iBird Pro Guide to Birds by Mitch Waite Group (Universal)
Released: Mar 27, 2009
Version: 12.6.2
Size: 2 GB
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iBird Pro Guide to Birds

Mitch Waite Group
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iBird Pro, the first complete birding app for the iPhone, is now guided by the 2019-2020 American Ornithological Union (AOU) standard and is 100% compatible with iOS 14. Besides including all 967 species of birds of North America, iBird Pro contains databases for four other regions: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hawaii, and the famous island nation of Palau. And it’s not just a digital field guide; a fascinating new feature called Photo Sleuth uses AI so you can identify a bird from any photo you take or upload.

Released in 2008, iBird was the first comprehensive birding app for the iPhone loaded with features that inspired Apple to put iBird in their famous videos "We have an app for that." iBird offers functionality that sets it apart from all other birding apps. For example, only iBird offers both photographs and field-marked illustrations for every species. Of course, the beauty of drawings is that the illustrator can emphasize the important identification markings of the bird family, something photographs can’t do. For this very reason, iBird offers composite illustrations. Photographs, on the other hand, let you see how the species appear in real life. So, to optimize your experience, iBird includes both drawings with toggled field marks along with multiple photos of almost every species of bird—usually of the male, female, juvenile, and subspecies. We also include in-flight photos for many of the species.

As we just mentioned, every one of the 967 species accounts contains a detailed field marks layer for each illustration. The layer can be toggled on or off to highlight important identification characteristics along with calling out similar species. These field mark layers sit on top of illustrations that are all high-resolution composite HDR drawings showing each species in its natural environment and can be zoomed until you can see fine feather details.

And to augment your ability to identify a species, iBird not only contains over 4,000 bird song and call vocalizations but also provides the AI-based photo recognition feature—iBird Photo Sleuth. Photo Sleuth can identify a bird from any photograph, even poor photos taken with your smartphone or tablet. Watch a short slide show of how Sleuth works here: bit.ly/ibirdsleuth. A stand-alone version of Photo Sleuth is also available in the app store.

But we’ve saved the best for last—iBird's best feature is its comprehensive birding search engine that can turn anyone into an expert birder. The engine comes with over 35 characteristics that can be searched (such as body color, GPS location, habitat, bill shape, song type, etc.).

No internet connection is required to use iBird in the field as it has a self-contained database of all content.

The iBird Pro architecture is now “consolidated,” i.e., its default North America database can be supplemented with databases of other countries. You can purchase these additional databases from inside iBird, and instantly switch between them inside the app. Furthermore, you can install iBird Pro on multiple devices and share it with your family plan so that, with one app, everyone can enjoy thousands of new species.

In addition to all of the features we’ve mentioned, iBird Pro offers these fantastic in-app purchase features: Birds Around Me (BAM)—shows just those species within a radius surrounding your GPS location, Percevia™ smart search—a patented feature that helps you identify birds just like the birding experts, Time-of-Day—lets you search for birds by activity levels during day or night, dawn, dusk, etc., and Owls of Mexico—which includes illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls for 16 remarkable Owl species.

Version 1254 adds 38 new illustrations—to see these go to Search > Illustration Update > 12.4.

More Details of iBird Pro Version 12.6.2: http://ibird.com/whats-new/whats-new.html

What's new in version 12.6.2
This page describes updates to the latest version of iBird Pro for iOS Version 12.6.2.

Version 12.6.2 App Changes

Fixed occasional crash in Photo Assignment.
Removed link to iBird Journal.
Removed Facebook SDK. Version 12.6.2 New Splits

Version 12.6.2 New Splits

Japanese White-eye split into the Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) and Swinhoe’s White-eye (Zosterops simplex).
Ducky Thrush split into the Naumann’s Thrush (Turdus naumanni) and Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus).
Royal Tern split into the Royal Tern (Thalassius maximus) and West African Crested Tern (Thalasseus albididorsalis).

Version 12.6.2 New Illustrations

In our continuing effort to improve our illustrations, we updated drawings with improved composite illustrations for 13 species. You can see them all together by using Search->Illustration Update->12.4.

Aplomado Falcon, Broad-winged Hawk, Carolina Chickadee, Common Black Hawk, Grasshopper Sparrow, Gyrfalcon, Hermit Thrush, Lesser Goldfinch, Red-tailed Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Townsend's Warbler REVISED, Wood Duck, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Version 12.6.2 New Photographs

Version 12.6.2 New Photographs

To help with identification we updated these species with additional new photographs.

Aplomado Falcon, Aztec Thrush, Black Swift, Chinese Egret (also known as Swinhoe's Egret), Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater, Common House-Martin, Dusky-headed Parakeet, Eared Quetzal, Green Parakeet, Guadalupe Murrelet, Key West Quail-Dove, Little Bunting, Mexican Duck, Nutting's Flycatcher, Pin-tailed Snipe, Scripp's Murrelet, Short-tailed Shearwater, Siberian Accentor, Western Reef-Heron, White-capped Albatross, White-throated Needletail, White-throated Swift.

Version 12.6.2 Miscellaneous Changes

The Budgerigar has been removed from the AOU ist, but we will leave it in the app for now so birders can become familiar with the change.
Northwestern Crow has been lumped in with American Crow.
Berylline Hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina changed to Saucerottia beryllina).
Bumblebee Hummingbird (Atthis heloisa changed to Selasphorus heloisa).
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps changec to Leucolia violiceps).
White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis changed to Basilinna leucotis).
Xantus’s Hummingbird (Hylocharis xantusii changed to Basilinna xantusii).s
Our verdict: Good
  • + iBird Pro Guide to Birds is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
  • + iBird Pro Guide to Birds is currently ranked #13 in paid Reference apps for iPhone, as well as #20 in paid Reference apps for iPad.
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