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iBird Pro 2

by Mitch Waite Group
Rated: All Ages
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (517 customer reviews)

Price: $4.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.2.1
  • New Search Engine tutorials, attribute definitions. all new photo labels
  • 29 new species illustrations, now conforms to AOU and ABA standards
  • View Mode button for viewing the browse page in four different views: compact, icon, thumbnail, and gallery
  • 148 new audio calls from Cornell Lab
  • Hundreds of new landscape photos
  • Improved compatibly with tablets

Product Details

  • ASIN: B005TK2I24
  • Release Date: October 7, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (517 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • NEW iBIRD PRO 2.2 BACK TO SCHOOL SALE - Price reduced from $9.99 to $4.99 for a limited time.
  • More than 900 species of birds included, plus thousands of illustrations and photos
  • Extensive glossary of bird terms and definitions
  • Twitter and Facebook connectivity to interact with other iBird users
  • Bookmark feature to note your favorite birds
  • Updated state and province bird lists
  • No Internet connection required after installing app
  • Free lifetime updates

Product Description

NEW iBIRD PRO 2.2 BACK TO SCHOOL SALE - Price reduced from $9.99 to $4.99 for a limited time.

NEW iBIRD PRO 2.2 UPDATE - New installer simplifies database downloading, search tutorial explains how to use the search engine to ID birds like an expert and much more.

148 NEW AUDIO CALLS FROM THE MACAULAY LIBRARY AT THE CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY

353 BRAND NEW LANDSCAPE MODE PHOTOS

NEW VIEW MODE FEATURE: SEE LISTS IN COMPACT, ICON, THUMBNAIL AND GALLERY FORMAT

NEW IBIRD BLOG: ibirdblog.wordpress.com MUST READ DETAILS

HAVING TROUBLE SYNCING? READ THIS BLOG: http://bit.ly/ibird_install_faq2

NEW FEATURES OF IBIRD PRO VERSION 2.2 INCLUDE

All screens optimized for tablets - illustrations, photos and range maps fill the screen.

Audio bird songs and calls from the Macaulay Library at the Lab of Ornithology.

See how 5 most popular birding apps stack up: http://ibird.com/compare/

Visit our web site iBird.com for full more details on iBird.

iBird Pro: Recommended by Scientific American magazine, Macworld’s best reference app of 2009 comes to Android. Covers 926 species of North America, over 1000 drawings, 2500 photos, 5 hours of song recordings from the Cornell Ornithology Lab. In depth descriptions, search engine to ID birds by color, shape, habitat, and more plus color range maps & lifetime updates.
No Internet connection required. Even includes the extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Only uses 13MB of RAM; entire 600MB database fits in SD memory.

Bird by Bird installer vastly simplifies installation with download manager for sounds, illustrations and photos. Can sync over any kind of network but WIFI is recommended.

Notable features of this version 2.2 of iBird are:

- Illustrations, Photos and Maps are full HD 576 x 720p resolution
- Attributes are grouped into basic, head and flight related areas
- Updated state and province bird lists using official references
- Shake your device to automatically play a random bird song
- Taxonomic and Alphabetical family sort options on Browse screen

Standard Features:

- Playing bird songs and calls lets you to attract birds right to your device for easier identification, clearer photographs and more enjoyment (1)
- Icon-driven search engine, enables you to identify birds using shape, color, location, habitat, head pattern, flight pattern, bill shape, length and more
- Hand-drawn full sized color illustrations, with perching and flight views
- Multiple professional photographs of most species, showing plumages, sexes and seasons
- Extensive identification, behavior, and habitat information, including diet, egg color and much more
- Full color range maps for every species
- Zoom and pinch bird portraits, for viewing fine detail
- Links to Flickr photos and detailed Wiki pages for each bird
- Bookmark birds as favorites for fast access
- Species, common and family names in English, French and Spanish (text is English)
- Includes band codes
- Extensive Glossary of bird terms and definitions
- Lifetime updates to bird information

You can also keep up to date with other iBird users by following @iBirdExplorer on Twitter and by joining the iBird fan page on Facebook (search for iBird).

Notes

(1) If you use iBird in the field, please do so responsibly. We recommend the American Birding Association's Code of Ethics (http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html), particularly section 1(b), for guidance.

