iBird Pro Guide to Birds (iOS & Android App)$14.99
- Includes both art and photographs
- Number of species included (926), and includes Hawaiian birds
- Includes a lot of interesting facts and natural history information
- Powerful search engine / filtering capabilities
- Android Users: The database can be stored on an SD card.
- Number of illustrations is very limited, with many only having one (females and immatures are often neglected)
- Lack of sighting system/lists
- Quality of some illustrations is poor
“iBird has been greatly improved since I first reviewed it, with added sounds along with new and improved illustrations. This is perhaps the best app for newer birders. However, the lack of variety in illustrations and relatively poor treatment of difficult-to-identify species means that it will be less useful to more advanced birders.”
iPhone Bird Guide Comparison
December 15, 2009
Grant McCreary (The Birder’s Library)
Identify any bird of North America instantly with iBird Pro Guide to Birds, the world’s best field guide to birds. Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner at birding, iBird Pro is completely up to date with the 2016 AOU and ABA checklist. iBird Pro contains over 900 species of both native and rare North American and Hawaiian birds.
With the iBird Pro’s avian matching system you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of our 37 identification field marks to find your bird (iBird Ultimate also has 37 search attributes while iBird Plus has 21 search attributes). iBird’s comprehensive species pages have 2,600 built-in bird songs, 4,500 professional high resolution bird photographs, 1,700 hand drawn composite illustrations and 1,000 range maps.
Update 9.2 of iBird Pro Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices.
From tiny birds 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.
■ Identifies 940 species with in-depth descriptions including details on appearance, habitat, behavior, conservation, size, weight, color, pattern, shape, sexual differences and much more.
■ 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 29 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.
■ Download and Installation is must faster now with Apple’s App Thinning.
■ All new range maps now include Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall ranges plus Year-round and Migration ranges.
■ New Conservation Status search attribute lets you search by the size of any species population as well as see specific species endangered status on each account. The standard is maintained by Birdlife International and is called the IUCN Red List.
■ All screens optimized for tablets – illustrations, photos and range maps fill the screen.
■ Species, common and family names in English, French and Spanish (text is English).