The African Bird Club is developing a series of free Birding Apps. Our first product, Birds of Mauritius, can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the Apple Store / iStore.
Birds of Mauritius has been tested by over 100 users and feedback has been very good. It has been operated successfully in several African countries including Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius and South Africa. Testing has been carried out on a variety of Android devices including Samsung Galaxy S7 and A8, and Tablet A6, and Apple / IOS devices including iPad, iPhones 5S, SE and 6S.
Our second venture will be the Birds of Nigeria / Benin / Togo / Ghana and we have started development of this product.
WHO WILL USE THE APP?
The APP will be used by ornithologists, birders and others with a general interest in birds. It will be an ABC asset and a major contribution to conservation in Africa. It is planned to be delivered free at download.
WHAT WILL BE DELIVERED?
ABC will deliver free field guides for IOS and Android smartphones and tablets via the App stores.
We have tried to make this App as user friendly as possible. Many users who are familiar with a range of smartphone and tablet birding Apps will probably not need to use the help text. However, we have found in usability trials that some features may need further explanation. You can find further details at https://africanbirdclub.org/abc-app-help-text.
INFORMATION FOR CONTENT PROVIDERS
The Apps will contain photos, calls, text and maps for each species. A large part of the work to date has been to develop templates which will define a set of rules for naming and building the content. Detailed information for the providers of App content can be found at https://africanbirdclub.org/abc-app-content-templates. The purpose of this web page is to specify the rules in order that multiple people can develop content to a consistent format and standard. The app will not display content correctly unless these rules are followed.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP THE DEVELOPMENT EFFORT?
This is a major undertaking which in time will cover all the birds of Africa. If you would like to help with developments, please contact [email protected]. Specific help required is the provision of photos, text and calls for the Birds of Nigeria.
Latest page update 12th September 2018