PAPUA NEW GUINEA7 - 27 June 2004



A visit to the fascinating country of Papua New Guinea is always an adventure, and this was no exception. We saw some fantastic birds, including Shovel-billed and Hook-billed Kingfishers, all three Jewel-babblers, both Melampittas and 22 species of birds of paradise, of which displaying King of Saxony, Twelve-wired, King and Greater Birds of Paradise stood out - an experience to savour for ever.

Five of us assembled at Port Moresby airport, but without Janos and Tamas who had been refused access to their flight from Sydney by an officious Qantas agent, after the PNG embassy in Budapest had failed to give them a visa, despite having several weeks to do it. It is actually a simple matter for anyone to obtain a visa on arrival, provided you have a flight booking to leave the country. We transferred to an Air Nuigini flight westwards to Mount Hagen and on arrival were taken to Kumul Lodge by Elijah, our agent, with a smart male Eastern Marsh Harrier on the way. A good steak dinner and a few beers made up for the absence of any nocturnal birds.

Early the following morning, the vicinity of the lodge was alive with Brown Sicklebill, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Goldie’s and Plum-faced Lorikeets, Rufous-naped and Sclater’s Whistlers, Belford’s Melidectes, White-winged Robin and Mountain Firetail, but further afield there was little activity. Afternoon around the lodge gave Chestnut Forest-Rail, Crested Berrypecker and Blue-capped Ifrata, with Mountain Nightjar at dusk. Attempts to see Mountain Owlet-Nightjar were unsuccessful but the following morning it was finally located and gave excellent views by spot-light. Departing at 06.30, we stopped at a Yellow-breasted Bowerbird site: the bowerbirds were not very cooperative but Blue and Superb Birds-of-paradise were very obliging. The 09.20 flight to Tari was delayed till 11.55, so we visited an area of coffee plantations, where we saw Black-headed Whistler, Black-fronted White-eye and the Bowerbird. At Tari we were met by Stephen and taken to his Warili Lodge in an ancient minibus, which was to be our transport for the next five days. The dangers of living in PNG were brought home by the sight of the grave of a man recently killed by his wife tearing off his genitals! After a good lunch, we spent the afternoon on Benson’s Trail and experienced a bird-of-paradise-fest, with King of Saxony, Loria’s and a stunning male Crested added to the list, along with White-breasted Fruit-Dove on the nest and a party of Black Sitella.

The next morning, accompanied by sharp-eyed Benson, we returned to the trails and saw Brehm’s Tiger-Parrot, Papuan Treecreeper, Lesser Ground-Robin, Black-breasted Boatbill, Dimorphic Fantail and Black-throated Honeyeater, but only heard Ashy and Garnet Robins. After lunch we were shown a Short-tailed Paradigalla at the nest, by Joseph, and then looked for Lesser Melampitta but without success. At dusk we had an excellent view of the rarely seen Feline Owlet-Nightjar. The following morning was rather an anti-climax, apart from a Lesser Melampitta for Martin. At lunchtime we were pleased to find Janos and Tamas  had arrived at last, after two unscheduled days in Australia and some success at Kumul, where they had seen Painted Tiger-Parrot and Garnet Robin. Their luck was really in when on their first visit to Benson’s Trail in the afternoon, they saw a New Guinea Harpy Eagle, perched briefly before flying away, Wattled Ploughbill, Lesser Melampitta and Rufous-throated Cuckoo.

A visit to the gardens below the lodge gave Papuan King Parrot and Mountain Kingfisher, as well as Blue and Superb Birds of Paradise, while Meyer’s Goshawk, Spotted Jewel-Babbler, Orange-crowned Fairy-Wren and Stephanie’s Astrapia were seen afterwards on the higher trails, with Northern Logrunner for some. The following morning we returned to the gardens to seek Black Sicklebill and Lawes’s Parotia but the calling Sicklebill was invisible in the low cloud. Above the lodge, Forbes’ Rail and Ashy Robin were taped out briefly, but not seen by all. In the afternoon, we visited another area below the lodge where there was a Macgregor’s Bowerbird bower. Its owner was elusive but good views were had of Black Sicklebill and a calling male Parotia. Our last morning below Tari Gap was disappointing for all except Dave who caught up with a Ploughbill. We stopped to look for a roosting Sooty Owl on the way to the airport but could only find 3 Papuan Frogmouths. Australian Pratincole and Forest Kingfisher were watched at the airport before boarding our flight to Tabubil, on time at 10.30. After a brief stop at the port of Kiunga, near the border with Irian Jaya, we reached Tabubil but were unable to land due to thick cloud, and so had to return to Kiunga to refuel. To our relief, the second attempt to land was successful. After a hearty barbeque lunch at the Cloudlands Hotel, we explored Dablin Creek till dusk. A flowering bush attracted Josephine’s Lorikeet and a good selection of honeyeaters, including Spotted, Dwarf and Long-billed.

