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Birding Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is an incredibly diverse island both in terms of its culture and its avifauna. Lying just beyond the easterly remnants of the Asian continent and Wallace's line it is in most respects very much Australasian. There are no Barbets, Woodpeckers or Trogons for example and likewise no primates. This isolation has allowed marsupials and many Australasian bird families to flourish. Particularly well represented groups include Pigeons, Parrots, Owlet Nightjars, Kingfishers, Australasian warblers and Fantails, Monarchs, Australasian Robins, Honeyeaters, and of course the Birds of Paradise for which this wonderful archipelago is justly famous.

This geographic isolation, combined with the rugged mountainous interior has also led to an incredible diversification of people. For example over 700 languages are spoken, and nearly every valley seems to have its own culture and traditions, with some people not having had their first contact with westerners until the 1930s. Thankfully this has also allowed much of Papua New Guinea's natural habitat to remain, and there are still vast expanses of forest, alive with some of the most exciting birds on the planet.

New Guinea has more than 400 endemic bird species (including offshore islands), although the relatively arbitrary international boundary that bisects the main landmass means that mainland Papua New Guinea supports a mere 25 or so true endemics. However these include some astonishingly beautiful species such as Fire-maned Bowerbird, Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, and Raggiana, Emperor and Blue Birds of Paradise.

A three or four week trip to the top sites in Papua New Guinea [listed below] could produce a total of around 300 species, but more intrepid birders with more time will find many other excellent sites just waiting to be discovered.

Top Sites

Kiunga

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Kiunga is a lowland rainforest area in the west of the country near the Irian Jaya border, possible birds include, Southern Crowned Pigeon, Pesquet's Parrot, Blue Jewel Babbler, Palm Cockatoo, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Flame Bowerbird, Twelve-wired, Greater, Raggiana and King Birds of Paradise.

Tabubil

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Tabubil is a site in the foothills of the Star Mountains which is good for Chestnut-backed Jewel Babbler, Carola's Parotia and Magnificent Bird of Paradise.

Tari/Mt. Hagen

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Tari/Mt. Hagen are Highland sites from 1700 - 2900 metres above sea level. Many birds including Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Black and Brown Sicklebills, Lawe's Parotia, Blue, Crested, Superb and King of Saxony Birds of Paradise.

Varirata National Park

Information

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Varirata National Park is near Port Moresby, highlights could include Dwarf Cassowary, Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher, Eastern Riflebird and Wallace's Fairy wren.

Contributor

Chris Lodge

Bird Artist

http://www.chrislodgeart.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 876

National Bird - Raggiana Bird of Paradise Paradisaea raggiana

Endemics

Number of endemics: 400+

The above is a figure for the whole of New Guinea (including the Bismarcks and Admiralty Islands) - that is species not found outside this area but many shared across the islands and the nations. There are around 76 for the island of New Guinea with 29 endemic to PNG alone and 42 to West Papua, whilst the Bismarcks/Admiralties have about 54, (and Bougainville another 4).

Checklist

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Useful Reading

Birds of New Guinea

By Bruce Beehler & Thane Pratt | Princeton University Press | 2014 | Paperback | 528 pages, 110 plates with colour illustrations; 1 b/w illustrations, 635 colour distribution |

ISBN: 9780691095639

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Birds of New Guinea: Distribution, Taxonomy, and Systematics

By Bruce M Beehler & Thane K Pratt | Princeton University Press | 2016 | Hardback | 668 pages, 2 plates with 14 colour photos; 2 b/w maps, tables |

ISBN: 9780691164243

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Birds of New Guinea: Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville

By Phil Gregory | Lynx Edicions | 2017 | Hardback | 464 pages, 1780+ colour illustrations, 867 colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9788494189272

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Birdsongs of Papua New Guinea

By Scott Connop | Turaco | 2008 | Audio CD |

ISBN: #176547

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Papua New Guinea Birds

By Roy D MacKay | University of Papua New Guinea Press | 2012 | Paperback | 36 pages, 72 colour photos, 1 b/w map |

ISBN: 998094580X

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Useful Information

Papua New Guinea

http://www.papuanewguinea.travel/birdwatching
"Bird Watchers" - let yourself be amazed by PNG! With around 700 species of birds in Papua New Guinea including the exotic Bird of Paradise and hundreds of unique species there is much to be seen. There are many locations throughout the country to see the beautiful species of birds in Papua New Guinea, so refer to the contact details below for more information on bird life in the various locations of Papua New Guinea…

