iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds

iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds

By Mitch Waite Group

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2014-05-15
  • Current Version: 12.01
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 2.08 GB
  • Developer: Mitch Waite Group
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 695 Ratings


iBird Ultimate is our most advanced birding app. It comes with two important features built in: "Birds Around Me" (BAM), a feature that restricts the birds to just those found in your current GPS area, and the patented “Percevia™ Smart Search” feature that gives anyone the skills of a bird identification expert. If you are not sure you’ll need these features, you can try iBird Pro, a less expensive app that offers both as in-app features you can buy at any time. iBird Plus is like Pro, but with half the search attributes. This final version of iBird Ultimate contains our most recent North America database with 946 species (962 if you choose to add Mexican Owls) updated with the latest 2018 American Ornithological Union (AOU) standard. The new Purchases menu contains optional features you can purchase to enhance the app, including Time of Day, Mexican Owls, and the amazing Photo Sleuth feature that uses a neural network to identify birds from any photo. As this is the last version of iBird Ultimate, we are providing users with our new version of iBird Lite that gives you free access to the same North America database in iBird Pro. Lite has been designed with the future in mind. It has been totally overhauled and is now a “consolidated” app that allows you to buy and install databases for any of the 4 regions available. Again, unlike other bird apps, these databases are inside the app, which allows you to use them in the field with no Internet connection. If you'd like to move to this new version of iBird Lite, simply install this new 12.01 version of iBird Ultimate on your device (iPhone or iPad) and then install the new 12.01 iBird Lite. When you open iBird Lite, you’ll see a free copy of the North America database (you would normally have to purchase it). ALSO, YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT ALL IN-APP PURCHASES (EXCEPT PHOTO SLEUTH) ARE FREE — OUR GIFT TO YOU FOR BEING A LOYAL IBIRD CUSTOMER. More About iBird Ultimate iBird™ Ultimate has most of the great features of the iBird product line and has been our most advanced app for many years. Because this is the last update, we encourage you to install our new consolidated app, iBird Lite. If you want to take your birding skills up a level or two, iBird Ultimate includes in-app purchases for features such as the Percevia™ Smart Search feature that gives anyone the skills of a bird identification expert, and the “Birds Around Me” (BAM) feature that restricts the birds to just those found in any GPS area. What makes BAM so useful is it can give you the birds in any GPS area. So, if you are traveling you can make lists ahead of time to know what you can expect to see. You can then make your list a Favorite and save it for you birding adventure to check off. More Details of What’s New: https://ibird.com/whats-new/whats-new.html Whether you are an experienced or a beginner birder, iBird Ultimate starts with 946 species of both native and rare North American species, as well as popular Hawaiian birds. The number of species increases to 962 when you purchase the in-app Mexican Owls database option. Also, this app has been updated with the 2018 AOU and ABA checklists. With the iBird Ultimate’s avian matching system, you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of our 35 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 12.01 of iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices and a share feature that lets you send any species page via Mail, Messages, etc. With over 1 million downloads, iBird is the standard by which all birding apps are measured.



  • Clunky and Annoying

    By Terra Ignota
    I should note that I have used this app for a few years and have found the information it presents as adequate, just above mediocre when compared with other similar field guides. It was probably worth 3 stars then. However, I just updated and now it’s even worse. I especially hate how the Photo Sleuth feature is locked in the top of the main viewing frame. It unnecessarily reduces the viewing space for the more important species lists. If it were a tool that would be used every time I used the app then it would make sense, but honestly I won’t ever be using it. If I wanted to, It exists in the left side bar. So, why can’t I toggle it off. I also don’t want a link immediately below the search bar that I will probably accidentally touch and be redirected. This is the clunky and annoying part.
  • Amazing app!