The following morning at Dablin Creek was good, despite the rain, with Carola’s Parotia, Magnificent Bird-of-paradise, Mountain Peltops, Torrent Flycatcher, Grey-headed Cuckoo-shrike and White-rumped Robin, along with a myriad of colourful moths at the top of the trail. An afternoon visit to OK Manga eventually gave us Salvadori’s Teal and Torrent-Lark, with Red-flanked Lorikeet and Greater Bird-of-paradise on the way back. A return visit to Dablin Creek was quiet but Pale-billed Scrub-wren was seen along with a fine male Parotia. The major problem this year was the closure of the bridge over the river en route to Ok Ma, due to damage from flooding. A decrepid van on the other side was eventually located by Samuel, so that by mid-afternoon we were able to reach the forest along the Ok Ma road. Here we added Magnificent Riflebird, Palm Cockatoo and Sooty Thicket-Fantail to the list. At dusk a calling Shovel-billed Kingfisher had us very excited but could not be enticed from thick cover, but nice views of a Boobook were some consolation. We had arranged to return the following morning but the wreck failed to show, having run out of fuel with a BirdQuest group aboard. They were not amused as they had an hour’s walk back to the bridge but we did find alternative transport, enabling us to spend a wet day at the forest. Birds included the skulking Greater Melampitta, and the crippling Vulturine Parrot and Golden Cuckoo-shrike, but the Shovel-bill remained elusive. However, the following dawn was third time lucky for us as the bird flew across the road and perched below the canopy for scope views – the highlight of the trip for the leader at least. There was little subsequent activity due to heavy rain. We left for Kiunga at 1 pm, only stopping for the endemic form of Little Ringed Plover, until reaching Km 17 where we spent a profitable two hours, with 4 species of fruit-dove, 3 new parrots, Rusty and Variable Pitohuis, Lesser Black Coucal, Lowland Peltops, NG Babbler and displaying Trumpet Manucode.

Next morning we had to settle for the Gre Dringas Road as the Boystown Road was deemed to be undriveable due to wet and muddy conditions. There was no sign of Flame Bowerbird but we did see Frilled and Golden Monarchs, Obscure Honeyeater and Meyer’s Friarbird. Returning to Km 17 after lunch, we witnessed a wonderful display of lekking Greater BoPs, with several hybrid Raggianas and drably-coloured females in attendence – an unforgettable experience. We could not locate either of the calling Hook-billed Kingfishers. Next morning saw us on the Fly and Elevala Rivers, on a dry day for a change, fortunately. The highlight was good views of the stunning Southern Crowned Pigeon, supported by Blyth’s Hornbills and several species of pigeon and parrot. After dropping our bags at Samuel’s Elevala Lodge, we walked to the King BoP display tree, where we feasted on the displaying jewel-like male for over 30 mins, with Common Paradise-Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Blue Jewel-babbler, and for some, a rarely seen Southern Cassowary nearby. Floating silently back down the river to the lodge was pleasant but the only new bird was a Yellow-eyed Starling. An early night after a spartan meal.

At dawn Papuan Nightjars were seen in flight, then after a good breakfast we cruised upstream for a profitable 90 min forest-watch: Orange-fronted and Dwarf Fruit-Doves, White-bellied Pitohui, female Flame Bowerbird and 12-wired BoP. Three hours inside the forest gave only Black-sided Robin and Emperor Fairy-Wren, plus Black-billed Brush-Turkey for Martin and Mike. The return boat journey to Kiunga was fairly uneventful, although we did see a Yellow-billed Kingfisher and no fewer than 17 Channel-billed Cuckoos. Dave and Janos had unwelcome souvenirs in the form of many chigger bites; the application of sulphur powder had worked well for the rest of us. Next morning we were back on the Fly for 20 mins to a display tree for 12-wired BoP. There we were treated to a brilliant performance, along with an unusually obliging White-bellied Thicket-Fantail. We spent two hours chasing a calling Hook-billed Kingfisher before Samuel finally tracked it down for prolonged scope views. Back to town and the airstrip to look for non-existent munias, then to the Gre Dringas Road where we added Plain Honeyeater and Yellow- (Greater-) streaked Lory. The final morning at Km 17 gave Wallace’s Fairy-Wren for all and the strange Long-billed Cuckoo and Rusty Pitohui for some.