Organisations

Papua Bird Club

Papua Bird Club is the only organization located in West Papua (Irian Jaya, now Papua); Indonesia that offers customized tours for bird lovers as well as conservation activity for the purpose of conserving the Papuan birds and its nature in their original habitat. Papua offers some of the best birding in the world. Located on the western half of the island of New Guinea, the world`s second largest, Papua still has areas that are waiting to be explored. The province contains several endemic species of Birds of Paradise, Bowerbirds, Cassowaries, Cockatoos, Parrots, etc.The land is also rich in plant and other wildlife, such as the Tree Kangoroo, the giant Leatherback sea turtle, Dugong and the longest varanid species on the planet. West Papua regions also offers the best underwater marine life in the world, according to the recent CI marine survey around the Raja Ampat Island…

The Nature Conservatory Papua New Guinea Program

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The Conservancy's work in Papua New Guinea is driven by a strong belief in long-term community engagement and innovative approaches to conservation, including a nationally recognized marine education program, conservation covenants, community managed protected areas and a conservation trust fund…

Reserves

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Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area

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The Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area is the perfect destination for those wanting to experience magnificent rainforests while learning more about the traditional lifestyles of the people who call the rainforest home.

Mount Gahavisuka National Park

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…noted for the famed birds of paradise, Mt. Wilhelm (4,509) metres), the Asaro Mudmen village, Kainantu pottery, and Dualo Pass - one of the highest road access points in Papua New Guinea - are just a few of the select tours…

Waigeo & Batanta

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Waitanta’s prolonged isolation produced nearly mythical, endemic feathered life forms as Bruijn’s Brush-turkey Aepypodius bruijnii, Wilson's Cicinnurus respublica and Red Bird of Paradise Paradisaea rubra, one by one species that make the hearts of ornithologists and birders alike beat faster. In fact, every self-respecting world birder is bound to at least once in a lifetime undertake the pilgrimage to the avian delights of Waitanta…

Wopkola Rainforest

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The project has two development priorities: eco-forestry (reforestation) and nature conservation. Reforestation involves the buying of massive sums of tree seedlings and planting them in customary lands inside Kokop Village. The conservation aspect involves the revival and restoration of the once-destroyed “Wopkola Rainforest” inside Kokop Village, and the declaration of this 30 plus hectare site as an indefinite ‘strict conservation zone’.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is indeed a birder’s paradise. Thirty-four birds-of-paradise live on the island of New Guinea, of which thirty-one can be found in Papua New Guinea. The island of New Guinea is home to an incredible 399 endemics! Together with awe-inspiring scenery, endless rainforests, and fascinating highland societies that only made contact with the outside world in 1930, this makes Papua New Guinea a definite must-do destination for any avid birder.

BirdQuest

Tour Operator

BirdQuest offer several itineraries for Papua New Guinea usually running in July & August…

Cassowary Tours

Website

We also currently run tours to the following international destinations, Papua New Guinea…

Fieldguides

Tour Operator

Birds-of-paradise and bowerbirds are the crowning jewels of one of most remarkable bird faunas, set against a fascinating cultural backdrop far removed from our own. Survey tour focusing on forest specialties in diverse and scenic regions…

Gondwana Connections Wildlife Tours

Tour Operator

We at Gondwana Connection have a particular interest in nocturnal species, so are only too pleased to offer NIGHT SPOTTING as part of our tours when ever possible...

Milne Bay Birdwatching

Boat Trips

Papua New Guinea has over 700 species of birds of which 269 are found in the Milne Bay Provence…

Papua Expeditions

Tour Operator

Think huge, man-sized yet infuriatingly wary, flightless cassowaries. Retiring megapodes with fascinating incubation strategies, adeptly manipulating environmental heat sources. A New Guinea Eagle Harpyopsis novaeguineae delivering its remarkable and far-carrying advertising call towards dusk. Or crowned-pigeons abruptly breaking the relative silence when exploding in clapping wingbeats from alongside a creek at noon. Think of the profusion of parrots in all colors and sizes simply imaginable. Dazzling kingfishers, that include three single-island endemic paradise-kingfishers, and the widespread though rarely seen, aptly-named Shovel-billed Kookaburra Clytoceyx rex. Think mysterious nocturnal owlet-nightjars featuring cuddly, feline faces. Glorious jewel-babblers skulking on the forest floor as if most reluctant to reveal their colors. Think utterly astonishing bowerbirds… Very few places on Earth can rival with Papua's seemingly endless list of singularly unique feathered life forms…