    By Araks O.
    This app was well worth the price, and is currently my number 1 birding reference. Its much more robust than any of the free birding apps, and there’s tons useful data available for each species, including diagnostic field marks, photos, vocalizations, distribution maps, and details on their ecology and conservation. They’ve even included Wikipedia articles for many species. I like that there’s flexibility in how the app is organized, and the “birds near me” feature is incredibly detailed and helpful for ID-ing unknown species. The free bird stickers are a nice bonus as well. Overall, it’s like having a full field guide in your phone, and for that I’d buy it again in a heartbeat.
  • In-app ads now appearing

    By Turbosax
    THE DISABLE ADS BUTTON DOES NOT WORK. THE LARGE, INTRUSIVE BANNER AD FOR PHOTO-SLEUTH PERSISTS. This is a crock. Bought and paid for as an ads-free app and now an ugly, intrusive banner to try to sell some sort of "photo-sleuth" add on. No way to hide the banner ad once I decline the offer. Mitch Waite groups whines that it has to continue a revenue stream by reneging on the terms of the original purchase. *and* The app still does not include female bird appearances in the "similar birds" part of the ID.
  • Outstanding app for experienced birders

    By rigpasword
    I started with iBird, then got hooked into Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird app only to find the Cornell apps don’t work unless there’s internet connectivity. Most of the time I’m birding in remote places that are cell dead zones so the Cornell apps were useless. Not so with Mitch Waite’s iBird. It’s comprehensive functionality can be fully used when there’s no internet of any kind. The global science context of the Cornell apps is very attractive but since their apps don’t work in many places where I go birding, sorry! Plus, iBird has many more features than eBird especially if you include iBird Journal app functionality. Thanks To Mitch and his team.
  • Ruined my app with update

    By zebrahairsaloon
    I wish there was a way to undo the update. This used to be my favorite program, I updated the program to get an up-to-date taxonomy, and now it has ads in it for their other products. Why is part of my screen taken up by a photo sleuth ad? I do not want this add on and I will never buy it, yet I am stuck with it on my screen. I am a working ornithologist for UC Berkeley, I used to recommend this as the best phone ID app to anyone who asked. Now I will have to warn people away from this program and this company. Update: despite what the manufacturer says you cannot disable the photo sleuth ad
  • In-App Advertising Inhibits Use

    By The High Strung Violist
    iBird has been my main birding app for many years, and over multiple editions of the app. Unfortunately, the latest update to Ultimate has added a button on the main screen promoting the in-app purchase of Photo Sleuth. While browsing birds, I will sometimes also see a second banner at the bottom of the page promoting the same in-app purchase. This bothers me greatly. I've paid a hefty sum for the app already, and should be able to use it without banners advertising paid features. The button and banner occupy precious screen real estate that in previous versions were showing more birds. The button & banner are in the way, and I wish I could disable them. I've even looked to find a way to revert to the previous version of the app, but to no avail. To the Developer: Please remove the annoying banners/buttons. This is an amazing app, and I have recommended it to so many birders over the years. Unfortunately, this update bothers me enough to tip me toward using one of your competitors' apps (Sibley) instead. Much as I love iBird, this is a step in the wrong direction. Please consider this suggestion.
  • Update by frustrated user

    By Jackster847
    I purchased this and the previous discontinued version. Now I learned this version has been discontinued yet you continue to sell it. I refuse to buy further versions that will be obsolete within a year
  • No future support for app.

    By AZA57571
    Existing users of this app are expected to pay again for the Pro version since Ultimate is now discontinued. Developer could offer a discounted price for existing Ultimate users to convert to Pro. However they would rather just blame apple for requesting they consolidate apps and charge you again.
  • Rip off in progress

    By RGinNJ
    I purchased Pro years ago and upgraded to Ultimate. I also purchased Journal. I have supported this developer with my dollars. I understand that the developers had no choice but to consolidate. Having paid for pro I already had the app and just needed to download it. All good; right? Wrong! I also purchased ALL the add-ins for Ultimate. Time of day, BAM etc. Now the app is telling me I need to purchase them again for pro. Up until this point I understood- but now it appears this is just a money grab. It might be ok if there was a way to get in touch with the developer to discuss. There is not. Lots of great birding apps out there. I have always relied on iBird and not bothered with the rest. Now I think I will try Nat Geo or Sibley.
  • Good app but needs a little improvement

    By allendwebb
    This app is a very good app and I really like it, but I wish it had a tab where you could see a list of locations locations where you can view the bird you’re looking at. Otherwise I think it is a very good app with useful information. I really like it. As, I have only been birding for a couple of years, it would also be nice if it had a feature telling me what birds in my area would be attracted to birdhouses and how to make my yard more bird friendly.