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 PC.

What's New

Version 2.4

Update to iOS 10
Various bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings
Ghost breath

Update Needed

I love this App but there are a few bugs that need fixing as well as updates on various species.


finally its here - iPhone version

I Have the pc and pda versions (PDA ancient and finally died) so have been using another app on my iPhone while waiting for iPhone version.
I downloaded iPhone version last night and have been going through it this morning. Looks fantastic.
My only gripe so far is that some of the birding spots are not on this version. We have a bush house in Zululand and I used the Phinda or Pumalanga lists exclusively while there.
I realise that the option of using GPS to pinpoint my location should bring up the list for the area but It would have been a nice feature to be able to save that list either for future reference or when GPS is unavailable.
BUT overall, i am beyond thrilled to finally be able to have it again !!! indispensable

Mark Witney

This is definitely not a ripoff!

I have used the Sasol Birds app for a few years now and was always disappointed with its lack of detail in terms of breeding, feeding, habitat, etc. In addition the calls in Sasol Birds are incomplete. The Southern Boubou for example is seldom heard calling the single call featured in Sasol. In Roberts, on the other hand, they give no less than 5 calls for the Southern Boubou recorded in different parts of the bird's range and includes single bird call, duet and alarm call. The additional photographs of each bird, the pics of nest and eggs - everything is more detailed and much more useful for the serious birder.
Roberts costs 3 times more than Sasol but is more than 10 times better!! It is a fantastic app and well worth the money.


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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