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Tour Operator

Over the years we have established an unbeatable reputation for leading highly successful tours to Papua New Guinea, and our tour totals of around 400 species include up to 24 different birds-of-paradise and almost 20 kingfisher species, a feat impossible to match anywhere else! We also offer an extension to New Britain to search for a plethora of endemic doves, kingfishers and parrots.

Sicklebill Safaris

Tour Operator

Sicklebill Safaris was founded with the aim of taking small groups of visitors to New Guinea to experience the wonderful country and its astonishingly varied culture, and to see as many of the 400 endemic species as possible. We aim to support locally owned, minimum impact, sustainable tourism ventures using local guides as much as possible and helping to provide an alternative income source to logging…

Trans Niugini Tours

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Established over 35 years ago, we are the only inbound tour operator that not only owns and manages a selection of award-winning Wilderness Lodges, but also our very own fleet of aircraft, vehicles and boats. We can proudly assure you of the highest levels of safety, reliability and consistently excellent standards of service while you relax and savor the adventure that is Papua New Guinea.

Ventbird

Tour Operator

On my last VENT tour, I found four species of birds that would be new for my great friend, David Bishop, whose ornithological explorations in this fascinating country are famous…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2008 [09 September] - Sam Woods

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Papua New Guinea is a wild and untamed place, swathed in thick, lush rainforest, that is full of some of the weirdest and most awe-inspiring birds on the planet. None are more jaw-dropping than the main group of birds that New Guinea is justly famous for - the incredible Birds-of-paradise. Our tour, as with any bird tour to this wild island, focused first and foremost on these amazing birds, although we picked up a 'few' others along the way too (our trip total ended up over 340 species)…

2009 [08 August] - Chuck Bell

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…Our itinerary took us through Sydney to get to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, where we joined a scheduled Rockjumper Birding Tours trip…

2009 [09 September] - Christian Boix

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Just to make things clear from the outset, this was no ordinary Papua New Guinea birding tour. It has to be said that we were exceptionally lucky with some very difficult birds. I am yet to find a trip report that has encountered five species of Owlet-Nightjar on a tour like we did!. So maybe we were unique in that regard. However it wasn’t just with the little nocturnal devils that we got lucky. Many people judge the success of a PNG trip by the number of Birds-of-paradise seen, this trip recorded 24, with 22 of those seen, and both Melampittas (one seen, one heard only) also recorded…

2010 [06 June] - Nik Borrow

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Papua New Guinea is absolutely one of those essential destinations for any world travelling birder. At least 708 species have been recorded from this, the worlds second largest island and it is also home to three endemic bird families; the berrypeckers, the painted berrypeckers and the satin birds as well as some strange creatures of ‘uncertain affinities’ such as the beautiful Blue-capped Ifrita, Wattled Ploughbill and the shy melampittas…

2010 [07 July] - Mark Van Beirs

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The exquisite Superb Pitta was without a doubt the avian highlight of this amazing trip. Other mega birds included the gorgeous Wahnes’ Parotia, the extraordinary Fire-maned Bowerbird and the unique Vulturine Parrot…

2010 [08 August] - Sam Woods

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Papua New Guinea is known as the “land of unexpected”, and their national saying is “expect the unexpected”. For good, and bad, we experienced some examples of this during this successful tour on this resource-rich island, and ammased a great trip list of 407 species. Some of what we saw was very much expected: a slew of species from arguably the most spectacular bird family on the planet, the outrageous birds-of-paradise…

2013 [07 July] - Petri Hottola

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…The common species included Little Pied Cormorant (1 resident), Black Bittern, Pacific Black Duck (up to 3), Blyth’s Hornbill, Eclectus Parrot, Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Purple-bellied Lory (commonly seen at most sites), Red-flanked Lorikeet (many), Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, New Britain Friarbird and Shining Flycatcher…

2013 [10 October] - Sam Woods

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…More memorable experiences included great looks at all three available species of paradise-kingfisher (Buff-breasted and Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfishers in Varirata, and Little Paradise-Kingfisher in the Kwatu area); great looks at two fiery male Crested Satinbirds in the highlands; such super looks at a deep blue male Emperor Fairywren which led to this species into contention for the top five birds of the trip for the very first time….

