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.
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 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 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.
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 876
National Bird - Raggiana Bird of Paradise Paradisaea raggiana
Number of endemics: 400+
The above is a figure for the whole of New Guinea (including the Bismarcks and Admiralty Islands), with 29 endemic to PNG alone and 42 in West Papua, whilst the Bismarcks/Admiralties have about 54, (and Bougainville another 4).
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Birds and Bird Lore of Bougainville and the North Solomons
Don Hadden, Dove 2002
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Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia
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Birds of New Guinea
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Birds of New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago. A Photographic Guide
By Brian J Coates William S Peckover, Dove 2001
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Papua New Guinea Birds in Colour
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The Birds of Papua New Guinea - Vol 1
by Brian J Coates | Dove Publications 1990 | Hardback | (Out of print 2015) as is Vol 2
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Papua New Guinea
"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…
Guides & Tour Operators
Local birders willing to show visiting birders their area…
BirdQuest offer several itineraries for Papua New Guinea usually running in July & August…
We also currently run tours to the following international destinations, Papua New Guinea…
Discover Papua New Guinea
The Upper Fly River area is a birdwatchers paradise. Surprisingly, the highway running either direction out of Kiunga town has some of the best birding opportunities. Here, and up the Fly and Elevara Rivers you will meet a fantastic array of birds including the Palm Cockatoo, Lesser Black Coucal, White-spotted Munia, Yellow-eyed Metallic starling, Rufous Babbler, many species of Bird of Paradise, Common Paradise-Kingfisher, Hooded Monarch, New Guinea Bronzewing, Red-bellied Pitta, Southern Crowned Pigeon, Blyth`s Hornbill, Great Fig-Parrot, Flightless Rail, Pesquet`s Parrots, Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo, Dwarf Koel, Flame Bowerbird, and a selection of Honeyeaters…
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
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...
Kirrama Wildlife Tours
New Guinea is the world`s second largest island (after Greenland). This magnificent island, with its backbone of high mountains, is a land of diverse habitats ranging from tropical beaches and vast forests to alpine grassland. It is home to one of the finest arrays of unique plants and animals known to man. The birds of paradise are its best known and undoubtedly its most outstanding group of animals…
Milne Bay Birdwatching
Papua New Guinea has over 700 species of birds of which 269 are found in the Milne Bay Provence…
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
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 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
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.
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…
To be announced…
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2006 [06June] - David Shackelford
Papua New Guinea is rightfully regarded as one of the wildest yet most amazing and inspirational destinations on earth. The world's highest island, New Guinea is still almost completely carpeted by tropical rainforest spreading across imposing jagged mountains and extremely rugged territory…
2006 [07 July] - David Shackelford
Beams of sunlight filtered through the canopy foliage illuminating a labyrinth of red plumes arched into a veiling bouquet over the back and passionately quivering in extraordinary display. The intense golden feathers on the head were surpassed only by the glitter of emerald shimmering iridescent as the throat inflated to produce the raucous courtship call in bold excitement and exclamation. If ever a bird were to emulate a vision of beauty, the Raggiana Bird-of-paradise that was performing an intricate exhibition only a few meters above our heads would undoubtedly be the embodiment of such inspiration…
2006 [07 July] - Mark Van Beirs
Eleven years after our last tour to Irian Jaya (as West Papua was called then) we finally returned to this totally forgotten and virtually unknown corner of the world with its rich array of highly-prized and much-wanted birds. West Papua is probably Birdquest’s hardest tour through a combination of lots of rather basic camping, quite a few hard and long hikes on slippery, muddy steep trails, hot and sticky weather with lots of rain, many incredibly shy and skulking birds making for really challenging birding and irregular airline schedules which may result in long and frustrating delays…
2006 [08 August] - Henk Hendriks
We found 24 species of Birds of Paradise, Salvadori’s Teal, New Guinea Flightless Rail, Chestnut Forest Rail, Lewin’s Rail, Shovel-billed Kingfisher, a whole set of beautiful Fruit-Dove species, Palm Cockatoo, Vulturine Parrot, Long-billed Cuckoo, White-crowned Koël, Dwarf Koël, Barred Owlet-Nightjar, Mountain Owlet-Nightjar, Archbold’s Nightjar, 12 species of Cuckoo-Shrikes, White-faced Robin, Garnet Robin, White-rumped Robin, Ashy Robin, Lesser Ground-Robin, Wattled Ploughbill, 6 species of Pitohui including good views of the difficult Black Pitohui, White-bellied Pitohui and Crested Pitohui, Painted Quail-Thrush, all 3 species of Jewel-Babbler, Blue-capped Ifrita, 5 species of Berrypecker, Sanford’s Bowerbird, Macgregor’s Bowerbird and for some Eastern Alpine Mannikin. For further details see annotated list…
