**Now a universal app - designed for iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch**

The eGuide to Birds of East Africa is an interactive companion to Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe's Birds of East Africa field guide – the essential guide for birdwatchers visiting this spectacular region. It covers Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. This application has specific features that will enhance your birding experience.

Hi-res images, distribution maps and detailed text descriptions of over 1300 bird species including breeding species and regular visitors.
These images can be expanded to fill the entire width of the screen in portrait and landscape.
Audible calls for more than 1000 bird species
“Bird Compare” that allows you to compare two birds on the same screen.
A personal bird list that stores your bird sightings saved to the device that can then be exported through email.
View the Bird Index by Common or Scientific bird names either alphabetically or taxonomically.

*Uninstalling the program will result in the loss of your list, it is recommended that you keep your own master list separate from the program.

What’s New

Version 1.5.1

Fixed some bugs.
Update app for newer iOS versions and devices.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Brorilä ,

Great content. Lousy app!

The contents are great although many modern bird books (for other areas) are better with richer descriptions and focus on identification.

The app part however is a joke. If you choose between buying the physical book (similarly priced) or the app, buy the book!

You get an index of the birds by name (sorted either alphabetically or by taxonomy). From there you can click through to the bird page. You can search, but that is only on name or family. If you, for example, search for vulture you will not find the Lammergeier because it is in its own taxonomy (under vultures).

— correction. It does not search family, only the name of the bird. “Owl” generates a long list including “...fowl” but “owls” is an empty set. The more you look at this app the worse it gets. Selling a pdf version of the book would be nor useful!

You can swipe from bird to bird but it is finicky (at least on my iPhone). It will not consider your search when swiping. If you have made a search for, say eagle, it will show you harriers after the snake eagles (swiping right on the southern banded snake-eagle).

If you don’t know what family the bird you’re trying to identify you’ll probably throw your phone to the nearest baboon in disgust.

The right choice by the developers would be to team up with an app like iBird through some licensing deal. Marry the great content with iBirds versatile and useful search and filter functionality.

In the meantime, buy the book!!!

Flygonz ,

Excellent App

This app made our bird identifications in Tanzania so much easier (also with our guide’s help). We ID’d 82 species in 10 days! Great graphics, sound, and comparisons.

dangerousbeans46 ,

Great resource, hope more features will come.

This is a very handy electronic version of the excellent guide book. (And that's basically what it is--an ebook with some nice extras. It doesn't have a bunch of interactive functions that I normally associate with apps.) As with the book, you'll benefit from familiarizing yourself with the different groupings. You can't, of course, thumb through pages to find what you're looking for, but there's an option to browse alphabetically which is very helpful. For example, you can go straight to "H" and find all the herons--nice for those of us who don't use the book/app all the time. The list function makes logging your discoveries easy, though it may not have enough fields for serious birders. But it's fun for me, as I've only concerned myself with identification until now.
I'd love to see more features in the future. Top of my wish list would be a way to browse birds by geographic region.
Bottom line: There could be more here, but I'm very happy I bought the app. It's got nice extras the book doesn't have (I didn't even mention the calls or the compare function!), and it's there when I want it, not on the shelf at home. :)


Cool Ideas LLC
516.1 MB

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



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 Cool Ideas LLC


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