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Something from our Resources section: Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

The app includes detailed descriptions, distribution maps and species status for all 975 species, as well as over 1300 labelled illustrations and more than 800 bird calls of different types (song, duet, alarm, mating calls, and group calls). Also incorporated is a dynamic search filter that helps the user identify birds based on GPS location, size, colour and region.

Additional features include interactive cross-­‐references to other species, allowing instant comparison with similar birds, as well as pop-­‐up definitions of scientific and other terms. Users can keep track of their bird sightings in a Life List within the app. All sighting saved to the Life List are securely saved to a remote database, giving users access to the data from any location and allowing them to sync their personal list across other devices that have the app installed.

The app, which is compatible with iOS 6.1 devices, including the iPad2, iPhone 3Gs and iPod Touch 4 and upwards.

The commemorative edition of Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa was published in 2010 and remains one of the most trusted and popular birding guides in southern Africa since its initial publication in 1983. Struik Nature is the leading specialist Natural History publisher in southern Africa, responsible for an impressive list of best-­‐selling and highly regarded field guides in book and app form across a variety of subject areas.

All titles are written by the region’s most respected authorities in their felds, ensuring accuracy, relevance and authority. Full-­‐colour illustrated books and interactive apps cover birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, butterflies, trees, flowers, the marine environment, geology, astronomy, general wildlife and children & nature.

The Newman’s app was developed in conjunction with Polymorph, a Stellenbosch-­‐based app development company that has previously developed apps for Fonkmobile, Mapstudio and Geomed.

App available from:
iTunes Link


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