(2) The database of bird illustrations, photos and sounds is downloaded from our server so before installing iBird please make sure you are on a fast WIFI connection. A cellular connection will general be too slow.

(3) If you need tech support please go to http://www.whatbird.com/contactus/ and fill out the form. It will help us diagnosis your problem.

(4) SD Cards and iBird App Installation. iBird's large database is always installed on the device's SD memory, or if there is no SD Card, in the device's storage

Technical Details

  • Size: 4.4MB
  • Version: 2.2.1
  • Developed By: Mitch Waite Group
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Read the low-level system log files
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 1.6
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
148 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and expert bird watchers! December 18, 2011
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I bought this app as a gift to my daughter, the bird enthusiast. The following is her review:

I work as a volunteer naturalist at the local state park. My primary duty is to teach visitors how to identify the various birds that come to the nature center's numerous feeders. This app is perfect for that!

I have this app on my Kindle Fire, on a Droid X and on an iPod Touch. While the app is wonderful on all three devices, I primarily use it on the Kindle Fire, simply because it is easier to see in a group setting.

The iBird app makes identifying birds easy and fun. It helps you identify birds in so many ways: body and head descriptions, flight patterns, nest and egg descriptions, and more. Many birds look similar, such as the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. The "similar" feature helps distinguish between two similar birds, and the multiple photos of each type of bird plus connection to photos on Flickr help a lot.

The search feature is excellent and very fast, so you can identify the birds quickly before they fly away. The ability to narrow down birds by location is wonderful. I can go over the list of birds our group will likely see on our bird watching hikes quickly and easily before we set out. Also, with the list narrowed, bird identification is faster, less confusing and more enjoyable for everyone.

Since we have an outdoor speaker on the feeders that pipes in to the nature center viewing area, we can hear the birds even if they are not brave enough to come down to the feeders. The "bird sounds" feature is ideal for helping people identify birds by listening to their calls, even when they cannot see the birds themselves.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! November 21, 2011
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I read the reviews from other FIRE ownews and I agree ; this is the app for the Bridger. It is everything you need and replaces all your bird books.
I had a proplem with the initial install (app aborted saying it wont run without a SD card). called amazon support and they had me remove and re-install the app. then it worked.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iBird finally for Android October 11, 2011
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I've been following iBird for quite a while on iOS, but have wanted it for my Android phone. Finally, the finished product for Android is here, and it was worth the wait!

iBird Pro has an incredible collection of birds, with great photos, facts, and songs, plus a lot more. I'm currently running this on my original Droid, and it works fine, but I look forward to using it on a newer phone soon.

I especially appreciate the ability to star or favorite particular birds, the search functionality, and the ability to take notes in the application. The Flickr integration works very well, also.

I highly recommend this application, even if, like me, you're not a particularly avid birder. I enjoy the outdoors and wildlife, but am not what you'd consider a birdwatcher.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite App! December 28, 2011
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Having just received my Kindle Fire I was looking for a worthy app to download when I ran across iBird Pro 2. The games available for download are cute and fun for awhile but I was happy to find something that had some lasting value. My wife and I have many birding books - the usual field guides - but whenever we went to identify an unknown bird we spotted pecking around out in the yard, very often we were not 100% sure we nailed the identity because the pictures in those books have limitations and it seems the written descriptions are always too brief.

These are areas where iBird Pro 2 shines. The pictures are beautiful, plentiful and back-lit. To aid in identification one can play several different high-quality recordings of any bird's song. The comprehensive text description of habits and habitats goes well beyond the run-of-the-mill field guides. Add to that the enjoyment of numerous embedded links in case you would like to research until your heart's content.

My wife was so impressed with my new Kindle Fire that she went out the next day and bought her own. The first app she downloaded was iBird Pro 2 and here's why: Early one morning, shortly after I had downloaded iBird Pro 2, we were sitting in our computer room looking out over the yard through a light sprinkling of rain. Now, it never occurred to me to use the recorded bird sounds in iBird Pro 2 to actually attract birds until someone mentioned it in a blog which was linked to in the iBird app. On a whim, I cracked the window open just a little and stuck the Kindle Fire to the small opening and played a Robin call. The wife was amused and somewhat skeptical. Well, what do you know? In a few seconds there were several Robins hopping around near the window, looking to see who was calling for a Rockin' Robin bird party.

