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.
You can take a more detailed tour on our website at www.sabirding.co.za.
* 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 devices.
Update to iOS 10
Various bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
The revised book version has been on sale for over a year...why has the App not been updated to include the new illustrations and species. It would also be nice to be able to upload one’s own images into the App.
Remember the days before the app you were forced to use your program on one PC or buy another package? When the app came out I wondered how they were going to make money and my answer to myself was the steep price of the app. Now I see the old modus operandi returning. You don't update your app you develop a "new" app with the updates and then force users to pay for the app to get updates!
App should be updated
I agree with the reviewer above. The information contained is not the problem - it is high quality scientific and detailed info. The app, especially at R499, should be updated to the resolution of the new iPhones and iPads, as well as a revamp of the overall usability of buttons that still look like iOS 6.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.