photographs, 1,700 hand drawn composite illustrations and over 1,000 range maps. Version 10.06 of iBird Plus Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices. From tiny to angry birds, iBird works like magic, revealing a list of birds that perfectly matches your search choices. With over 1 million downloads iBird is the standard that all birding apps are measured by. Features ■ Identifies 946 species with in-depth descriptions including details on appearance, habitat, behavior, conservation, size, weight, color, pattern, shape, sexual differences and much more. ■ Birds Around Me and Percevia smart search now available as in-app purchases. ■ Splits-History lets you see what birds have had name changes, have been split into more than one species or lumped into one species. ■ iBird’s icon-driven visual search engine, enables you to identify birds using shape, color, location, habitat, head pattern, flight pattern, bill shape, length and more. ■ Voluminous identification and hard-to-find details such as diet, nest information, egg color, sex of incubator, vocalization definitions, and more. ■ The only birding app that includes both Illustrations and Photos. ■ The powerful search engine means no longer scrolling through hundreds of the wrong choices. iBird matches just those birds near you that fit your description. ■ Ten hours of highest quality bird sound recordings. ■ Sort birds by first, last and family name and view birds by text, icon, thumbnail or gallery. ■ This new update to iBird we have added 42 new drawings, 3 new search attributes to help you identify birds and other improvements you have asked for. ■ Search by common name, Latin name and even band code. ■ Comprehensive seasonal and migratory range maps include subspecies. ■ Only app with a field mark layer which displays key ID marks for male, female, juvenile. ■ Post, keep lists, and share sightings with friends and followers with an easy and user-friendly Notes and Favorites interface. ■ iBird’s database is completely self-contained; no internet connection is required like many other birding apps.



  • A Useful App

    By dondon3121212
    I no longer carry a hard copy field guide when I travel. I often use the bird calls with my ear buds to confirm my field identifications. I’m careful not to disturb birds on their territories. Every birder should have this app.
  • Perfect For Any Herd Of Bird Nerds

    By Drew Engman
    I really like this app. My wife and I, since she broke her ankle, have been going to parks with waterfowl. This app not only helps us identify everybody in the pond, but calls them over with the sounds. Well, that and the wild bird seed we always bring. Just a fun app for people who want to learn about birds.
  • Great learning tool

    By nene5623
    Love to use the app with my granddaughter, as well as on my own.
  • One to buy

    By Sanpeterambler
    I own several apps that are field guides. All of them are great. Each has features that are powerful. If I could buy only one, this would be the one.
  • Lots of fun

    By Gemontana
    I am not a birder but enjoy knowing about what is around me. I have had about 7 years and use frequently. While in Patagonia with a group some of which I discovered were avid birdwatchers, I played the Baltimore Oriel sounds with the phone in pocket. They went nuts trying to find the bird.
  • Great to call in birds

    By Anie Lou
    Love this app! I especially love to use the sounds to call in birds who often answer me or fly an sit right above me.
  • Getting too big!!!!

    By Steveg71
    Nice app but it's 1.6GB!!!!! Now they are adding owls of Mexico. Really? It's using up a ton of storage on my phone.
  • Great app!

    By kckayak
    Really useful in finding what birds are at your feeders!
  • Great app - almost perfect

    By some_random_nerd
    This is a great app. Doesn't completely replace a paper field guide, but I often don't bother bringing a paper guide on short trips now that I have this. And the songs are a huge bonus that paper books don't have, so this makes for an indispensable backup in that regard. The app keeps getting better, and the little tweaks in the pro upgrade are nice too. It still has a few little areas that need improvement though before it'll truly be a top notch app, but for better or for worse it's still the best available. It needs more illustrations of juvenile and alternate plumages (for example no juvenile or fall plumage illustrations for black-throated green warbler), although the photos fill in some of those gaps (but not all, like fall plumage black-throated green warbler). And there are some minor bugs in the illustrations (such as not showing the white outer tail feathers on the black-throated green warbler). And the search function has some gaping holes that make it hard to use effectively, especially in the habitat search option. For example, when searching for California mountain habitat, it returns the Dark-Rumped Petrel, a pelagic species, but doesn't show the Mountain Chickadee or the Clark's Nutcracker, two of the most common species in the sierras (this is unfortunately still true as of August 2017). Also, searching by smaller geographic areas or climate zones rather than states would be really helpful, such as a 'northern California' or a 'rocky mountains' category. These search tools have the potential to be fantastic once implemented better. For now, searching for a mountain bird is still faster in my paper book than in this app, which I'm hoping will soon change.
  • Choose version wisely

    By Assignmeanameplease
    I really like this app. I wish however that I had spent time going over all of the options and versions. I find that the "birds around me" feature would be helpful for me as an neophyte birder but it is alas not included in the plus version. I would recommend the Ultimate Birder bundle which includes iBird Ultimate, iBird Hawaii and the iBird Journal all for the price of$19.99. (IBird Ultimate alone is $19.99 so the bundle is a quite a bargain.) It doesn't look like there is an upgrade path from the plus version to the ultimate version which is a shame. Be an informed buyer. There is a lite version of iBird which I would also recommend trying to see if iBird is for you. One of the differences between lite and plus is the number of bird songs, there are a lot more in the plus version. Also the plus version is over 1.3 gb which may be an issue with 16gb iPhone users.