BIRDING AROUND THE WORLD

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This tour was run by Partnership for International Birding, Charles Thornton-Kolbe’s company [email protected]. Participants consisted of 4 Americans and 2 Swedes with Jon Hornbuckle as leader and Leio DeSouza assistant leader. Birding was very successful and the logistics ran smoothly, largely thanks to Sue Gregory of Sicklebill Safaris, except for the flights. Some of us lost 24 hours as Virgin Australia’s Brisbane to Port Moresby flight returned to Brisbane due to a technical problem, and two of  the Air Niugini domestic flights were some 4 hours late. We had been warned of potential problems with clan warfare around Tari but as we did not stop where the trouble had been occurring, this was not an issue. What was an issue was loss of good birding trails due to logging along the Tari road.

 

We saw many species of birds including 19 Birds-of-Paradise, nearly all the species possible on our itinerary, and the two Satinbirds, numerous parrots, pigeons including the magnificent Southern Crowned Pigeon and rarities such as New Guinea Bronzewing and Thick-billed Ground-Pigeon; 14 kingfishers and specialities such as New Guinea Flightless Rail, male Flame Bowerbird, the rarely seen Papuan Hawk-Owl, and Painted Quail-thrush for some.


ITINERARY
July 7: Sogeri Lodge

Leio and the Ellerstroems spent the day birding around Sogeri Lodge, recording 30 species. JH and the American four flew to Port Moresby without landing  to Brisbane, eventually being taken to a good hotel in town.

July 8: Varirata NP

Leio and the Ellerstroems had an excellent day’s birding in Varirata NP guided by Daniel Wakra. They saw  several species of Fruit-Doves and good birds such as Cinnamon Dove, Barred Owlet-nightjar, Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher, Painted Quail-thrush, Crested Pitohui, Growling Riflebird and Mountain Drongo.  The rest of us flew to Port Moresby, transferred to Sogeri Lodge and on to Varirata where we found the others at the Raggiana BoP lek at 16.00.  Seeing little else, we returned to Sogeri for dinner.

July 9: Varirata NP

Most of the day was spent at Varirata with Leonard and Daniel, breaking for lunch at Sogeri. Birding was slow, thanks to wind and the weekend presence of large numbers of young people camping. Good birds included Wampoo and Beautiful Fruit-Doves, Dwarf & White-crowned Koels, Yellow-billed & Dwarf Kingfishers, Papuan King Parrot, Goldenface, Stout-billed and Barred Cuckooshrikes, Rusty and Hooded Pitohuis, Crinkle-collared Manucode and White-faced Robin. Late afternoon we visited the start of the Kokoda Trail where we saw Great-billed Mannikin, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird and Grey Shrikethrush.

July 10: Fly to Tari, birding on the road

Early transfer to POM airport for the 08.45 Air Niugini flight to Tari, delayed for 4 hours, arriving at 14.15. Collected by Benson, driven to Makara Lodge, birding above the lodge after lunch: Moustached Treeswift, Great Woodswallow, Brown-backed, Sclater’s and Regent Whistlers, Blue-capped Ifrit, King-of-Saxony & Superb Bird-of-Paradise and Slaty Robin. A good dinner at the Lodge.

July 11:  Tari

Morning on the Tari road and a trail below Tari Gap, lunch at the Lodge, pm at Ambua’s runway, then Tari Gap: 2 Black-mantled Goshawk, Great Cuckoo-Dove, Rufous-throated Bronze-Cuckoo, Stella’s Lorikeet, Red-collared Myzomela, Black-throated Honeyeater, Yellow-browed Melidectes, Tit & Crested Berrypeckers, Mountain Peltops, Black & Dimorphic Fantails, Torrent Lark, Lesser Melampitta, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Brown Sicklebill, White-winged Robin and Capped White-eye.

July 12: Tari

06.30 down the road to scope a distant Black Sicklebill displaying, then back to the roadside forest near the Lodge for Mountain Kingfisher and a scarce Spotted Berrypecker for some. Drive to Tari Gap, where a Papuan Harrier was hunting, and on to a trail beyond. This was disappointing except for Papuan Treecreeper, Loria’s Satinbird, Crested Satinbird for only 2 of us, and the opportunity to study the bower of a MacGregor’s Bowerbird. Back to the Lodge for lunch, intending to return to the forest and walk another trail but heavy rain stopped us so we only went part way to Tari Gap. We did see Stephanie’s Astrapia at last and then Archbold’s Nightjar at dusk.

July 13: Benson’s gardens, charter flight to Mt Hagen, drive to Kumul

We visited Benson’s gardens after breakfast to look for Blue BoP and Lawes’s Parotia. We heard the Blue but visibility was poor due to low cloud or fog but walking further into the gardens gave eventual success. We drove to Tari airport, arriving 09.45 for the 11.00 charter flight to Mt Hagen. The plane was 2 hours late arriving at Tari so we did not reach Mt Hagen till 14.30. Driving to Kumul, we arrived at !5.40. We watched the feeding table whilst eating a late lunch and then did a little birding on the trails Rain prevented looking for Mt Owlet-nightjar.

July 14: Minamba Valley AM, Kumul trails PM

An early surprise was a Papuan Boobook that had flown into the Lodge. Leio was able to catch it and put it into a large box to rest before releasing it in the evening. Then we drove from Kumul to the Minamba Valley where a male Lesser BoP gave a fine display; other birds here included Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Ornate Melidectes, Mountain Honeyeater and White-bellied Cuckooshrike. On the return to Kumul a few birding stops gave a Papuan Harrier perched in a tree close to the road, an unusual sight, 1 or 2 Yellow-breasted Bowerbirds and 6 Torrent Flyrobin. PM on Kumul trails and watching the feeder table.

