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Ready for exotic birds? iBird Hawaii and Palau is the only 100% complete app guide to birds of the Hawaiian Islands as well as the environmentally sensitive island nation of Palau. The app, which contains 228 species of Hawaiian birds and 169 species of Palauan birds offers all the features that contribute to making iBird the most popular birding app in the world. Like our top of the line iBird Ultimate app, iBird Hawaii and Palau offers the popular Birds Around Me (BAM) GPS feature as well as the Percevia™ Smart Search feature.

More Details of What’s New: bit.ly/ibird-whatsnew

In 2008 iBird broke new ground as it turned the iPhone into a field guide app that identifies birds and plays their songs. Featured in Apple’s television commercials, it started a revolution that made iBird the most respected birding app in the world.

** NOTE If you would like to try out iBird at no expense, check the newly released iBird LITE Free Guide to Birds of North America. It contains all the features of paid iBird Ultimate, but includes just 50 species. And it’s completely FREE. **

Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner, iBird Hawaii and Palau is the most authoritative guide to these exotic birds.


■ Separate databases for Hawaii and Palau allow doing independent searching and identification as well as separate species accounts and song libraries.

■ Birds Around Me (BAM) narrows the species being searched to just those found at your GPS location, within a radius and season you specify.

■ Percevia™ intelligent search is a patented algorithm that guarantees you will only choose search attributes that narrow the matched list of birds.

■ iBird now takes advantage of the high-resolution retina displays of the iPhone and iPad so the screen shows more information than ever.

■ Contains the latest 2017 AOU checklists.

■ Splits History. See what birds were renamed, split into different species or lumped together for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

■ View all birds by head which makes identification easier.

■ Back up and sync favorites and notes with iCloud and share with all your devices and your friends.

Popular Features

■ ‘Birds Around Me’ narrows the search list to just those birds centered on your GPS location, within a specified radius and a specific season.

■ The patented Percevia™ intelligent search prevents you from making the wrong choice when searching for your bird.

■ The only birding app that includes both Illustrations and Photos.

■ Every species is shown perched and in flight and most show major seasonal, age and male/female variations.

■ Identify 397 species of both native and rare Hawaiian and Palauan birds.

■ Save multiple personal species lists and your sightings in Notes which can be backed up and synced in iCloud.

■ Includes hundreds of carefully selected and edited sound recordings from the Xeno-Canto Community of bird song recordists.

■ iBird’s icon-driven visual search engine, with 35 attributes, enables you to identify birds using shape, color, location, habitat, head pattern, flight pattern, bill shape, length and much more.

■ Search by common name, Latin name and even band code.

■ Comprehensive seasonal and migratory range maps include subspecies.

■ The Conservation Status search attribute lets you filter birds by 6 threat levels including Least Concern, Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered and Extinct in the Wild. The standard is maintained by Birdlife International and is called the IUCN Red List.

We invite all users to share their comments and ideas on our forum at www.whatbird.com/forum. For help contact us at help.ibird.com.

 $9.99 in iOS App Store


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Version History

Launched Mar 15, 2015 (about 4 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 4 months, on average.

Dec 24
Version 10.06

Besides compatibility with the iPhone X, this new version of iBird Hawaii and Palau has updated the following illustrations: Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Killdeer and Long-billed Dowitcher. You can see these in a matched list by selecting Search->Illustration Update->10.06.

Also includes a new Splits-History search attribute, retina mode compatibility, 64-bit architecture update and minor bug fixes.

Jul 30
Version 10.04

Retina mode compatibility, 64-bit architecture update and minor bug fixes.

May 03
Version 10.02

Database is smaller.
All new sound library.
Landscape mode now works for iPad.
Photo Center Facebook photo sharing works.
Free stickers for birders.
Completely updated for new AOU and ABA standards.

New species drawings found with Search->Illustration Update->10.0.
Splits-History in Search-Basic Group shows AOU and ABA changes for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Birds Around Me (BAM) and Percevia smart search are built in.
View by Head via Set View/Sort Mode button.
Gallery mode now includes Common Names of species.
Compare iBird versions: bit.ly/about-ibird

May 09
Version 9.21

Update 9.21 of iBird Hawaii and Palau Guide to Birds fixes a bug in iCloud Notes. Be aware that iCloud has replaced Dropbox for backing up your own photos, notes and favorites. There is a migration feature that will automatically move your Notes and Favorites from Dropbox to iCloud. Just follow the popup instructions. Additionally, we have updated these species: Caspian Tern, Common Ground-Dove, Dusky Thrush, Elf Owl, Great Skua, Hoary Redpoll, Olive-backed Pipit, Reed Bunting and the Rustic Bunting.

If you encounter ANY issues please contact us at http://ibird.com/contact-us/ . We'll be happy to assist you!

May 02
Version 9.2

Update 9.2 of iBird Hawaii & Palau Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up your own photos, notes and favorites.

Dec 13
Version 9.1

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.

Nov 16
Version 9.0

■ All New iOS 9 Advanced Features
■ 3D Force Touch: Pop from iBird icon
■ 3D Force Touch: Peek from Browse screen
■ Deep Linking: Search for birds from the iPhone Spotlight screen
■ Save Search attributes remembers settings
■ Birds of the beautiful island nation of Palau
■ 169 native and non-native Palau species
■ Never before seen and highly-detailed Palau range maps
■ Birds Around Me (BAM) shows birds near your GPS location
■ Notes now includes the name of the species
■ Easily toggle between the Hawaii and Palau databases
■ 228 native and non-native species of Hawaii
■ Patented Percevia™ Search Algorithm (SAVE)
■ ONLY bird app with both illustrations & photos
■ Universal app customized for the iPad
■ Day and Night themes, Favorites, and Notes
■ Powerful slideshow with sounds
■ Field mark layer for every species can be turned on or off
■ Over 100 song and call recordings with multiple vocalizations

Aug 23
Version 7.25

INCLUDES TWO DATABASES! We've added a whole new country; iBird Hawaii now adds to the 228 species of Hawaii another 169 amazing birds from the beautiful Island Nation of Palau. Now there are 397 species for no increase price.

Mar 15
Version 7.22

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