2014 [04 April] - Phil Gregory

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...We then moved across to much more luxurious Rondon Ridge near Mt Hagen, with lovely big rooms but 40 steps to climb up to the dining area keeping us fit! Thankfully they now have quite a good system of trails in the forest here and we found it a rewarding place, albeit hard to see things well. We lost the first afternoon to a heavy rainstorm, where we briefly lost power- not again!- but it was good thereafter and we were able to spend the key parts of each day in the forest, with the afternoons as always much quieter. Star birds here included Blue and Superb BoP, Macgregor’s Bowerbird, Black Pitohui, Sclater’s and Mottled Whistler, Yellowish-streaked Honeyeater, Blue-faced Parrotfinch and loads of vociferous Goldie’s Lorikeets...

2014 [07 July] - Mark van beirs

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...We also found a dark morph Pacific Reef Heron, Eastern Osprey, Variable Goshawk, four Nicobar Pigeons that gave brief looks, Island Imperial Pigeon, Coconut Lorikeet, Brush Cuckoo, some very smart Moustached Treeswifts, Glossy, Uniform and Whiterumped Swiftlets, Oriental Dollarbird, Northern Fantail, Olive-backed Sunbird and Metallic and Singing Starlings. At dusk we heard the...

2014 [07 July] - Phil Gregory

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...Dablin again gave Black-shouldered Cicadabird, whilst Little Ringed Plover of the odd local race showed well at Km 120 next day, but Km 17 was very quiet in the heat with Streak-headed Honeyeater the highlight. The boat trip next day was in fine conditions, and we had lovely looks at Southern Crowned Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, Collared Imperial-Pigeon, more Blyth’s Hornbills and a Great-billed Heron being mobbed by noisy Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. Kwatu Lodge gave me my annual exposure to fried spam, plus magnificent Orange-breasted Fig-Parrots from the deck, and a Lowland Peltops similarly. A night-time boat foray began in starlight with a bright moon, and ended in heavy rain just after we got onto Wallace’s Owlet-nightjar at the new lodge upstream, neatly sabotaging my hopes of Starry Owlet-nightjar once more. The river was amazingly high and many of the usual spots were deep underwater, the Flightless Rail hide had the trackway logs floating and basically cost us the bird as it was simply too wet, but we did get a simply wonderful Pesquet’s Parrot perched, I would have got a cracking photo if I’d realised my lens cap was still on before it flew! Twelve-wired Bop was displaying to a female near the lodge...

2014 [08 August] - Chris Kehoe

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...On arrival we concentrated in the parking area where we soon found a Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Hooded Pitohuis, a female Raggiana Bop, Brown Oriole, Black-fronted White-eyes and Red-capped Flowerpeckers. Black Berrypeckers were the first representatives of one of New Guinea’s endemic families while a briefly calling Rufous-backed Jewel-babbler was seen by one person as Wompoo Fruit Doves, Purple-tailed Imperial Pigeon and others appeared overhead. Green-backed Gerygone was then found before we set off along the Viewpoint Trail where a Growling Riflebird was a highlight along with Black-winged Monarch and a brief Rusty Pitohui. Pale-billed Scrubwren and Pink-spotted Fruit Dove showed well before we made our way to the more open savanna woodland where Hooded Butcherbirds, Rainbow Bee-eaters and others were seen before the light began to fade and we returned to Port Moresby for dinner and some well earned rest...

2014 [09 September] - Chris Kehoe

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For birders PNG is virtually synonymous with Birds-of-paradise (Bops) and our recent tour amassed a fantastic total of 22 species including such delights as Blue, King, Superb, Magnificent and King-of-Saxony Bops, Queen Carola’s and Lawes’s Parotias, Short-tailed Paradigallas and Princess Stephanie’s and Ribbon-tailed Astrapias, many showed extremely well including several that are often hard to get good views of such as Black Sicklebill and the rarely encountered Black-billed Sicklebill....