July 15: King of Saxony & Blue BoP sites

An early unsuccessful search for an Owlet-nightjar, we took a short drive to the King of Saxony site, a patch of hillside forest with a few good birds. In addition to a pair of Saxony BoP, we saw Black-billed Cuckoo-Dove, Plum-faced Lorikeet, Mottled Berryhunter (Whistler), Black-bellied Cuckooshrike and Brown Sicklebill. After lunch we drove down the river valley to a Blue BoP site but could only hear the Blue’s calls. Returning to Kumul, we concentrated on finding a male Crested Satinbird, eventually seen high in the forest. A brief view of a flushed New Guinea Woodcock was a surprise.

July 16: Dablin Creek & OK Menga

We took an early drive to Mt Hagen for the 09.25 PNG Air flight to Tabubil, the only internal flight  arriving on time. At 10.30 we were met by Samuel and taken to Cloudlands Hotel. Sam guided us till 18th, after which Jimmy took over. The rest of the morning was spent at Dablin Creek, birds included Long-tailed Honey Buzzard, Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo, Red-breasted Pygmy-Parrot, Spotted & Tawny-breasted Honeyeaters, Black-shouldered Cuckooshrike & Papuan White-eye. Lunch was taken after buying food at the well-stocked shopping centre. In the afternoon we drove to Ok Menga to look for Salvadori’s Teal. Unfortunately, as it was the weekend fishermen were active along the river so no Teals, and little  else except , Pesquet’s Parrot. We tried to find pizzas for supper but had to make do with meat, French fries, salad and ice-cream at a nearby Club.

July 17: Dablin Creek & OK Menga

Morning at Dablin Creek again,, walking up the metal walkway this time. We saw White-eared Bronze-Cuckoo, Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot, Scrub Honeyeater, Grey-headed Cuckooshrike, Variable Pitohui & Magnificent BoP, but only heard Obscure Berrypecker and Chestnut-backed Jewel-Babbler. In the afternoon we returned to OK Menga and the Tunnel, with Jimmy this time. Still no Salvadori’s Teal but we had a few birds such as.Dusky Lory and the rarely seen Orange-fronted Hanging-Parrot. At dusk we tried for Shovel-billed Kingfisher and had a response but the bird would not come out of the forest. On the way back to Cloudlands we saw 2 Large-tailed Nightjars, then heard another Shovel-bill calling but again it would not come out.

July 18: Dablin Creek & Km 17

With a final 4 hours at Dablin Creek we saw Black-headed Whistler, Black-winged Monarch, 4 Carola’s Parotia! & a  White-rumped Robin for MG. We checked out of Cloudlands, bought more food and drink at the shopping centre, then drove towards Kiunga with Sam and Jimmy, stopping at OK Menga, again with no luck. We  continued to Km 17 for 2 hours of birding, seeing Pink-spotted & Orange-bellied Fruit-Doves, Asian Koel, Papuan Spine-tailed Swift, Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot,  Glossy-mantled & Trumpet Manucodes, Greater B0P & Golden Myna, then checked in at Kiuna Gugest House for two nights.

July 19: Boystown Road & Km 17

06.00 we drove to the observation hill along Boystown Road, arriving at the same time as Rockjumper.  They stayed till 09.30 as they were flying back to POM while we left at 11.30. Birds seen included Grey-headed and Variable Goshawk, Orange-fronted & Dwarf Fruit-Doves, Greater Black Coucal, Littl,e Bronze-Cuckoo, Metallic Pigeon, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Red-flanked Lorikeet, a lovely male and 2 female Flame Bowerbirds, Plain Honeyeater, Yellow-bellied Gerygone, Lowland Peltops, Golden & Frilled Monarchs, Rufous-backed Fantail. Magnificent Riflebird was heard calling, too far away to be located.

After lunch at the Guest House we drove to Km 17.and walked through the forest to the BoP lek. Here we saw 5 or 6 Greater BoPs displaying noisily, probably with one or two Raggianas or hybrids. A Thick-billed Ground-Pigeon was flushed nearby accidentally. As we walked back to the road we heard a Painted Quail-thrush but could not see it.  At the road we saw Yellowish-streaked Lories fly over and a Lesser  Black Coucal called from thick bushes.

July 20:  Kwatu Lodge by boat

Samuel had bought provisions yesterday for our 3 days at Kwatu Lodge. We were ready to leave at 06.00 but there was no sign of the boatman – he finally arrived at 06.40 with Jimmy and we departed down the Fly River. We were just in time to see a 12-wired BoP displaying on a bare tree, but not for long.  We continued to the Elevala River, picking up some new birds on the way ro Kwatu. After lunch we birded in forest and from the boat. New birds were Black-billed Brushturkey, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, 5 Southern Crowned Pigeon,(roosting in trees late afternoon), Collared Imperial Pigeon, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Little & Common Paradise-Kingfishers, Little & Azure Kingfishers, Palm Cockatoo, Large and Double-eyed Fig-Parrots, Yellow-bellied Longbill,Golden Cuckooshrike, Grey Whistler, Shining Flycatcher and a male King BoP displaying.

 

July 21: lowland forest around Kwatu Lodge

We spent all day on the river and in forest, with two visits to the Flightless Rail hide/blind. The morning visit was unsuccessful but in the afternoon we had a Bronzewing on a low perch, soon joined by a single, active Flightless Rail. Nearby we saw a migrant Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher, a  Cinnamon Dove & a Blue Jewel-Babbler. The only other new birds were Emperor Fairy-Wren and Large-billed Gerygone. We stayed on the river till  an hour after dark and were rewarded by seeing.a Papuan Nightjar, a Papuan Frogmouth and best of all, a Papuan Hawk-Owl. Back at the Lodge a nearby Hook-billed Kingfisher teased us by calling what seemed like most of the night.