2007 [06 June] - Sam Woods
Our first tour to this thickly forested paradise was a great success, with 340 species recorded. With the wealth of mind-blowing species in PNG, on this trip more than any other it was impossible to pick a clear winner for a single bird of the trip. Certainly the Birds-of-paradise were a highlight…
2007 [08 August] - Stephen F. Bailey & Erik Forsyth
… It was an amazing experience to wander through the massive colony of these bizarre birds. We also managed outstanding views of the gorgeous Black-headed Paradise-Kingfisher, Blue-eyed Cockatoo and Red- knobbed Imperial-Pigeon. Some participants were fortunate to spot the rare Black Honey Buzzard. Then we took time to explore several small, remote tropical islands in the Bismarck Sea and were rewarded with sightings of Black-naped Tern, the boldly attractive Beach Kingfisher, Mackinlay’s Cuckoo-Dove and the extraordinary shaggy Nicobar Pigeon. Back on the main island, we visited the Pacific Adventist University, where we found a roosting Papuan Frogmouth, White-headed Shelduck and Comb-crested Jacana…
2008 [07 July] - Nik Borrow
Papua New Guinea is one of those absolutely essential destinations for any world birding traveller. 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 and the shy melampittas…
2008 [08 August] - Frank Lambert & David Hoddinott
…Bowerbirds were fairly common, as were a number of species of waterbird including Comb-crested Jacana walking on lily pads with their elongated toes. Other highlights included fantastic views of a single Spotted Whistling Duck perched on the bough of a large tree, Rufous Night Heron, Black-backed Butcherbird, White-shouldered Fairywren and two species of attractive munia…
2008 [09 September] - Sam Woods
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 [07 July] - Ashley Banwell - Bougainville
During our week on Bougainville we visited the areas around Panguna Mine and Arawa. Very few birders have ever visited Bougainville so most of what we done was exploratory. The area around the mine was very good and gave us access to 1000m where we saw some of the higher elevation species…
2009 [07 July] - Ashley Banwell - PNG
On this very successful 3 week trip to PNG trip we recorded 326 species, which included 23 species of Birds of Paradise as well as 3 species of Owlet-Nightjar seen. Everything ran very smoothly and we only lost an hour or two here and there due to the rain, which was very fortunate and all internal flights were more or less on time. This trip will be run again in 2010…
2009 [08 August] - Chuck Bell
…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 [08 August] - Frank Lambert
…Here, mangrove forests and adjacent savannah-like habitat provide home for a lot of the specialities to be found near the nation’s capital, and we familiarised ourselves with a number of the more common species, as well as more localised ones such as the endemic Elegant Honeyeater (a recent split from Graceful Honeyeater), White-throated Gerygone, Bar-shouldered Dove and Black-backed Butcherbird. A few spectacular species such as Orange-fronted Fruit-dove and Blue-winged Kookaburra gave excellent viewing opportunities…
2009 [09 September] - Christian Boix
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
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] - David Hoddinott
We commenced at the various dams and enjoyed superb sightings of Spotted Whistling Duck, confiding Nankeen Night Herons, beautiful Pied Heron and numerous Comb-crested Jacanas. A casual stroll around the manicured gardens saw us finding Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, huge Papuan Frogmouth, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, localized Black-backed Butcherbird and Australasian Figbird…
2010 [07 July] - Mark Van Beirs
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] - Erik Forsyth
We started off our tour with a visit to the Pacific Adventist University. Here we we enjoyed good sightings of Wandering Whistling Duck, confiding Nankeen Night Heron, superb Pied Heron and numerous dainty Comb-crested Jacanas. A casual stroll around the manicured gardens saw us finding Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, localized Black-backed Butcherbird, Australasian Figbird and eventually, after a bit of search, the cryptic Papuan Frogmouth at it’s day roost…
2010 [08 August] - Erik Forsyth
…Our mainland tour kicked off with a visit to the Pacific Adventist University near Port Moresby. We walked to various dams and enjoyed good sightings of Spotted Whistling Duck, the scarce Radjah Shelduck, confiding Nankeen Night Heron, Pied Heron and stunning Comb-crested Jacanas….
2010 [08 August] - Sam Woods
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…
2011 [07 July] – Glen Valentine
Our first 2011 tour to Papua New Guinea again kicked off at the Pacific Adventist University on the outskirts of Port Moresby, the nation’s Capital. The birding here was easy and rewarding….
2011 [08 August] – Erik Forsyth
New-Britain-birding-extension-II-trip-report-2011.pdf On the way to our resort on the edge of Kimbe Bay, we picked up some noteworthy species including Yellowish and Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeons, New Britain Friarbird and Purple-bellied Lory flying overhead.
2011 [08 August] – Erik Forsyth
We started off at the Pacific Adventist University, where the various dams yielded Spotted Whistling Duck, Nankeen Night Heron, Comb-crested Jacana, Raja Shelduck and also Plumed Whistling Duck and Hardhead, both scarce migrant ducks from Australia….