We flew back to Port Moresby over almost continuous unbroken forest, with a stop on the south coast at Daru. This seemed a good opportunity to look for Spangled Kookaburra but refueling was quicker than scheduled, with the result that two of the group were almost left behind! On arrival at Moresby, where there had been 3 months of drought, we proceeded straight to the Pacific Adventist’s University (PAU) grounds. Here we were escorted round by Mike Tarburton who showed us a good selection of water-birds like Pied Heron, Green Pygmy-Goose, Wandering Whistling-Duck and Comb-crested Jacana, and land-birds including Blue-winged Kookaburra, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Figbird, and Grey-headed and Chestnut-breasted Munias. The following day was spent at Varirata National Park, with considerable success, almost the first bird being a stunning Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher. Other goodies were Crested Pitohui, Dwarf Whistler, Fairy Gerygone, Spot-winged Monarch, Magnificent (Eastern) Riflebird, Papuan Drongo, Chestnut-bellied Fantail, and for some, Cinnamon Ground-Dove, Pheasant Pigeon and White-faced Robin. Low cloud forced us to leave the park in the late afternoon to look for Grand Munias at the Kukoda Monument, but without success. The next day we left for Varirata well before dawn, for nocturnal birds, but were foiled by unseasonal heavy rain which continued all day, rendering the approach road rather hazadous. The only success was the sight of two highly localised Spotted Whistling-Duck at PAU, missed on the previous visit. It was still raining cats and dogs the following morning, and so we had to console ourselves with the knowledge that our one day at Varirata had been a good one. It was still raining when we flew out of the country on the last morning! Papua New Guinea is certainly the land of the unexpected but we had had good views of a fine selection of its birds, including all 22 BoPs in range and some of its most-wanted birds.


Black-mantled Goshawk  Accipiter melanochlamys: One flew across the road near Kumul Lodge.

Gurney’s Eagle  Aquila gurneyi: One soaring above the Elevala River.

New Guinea Eagle  Harpyopsis novaeguineae: One glimpsed in flight near Tari Gap (JH).

Black-billed Brush-turkey  Talegalla fuscirostris  (H): They were calling noisily at Kiunga, Elevala Lodge and Varirata, with a single sighting for Helmut at Km 17.

Chestnut Forest-Rail  Rallina rubra: A spectacular female was seen well by some at Kumul Lodge and an accompanying bird glimpsed.

Southern Crowned Pigeon  Goura scheepmakeri: A superb view of this enormous, spectacular bird on the bank of the Elevala River.

Superb Fruit-Dove  Ptilinopus superbus: 2 singles at Varirata.

White-breasted Fruit-Dove  Ptilinopus rivoli: Good views of a male of the race bellus at Ambua Lodge, with a couple of other sightings there and 1 at Varirata.

Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon  Ducula rufigaster: 2 along the Elevala River.

Greater Streaked Lory  Chalcopsitta sintillata: 10 at Km 17, Kiunga, and a few in flight en route to Tabubil.

Goldie’s Lorikeet  Trichoglossus goldiei: A few singles at Ambua.

Pygmy Lorikeet  Charmosyna wilhelminae: 3 at Kumul, only in flight.

Josephine’s Lorikeet  Charmosyna josefinae: 1 at Kumul (JH).

Plum-faced Lorikeet  Oreopsittacus arfaki: Fine views of this gem feeding at Kumul Lodge, and 5 in flight at Ambua.

Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot  Micropsitta keiensis: A few in the Kiunga area. A restricted range species.

Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot  Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii: A few fly-bys along the Fly River.

Double-eyed Fig-Parrot  Cyclopsitta diopthalma: 2 at Km 17, Kiunga.

Large Fig-Parrot  Psittaculirostris desmarestii: 3 along the Elevala River.

Brehm’s Tiger-Parrot  Psittacella brehmii: Good views of 2 singles below Tari Gap.