July 22:  Kwatu to Kiunga by boat

Heavy rain confined us to the Lodge all morning. We had intended to spend the morning in the nearby forest but no birding was possible.  We decided on an early lunch before taking the boat back to Kiunga when the rain  stopped at mid-day. Birds were rather thin, a fine male Flame Bowerbird perched up being one of the best, with White-bellied Pitohui and.   White-bellied Thicket-Fantail the only additions to the list. Back at the Guest House at 15.30 we decided to stay in to clean up and pack for tomorrow’s departure.

July 23: Km 17, fly to POM

We were ready fo go to Km 17 but had to wait 30 mins for the bus to arrive. We waiked to the Greater BoP lek and found it very active with at least 10 birds displaying. Leio set up his scope to focus on the Thick-billed Ground-Pigeon on the nest but it was too distant for me. No new birds were seen so we returned to the Guest House to check out and proceed to the airport for the 11.55 flight to POM. Of course the flight was delayed by more than 3 hours so we had another long wait. Some of us visited a new restaurant nearby to have lunch. The only event of interest was a sighting of two thin snakes up a tree in the car park that eventually dropped down onto a car, causing some alarm to the spectators. By the time we reached POM it was too late to visit PAU as hoped. We were taken to Sogeri Lodge, only to find it was full but rooms had been booked for us at the Club a few miles away. There we found the rooms were quite good except that mosquitos were present in some. We were able to chose dinner from the menu and add ice-cream.

July 24: Varirata NP & PAU. Fly to Australia

We decided to start the day back at Varirata as most of us had only had about one day there.  Leonard was due to meet us at PAU so we had to pay for him to take an early taxi to Sogeri. We were ready to pick him up there after breakfast at 06.15 but our bus driver failed to arrive till 07.00 so we lost some of our valuable time. We birded on two trails till 09.45, seeing Stephan’s Emerald Dove, Pale-billed Scrubwren, Fairy Gerygone, Black-faced Monarch and Growling Riflebird, but missing Forest Bittern again.

We moved on to PAU from 10.00 till 12.00, unusually dry with much fewer birds than normal. We did see Plumed Whistling-Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Pied Heron, Little Pied & Little Black Cormorants, Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamp-Hen, Comb-crested Jacana,  Torresian Imperial Pigeon, 3 roosting Papuan Frogmouths, Common Kingfisher , Black-backed Butcherbird, Grey Shrikethrush and Figbird, but no Spotted Whistling-Ducks, Green Pygmy Goose, Rufous Night-Heron, Bar-shouldered Dove, Dusky Myzomela, Black-faced Cuckooshrike or Chestnut-breasted Mannikin. We drove the short distance to POM airport for our international flights to Brisbane, Cairns and Manila, said our farewells, and for the first time my and Calvin’s flight (to Brisbane) left 10 mins early!

