"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

3.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Zimbell ,

Nearly there

Used the app extensively for a week now and become very comfortable with its logic and abilities. It mostly does the job very well however there are some issues needing attention which will make a big difference.

If you select a specific location I.e. Zim, then certain birds will not show up in a taxonomic search or alphabetic search even though found in the area. However if you select location ALL then the "missing" birds show up.

In My List, on selecting a bird in the list, it does not take you back to the page for that bird. This is annoying. No Geotags as an option, this would be a nice to have.

A life list would also be a good addition. Need to add the number of birds by location, not for the entire list only.

The compare function is restricted to two birds only. This is rather limiting in many cases of similar groups of birds.

The smart search is a great idea but needs more work on its flexibility. For example more plumage options or combinations. Birds feet colour would also assist.

Some bird sounds missing.

The app being compatible on iPad and iPhone is an excellent feature.

theyorkshirecurlew ,


It’s a good app hit beware you have to pay extra for the photo pack which is not at all clear in the App Store and goes totally unmentioned in the preview section. This is VERY cheap. Please fix.

Brocko73 ,

Season ebird Southern Africa

On the the face of things seems very comprehensive, but, and this is a big but, with a little use, shortcomings are apparent, for example, the complete absence of common birds e.g. Cape Bulbul. Surely, if there are omissions like this, then doubt is cast on the whole app. There are also issues with with similar, but different species having exactly the same pictures/graphics, surely defeating the point. Shame, because the app has the potential. It's not like it's a cheap app.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your comments. The Cape Bulbul is definitely included in the app, please check if your 'My Location' setting is maybe set to a location that the bird does not appear. If you have any further issues please contact us at and we will try our best to help.


Cool Ideas LLC
485 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Photo Pack £6.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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