Blue-collared Parrot  Geoffroyus simplex: At least 1 in flight near Tabubil.

Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo  Cacomantis castaneiventris: 1 in flight below Varirata.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo  Cacomantis flabelliformis (H): Heard at Ambua.

Little Bronze-Cuckoo  Chrysococcyx minutillus (H): Heard at Elevala Lodge.

Channel-billed Cuckoo  Scythrops novaehollandiae: A single and then 5 together along the Fly River, migrants from northern and eastern Australia

Greater Black Coucal  Centropus menbeki: Heard at Ekame lodge, especially in the night, and 1 seen briefly on Boystown Road, Kiunga.

Lesser Black Coucal  Centropus bernsteini: 1 or 2 at Km 17, Kiunga and heard elsewhere in the area.

Barking Owl  Ninox connivens: Excellent views of one at Varirata.

Papuan Boobook  Ninox theomacha: Regularly calling at Ambua, where we eventually spot-lit one. The scientific epithet ‘theomacha’ is a Mediaeval Latin word for witch.

Papuan Frogmouth  Podargus papuensis (H): Heard at Ambua Lodge.

Papuan Spine-tailed Swift  Mearnsia novaeguineae: A few in the Kiunga area.

Common Paradise-Kingfisher  Tanysiptera galatea: One near Ekama Lodge.

Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher  Tanysiptera danae (H): 3 calling along the Overlook Trail, Varirata but would not show – very frustrating.

Australian (Buff-breasted) Paradise-Kingfisher   Tanysiptera sylvia: 2 singles seen at Varirata, with others heard.

Hook-billed Kingfisher  Melidora macrorrhina (H): although common, by call, in lowland forest, eg at Km 17 and Ekame Lodge, this crepuscular and nocturnal kingfisher is one of the harder birds to see.

Rufous-bellied Kookaburra  Dacelo gaudichaud: Several splendid views of this spectacular and noisy bird at Kiunga and Varirata.

Forest Kingfisher  Halcyon macleayii: Singles on the Elevala River and at Varirata.

Yellow-billed Kingfisher  Halcyon torotoro: Scope views of this gorgeous bird on two occasions at Varirata, commonly heard.

Mountain Kingfisher  Halcyon megarhyncha (H): Heard several times at Ambua.

Blue-breasted Pitta (Red-bellied Pitta)  Pitta erythrogaster: One or 2 on the track at dawn at Km 17 near Kiunga, but soon disappeared, unfortunately.

Stout-billed Cuckoo-Shrike  Coracina caeruleogrisea: 1 was scoped at Varirata.

Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-Shrike  Coracina lineata: 2 in a mixed species flock at Varirata.

Hooded Cicadabird  Coracina longicauda: 1 in the Tari Valley and 2 at Varirata.

Grey-headed Cuckoo-Shrike  Coracina schisticeps: 2 at OK Ma Road, Tabubil and 1 at Varirata.

Black Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina melaena: 2 at Tabubil and 5 at Varirata.

Black-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike  Coracina montana: 2-4 on the days at Ambua Lodge.

Blue Jewel-Babbler  Ptilorrhoa caerulescens: A fleeting view of this skulker at Km 17,  Kiunga.

Chestnut-backed Jewel-Babbler  Ptilorrhoa castanonota (H): Heard at Varirata.

Lesser Melampitta  Melampitta lugubris: Two brief singles for a few on trails below Tari Gap. A bird of uncertain affinities, possibly a terrestrial birds of paradise.

Blue-capped Ifrita  Ifrita kowaldi: Some good views of this distinctive bird above Ambua. Its uncertain taxonomic position is indicated in its scientific name: ifrit is an Arabic word meaning spirit, djinn.

Rufous Babbler  Pomatostomus isidorei: Brief views along the Fly and OK Tedi Rivers (JH).

Emperor Fairywren  Malurus cyanocephalus: One or more at Km 120 near Tabubil.

Wallace’s Fairywren  Malurus alboscapulatus: Several observations of this smart species at Tari and near PAU.

Pale-billed Scrubwren  Sericornis spilodera : This uncommon bird was seen by a few at Varirata.

Grey Gerygone  Gerygone cinerea: Brief views of this uncommon bird at Ambua and Kumul.

Fairy Gerygone  Gerygone palpebrosa: 2 at Varirata in a bird wave.

