What's New

This update uses a new feature of iOS 9 called "app thinning". Based on asset catalogs, slicing and on-demand resources it avoids downloading assets you'll never need. So for example an iPhone doesn't need to download an iPad splash screen. Overall this means updates only download the files that have changed -- so updates are much faster to finish. Which allows us to update more often.

Improved Thumbnail and Gallery images. The images for the Thumbnail and Gallery view now use 24-bit PNGs which are much sharper and easier to see than the previous JPG images.

New illustrations. Be sure to visit the Illustration Update attribute on the search menu and select the latest version number. This will show you all the illustrations that have been updated.

Fixed a bug in Force Touch when used with Gallery mode.

App Description

iBird Lite 9 now includes the new features of iOS 9 including 3D Force Touch for opening iBird with shortcuts and Deep Linking to search for any bird right from the iPhone's Spotlight screen. Also included are a new Save Search feature you asked for and 65 updated species accounts.

iBird Lite 9.0 Guide to Birds is our FREE version of iBird. It has all the features of iBird Ultimate, Mitch Waite Group’s most feature-rich birding app for the iPhone and iPad. If you're new to bird watching, iBird Lite is the perfect "no risk" way to experience all the incredible features of Apple's new iPhones.

iBird Lite differs from the paid iBird apps ONLY in the total number of species included. Lite has a sampling of North American species while Ultimate, Pro and Plus have 940 North American species.

"If you’re looking for the most expansive digital key, the encyclopedia-like iBird excels. It has the most sophisticated algorithm, incorporates live location, shows search results in real time (with a slide show option) and has the most fine-grained advanced key choices."
-The Quest for a Bird Identification Key by Diana Doyle in ABA BIRDING magazine, March/April 2014 issue

New in 9.1

■ Faster Downloads with App Thinning. It now takes much less time to update iBird.
■ New illustrations. Be sure to visit the Illustration Update attribute on the search menu and select the latest version number.
■ Improved Thumbnail and Gallery images.

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

■ iBird's intelligent Percevia™ search engine turns you into an expert and IDs your species.
■ Unique "Birds Around Me" feature (BAM) uses your device's GPS to return birds within a specified radius during a particular season.
■ 3D Force Touch uses shortcuts to open iBird to specific screens while Deep Linking puts iBird's database into the SpotLight search results.
■ Save Search remembers all your search settings even after quitting iBird.
■ 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.
■ The only bird field guide app with BOTH illustrations and photos.
■ Powerful Sound Player is the only bird app that displays waveform and spectrograms of the song, has multiple vocalizations per species and shows the recording location.
■ Includes 37 different search attributes covering everything from color, habitat, size, patterns, bill shape, crown color and many more. When used with BAM you’ll never run out of ways to slice and dice your match lists. For example, you can filter your list by shape to just see pelagic, chicken-like marsh birds, etc. within your GPS radius.
■ 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.

Check out these additional features of iBird Lite:

■ Photos. An extensive collection of photos from professionals accompanies all the illustrations.
■ Field Mark Layer. Detailed field marks on illustrations that can be turned on or off helps you to learn the key ID characteristics to look for.
■ Search for any bird by entering a species Band Code, its Common or Latin Name.
■ Favorites, Notes and Lists. Lets you pick birds to add to custom lists.
■ Sort and View Modes.
■ Slideshow. Choose species you want to learn about and the app will present photos and/or illustrations accompanied by songs and calls.

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

(1) Note iBird Lite requires iOS 7, 8 or higher.

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
  • November 16, 2015 New version 9.0
  • December 14, 2015 New version 9.1

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