2014 [09 September] - Dion Hobcraft

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...A fruiting fig tree attracted Boyer’s Cuckooshrike, Orange-bellied and Pink-spotted fruitdoves, the dapper chestnut and black “poison-plumaged” Hooded Pitohui, and the nondescript Plain Honeyeater. We moved to the lek of Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise and scoped a splendid male who was in a holding position between odd bouts of calling, the gray weather subduing the collective display fervor. Moving further into the forest we spotted the Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher, a stunning forest cryptic with motmot-like tail pennants. Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Red-cheeked Parrot, and Blackcapped Lory, all spectacular, carried the momentum...

2014 [09 September] - Dion Hobcraft

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A smooth arrival into Port Moresby gave us enough time to squeeze in a couple of hours of birding at the Parliament House building. Beyond admiring the architecture on display, we spotted some quite good birds. Amongst the species on offer were Torresian Imperial-Pigeon, Coconut (Rainbow) Lorikeet, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Black-backed Butcherbird, Brown Oriole, Gray ShrikeThrush, and Fawn-breasted Bowerbird to mention some....

2014 [10 October] - Herve and Noelle Jacob

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Reports of a number of sites

2014 [10 October] - Jay VanderGaast

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A short flight from Cairns took us into a whole different world, exotic Papua New Guinea. The first day there saw us head up to the wonderful Varirata National Park, where we had a nice introduction to the country's incredible bird life. Here we tallied such species as Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove, a roosting Barred Owlet-Nightjar, gorgeous Rufous-bellied Kookaburras, Yellow-billed Kingfisher and Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher, stunning Black-capped Lories, the poisonous Hooded Pitohui, and showy Raggiana Birds-of-paradise...

2015 [07 July] - Jay VanderGaast

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...Next morning came the first of our two visits to wonderful Varirata NP, still my favorite birding locale in the country. Male Raggiana Birds-of-paradise (BoPs) on their lek were a highlight as always, but memorable too were the great variety of fruit-doves (with Wompoo, Pink-spotted, Superb, Dwarf, and the rare Coroneted all showing well), the stunning Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher, a young male Magnificent (Growling) Riflebird, Black-capped Lories, and a plethora of other great birds making for a fantastic first visit to the park.

2015 [08 August] - Dion Hobcroft

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...Once in the forest we began the patience game of trying to sight birds in these thick forests. We had an outstanding performance from a pair of Yellow-billed Kingfishers. At a traditional stake-out for Barred Owlet-nightjar we found an emerald Green Tree Monitor sticking out of the hollow log.

2015 [09 September] - Dion Hobcroft - Western New Britain

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...We had an excellent run starting with a fine pair of adult White-mantled Kingfishers, an uncommon and often difficult endemic. Then a trio of Violaceous Coucals turned on an excellent performance as they boomed at us from a vine tangle. In between we scoped the endemic Red-banded Flowerpecker, Ashy Myzomela, and our first perched Blue-eyed Cockatoo was a big hit.

2015 [11 November] - Des Hume - Milne Bay's Endemics

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2016 [03 March] - Vincent van der Spek

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Port Moresby area & the Central Highlands - 143 New Guinea endemics, including representatives of all endemic bird families currently recognised by the IOC, and five semi-endemics (shared with the Bismarck archipelago). We saw 15 birds of paradise: Glossy-mantled and Crinkle-collared Manucode, Brown (plenty; no males though) and Black Sicklebill (male and female), King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (two males), Lawes’s Parotia (male and female), Superb (common; several males), Magnificent (female-type + 2 heard only) and King Bird of Paradise (unfortunately heard only), Princess Stephanies (2 males and 1 female) and Ribbon-tailed Astrapia (one adult male, several females and young males), Growling Riflebird (several males), Lesser (immature male), Raggiana (plenty, including displaying males) and Blue Bird of Paradise (4-5; one male).

2016 [06 June] - Chris Kehoe

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Our recent tour to Papua New Guinea, including an extension to New Britain undertaken by all participants, produced numerous highlights. Birds-of-paradise (Bops) inevitably featured prominently during the main tour as we enjoyed views of many species including memorably close encounters with the likes of Twelve-wired and Raggiana Bops plus marvellous display performances by males of King and Greater Bops....