Sooty Thicket-Fantail  Rhipidura threnothorax: Frustrating views of calling birds near Ekame Lodge, a mega-skulker.

Black Thicket-Fantail  Rhipidura atra: Another secretive species, only seen poorly at Km 120 near Tabubil.

Dimorphic Fantail  Rhipidura brachyrhyncha: Seen well at Kumul and briefly above Ambua.

Black Fantail  Rhipidura atra: Up to 4 at Ambua, both males and females.

Chestnut-bellied Fantail  Rhipidura hyperythra: 4 at Varirata with a mixed feeding flocks.

Northern Fantail  Rhipidura rufiventris: One OK Ma Road (JH).

Black Monarch  Monarcha axillaris: 2 above Ambua.

Spot-winged Monarch  Monarcha guttula: 2 singles in mixed flocks at Varirata.

Hooded Monarch  Monarcha manadensis: 1 near Ekame Lodge.

Golden Monarch  Monarcha chrysomela: One in the riverine forest, Elevala River.

Frilled Monarch  Arses telescopthalmus: Good views of this striking bird at Ekame Lodge and Varirata.

Leaden Flycatcher  Myiagra rubecula: A few at Varirata.

Shining Flycatcher  Myiagra alecto: Seen along the Elevala River.

Yellow-breasted Boatbill  Machaerirhynchus flaviventer: One at Varirata.

Black-breasted Boatbill  Machaerirhynchus nigripectus: 1 or 2 on 3 days at Ambua.

Lesser Ground-Robin  Amalocichla incerta: Two brief sightings on the forest floor above Ambua.

Torrent Flycatcher  Monachella muelleriana: 2 in the Tari Valley.

Olive Flycatcher  Microeca flavovirescens: 2 of this unobtrusive species below Varirata.

Canary Flycatcher  Microeca papuana: Regular at Ambua and Kumul.

Garnet Robin  Eugerygone rubra: A stunning male was taped out below Tari Gap.

Ashy Robin  Poecilodryas albispecularis: A bonus bird for Richard who saw one feeding outside his cabin at Ambua.

Black-throated Robin  Poecilodryas albonotata: Heard several times in forest above Ambua but only 2 seen briefly.

White-winged Robin  Peneothello sigillatus: Good views above Ambua and at Kumul.

Blue-grey Robin  Peneothello cyanus: Fairly common at Ambua.

Dwarf Whistler (Goldenface)  Pachycare flavogrisea: Good views of 2 at Varirata, where they can be hard to find. Another species of uncertain affinity.

Sclater’s Whistler  Pachycephala soror: A few at Ambua.

Regent Whistler  Pachycephala schlegelii: Seen well at Kumul but only 1 at Ambua.

Grey Whistler  Pachycephala simplex: At least 1 at Varirata.

Brown-backed Whistler  Pachycephala modesta: Seen well near the lodge at Ambua.

Black-headed Whistler  Pachycephala monacha: 2 in the casuarinas of the Tari Valley.

Variable Pitohui  Pitohui kirhocephalus: A few at OK Ma Road, Tabubil.

Hooded Pitohui  Pitohui dichrous: The famous poison bird, fairly common at Varirata.

White-bellied Pitohui  Pitohui incertus  (H): Heard near Ekame Lodge. A rare and little known species.

Rusty Pitohui  Pitohui ferrugineus: A few of this white-eyed species at Varirata.

Crested Pitohui  Pitohui cristatus (H): The amazing repetitive song was heard at Varirata.

Wattled Ploughbill  Eulacestoma nigropectus: A female in the bamboo near Ambua Lodge, for Chris only

Papuan Treecreeper  Cormobates placens: 2 in the forest above Ambua on only one occasion.

Black Sittella  Daphoenositta miranda: 10 below Tari Gap and at Kumul.

Black Berrypecker  Melanocharis nigra: 2 at Varirata.

Mid-mountain Berrypecker  Melanocharis longicauda: 2 below the Tari Gap and 1 at Kumul.

Fan-tailed Berrypecker  Melanocharis versteri: 2 singles at Ambua and 5 at Kumul.

Yellow-bellied Longbill  Toxorhamphus novaeguineae: 2 near Ekame Lodge

Crested Berrypecker  Paramythia montium: Superb views below Tari Gap and 2 at Kumul. A very striking bird of an endemic family that is not always easy to find.

Black-fronted White-eye  Zosterops atrifrons: Seen well at Varirata.

