Working for birds in Africa

ABC App - Birds of Africa

Date posted: 
Thursday, February 4, 2021

BIRDS of AFRICA is available to download for FREE



We are pleased to inform you that an UPDATE to the FREE birding App BIRDS of AFRICA is available to download from both the Google Play Store and Apple iStore.  We have now completed all countries and species in West Africa and have embarked on countries in East Africa. The App now includes more than 1,700 bird species on the checklists of 28 countries. Countries and islands which are operational in West Africa are Annobon, Benin, Bioko, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tomé, Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Togo. Countries which are operational in East Africa are Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.


The App contains a wealth of detail including photographs, sounds, text, maps and Google Maps showing Global Range and movement. 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 Android devices including Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, S20, 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. At present, we are working to complete East African countries.

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 and Wessel Swanpoel combined the technical vision and leadership with the ornithological knowledge necessary for this project to succeed.

The 200 or so people from across the planet who have provided photos and sounds, 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]


"An incredible resource that transforms birding in Africa."

"This app is a triumph - all African birders should have it. First rate photography and descriptive text. Authoritative. Easy and interesting to use. I look forward keenly to the addition of more countries."

“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.”

"Fantastic! This is truly an incredible resource. We will share with our contacts in mainland EG - we've already shared with our colleagues on Bioko." 

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