What's New

Bug fixes and performance improvements

App Description

IBIRD LITE Guide to Birds is the FREE version of iBird Ultimate, MWG’s most feature-rich birding app yet created for the iPhone. If you're new to bird watching, iBird is the perfect “no risk” way to experience all the incredible features of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With over a half-million downloads customers agree that iBird is the most powerful smartphone-based field guide birding app on the planet. And now it is updated for iOS 7 and 8.

IBIRD LITE differs from the paid iBird Ultimate app ONLY in the total number of species included. LITE has 64 species while ULTIMATE and PRO have 940 North American species. Consequently LITE is not designed as a comprehensive field guide, but rather to showcase all the features of iBird Ultimate.

Check out a few of iBird Lite's exciting new features:

■ iBird's patented "Percevia" Search Engine helps you identify birds like an expert birder.
■ Unique "Birds Around Me" feature (BAM) uses your device's GPS to return birds within a specified radius during a particular season.
■ Day and Night Themes. Day theme is black text on a paper-white background. The dimmer Night theme keeps the iPhone from alerting every critter in the forest.
■ More sound recordings! Almost all birds, even the shy ones, have songs and calls, and iBird Lite has the best from professional recordists in the field.
■ Our apps are the only birding products with BOTH illustrations and photos.
■ Sound Player has been completely redesigned with features such as playing all vocalizations for a species and showing the location where the recording was made. You can turn off the automatic sound playing in Settings.
■ New subspecies Range Maps show migrations and locations of numerous races during the year.
■ Flickr Option. Allows you to see hundreds of photos people have stored on Yahoo's Flickr site for a chosen species.
■ Favorites Sort and View Modes. Now your Favorites list screen has the entire set of Sort and View functions found on the Browse/Search screen.

Mitch Waite Group’s iBird Lite continues to offer these unmatched features birders know and love:

■ 37 Search Attributes – location, color, shape, song, habitat, head and body/bill patterns, flight style and much more. Lite includes tutorials and attribute definitions.
■ Field Mark Layer. Detailed field marks on illustrations that can be turned on or off to help you to learn the key ID characteristics to look for
■ Photo Center. Add your own photos to species accounts.
■ Slideshow. Customize a list of birds and enjoy a slideshow complete with songs and calls.
■ Sync. Your favorites, notes, and photos are automatically sync to your Dropbox.

Here are the two most important features of iBird Lite that puts it ahead of all birding apps for the iPhone:

▶ PATENTED SEARCH iBird Lite comes with a powerful patented decision engine for identifying any bird species of North America just like an expert and guarantees you always find your bird.

▶ BAM: The Birds Around Me feature couples our range maps with your device’s GPS location then iBird filters those birds within a fixed radius.


■ MACWORLD'S "BEST REFERENCE APP 2009: 4 ½ out of 5 mice."



Wondering which iBird is right for you? Below find a quick guide as to how they differ.

Version Species Attributes BAM*? Percevia**?
Ultimate 940 37 Yes Yes
Pro 940 37 No No
Plus 940 18 No No
Lite 64 37 Yes Yes

*BAM stands for Birds Around Me, which uses your device’s GPS to find birds most likely to be in your area.

**Percevia is iBird’s patented Search Engine helps to identify birds faster and simpler by eliminating attributes that do not apply to your search.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • June 25, 2011 New version 4.0
  • October 26, 2011 New version 5
  • December 23, 2011 New version 5.1
  • July 15, 2012 New version 6.0
  • February 08, 2013 New version 6.1
  • August 20, 2013 New version 6.11
  • December 05, 2013 New version 6.12
  • May 31, 2014 New version 7.0
  • October 21, 2014 New version 7.2
  • January 05, 2015 New version 7.21
  • March 17, 2015 New version 7.22

Other Apps From Mitch Waite Group

iBird Yard+ Guide to Birds iBird Plus Guide to Birds iBird Canada Guide to Birds iBird Pro Guide to Birds iBird UK & Ireland Guide to Birds iBird Journal: Listing Birds of North America Waite's Guide to Birds: United Kingdom iBird Ultimate Guide to Birds iBird UK & Ireland Lite Guide to Birds Waite's Guide to Birds of America iBird Hawaii & Palau Guide to Birds