Western Mountain White-eye (Dark-capped White-eye)  Zosterops fuscicapillus: Regular observations in the Tari Valley.

New Guinea White-eye  Zosterops novaeguineae: Seen at Kumul, and at Ambua Lodge by JH.

Dusky Myzomela  Myzomela obscura: At least 2 at PAU.

Papuan Black Myzomela  Myzomela nigrita: 1 at Varirata (JH).

Red-throated Myzomela  Myzomela eques: 2 at Varirata.

Red-collared Myzomela  Myzomela rosenbergii: A few at Ambua.

Mountain Meliphaga  Meliphaga orientalis: A couple in the Tari valley.

Mimic Meliphaga  Meliphaga analoga: A few singles at Tabubil, Kiunga and Varirata.

Graceful Meliphaga  Meliphaga gracilis: One or 2 at Varirata.

Black-throated Honeyeater  Lichenostomus subfrenatus: Distinctive song but a difficult bird to see, with 2 at Ambua and 1 at Kumul.

Obscure Honeyeater  Lichenostomus obscurus: Singles at Tabubil and in the Tari Valley.

Spotted Honeyeater  Xanthotis polygramma: 1 below Varirata (JH).

Tawny-breasted Honeyeater  Xanthotis flaviventer: Up to 4 in the Kiunga – Tabubil area.

White-throated Honeyeater  Melithreptus albogularis: Well seen at Varirata and PAU.

Marbled Honeyeater  Pycnopygius cinereus: 1 below Ambua.

Streak-headed Honeyeater  Pycnopygius stictocephalus: Only recorded around Kiunga.

Meyer’s Friarbird  Philemon meyeri: 2 singles near Tabubil, another rather sparse species.

Mountain Firetail  Oreostruthus fuliginosus: Several good sightings above Ambua Lodge and at Kumul.

Yellow-faced Myna  Mino dumontii: Common in the lowlands and foothills.

Figbird  Sphecotheres viridis: 10 at PAU, very local in PNG.

Mountain Drongo  Chaetorhynchus papuensis: A few sightings in forest at Varirata.

Hooded Butcherbird  Cracticus cassicus: Fairly common in the lowlands and foothills.

Black-backed Butcherbird  Cracticus mentalis: 3 at PAU.

Black Butcherbird  Cracticus quoyi: 1 at Benson’s garden, in the Tari valley.

Mountain Peltops  Peltops montanus: Great views of 3 at Ambua Lodge, where they have become tame.

Macgregor’s Bowerbird  Amblyornis macgregoriae: A bower was shown to us in the Tari Valley but the only sighting (JH) was of a male, probably with a female, on a trail above Ambua.

Crested Bird of Paradise (Crested Cnemophilus)  Cnemophilus macgregorii: A female of this shy and hard to find species was observed by a few at Kumul. Loria’s (Bird of Paradise) Cnemophilus  Cnemophilus loriae: Good views of a singing male above Ambua on one date and a pair on another. As above.

Glossy-mantled Manucode  Manucodia atra: Good views of 2 at Varirata.

Crinkle-collared Manucode  Manucodia chalybeata: One along the Elevala River.

Trumpet Manucode  Manucodia keraudrenii: A few near Kiunga, but difficult to distinguish from other manucodes.

Magnificent Riflebird  Ptiloris magnificus intercedens: One female seen well at Varirata and a male briefly; others heard there and at OK Ma Road. This form is sometimes split as Eastern Riflebird.

Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise  Seleucidis melanoleuca: A displaying male was scoped by the Fly River near Kiunga.

Black Sicklebill  Epimachus fastuosus: The largest of the BoPs, with a good, but distant views below the lodge one morning.

Brown Sicklebill  Epimachus meyeri: Good views of a 2 singles above Ambua and a pair at Kumul – the  males make a highly distinctive and far-carrying machinegun rattle call.

Ribbon-tailed Astrapia  Astrapia mayeri: Wonderful views of many at Ambua and Kumul.

Stephanie’s Astrapia  Astrapia stephaniae: 2 seen well below the Bailey Bridge at Tari, and 1 at Ambua lodge.

Superb Bird of Paradise  Lophorina superba: At least 2 displaying males were seen in the Tari Valley, with others heard.