2016 [06 June] - Phil Gregory

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...We did well at the park with showy male Raggiana BoP’s, several sightings of the elusive Growling Riflebird, the old faithful Barred Owlet-nightjar back in his longtaim roost hole, Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher and almost a sighting of Pheasant Pigeon, plus Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Hooded Pitohui and Rusty Pitohui....

2016 [07 July] - Phil Gregory - new Britain

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...Highlights here included Beach Thick-knee, Black Noddy, Nicobar Pigeon, Mackinlay’s CuckooDove, Island Imperial Pigeon, Beach Kingfisher, Red-bibbed (Sclater’s) Myzomela, Island Monarch, and Mangrove Golden Whistler. The Garu Wildlife Management Area gave us Red-knobbed, Finsch’s and Yellowish Imperial Pigeons, White-mantled Kingfisher, Violaceous Coucal, White-necked Coucal, Ashy Myzomela and Bismarck Flowerpecker...

2016 [08 August] - Wayne Jones

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..frustratingly shy Growling Riflebirds and Papuan King Parrots - a lucky few at the front of the queue managed glimpses of a Pheasant Pigeon as it flushed from the path. The group had better luck with Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher, another notoriously reticent species, which thankfully allowed everyone super views. Other birds along the trails included Yellow-bellied and Fairy Gerygones, Black Berrypecker, Rusty Mouse-Warbler, Chestnut-bellied Fantail, Mimic Honeyeater, Hooded Butcherbird, Black, Spot-winged and Frilled Monarchs, endearing White-faced Robin, Zoe’s Imperial Pigeon, Rusty Pitohui, Black Cicadabird, Grey Whistler and Wompoo Fruit Dove.

2016 [09 September] - Adam Walleyn

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...We then had a look at the bower of a Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, before moving on to the ponds area. As usual, there was a multitude of waterbirds present, including Plumed and Wandering Whistling Ducks, Pacific Black Ducks, Little Pied and Little Black Cormorant, Australasian Little Grebe, Australian White Ibis, Australasian Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Comb-crested Jacana and even 2 Pacific Golden Plovers....

2016 [09 September] - Adam Walleyn - New Britain

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...A pleasant assortment of birds sat out on bare branches in the early morning light: Variable Goshawks, Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeon, numerous Eclectus Parrots, Purple-bellied Lories, Red-flanked Lorikeets, White-necked Coucals, Moustached Treeswift, Blyth’s Hornbills, Long-tailed Mynas and Metallic Starlings....

2016 [11 November] - Jay VanderGaast & Doug Gchfeld - New Guinea & Australia

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...We started things off with an afternoon visit to PAU, where, among many other species, we enjoyed great looks at dapper Pied Herons, a trio of massive Papuan Frogmouths, raucous Yellow-faced Mynas, and at day's end, unbeatable views of a scarce Black Bittern. Our visits to nearby Varirata National Park were equally productive, as among expected standouts such as Raggiana BoP, Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Barred Owlet-Nightjar, Frilled Monarch, and Hooded PItohui there were also some wonderful surprises in the forms of Dwarf Koel, Hooded Pitta, and Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher, all three of which allowed us lengthy scope studies! Fruit-doves were also memorable here, with Pink-spotted, Orange-bellied, the tiny Dwarf, and the beautiful Beautiful fruit-doves all giving excellent views...

2017 [07 July] - Chris Kehoe

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For birders , t he Island of New Guinea is virtually synonymous with Birds - of - p aradise and our recent tour to Papua New Guinea provided us with views of 20 species of these remarkable birds.

2017 [08 August] - Graham Talbot

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Dablin Creek : Located 30min from town , this is basically a short, steep gravel road that leads to the wa ter intake area. Birding is from the road. It was hard going at times ; much of the forest is inaccessible and degraded but it holds the birds ( Carola’s Parotia and Magnificent Bird - of - Paradise were easy when we visited ; also White - eared Bronze - Cuckoo , flyover Vulturine Parrots , Obscure Berrypecker seen but tricky and White - rumped Robin vocal b ut even more of a devil to see).

