LEADER: JON HORNBUCKLE
GROUP MEMBERS: RICHARD FAIRBANK, DAVE AND MARTIN HUNNYBUN, JANOS OLAH, MIKE WATSON, TAMAS ZALAI
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