Lawes’ Parotia  Parotia lawesii: Good views of a male and 2 or 3 females in the Tari valley. The four species of Parotia are sometimes called the Six-wired Birds of Paradise because of the spectacular six head wires that adult males show.

King of Saxony Bird of Paradise  Pteridophora alberti: Fairly common below Tari Gap, showing well and displaying on a couple of occasions, and heard at Kumul.

King Bird of Paradise  Cicinnurus regius: A male was scoped in the canopy near Ekame Lodge.

Raggiana Bird of Paradise  Paradisaea raggiana: One male displayed with the Greaters at Km 17, Kiunga, and several were displaying with attendant females at Varirata. This is named after Marchese Francesco Raggi, an Italian naturalist and collector in New Guinea in the second half of the 19th century.

Greater Bird of Paradise  Paradisaea apoda: 6 by the road at Km 17, Kiunga and prolonged views of several males in fine plumage in a display tree near there. The scientific epithet apoda (lack of feet) refers to the first Birds of Paradise that were transported from New Guinea to Europa and which lacked feet. Thus theories of an exclusive aerial way of life (in paradise) were born, which is also the origin of the commonly used name of the birds.

Blue Bird of Paradise  Paradisaea rudolphi: A minimum of one male and 2 females showed very well in a fruiting tree in Benson’s garden in the Tari Valley; the male engaged in only partial display, unfortunately.

Grey Crow  Corvus tristis: Several of this strange corvid were seen along the Fly and Elevala Rivers, and heard at Varirata.


Southern Cassowary             Casuarius casuarius


Spotted Whistling- Duck  Anas guttata: 2 at PAU on 25th, none on 24th.Green Pygmy-goose        Nettapus pulchellus

Salvadori's Teal                    Salvadorina waigiuensis

Black-mantled Goshawk        Accipiter melanochlamys

Meyer's Goshawk                  Accipiter meyerianus

Common Scrubfowl              Megapodius freycinet

Black-billed Brush-turkey       Talegalla fuscirostris

Chestnut Forest-Rail              Rallina rubra

Forbes' Rail                          Rallina forbesi

Cinnamon Ground-Dove        Gallicolumba rufigula

Bronze Ground-Dove             Gallicolumba beccarii

Pheasant Pigeon                   Otidiphaps nobilis

Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove     Ptilinopus aurantiifrons

Dwarf Fruit-Dove                   Ptilinopus nanus

Goldie's Lorikeet                   Psitteuteles goldiei

Josephine's Lorikeet             Charmosyna josefinae

Pesquet's Parrot                   Psittrichas fulgidus

Buff-faced Pygmy-Parrot      Micropsitta pusio

Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot   Micropsitta keiensis

Red-breasted Pygmy-Parrot  Micropsitta bruijnii

Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot   Clycopsitta gulielmitertii

Double-eyed Fig-Parrot         Clycopsitta diophthalma

Large Fig-Parrot                    Psittaculirostris desmarestii

Painted Tiger-Parrot              Psittacella picta

Brehm's Tiger-Parrot              Psittacella brehmii

Papuan King-Parrot               Alisterus chloropterus

Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo    Cacomantis castaneiventris

Fan-tailed Cuckoo                 Cacomantis flabelliformis

Rufous-throated Bronze-Cuckoo           Chrysococcyx ruficollis

White-eared Bronze-Cuckoo   Chrysococcyx meyeri

Long-billed Cuckoo               Rhamphomantis megarhynchus

Channel-billed Cuckoo           Scythrops novaehollandiae

Greater Black Coucal             Centropus menbeki

Lesser Black Coucal              Centropus bernsteini

Papuan Boobook                  Ninox theomacha

Feline Owlet-Nightjar              Aegotheles insignis

Mountain Owlet-Nightjar         Aegotheles albertisi

Papuan Frogmouth               Podargus papuensis

Papuan Nightjar                    Eurostopodus papuensis

Archbold's Nightjar                Eurostopodus archboldi

Shovel-billed Kookaburra      Clytoceyx rex

Hook-billed Kingfisher           Melidora macrorrhina

Yellow-billed Kingfisher         Syma torotoro

Mountain Kingfisher              Syma megarhyncha

Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher       Tanysiptera danae

Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher        Tanysiptera sylvia

Hooded Pitta                        Pitta sordida

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike    Coracina novaehollandiae

