• Includes over 1000 high quality photographs.
• Universal app, pay once and get app for both iPhone and iPad.
• 975 bird species (i.e. ALL the species for the region).
• Detailed descriptions (including species status), illustrations and distribution maps.
• Accurate illustrations of each bird as it is seen in the field, with labels showing diagnostic features.
• Over 800 bird calls with multiple call types (song, duet, alarm, mating).
• Easy navigation using the unique Newman’s bird groups.
• Browse alphabetically by family name.
• Search by common, scientific and Afrikaans bird names.
• Identify birds by region or your current GPS.
• Filter your results by bird size and colour.
• Easily compare birds using cross-references in species descriptions.
• Keep track of bird sightings in your online life list, allowing you to store the date, location and comments for each sighting.
• Your life list is automatically backed up online and will be shared across your other devices that have the app installed.
• The full app is downloaded to your device, so internet connectivity is not required to use the app (aside from the initial logging in to the life list – see the Important Note below).


Over 1,000 high quality photos added, no additional payment required.


"Opening the Newman’s app was like meeting Ken again – elegant, simple and shining with his wonderful art. The groupings make perfect and immediate sense, the page layout is instantly assimilated in a glance – this app now sets the ornithological standard and deserves a full 5-star rating."

– Dave Pepler, Presenter of Groen on DSTV


In a world characterised by speed and urgency, birding offers the antithesis – a chance to sit still, unwind and simply observe – whether in one’s own garden or in a remote area of the bush.

This Newman’s Birds app is the perfect companion for all birders, from the beginner to the keenest twitcher. It is based on the 2010 commemorative edition of Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa, one of the most popular birding guides in the region since its initial publication in 1983.


Try before you buy – there is a free lite version with full app functionality, limited to 60 species, so that you can see how it works before purchasing this app. Search for Newman's Birds of Southern Africa LITE.


This app includes a cloud-based life list that stores your sightings online. You need to log in to the life list while you have internet connectivity, but once logged in, you can add sightings when you don’t have an internet connection. When you next connect to the internet, the life list will sync, and your new entries should be added to your list. The life list will sync to all your devices that have the app installed and where you are logged in with the same details.

What’s New

Version 3.6.2

Some minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
206 Ratings

206 Ratings

SAgunnerZA ,

Best in class

The app is best in its class (vs Sasol and Roberts) for ease of use and general functionality. Pictures and descriptions are spot on. Bird calls are great (although the interface could use a clean up to suit the more general aesthetic of the app - would be great to still see the bird image and hear the call). Navigation is superb.

I think it would really benefit from enhancing the life list. In the first instance prevent duplicates in the master life list.

Similarly the ability to have multiple ‘holiday lists’ (with possible tick boxes - much like the back of the book) would be great for tracking sightings on the go - over and above the life list. In these instances the location and date data can be captured once and a list with a tick box would be easier than navigating to each individual bird for recording purposes (same can be said for the life list - especially for more experienced birders migrating to the app - adding birds individually is a chore).

There is great potential to create really rich data along date(season), location and sightings pattens with multiple editable lists - without cluttering the life list.

All in all, well worth the current price tag.

Flawed12 ,

8.5/10 great but could use some better UX

Really great resource, needs a few fixes from UX perspective.
- search functionality could be better, upon search I would like to see a list/grid of all the birds, not the individual groups that you must open
- some of the names are new/ don’t match in the book.
- I think it would be great if you could view ALL the birds on one scrollable page. Would make it easier to use.
- would be good to have an interactive map, can click on an area and will tell you likely species to see. Not just current location.
- I think creating a comment forum on the app would be great, to be able to upload images/questions and the community can help answer and ID.
Great app otherwise

ljswaan ,

It’s average, but still a lot of work

“Adding the sighting” menu, is extremely dark. I struggle to see the words written in the menu. Then when the location is set to “Add current location” an error message pops up saying that I need to add in a lovstion, as there isn’t one. Then when I manually add the location, that is North-West Province, it still gives me the error. So what the heck?! Now I can’t add the sighting.
It would be great to have the ability to search the voice call as well.
Navigation is also lacking in some areas, ex after clearing filters in Search, I can’t press outside of the menu to remove the menu. I have to actually click “search” again to remove the menu.

Clicking on the map, when the map opens, it distorts vertically. It doesn’t keep the proportion.

Otherwise, a good app with nice illustrations and photos. What about some juvenile species photos?

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  • Family Sharing

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

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