            TRIP LIST

  1. Plumed Whistling-Duck, Dendrocygna eytoni:  34 at PAU
  2. Pacific Black Duck, Anas superciliosa:  a few at the Club near Sogeri and at PAU
  3. Black-billed/Yellow-legged Brushturkey, Talegalla fuscirostris: 1 seen near Kwatu, heard most days in the lowlands including Varirata.
  4. Australian White Ibis, Threskiornis moluccus:  4 flew over the Club
  5. Striated Heron, Butorides striata:  only 1, on the Elevala River
  6. Eastern Cattle Egret, Bubulcus coromandus:  fairly common in small numbers
  7. Great Egret, Ardea alba:  a few singles
  8. Intermediate Egret, Egretta intermedia: a few singles
  9. Pied Heron, Egretta picata:  one at PAU
  10. Little Egret, Egretta garzetta:  a few at PAU
  11. Little Pied Cormorant, Microcarbo melanoleucos:  singles at the Club and PAU
  12. Little Black Cormorant, Phalacrocorax sulcirostris:  a few at the Club and PAU
  13. Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo:  2 in flight at Port Moresby (POM) airport
  14. Pacific Baza, Aviceda subcristata:  singles at Varirata, Dablin Creek and Boystown road, 2 on 2 days on the Elevala
  15. Long-tailed Honey Buzzard, Henicopernis longicauda: 1 or 2 on 5 days in the Kiunga/Tabubil area
  16. Variable Goshawk, Accipiter hiogaster:  singles at Sogeri and Boystown road, a pair at Dablin Creek
  17. Black-mantled Goshawk, Accipiter melanochlamys:  2 below Tari Gap
  18. Grey-headed Goshawk, Accipiter poliocephalus:  2 at Sogeri, singles at Boystown road and near Kwatu
  19. Papuan Harrier, Circus spilothorax:  female-types at Tari Gap and near Kumul
  20. Black Kite, Milvus migrans:  a few at Tari, several daily from Mt Hagen to beyond Kumul
  21. Whistling Kite, Haliastur sphenurus:  singles at Varirata, a few from Mt Hagen to Kumul
  22. Brahminy Kite, Haliastur Indus:  1 or 2 most days
  23. White-bellied Sea Eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster:  2 singles from the boat
  24. New Guinea Flightless Rail, Megacrex inepta:  1 showing well from the hide near Kwatu
  25. Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio:  a few at PAU
  26. Dusky Moorhen, Gallinula tenebrosa:  1 at PAU
  27. Masked Lapwing, Vanellus miles:  2 at POM airport, a few at the Club and PAU
  28. Comb-crested Jacana, Irediparra gallinacean:  7 at PAU
  29. New Guinea Woodcock, Scolopax rosenbergii:  1 flushed in Kumul’s forest
  30. Metallic/White-throated Pigeon, Columba vitiensis:  1 in flight at Boystown road
  31. Slender-billed/Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Macropygia amboinensis:  1 or 2 most days in the lowlands
  32. Bar-tailed/Black-billed Cuckoo-Dove, Macropygia nigrirostris:  1 at Kumul
  33. Great Cuckoo-Dove, Reinwardtoena reinwardti:  singles above Tari, and at Dablin Creek, heard at Varirata
  34. Stephan's Emerald Dove, Chalcophaps stephani:  1 at Varirata
  35. New Guinea Bronzewing, Henicophaps albifrons:  1 perched low at the Flightless Rail site, 1 flushed in the same area
  36. Thick-billed Ground-Pigeon, Trugon terrestris:  1 on a nest with 1 egg at Km 17
  37. Peaceful Dove, Geopelia placida:  1 at Sogeri
  38. Cinnamon Ground-Dove, Gallicolumba rufigula:  singles at Varirata and near Kwatu
  39. White-breasted/bibbed Ground-Dove, Alopecoenas jobiensis:  heard on the Tari road
  40. Pheasant Pigeon, Otidiphaps nobilis:  heard several times at Varirata
  41. Southern Crowned Pigeon, Goura scheepmakeri:  5 seen from the river roosting in trees near Kwatu
  42. Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Ptilinopus magnificus:  1 at Varirata
  43. Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove, Ptilinopus perlatus:  10+ at Varirata on 8th (LDS), 1 or 2 daily at Dablin Creek and Kiunga area
  44. Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove, Ptilinopus aurantiifrons:  1 at Boystown road
  45. Superb Fruit- Dove, Ptilinopus superbus:  singles at Varirata and near Kwatu
  46. Beautiful Fruit-Dove, Ptilinopus pulchellus:  1 at Varirata
  47. Mountain/White-breasted Fruit-Dove, Ptilinopus bellus/rivoli:  1 below Kumul
  48. Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove, Ptilinopus iozonus:  a few at Km 17 and Boystown road
  49. Dwarf Fruit-Dove, Ptilinopus nainus:  singles at Varirata (LDS) and Boystown road
  50. Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula rufigaster:  1 at Varirata on 9th and 24th, heard at Boystown road
  51. Rufescent Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula chalconota: 1 at Varirata
  52. Pinon's Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula pinon:  1 below Kumul, up to 8 daily at Tabubil, 2 or 3 near Kwatu
  53. Collared Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula mullerii:  common at times along the Fly and Elevala rivers
  54. Zoe's Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula zoeae:  2 at Varirata on 8th and 9th, heard at Dablin Creek
  55. Torresian Imperial-Pigeon, Ducula spilorrhoa:  1 perched in a tree at PAU (usually only seen in flight)
  56. Papuan Mountain-Pigeon, Gymnophaps albertisii:  common above Tari, 1 or 2 at Dablin Creek
  57. Ivory-billed/Greater Black Coucal, Centropus menbeki:  1 seen at Boystown road, heard at Varirata and Kwatu
  58. Black-billed/Lesser Black Coucal, Centropus bernsteini:  1 seen at Km 17 (JH)