With this app in hand, a pair of binoculars and the way the wife is talking, we may be in for a Big Year next year.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Update -- March 15, 2012: Amazingly, The Mitch Waite Group recently added even more species to the app. While these birds have the smallest of ranges (Hawaii, dots in Alaska and Puerto Rico for example), it's nice to know that they are keeping us updated (no charge for the update). I've looked again at the Audubon app, and I'm sorry but The Waite Group lives up to the Audubon name more than Green Mountain Digital.

Original -- December 31, 2011: I was skeptical even after I read other reviews. Now I'm not sure that 5 stars is enough! Quality photography and all bird songs in one great App.

Each bird is initially identified with two or three drawings, and there are 2-8 outstanding photos of each. There are tabs for "Identify" which gives ALL manner of information, Range, Similar birds, Facts, a link to Wikipedia (Birdpedia) which I assume when one is within wifi range, and then all the calls that the bird makes. You can mark your favorites and do something with Flickr though I'm on SmugMug (I noticed another App for that in Amazon Apps, btw).

Setting aside the fact that it doesn't cover ALL North American species, what it does cover is 98% of what we have in the west, and that is unusual since we westerners often get short shrift in nature guides. This even has the Oak Titmouse, the Acorn Woodpecker, California Thrasher, and the Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and so many more which have relatively small ranges. (Of course, it does indeed cover eastern North America.)

All and all, I cannot get over the amount of information, the quality of the photography AND drawings, and the songs which would have been sufficient. The rest is just icing on this inexpensive cake. I no longer have a "need" for Stokes No. American Guide on Kindle, and that's going some.

A must have for birders, hikers, nature lovers, and photographers who love birds.

P.S. There are 200 more species than the Audubon Birding App
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very useful
I like the filters and using the sounds to identify calls. The filters are easy to reset. The only one I don't like is the one about whether the bird frequents a feeder or not. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Nancy M. Mccall
2.0 out of 5 stars not user friendly
I like whatbird.com way better
Published 4 days ago by Ctatro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 10 days ago by LeftyOne12
5.0 out of 5 stars Way to go
The app performs well and has never given me a problem in the couple of years that I've used it. The best part though is its usefulness. Read more
Published 18 days ago by firenice
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
Great app! Love being able to check bird calls in the field.
Published 19 days ago by TH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Haven't used it much yet but know I will love it.
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars poor on I'd
Not a great app as far as identifying birds. When you enter what you know about a bird
It simply throws up too many possibilities. Not helpful. Read more
Published 22 days ago by keagman
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, complete and allows in-depth digging of info if ...
Easy, complete and allows in-depth digging of info if needed plus the bird call function helps narrow down the species.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MR TOWNE
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Love the ibird app
Published 1 month ago by catsprat
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
This is put together nicely except for the fact that one has to know what breed of bird you are looking at. Otherwise you can't bring it up.
Published 1 month ago by rosie
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Does iBird Pro 2 work on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2?
yes better than on kindle fire [had both]
Apr 13, 2014 by John M. Snyder |  See all 3 posts
Need an SD card for IBird Pro 2 on Kindle Fire?
Betty Jeanne,

Don't give up!

I've had it since December 27 on my Kindle Fire, and it works just as well out in the field - and far from any network - as it does at home. It doesn't need a network - except for download - and it doesn't need an SD card. Try downloading it again. You can do that... Read More
Feb 8, 2012 by Ethan Winning |  See all 3 posts
Possible to run iBird Pro 2 on PC?
Not that I can find, but you can go to whatbird.com and see if they have the program for a PC. Of course, I guess your could consider www.whatbird.com IS iBird Pro for the PC.
Feb 8, 2012 by Ethan Winning |  See all 3 posts
Running App Away From a Network
Ethan- to answer your question "do you need to be connected to a network to use the iBird Android app on a Kindle Fire" the answer is no. Once the database for iBird is downloaded to your Kindle it is permanently stored in its memory and will be available any time you open the app. You... Read More
Jan 6, 2012 by Mitch Waite Group |  See all 5 posts
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