Stout-billed Cuckoo-shrike     Coracina caeruleogrisea

Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike    Coracina lineata

Hooded Cuckoo-shrike          Coracina longicauda

Golden Cuckoo-shrike           Campochaera sloetii

Chestnut-bellied Fantail         Rhipidura hyperythra

Sooty Thicket-Fantail             Rhipidura threnothorax

White-bellied Thicket-Fantail   Rhipidura leucothorax

Black Fantail                         Rhipidura atra

Black Monarch                      Monarcha axillaris

Black-faced Monarch            Monarcha melanopsis

Spot-winged Monarch           Monarcha guttulus

Hooded Monarch                  Monarcha manadensis

Golden Monarch                   Monarcha chrysomela

Black-breasted Boatbill         Machaerirhynchus nigripectus

Yellow-breasted Boatbill        Machaerirhynchus flaviventer

Lesser Ground-Robin            Amalocichla incerta

Torrent Flycatcher                 Monachella muelleriana

Olive Flyrobin                       Microeca flavovirescens

Garnet Robin                        Eugerygone rubra

White-faced Robin                Tregellasia leucops

Black-sided Robin                 Poecilodryas hypoleuca

Black-throated Robin             Poecilodryas albonotata

White-winged Robin              Peneothello sigillatus

White-rumped Robin              Peneothello bimaculatus

Ashy Robin                           Heteromyias albispecularis

Mottled Whistler                    Rhagologus leucostigma

Dwarf Whistler                      Pachycare flavogrisea

White-bellied Pitohui              Pitohui incertus

Crested Pitohui                     Pitohui cristatus

Wattled Ploughbill                 Eulacestoma nigropectus

Northern Logrunner                Orthonyx novaeguineae

Painted Quail-thrush              Cinclosoma ajax

Spotted Jewel-babbler          Ptilorrhoa leucosticta

Blue Jewel-babbler                Ptilorrhoa caerulescens

Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler            Ptilorrhoa castanonota

Orange-crowned Fairywren     Clytomyias insignis

Wallace's Fairywren               Sipodotus wallacii

Emperor Fairywren                Malurus cyanocephalus

Pale-billed Scrubwren            Sericornis spilodera

Papuan Thornbill                   Acanthiza murina

Large-billed Gerygone           Gerygone magnirostris

Papuan Treecreeper              Cormobates placens

Yellow-bellied Longbill           Toxorhamphus novaeguineae

Slaty-chinned Longbill           Toxorhamphus poliopterus

Dwarf Honeyeater                 Toxorhamphus iliolophus

New Guinea White-eye           Zosterops novaeguineae

Mountain Meliphaga              Meliphaga orientalis

Obscure Honeyeater              Lichenostomus obscurus

Spotted Honeyeater              Xanthotis polygramma

Meyer's Friarbird                   Philemon meyeri

Ornate Melidectes                 Melidectes torquatus

Papuan Drongo                    Chaetorhynchus papuensis

Torrent-lark                           Grallina bruijni

Loria's Bird-of-paradise         Cnemophilus loriae

Crested Bird-of-paradise       Cnemophilus macgregorii

Short-tailed Paradigalla         Paradigalla brevicauda

Ribbon-tailed Astrapia           Astrapia mayeri

Princess Stephanie's Astrapia  Astrapia stephaniae

Carola's Parotia                    Parotia carolae

Lawes' Parotia                      Parotia lawesii

King-of-Saxony Bird-of-paradise          Pteridophora alberti

Magnificent Riflebird             Ptiloris magnificus

Eastern Riflebird                   Ptiloris intercedens

Superb Bird-of-paradise        Lophorina superba

Black Sicklebill                     Epimachus fastuosus

Brown Sicklebill                    Epimachus meyeri

Magnificent Bird-of-paradise  Cicinnurus magnificus

King Bird-of-paradise            Cicinnurus regius

Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise   Seleucidis melanoleuca

Greater Bird-of-paradise        Paradisaea apoda

Raggiana Bird-of-paradise     Paradisaea raggiana

Blue Bird-of-paradise            Paradisaea rudolphi

Lesser Melampitta                 Melampitta lugubris

Greater Melampitta                Melampitta gigantea

Macgregor's Bowerbird         Amblyornis macgregoriae

Flame Bowerbird                   Sericulus aureus

Yellow-breasted Bowerbird    Chlamydera lauterbachi

Yellow-eyed Starling              Aplonis mystacea

Golden Myna                        Mino anais


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