Working for birds in Africa

ABC App - Birds of Africa

Date posted: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

BIRDS of AFRICA is available to download for FREE

Egyptian Plover

Lionel Sineux

We are pleased to inform you that a new FREE birding App BIRDS of AFRICA is available to download from both the Google Play Store and Apple iStore.  This App includes 1,000 bird species on the checklists of Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo.

The App contains a wealth of detail including photographs, songs and calls, text and maps. It is primarily a field identification guide which includes the capability to record and upload sightings to a central database as well as allowing the user to maintain personal checklists. 

It is an asset of the African Bird Club. Go to the Store and follow the installation guidelines. It has been tested on a variety of modern Android devices including Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, A8 and Tablet A6 as well as Huawei and Xiaomi devices, and Apple / IOS devices including iPad, iPhones 5S, SE, 6S and XS.

The APP is designed to be used by ornithologists, wardens, birders and others with a general interest in birds and is intended to be an aid to conservation. Through time, it will be developed to include all species and countries in Africa. We are working to add Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and The Gambia as the next update. 

The African Bird Club is a UK registered charity dedicated to the education, communication and conservation of Africa’s birds. We would like to thank the following people and organisations for providing significant help to the project.

Rockjumper Birding Ltd for its generous support of the App. Rockjumper Birding Ltd is the world’s largest bird tour company offering tours in over 100 countries.

Tasso Leventis for providing generous financial support for the App as well as images of many rarely photographed species.

Kevin Ravno of g-bird based in South Africa combined the technical vision and leadership with the ornithological knowledge necessary for this project to succeed.

The 150 or so people from across the planet who have provided photos and calls, written and proofread texts, tested the App and provided useful feedback, without whom this App would not have been possible.

John Caddick, African Bird Club, [email protected]


“This is the best app with comprehensive lists of African Birds. It’s easy to use, having every detail a birdwatcher in Africa could use or require at any time. Yes, easy to carry around compared to hard copy bird guides. This is a well thought out and excellent accomplishment. I have been happily using it in the field without problems.”

“Comprehensive, informative and user-friendly. I particularly like the way you can move easily from one species to another. The calls are so useful, as are the photos of similar species that one might have difficulty identifying.”

“Birds of Africa is an excellent and comprehensive app accessible to all (free of charge). As a bird photographer I enjoy it very much.”

“It is clear this app has been given lots of thought and is very practical for any bird lover. It’s informative as well as fun to use. Definitely would recommend!”

“This is a superb resource. The ABC should be congratulated in producing something of this quality for free and to support education and appreciation of the natural world.”

“I must say I’m blown away by all of your hard work! What an amazing job - congratulations on this fantastic resource. Quite incredible.”

“The photos looked amazing, information and maps good too and the sightings were interesting. I think this could be quite addictive. Congratulations on producing such a superb app.”

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