  59. Pheasant Coucal, Centropus phasianinus:  1 or 2 at Varirata
  60. Dwarf Koel, Microdynamis parva:  2 seen at Varirata and another heard, 1 at Boystown road
  61. Eastern/Asian Koel, Eudynamys orientalis/scolopaceus:  up to 3 daily in the Kiunga area
  62. Channel-billed Cuckoo, Scythrops novaehollandiae:  only 1 seen along the river on 20th
  63. Long-billed Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx megarhynchus: 1 heard calling near Kwatu
  64. Rufous-throated Bronze-Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx ruficollis:  1 on 2 days near Makara Lodge
  65. White-eared Bronze-Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx meyerii:  1 at Dablin Creek
  66. Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx minutillus:  1 at Boystown road
  67. White-crowned Cuckoo, Cacomantis leucolophus:  1 at Varirata
  68. Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo, Cacomantis castaneiventris:  2 at Dablin Creek
  69. Brush Cuckoo, Cacomantis variolosus:  I seen at Dablin Creek, 2 at Boystown road, heard frequently
  70. Papuan Boobook, Ninox theomacha:  1 flew into Kumul Lodge, was released after resting, later seen near the feeder. 1 at Cloudlands at dawn, heard elsewhere
  71. Papuan Hawk-Owl, Uroglaux dimorpha: 1 seen by flash-light and heard calling near Kwatu
  72. Papuan Frogmouth, Podargus papuensis:  3 roosting in a large tree at PAU
  73. Papuan Nightjar, Eurostopodus papuensis:  1 flying over the river near Kwatu after dusk
  74. Archbold's Nightjar, Eurostopodus archboldi:  1 at the quarry on the Tari road
  75. Large-tailed Nightjar, Caprimulgus macrurus:  2 on the road after dusk just outside Tabubil
  76. Mountain Owlet-nightjar, Aegotheles albertisi:  heard calling briefly on 2 mornings
  77. Barred Owlet-nightjar, Aegotheles bennettii:  1 roosting in a tree hole at Varirata
  78. Moustached Treeswift, Hemiprocne mystacea:  2-4 near Makara Lodge and in the Kiunga area
  79. Glossy Swiftlet, Collocalia esculenta:  common throughout
  80. Mountain Swiftlet, Aerodramus hirundinaceus:  fairly common at Tari and Kumul
  81. Uniform Swiftlet, Aerodramus vanikorensis:  common throughout the lowlands
  82. Papuan Spine-tailed Swift, Mearnsia novaeguineae:  a few daily in the Kiunga area
  83. Oriental Dollarbird, Eurystomus orientalis:  1 at Varirata (LDS), a few daily in the Kiunga area
  84. Hook-billed Kingfisher, Melidora macrorrhina:  heard around Kwatu, even late at night
  85. Common Paradise-Kingfisher, Tanysiptera galatea:  1 flying around near Kwatu very responsive to play-back but difficult to see, another heard
  86. Little Paradise-Kingfisher, Tanysiptera hydrocharis:  1 seen near Kwatu and another heard
  87. Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher, Tanysiptera Sylvia:  1 of this Australian migrant showing well near the Flightless Rail hide
  88. Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher, Tanysiptera danae:  2 at Varirata
  89. Shovel-billed Kookaburra, Clytoceyx rex:  heard calling at dusk at the tunnel and on the road near the check-point at Tabubil
  90. Blue-winged Kookaburra, Dacelo leachii:  2 near Sogeri (LDS), 1 at Varirata
  91. Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Dacelo gaudichaud:  2 at Varirata (LDS), a few in the Kiunga area
  92. Forest Kingfisher,  Todiramphus macleayii:  1 at Varirata (LDS),
  93. Sacred Kingfisher, Todiramphus sanctus:  1 or 2 near the tunnel, a few in the Kiunga area
  94. Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Syma torotoro:  singles at Varirata and Boystown road, a few others heard
  95. Mountain Kingfisher, Syma megarhyncha:  1 seen near Makara Lodge, a few others heard
  96. Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis:  1 at PAU
  97. Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher, Ceyx solitarius:  1 at Varirata
  98. Azure Kingfisher, Ceyx azureus:  singles at Varirata and on the Elevala
  99. Little Kingfisher, Ceyx pusillus:  1 on the Elevala river
  100. Rainbow Bee-eater, Merops ornatus:  up to 10 at Varirata, 1 below Kumul
  101. Blyth's Hornbill, Rhyticeros plicatus:  2 at Varirata, several daily in the Kiunga area
  102. Palm Cockatoo, Probosciger aterrimus:  up to 4 daily near Kwatu
  103. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua galerita:  a few at Varirata, up to 4 daily in the Kiunga area
  104. Pesquet's/NG Vulturine Parrot, Psittrichas fulgidus:  2 at Dablin Creek, near the tunnel, and near Kwatu
  105. Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot, Micropsitta keiensis:  1 at Km 17, 3 at Boystown road
  106. Red-breasted Pygmy-Parrot, Micropsitta bruijnii:  4 at Dablin Creek
  107. Papuan King Parrot, Alisterus chloropterus:  1 at Varirata, 2 at Benson’s gardens
  108. Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus roratus:  fairly common in the lowlands
  109. Red-cheeked Parrot, Geoffroyus geoffroyi:  up to 6 at Varirata, several most days in the Tabubil and Kiunga area
  110. Blue-collared Parrot, Geoffroyus simplex:  heard near the tunnel
  111. Brehm's Tiger Parrot, Psittacella brehmii:  a few at the Kumul feeder table most of the time
  112. Plum-faced Lorikeet, Oreopsittacus arfaki:  2 at Kumul
  113. Red-flanked Lorikeet, Charmosyna placentis:  10 at Boystown road
