iBird’s luxury features distinguish it from all other birding apps on the market. For example, unlike all other birding apps, iBird offers both illustrations and photographs for every species. The beauty of drawings is that an illustrator can emphasize the important identification markings of the bird family, something photographs can’t do. Photographs, however, let you see how the species looks in real life, and so iBird contains multiple photos for each species of bird. Usually the male, female, juvenile and subspecies are included, assuming they are available and meaningful.
Unlike other apps, every species in iBird contains a detailed field marks layer. This important layer can be turned on or off to highlight the important identification characteristics of the bird. Furthermore, every illustration in iBird is a high-resolution composite HDR drawing of the species in its natural environment. This drawing can also be printed out and framed. Additionally, iBird contains more bird song and call vocalizations than any other app (over 4,000). Perhaps the most unique feature to iBird is its comprehensive birding search engine that can turn anyone into an expert birder. It comes with over 35 characteristics that can be searched (such as body color, location, bill shape, etc.). There is also a cool AI-based photo recognition feature -- iBird Photo Sleuth -- available as a low-cost in-app purchase. Sleuth can identify a bird from any photograph, even poor photos taken with your smartphone or tablet.
The iBird Pro field guide for Android has all of these features plus more than can’t be listed here. As a powerful guide to all species of birds of North America, it is all you’ll ever need in a field guide. For these reasons, iBird is one of the most popular apps for teaching ornithology, whether you’re an experienced birder or a novice.
From well-known birds to exotic rare species, iBird works like magic, revealing a list of birds that perfectly matches your search choices. With over 1 million downloads, iBird is the standard by which all birding apps are measured.
This new version of iBird Pro has brought the species names and family categorizations into compliance with the 2018 American Ornithological Union standard. Additional changes include a new Share feature that lets you share the contents of a species page using any Google share app, including email, Facebook, twitter, etc. We also fixed the Size search menu, so it is properly ordered from Very Small to Very Large. We have continued to update many of our illustrations to high-resolution composites that include the male, female, juvenile, sub-species, etc. To see the most recent additions, go to the Illustration Update search attribute (at the bottom of the Search menu) and select 10.01 to view the 42 new species illustrations. The value 10.02 shows 13 new species illustrations and 10.03 shows 16 special owls of Mexico and Central America (if you purchased the Mexican Owls in-app purchase (IAP).
iBird Pro now offers the Birds Around Me feature that lets you narrow species to just those in a radius surrounding your GPS location.
iBird now uses Google Play so that the app and database are combined into a single file. Once you have installed the app and database to your device’s internal memory, you can move the database to your SD Card using the Move Database feature found on the More menu.
■ See all the changes to iBird at https://ibird.com/whats-new/whats-new-android.html
■ iBird database contains all content, so no WiFi or cellular access is required to use it in the field.
■ iBird offers a Cloud Sync backup of Favorites and Notes
■ Keep up with the latest news and other iBird users by joining the iBird fan page on Facebook http://facebook.com/ibird.