"In southern Africa the Sasol eBirds would undoubtedly be my first choice. The text is detailed, the navigation system is user friendly and the opportunity to listen to recordings of calls and songs is a huge asset. Above all, the superb paintings by Norman Arlott and Peter Hayman have stood the test of time and are more detailed, more accurate and more life-like than anything on offer in other birding apps for the region.” — Mark Cocker, author of Birds and People.

*We have added the option to purchase over 2800 exquisite photographs for 833 of the 969 species in the app to further enhance your birding experience*

*If you would like to experience the app check out Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa LITE which is FREE and includes 30 species*

The Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa is an interactive version of the best-selling Sasol Birds of Southern Africa field guide (4th Edition). This app has specific features that will enhance your birding experience.

● Universal app (works on BOTH iPhone and iPad)
● Swipe to move to the next or previous species.
● 969 Species found in the Southern African region and includes images, distribution maps and text descriptions.
● Over 2800 photographs for 833 species (additional in-app purchase required).
● Audible calls for over 630 bird species
● A “Smart Search” that allows you to easily identify a bird using beak shape, bird size, bird colour and habitat.
● You can select a region of Southern Africa, so that the lists of birds throughout the program display only the birds in your region.
● “Bird Compare” allows you to compare two birds side by side on the same screen (including calls, illustrations and photographs).
● A personal bird list that stores your bird sightings saved to the device* and can be exported using email.
● View the Bird Index by English, Afrikaans or Scientific bird names.

*Uninstalling the app will result in the loss of your list. It is recommended that you keep your own backup (master list) separate from the program.

See our other natural history products:
Wildlife of Southern Africa
eTrees of Southern Africa
eSnakes of Southern Africa
eGuide to Mammals of Southern Africa

NB. This Application WILL ONLY work on an iPhone or iPod Touch and iPad running iOS 7.1 or higher NOT A NORMAL IPOD CLASSIC/NANO.

What's New

Version 2.2.6

Fixed some layout issues on newer iPhone X devices.
Fixed a few bugs.

Ratings and Reviews



The Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa is my first birding software experience. I am brand new to the iPod as well.

I found that the eBird software was far easier to learn, operate and grow procient in than getting into the iTunes store and buying this software.

I used the software in Limpopo Province, South Africa. It is a great application. I found it best when i knew something of the bird, say a startling or a hawk and could start my search with a name. That proved really valuable and I was able to quickly locate the specific species. I did not find as much success with the "Smart Search" using beack type, size and habitat. Perhaps with more practice that will work but I had very little luck in identify birds using that method.

I did not isolate my searches by "My Location" until half-way through the day. At that point by narrowing down to a Provincial Location, i narrowed the search possiblilites by quite a bit - making identification quicker and easier. I really like the ease of adding the bird to my list once I had located it.

Since I am new to iPod I had trouble with the sound and the bird calls were bearly audible on the 3G speaker. Perhaps that can be resolved as I learn more.

I have only had one use with this new system and software but I am hooked. Sasol eBird has my best recommendation.

al york


New version changes....unseen

The new version states that you can go from "my list" directly to bird information. If you can, I have not figured out how. It also states you can export your list and again, I have not figured out how. If I could see those changes it would be an even better program, but I find no differences. So I like it still, but am sad I can find no differences. Maybe its just me.

Update, newer version was pushed out 8 hours later and the changes are now in place. The sofrware has now improved.



Still a lot of work to do to make this a good app. There are a lot of bugs. The Smart Search is flawed, and I'm sure the sound for a Bateleur is not the one they have on file!
This app has so much potential, but it still needs a LOT of work.
The creator also needs to realize that this is an ipod/iphone/ipad app. - not just digitizing a book onto a portable device. What about including a quiz to build up your identification skills? How about using the other features and capabilities of the device?
Also, a simple day of work would mean you can check accuracy against the book.
Definitely not worth the price charged. I hope we see some BIG improvements in later versions.


Cool Ideas LLC
485 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 Cool Ideas LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Photo Pack $6.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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