  114. Stella’s/Papuan Lorikeet, Charmosyna stellae/papou:  6 on the Tari road, 2 at the Lesser BoP site and 1 at the Saxony site near Kumul
  115. Yellow-billed Lorikeet, Neopsittacus musschenbroekii:  10 on the Tari road
  116. Orange-billed Lorikeet, Neopsittacus pullicauda:  a few along the Tari road
  117. Black-capped Lory, Lorius lory:  a few at Varirata and daily in the Kiunga area
  118. Yellow-streaked Lory, Chalcopsitta scintillata:  2 at Boystown road, 3 near Kwatu
  119. Dusky Lory, Pseudeos fuscata:  4 near the tunnel, 150 at Km 17
  120. Goldie's Lorikeet, Psitteuteles goldiei:  2 on the Tari road
  121. Coconut Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus:  singles at Varirata, near the tunnel and Kwatu
  122. Large Fig Parrot, Psittaculirostris desmarestii:  3 near Kwatu
  123. Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot, Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii:  1 at Dablin Creek and Km 17, 10 at Boystown  road and Kwatu
  124. Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Cdi yclopsitta ophthalma:  up to 10 near Kwatu, heard at Boystown road
  125. Orange-fronted Hanging-Parrot, Loriculus aurantiifrons:  2 feeding in a tree near the tunnel
  126. Hooded Pitta, Pitta sordid:  heard near Kwatu
  127. White-eared Catbird, Ailuroedus buccoides:1 seen at Varirata on 7th & heard there on 8th. (LDS)
  128. MacGregor's Bowerbird, Amblyornis macgregoriae:  a bower was examined at Tari Gap but no bird seen
  129. Flame Bowerbird, Sericulus ardens:  a male and 2 females were observed in flight at Boystown road, and a perched male on the journey from Kwatu to Kiunga
  130. Yellow-breasted Bowerbird, Chlamydera lauterbachi:  1 or 2 on the journey back to Kumul on 14th
  131. Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Chlamydera cerviniventris:  5 at the start of the  Kokoda trail
  132. Papuan Treecreeper, Cormobates placens:  1 on a trail beyond Tari Gap, heard near Kumul
  133. Emperor Fairywren, Malurus cyanocephalus:  1+ near Kwatu
  134. White-shouldered Fairywren, Malurus alboscapulatus:  up to 4 at Varirata, Tari and near Kumul
  135. Papuan Black Myzomela, Myzomela nigrita:  a few at Varirata and Dablin Creek
  136. Red-collared Myzomela, Myzomela rosenbergii:  up to 6 daily in the Tari and Kumul areas
  137. Rufous-backed Honeyeater, Ptiloprora guisei:  2 at Tari
  138. Grey-streaked Honeyeater, Ptiloprora perstriata:  fairly common at Tari and Kumul
  139. Plain Honeyeater, Pycnopygius ixoides:  1 at Boystown road
  140. Marbled Honeyeater, Pycnopygius cinereus:  heard near Ambua
  141. Streak-headed Honeyeater, Pycnopygius stictocephalus:  2 at Varirata, singles at Dablin Creek, Km 17 and Boystown road
  142. Spotted Honeyeater, Xanthotis polygrammus:  singles at Dablin Creek and Boystown road
  143. Tawny-breasted Honeyeater, Xanthotis flaviventer:  1 or 2 at Dablin Creek, Km 17 and Kwatu
  144. Meyer's Friarbird, Philemon meyeri: 1 heard calling briefly  at Boystown Road
  145. New Guinea Friarbird, Philemon novaeguineae:  a few at Sogeri, Varirata, and Tabubil/Kiunga
  146. White-throated Honeyeater, Melithreptus albogularis:  1 at Sogeri on 7th (LDS ) & 8th
  147. Long-billed Honeyeater, Melilestes megarhynchus:  heard at Dablin Creek
  148. Common Smoky Honeyeater, Melipotes fumigates:  common at Tari and Kumul
  149. Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Conopophila albogularis:  1 at Sogeri (LDS)
  150. Black-throated Honeyeater, Caligavis subfrenata:  4 at Tari Gap, 2 heard above Macara Lodge
  151. Obscure Honeyeater, Caligavis obscura:  2 at Boystown Road
  152. Yellow-browed Melidectes, Melidectes rufocrissalis:  a few around Ambua
  153. Belford's Melidectes, Melidectes belfordi:  common at Tari and Kumul
  154. Ornate Melidectes, Melidectes torquatus:  1 at Tari, 2 at Minamba Valley
  155. Mottle-breasted Honeyeater, Meliphaga mimikae:  heard at Tari
  156. Mountain Honeyeater, Meliphaga orientalis:  singles at Minamba Valley and Dablin Creek
  157. Scrub Honeyeater, Meliphaga albonotata:  a few at Dablin Creek, 1 near Kwatu
  158. Mimic Honeyeater, Meliphaga analoga:  3 at Varirata, singles near Kwatu
  159. Graceful Honeyeater, Meliphaga gracilis:  2 near Makara Lodge
  160. Elegant Honeyeater, Meliphaga cinereifrons:  2 at Varirata
  161. Goldenface, Pachycare flavogriseum:  1 or 2 at Varirata
  162. Rusty Mouse-warbler, Crateroscelis murina:  singles at Varirata & Tari, heard at Dablin Creek
  163. Mountain Mouse-warbler, Crateroscelis robusta:  1 seen near Tari Gap
  164. Pale-billed Scrubwren, Sericornis spilodera:  2 at Varirata
  165. Papuan Scrubwren, Sericornis papuensis:  2 or 3 at Varirata, a few at Kumul
  166. Large Scrubwren, Sericornis nouhuysi:  a few at Kumul
  167. Brown-breasted Gerygone, Gerygone ruficollis:  a few at Tari and Kumul
  168. Large-billed Gerygone, Gerygone magnirostris:  1 at Kwatu
  169. Yellow-bellied Gerygone, Gerygone chrysogaster:  1 at Boystown road
  170. Green-backed Gerygone, Gerygone chloronota:  heard at Varirata, Dablin Creek & Km 17
  171. Fairy Gerygone, Gerygone palpebrosa:  1 seen at Varirata, others heard
  172. Loria's Satinbird, Cnemophilus loriae:  a male on a trail beyond Tari Gap
  173. Crested Satinbird, Cnemophilus macgregorii:  a male on a trail beyond Tari Gap & at Kumul
  174. Obscure Berrypecker, Melanocharis arfakiana:  heard at Dablin Creek
