The ROBERTS MULTIMEDIA BIRDS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA iOS EDITION is a comprehensive and interactive application that combines multimedia data on 968 Southern African bird species with seven interactive modules for every aspect of mobile birding*.

The app can be used as a FIELD GUIDE (like the book), or as a BIRD LIST, with essential functions 'open bird page', play bird sound', 'add to list' and 'view similar birds' available directly in each module.

The FIELD GUIDE displays the full field guide pages of the Roberts Bird Guide book for instant comparison and identification. Use the family list or browse the pages for a bird, play the sound, add to your list, and open the BIRD PAGE for further detail.

The BIRD GUIDE includes a full bird list and 968 individual BIRD PAGES with illustrations, distribution maps, photos, bird sounds, Roberts Field Guide text and the full Roberts VII text.

The BIRD LIST includes includes all the new species and new names, with functions for Bird Page, Play Sound, Add to List, Similar Birds and Field Guide Page. You can also select regional lists, and English, Afrikaans, German, French, Portuguese, Dutch and Scientific names.

IDENTIFICATION uses your location, habitat, bird shapes and plumage to shortlist possible species for identification. You can also identify bird sounds, nests and eggs.

SIMILAR BIRDS loads a list of birds similar to that selected for comparison and identification. COMPARE BIRDS displays the bird pages side by side for direct comparison.

MY LOCATION is an interactive map for finding your current location, generating bird lists for your location, and locating birding sites near you. Or drop a pin for a new location with GPS co-ords, pentad and bird list. Or open a birding site list and site description.

MY LISTS is a personal list manager that includes a life list and sub-lists that report to your life list. You can also sync your lists to iCloud, and export lists to iTunes for backup. Sighting details include place, date, GPS co-ords and pentad, and sighting notes.

BIRDING SITES includes details of 280 birding sites around Southern Africa, with text description, photos, bird list, and weather forecast.

The MULTIMEDIA DATA includes • 180 field-guide pages • 968 individual bird pages • all the new bird species and names • 1400 illustrations • 5800 photos including 500 nest and 700 egg photos • 920 bird sounds • colour-coded distribution maps with seasonal status bar and endemic and red data species indicated • new rare bird maps.

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* This app can be used in the bush and remote locations. It does not require a wifi, phone or internet connection to operate.

# DIFFICULTY PURCHASING? If you have difficulty purchasing with your credit card, you can purchase iTunes gift cards from major stores.

## This app cannot be transferred to Android or Windows devices.

What’s New

Version 2.4

Update to iOS 10
Various bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

EyedocSA ,

New update fault

After updating to latest version that used a whole gig the app no longer works as before. The feature that allows you to get a larger picture when you rotate your phone no longer works on the 11.0.3 platform. Honestly not even sure why such a large update was required??!! Can’t see any extra features or reason why it needed so much space!


App issues

I have installed my app on my new iPhone 8. Now my bird list is gone. I tried to create a new list the app crashes. Try to play a call the app crashes. Any updates on the horizon to fix these issues?

Julie Keet ,

Love it

I love this app! We are avid birders and have some of the other apps already. This one is the best Southern Africa birding app by far. I love that it has a lot of information about each bird, really nice illustrations PLUS actual photos of the birds so it makes identifying them easier than with just an illustration. The variety of bird calls is excellent, they are much better than a similar app I have already plus it has sounds for birds which were missing in the Sasol app (such as the grass owl) The calls are more diverse, so you get more than one call, they are also of much better quality. The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars was because when I wanted to load this on my iPhone too, the developer expects you to buy it again. Not good. If you have one apple id and have already bought an app on one device, you should be able to download it on your other devices. (As with most apps)


Southern Africa Birding cc
1.1 GB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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