2011 [08 August] – Glen Valentine
The island of New Britain is famous amongst birders for its wealth of sought-after endemics, making for a very fine extension to our popular Papua New Guinea birding adventures…
2011 [08 August] – Glen Valentine
Our third 2011 tour of Papua New Guinea got underway at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby. After meeting up with the final two tour participants we undertook a short pre-lunch stroll around the gardens, finding Rufous-banded and Yellow-tinted Honeyeaters….
2012 [07 July] - Erik Forsyth
After a cancelled flight the previous day we arrived in the late afternoon in time for some initial birding. At a nearby ridge we found our first endemics including Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeon, New Guinea Friarbird and both White-necked and the huge Violaceous Coucals…
2012 [07 July] – Erik Forsyth
We started off with a visit to Brown River, where we found Ivory-billed and Pheasant Coucals, the stunning Common Paradise and Yellow-billed Kingfishers, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Glossy-mantled Manucode and Golden Monarch….
2012 [07 July] – Rich Lindie
Commencing at the Pacific Adventist University, a casual stroll around the manicured gardens saw us finding Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, a pair of huge Papuan Frogmouth at their day roost, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird….
2012 [08 August] - Erik Forsyth
Boarding our aircraft to the South Pacific islands of the Bismarck Archipelago, we landed on New Britain, part of a volcanic series situated along the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” Here, from our fabulous diving resort, we were literally encircled by a chain of volcanoes…
2012 [08 August] - Rich Lindie
We began our tour in the very “birdy” grounds of the PAU. Our afternoon stroll here produced a host of great birds and some of the best photographic opportunities on the tour…
2013 [07 July] - Petri Hottola
…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
…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
...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
...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
...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
...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 [08 August] - Marcus Lilje
Of the many fabulous and unforgettable birds seen on this brilliant birding voyage, some of the most noteworthy highlightsincluded an incredible 20 of the 22 birds-of-paradise possible along the route, Loria’s Satinbird (formally in the Bird-of-paradise family), the near-mythical Dwarf Cassowary, Crested and Tit Berrypeckers, Great-billed Heron, sought-after Spotted Berrypecker, New Guinea Woodcock, amazing Shovel-billed Kookaburra, scarce Bronze Ground and Dwarf and Coroneted Fruit Doves, Papuan Treecreeper, spectacular Southern Crowned Pigeon, strange and highly desired Pesquet’s (Vulturine) Parrot, incredible Palm Cockatoo, Brehm’s and Modest Tiger Parrots, Marbled and Papuan Frogmouths, Barred and Mountain Owlet-nightjars, Australian Hobby...
2014 [09 September] - Chris Kehoe
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
...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
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
Reports of a number of sites
2014 [10 October] - Jay VanderGaast
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...
2014 [10 October] - Simon Boyes
We see 18 Bird of Paradise species, and hear one other. Our introduction to this wonderful family is the bird-feeder at Kumul Lodge, where magnificent Ribbon-tailed Astrapias and Brown Sicklebills are regular visitors. Equally memorable are Ambua’s King of Saxony Bird of Paradise, with its strange insect-like song, and the gorgeous plumage of the Raggiana Bird of Paradise at Varirata. Other highlights include the comical Brehm’s Tiger-Parrots, various imperial pigeons and fruitdoves, the Eclectus Parrots and Palm Cockatoos at Karawari, bowerbirds, honeyeaters, and New Guinea specialities such as berrypeckers, the toxic Hooded Pitohui, Torrent-lark, and Peltops.
2015 [07 July] - Chris Kehoe
Amongst the numerous other highlights were day-glo Flame Bowerbirds, nine species of gorgeous Fruit Doves, both Forbes’s and Chestnut Forest Rails, Gurney’s Eagle, Papuan Eagle, Papuan Harrier, Barred Owlet-Nightjar and even a brief Southern Cassowary. An extension to New Britain gave us a fine selection of island endemics and Melanesian specialities with Black Honey Buzzard, White-mantled Kingfisher, Black-capped Paradise Kingfisher and New Britain Boobook especially notable.
2015 [07 July] - Jay VanderGaast
...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
...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 [08 August] - Erik Forsyth
...Our first birds were two fabulous Brown Sicklebills feeding on papaya and these were soon joined by Belford’s Melidectes – a large honeyeater, Brehm’s Tiger Parrots, Island Thrush and eventually a young male Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, his iridescent plumage glowing while he turned from side to side!
2015 [09 September] - Dion Hobcroft - Western New Britain
...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
2016 [03 March] - Vincent van der Spek
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
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
...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
...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...
Places to Stay
Bird of Paradise Hotel - Goroka
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.
In all main centres there are hotels or guest houses to suit every budget. In the more remote areas, accommodation might be in a village guest house or a luxurious mountain lodge, built in traditional style using bush materials. Some of PNG`s older hotels, like the Malolo Lodge in Madang date from the colonial days and are delightfully tropical.
Wilderness Lodges of PNG
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…
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
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…
Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area
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
…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
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…
Wetlands of International Importance
Papua New Guinea presently has 2 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 594,924 hectares…
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’.
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
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
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
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
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…