  175. Black Berrypecker, Melanocharis nigra:  2+ at Varirata & 1 near Kwatu
  176. Fan-tailed Berrypecker, Melanocharis versteri:  1 below Tari Gap
  177. Spotted Berrypecker, Rhamphocharis crassirostris:  1 near Makara lodge
  178. Yellow-bellied Longbill, Toxorhamphus novaeguineae:  1 or 2 near Kwatu
  179. Tit Berrypecker, Oreocharis arfaki:  parties of 5 or 6 at Tari and near Kumul
  180. Crested Berrypecker, Paramythia montium:  a few at Tari, Kumul & Dablin Creek
  181. Spotted Jewel-babbler, Ptilorrhoa leucosticte:  heard near Tari  Gap
  182. Blue Jewel-babbler, Ptilorrhoa caerulescens:  1 seen near Kwatu, another heard
  183. Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler, Ptilorrhoa castanonota:  heard at Varirata and Dablin Creek
  184. Painted Quail-thrush, Cinclosoma ajax:  1 at Varirata on 8th (LDS) , heard there on 9th and at Km 17
  185. Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Machaerirhynchus flaviventer:  2 at Varirata, heard near Kwatu
  186. Black-breasted Boatbill, Machaerirhynchus nigripectus:  1 at Tari, others heard there and at Kumul
  187. White-breasted Woodswallow, Artamus leucorynchus:  up to 10 at Varirata, a few below Kumul
  188. Great Woodswallow, Artamus maximus:  up to 10 at Tari, a few near Kumul
  189. Lowland Peltops, Peltops blainvillii:  1 at Boystown road
  190. Mountain Peltops, Peltops montanus:  a few at Tari and Dablin Creek
  191. Black Butcherbird, Cracticus quoyi:  1 at Tari & Dablin Creek, a few at Km 17, heard at Varirata
  192. Black-backed Butcherbird, Cracticus mentalis:  3 at PAU
  193. Hooded Butcherbird, Cracticus cassicus:  2 at Varirata, 1 at Dablin Creek, a few daily in the Kiunga area
  194. Mottled Berryhunter (Whistler), Rhagologus leucostigma:  1 near Kumul
  195. Stout-billed Cuckooshrike, Coracina caeruleogrisea:  2 at Varirata, heard at Dablin Creek
  196. Barred/Yellow-eyed Cuckooshrike, Coracina lineate:  1 at Varirata
  197. Boyer's Cuckooshrike, Coracina boyeri:  a few at Varirata, 2 on 2 days at Kwatu
  198. White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Coracina papuensis:  a few at Sogeri (LDS), 2 in the Minamba Valley
  199. Hooded Cuckooshrike, Coracina longicauda:  4 at Tari
  200. Black-shouldered Cicadabird, Coracina incerta:  1 at Dablin Creek
  201. Grey-headed Cuckooshrike, Coracina schisticeps:  2 at Dablin Creek, a few at Km 17 & Boystown road
  202. Black Cicadabird, Coracina melas:  1 at Varirata
  203. Black-bellied Cuckooshrike, Coracina Montana:  4 at Tari, 3 near Kumul 
  204. Golden Cuckooshrike, Campochaera sloetii:  up to 6 near Kwatu
  205. Papuan Sittella, Daphoenositta papuensis:  8+ near Tari Gap
  206. Rufous-naped Whistler/Bellbird, Aleadryas/Pachycephala  rufinucha:  singles at Makara Lodge & Dablin Creek
  207. Crested Pitohui/Piping Bellbird, Ornorectes cristatus/Ornorectus cristatus: 1 seen at Varirata (LDS) & others heard there
  208. Rusty Whistler, Pachycephala hyperythra:  heard at Dablin Creek, probably 1 seen
  209. Brown-backed Whistler, Pachycephala modesta:  1 or 2 daily at Tari, a few at & near Kumul
  210. Grey Whistler, Pachycephala simplex:  1 near Kwatu
  211. Sclater's Whistler, Pachycephala soror::  singles near Makara & Dablin Creek
  212. Regent Whistler, Pachycephala schlegelii:  singles on 3 days at Tari, a few at or near Kumul
  213. Black-headed Whistler, Pachycephala monacha:  1 at Dablin Creek, heard in Benson’s gardens
  214. White-bellied Whistler, Pachycephala leucogastra:  heard near Kwatu
  215. White-bellied Pitohui, Pseudorectes incertus:  2 seen from the boat as we returned to Kiunga
  216. Rusty Pitohui, Pseudorectes ferrugineus:  a few at Varirata, heard at Km 17 & Boystown road
  217. Little Shrikethrush, Colluricincla megarhyncha:  2+ at Varirata, singles near Kwatu
  218. Grey Shrikethrush, Colluricincla harmonica:  singles at the Kokoda trail & PAU
  219. Long-tailed Shrike, Lanius schach:  1 at Tari Gap & a fewnear Kiunga
  220. Australasian Figbird, Sphecotheres vieilloti:  2+ at PAU
  221. Southern Variable Pitohui, Pitohui uropygialis:  singles at Dablin Creek
  222. Hooded Pitohui, Pitohui dichrous:  2+ at Varirata
  223. Brown Oriole, Oriolus szalayi:  a few at Varirata & OK Menga
  224. Spangled Drongo, Dicrurus bracteatus:  fairly common in the lowlands
  225. Pygmy/ Mountain Drongo,  Chaetorhynchus papuensis:  1 at Varirata (LDS)
  226. Willie Wagtail, Rhipidura leucophrys:  common throughout
  227. White-bellied Thicket-Fantail, Rhipidura leucothorax:  1 from the boat en route to Kiunga
  228. Black Fantail, Rhipidura atra:  singles at Tari, 1 or 2 at Dablin Creek on 3 days
  229. Chestnut-bellied Fantail, Rhipidura hyperythra:  1 or 2 on 2 days at Varirata
  230. Friendly Fantail, Rhipidura albolimbata:  fairly common in the uplands
  231. Dimorphic Fantail, Rhipidura brachyrhyncha:  a few at Tari
  232. Rufous-backed Fantail, Rhipidura rufidorsa:  1 at Boystown road
  233. Black/Fantailed Monarch, Symposiachrus axillaris:  heard at Tari and Kwatu
  234. Spot-winged Monarch, Symposiachrus guttula:  2 at Varirata
  235. Black-faced Monarch, Monarcha melanopsis:  2 singles at Varirata
  236. Black-winged Monarch, Monarcha frater:  1 at Dablin Creek
  237. Golden Monarch, Carterornis chrysomela:  4 at Boystown road
  238. Frilled Monarch, Arses telescopthalmus:  singles near Kiunga, Kwatu & at Varirata