2017 [08 August] - Oscar Campbell & Aidan G Kelly - Manus

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...This short report outlines a birding trip to Manus Island, PNG made by Oscar Campbell, Aidan Kelly and Steve James in August 2017. The trip was an extension to a three - week jaunt around Papua New Guinea . Although we failed in the trip’s primary objective ( to see Superb Pitta), we had a very pleasant time looking and thought it would be worth outlining our experiences (both positive and negative!) Without too much difficulty we saw most of the other possible Manus endemics ( with the exception of the recently split Manus Dwarf Kingfisher), and an eclectic but interesting range of Admiralty / Bismarck Island species (including some classic small island s pecialists on Tong Island) and lowland PNG species. To judge from available informa tion on the Internet, Manus Island appears to be very rarely visited, especially by independent birdwatchers, so this update will hopefully be useful and inspire others to visit this beautiful place. And get that pitta pinned down....

2017 [09 September] - Gareth Robbins - New Brittain

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...We then continued to another section of the plantations and birded next to the Kulu River , wher e we saw Blythe’s Hornbill, Long - tailed Myna and a couple of Re d - knobbed Imperial Pigeons. Further ahead of us was a large pool of water , and we made a brief stop here to see some White - browed Crakes after hearing them call within t he surrounding areas.

2017 [10 October] - Jay VanderGaast

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...Birding began in the Port Moresby region, with a stop at PAU starting things off nice and easy with a good assortment of waterbirds (including Rufous Night-Heron and Pied Heron) and a small selection of endemics like the lovely Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove, White-shouldered Fairywrens, and Yellow-faced Myna among them. Things got even more serious the next morning with our first visit to the wonderful Varirata NP. Among many excellent sightings there, standouts included a remarkably unwary Yellow-legged Brush-Turkey (first I've seen in the park!), striking Pacific Bazas, several scarce Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeons, two species of paradise-kingfishers, and Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise.

2017 [11 November] - Jay VanderGaast - New Guinea & Australia

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I'm not sure what factors were at play at Varirata on our first visit there, but for me, this tour will always be memorable for "the day of the kingfisher", when we tallied great views of 8 different species of these incredible birds! The park is always great for these birds, with regulars like Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and Yellow-billed Kingfisher all having high "wow!" factors.

Places to Stay

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Bird of Paradise Hotel - Goroka

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The untouched beauty of the Eastern Highlands Province is the setting for the Bird of Paradise Hotel where luxury, style and impeccable service await you. The hotel`s central location in Goroka provides easy access to every modern facility, yet only a short drive away is the timeless village of the Asaro Mudmen.

Wilderness Lodges of PNG

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An inspired mixture of local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury off the beaten track. Located at 7000 feet (2100 meters) in the PNG Southern Highlands, homeland of the Huli clan with their human hair wigs adorned with colorful flowers…

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Kiunga

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Kiunga is a small river port sited on the upper reaches of the Fly River in the remote Western Province of Papua New Guinea. It is surrounded by vast tracts of swamp forest and lowland rain forest, and one thing that has become clear over recent years is just how good the area is; a sort of lowland equivalent of Ambua for species diversity. When we first started going there in 1991, there were 7 really special birds that we were particularly looking for: Southern Crowned Pigeon (one of the world`s most incredible species); Flame Bowerbird, New Guinea Flightless Rail, Large Fig-Parrot, Little Paradise-Kingfisher, White-bellied Pitohui and Yellow-eyed Starling.

Papua New Guinea Birds

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New Guinea birds with their brilliant colour, surpass those of any other country. Beautiful Birds of Paradise (the country's emblem); and wonderful dances of the flag-birds and others. There are 650 species, within 75 families.

Papua New Guinea Program - The Nature Conservancy

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The Conservancy`s work in Papua New Guinea is driven by a strong belief in long-term community engagement and innovative approaches to conservation, including a nationally recognized marine education program, conservation covenants, community managed protected areas and a conservation trust fund…

Status of biodiversity in Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea probably harbours more than five percent of the world's biodiversity within some of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems. Many of these organisms are endemic; that is, they are found only in Papua New Guinea or on the island of New Guinea…

Victoria Crowned Pigeon Goura victoria

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Crowned pigeons are larger than all other pigeons. They are mainly distributed throughout New Guinea. These particular pigeons receive their name from the lacy feathers on their heads. They rank among some of the prettiest and brightest pigeons. Usually it they are hunted for plumage…