  239. Torrent-lark, Grallina bruijnii:  1 at Ambua, 2 at Dablin Creek
  240. Shining Flycatcher, Myiagra alecto:  common along the Elevala river
  241. Grey Crow, Corvus tristis:  1 or 2 at Sogeri, Varirata, on the road to Kiunga, Boystown road and near Kwatu
  242. Torresian Crow, Corvus orru:  a few from POM to Varirata
  243. Lesser Melampitta, Melampitta lugubris:  1 near Tari Gap
  244. Blue-capped Ifrit, Ifrita kowaldi:  1 or 2 almost daily at Tari and Kumul
  245. Glossy-mantled Manucode, Manucodia ater:  a few in the Kiunga area
  246. Crinkle-collared Manucode, Manucodia chalybatus:  2 at Varirata, 1 at OK Menga & Boystown road
  247. Trumpet Manucode, Phonygammus keraudrenii:  singles at Varirata & Km 17, heard at Boystown road
  248. Short-tailed Paradigalla, Paradigalla brevicauda:  3 singles near Makara
  249. Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Astrapia mayeri:  3 or 4 at Tari Gap, a few at & near Kumul
  250. Princess Stephanie's Astrapia, Astrapia stephaniae:  2 at Tari
  251. Queen Carola's Parotia, Parotia carolae:  4 at Dablin Creek including 1 adult male
  252. King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise, Pteridophora alberti:  2 or 3 daily at Tari, 2 near Kumul
  253. Superb Bird-of-paradise, Lophorina superb:  a few daily at Tari
  254. Magnificent Riflebird, Ptiloris magnificus:  heard at Boystown road  & Km 17
  255. Growling Riflebird, Ptiloris intercedens:  2 seen on 2 days at Varirata, others heard
  256. Black Sicklebill, Epimachus fastosus:  a male scoped below Ambua, others heard
  257. Brown Sicklebill, Epimachus meyeri:  2 seen at Tari, others heard, frequently at the Kumul feeder
  258. Magnificent Bird-of-paradise, Diphyllodes magnificus:  1 male & 2 females/imm. at Dablin Creek, heard at Varirata
  259. King Bird-of-paradise, Cicinnurus regius:  a male displaying near Kwatu, 1 heard at Boystown road
  260. Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Seleucidis melanoleucus:  male displaying by the Fly River, 2 other birds near Kwatu
  261. Greater Bird-of-paradise, Paradisaea apoda:  at least 6 seen at Km 17 and Boystown road with a few others in flight around Kwatu
  262. Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, Paradisaea raggiana:  c10 lekking at Varirata & a few at Km 17
  263. Lesser Bird-of-paradise, Paradisaea minor:  a male displayed for some time jn the Minamba Valley, near Kumul
  264. Blue Bird-of-paradise, Paradisaea rudolphi:  a male seen briefly from the Ambua runway,and in Benson’s gardens,Tari; heard near Kumul
  265. Black-sided Robin, Poecilodryas hypoleuca:  frequently heard in forest around Kiunga and Kwatu but never seen
  266. Black-throated Robin, Poecilodryas albonotata:  1 seen at Tari Gap
  267. White-winged Robin, Peneothello sigillata:  fairly common at Tari and Kumul
  268. Slaty/Blue-grey Robin, Peneothello cyanus:  2 at Makara Lodge
  269. White-rumped Robin, Peneothello bimaculata:  up to 4 heard daily at Dablin Creek but only seen by MG
  270. White-faced Robin, Tregellasia leucops:  3 together at Varirata
  271. Torrent Flyrobin, Monachella muelleriana:  6 below Kumul, 2 at Ok Menga
  272. Canary Flyrobin, Microeca papuana:  2 near Makara Lodge
  273. Lemon-bellied Flyrobin, Microeca flavigaster:  singles at Varirata (LDS) and near Kumul
  274. Lesser Ground Robin, Amalocichla incerta:  heard at Tari Gap
  275. Pacific Swallow, Hirundo tahitica:  fairly common throughout
  276. Island Leaf Warbler, Phylloscopus maforensis:  a few at Tari
  277. Papuan Grassbird, Megalurus macrurus:  a few at Tari and Kumul
  278. Golden-headed Cisticola, Cisticola exilis:  at least 1 at the Kokoda Trail
  279. Black-fronted White-eye, Zosterops minor:  2 at Varirata, a few near Kumul
  280. Capped White-eye, Zosterops fuscicapilla:  6+ at Tari
  281. Papuan White-eye, Zosterops novaeguineae:  1 at Dablin Creek
  282. Metallic Starling, Aplonis metallica:  flocks daily in the Kiunga area but no Yellow-eyed spotted
  283. Singing Starling, Aplonis cantoroides:  2 at Port Moresby airport (JH)
  284. Yellow-faced Myna, Mino dumontii:  singles at Varirata and PAU, fairly common in the Kiunga area
  285. Golden Myna, Mino anais:  up to 5 daily in the Kiunga area
  286. Island Thrush, Turdus poliocephalus:  1 at Tari Gap, common at Kumul
  287. Pied Bush Chat, Saxicola caprata:  singles daily at POM airport, Tari, Kumul and Mt Hagen
  288. Red-capped Flowerpecker, Dicaeum geelvinkianum:  seen throughout in small numbers
  289. Black Sunbird, Leptocoma sericea:  surprisingly scarce with only a few noted in the Tabubil/ Kiunga area
  290. House Sparrow, Passer domesticus:  in and near towns, fewer than Tree Sparrow
  291. Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus:  locally common in and near towns
  292. Blue-faced Parrotfinch, Erythrura trichroa:  4 on the Tari road
  293. Great-billed/Grand Mannikin, Lonchura grandis:  2 at the Kokoda Trail
  294. Grey-headed Mannikin, Lonchura caniceps:  15 at the Kokoda Trail
  295. Hooded Mannikin, Lonchura spectabilis:  small flocks below Ambua and near Kumul
  296. Australian Pipit, Anthus australis:  a few at Mt Hagen airport

 

 

MAMMALS

            Spectacled Flying Fox Pteropus conspicillatus:  Locally common along the rivers near Kiunga.