BIRDING AROUND THE WORLD

Subtitle

PAPUA NEW GUINEA  * 1995

I visited PNG for 4 weeks from 15th June 1995 to carry out a bird survey in the Lakekamu Basin lowland rain forest for Conservation International.

It was my first visit to PNG, which seems to have fallen out of favour with independent birders in recent years, and I found it quite a contrast to Irian Jaya, birded in 1991. There still seems to be extensive areas of forest, although for how much longer is the worrying question as Malaysian loggers are reported to be very active and there is only one protected National Park in the whole country - Varirata near Port Moresby.

Although many of the birds are shared between the two halves of New Guinea, a substantial number are more readily found on one side than the other - I saw 94 new species, although this included some highland birds found on the upper stretch of the Habbema trek in Irian, which I did not reach. If you had to chose to visit one half, major pros for PNG are:-   

a) Better infrastructure, with opportunities to travel overland on public transport and reach highland sites without trekking.

b) Some spectacular species, difficult or impossible to see in Irian, are easy to see, eg Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise and Black Sicklebill.

c) No restrictions on travel within the country.

d) English is widely spoken and understood.

e) There are some good, albeit expensive, eco-lodges.

On the other hand, Irian is much cheaper and safer, much less developed (although this is changing), and  has few tourists. The safety aspect may be the biggest deterrent to the independent birder in PNG: there appears to be a real risk of being attacked and robbed in many places and the situation is not improving - we even had an armed police guard when driving between the two towns of Wau and Bulolo! The cost of taxis, air travel and accommodation may be coming down as the local currency lost c. 30% of its international value in the last 12 months, but is still very high.

ITINERARY

June     15         Arrive Port Moresby; stay at University of Australia guest-house in Boroko.

            16         Morning at Botanical Gardens, Moitaka Sewage Works and Paga Point; afternoon shopping for lowland forest trip; evening at Aveat Club with Mark Walker and Steve  Spanner of the PNG Bird Club.

            17         Morning at Varirata National Park with PNG Bird Club; noon flight to Wau; afternoon shopping; stay at Wau Ecology Institute (WEI).

            18         Day on foot on Mount Kaindi.

            19         Drive with WEI rangers to Kuper Range; afternoon in forest; stay at WEI Field-station.

            20         Morning in forest; afternoon drive back to WEI, followed by shopping.

            21         All morning at airport for flight to Tekadu, cancelled at 11.30 due to cloud; afternoon Mt Kaindi and Wau.               

            22         Morning at airport, finally reaching Tekadu at 13.10; walk to Sapwe Camp, arriving 16.45.

            23 to July 3    Bird survey at Sapwe Camp.     

July      4          Afternoon walk to Tekadu.

            5          Morning around Tekadu; finally took off for Wau at 13.00; afternoon at Wau.

            6          Early morning on lower Mt Kaindi; drive to Bulolo; afternoon flight to Port Moresby; evening and night with Mark Walker.

            7          Early flight to Tari; stay at Ambua Lodge.

            8 -11     Birding above Tari.                   

            12         Morning flight to Port Moresby; afternoon at Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific office, followed by drive to Varirata National Park; night at resthouse in Park.

            13         Morning at Varirata NP; drive to Moresby; evening flight to Cairns.

NOTES ON SITES

Port Moresby

The Botanical Gardens, on the University campus, are rather small and only worth a visit with time to kill. A few terns can be seen from Paga Point. The best site in town is Moitaka Sewage Farm, a left turn a couple of miles beyond the end of the Jackson Airport runway, on the road to Sogeri and Varirata. This can hold a good selection of waterbirds and waders in season, and there is some reasonable habitat for passerines. However, I was later told it was a dangerous place, with a high risk of attack.

By far the best site is Varirata National Park, 48km east of Moresby. It is most easily reached by taxi, although PMVs to Sogeri go within 5km. It would be worth spending several days here as most of the specialities are difficult to see, namely  Dwarf Cassowary, Pheasant Pigeon, Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Painted Quail-Thrush, Chestnut-backed Jewel-Babbler, Northern Scrub-Robin, Crested Pitohui, Magnificent Riflebird and a variety of fruit-doves - see the appended check-list for more details. There are 2 or 3 small cheap chalets, bookable on arrival, and camping is allowed. There is water but no food. The chalet/lodge-keeper might be persuaded to cook for you or at least provide hot water. 

There are lowland forest sites within an hour or two's drive of Moresby, such as Brown River and Vanapu River, where some good birds can be seen, eg White-rumped and Yellow-banded Robins, Silver-eared and Brown-backed Honeyeaters, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Grey-headed Munia and Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise. However, they are potentially dangerous and bird populations have apparently declined, but the PNG Bird Club will be able to advise on the latest situation - current contacts Steve Spanner, work tel 272279, home 252922 and Mark Walker, work 227615. It is better to go further west now, eg to the Lakekamu Basin or Kiunga.

Wau

This is a convenient mid-altitude area, easily reached by daily flights from Moresby (but only to nearby Bulolo on some days of the week), costing about 100K (= £50) one-way. There should be no problem in finding a bed (and hot shower) at the WEI, for 15K (Kina).

In the past birders concentrated on Mt Missin as the WEI had working-huts on it and researchers/rangers took vehicles up it. However, WEI have transferred activities to the Kuper Range, which is lower and further away, but easily reached with WEI assistance. I found that walking up and down Mt Kaindi, immediately above WEI was rewarding, seeing birds such as Red-breasted Pygmy-Parrot, Little Red Lorikeet, White-eared Bronze-Cuckoo,  Long-billed Honeyeater, White-faced Robin, Mountain Red-headed Myzomela, Spotted Jewel-Babbler, Black-headed Whistler, Black Monarch, New Guinea White-eye, Blue-faced Parrotfinch and Slaty-chinned Longbill. I failed to find Streaked or Spotted Berrypeckers which have been recorded here.

In the 24 hours spent in the Kuper Range, I walked along the road and twice did the ridge trail near the resthouse. Best birds were Papuan Hanging-Parrot, McGregor's Bowerbird, Papuan Treecreeper, Northern Scrub-Robin, Buff-tailed Sicklebill, Stephanie's Astrapia and Mountain Peltops. There is also a National Park between Wau and Bulolo, McAdam, notable for holding Red-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher and Crinkle-collared Manucode - access from the main road, but not easy to spot (I failed).     

Note that Lae, PNG's second city, is only a 4 hour PMV ride away - flying is quicker and more comfortable but times are unreliable and the airport is a long way from Lae, making it difficult or very expensive to reach town. It is the starting point for trips to the Huon Peninsula, by boat or plane to Wasu, then Satop village, to look for the 5 endemics and Beach Kingfisher.

Lakekamu Basin

This is the lowland rain-forest region under study by Conservation International. It is reached by the Wednesday flight from Wau to Kakoro or Tekadu, cost 90 K return. The biggest problem is that flights are delayed, possibly for a day or more, by thick cloud. There is sometimes a flight on Saturday. The current camp by the Sapwe River is a 3 hour walk from Tekadu, where porters/guides are easily hired. It is necessary to bring all food required from Wau, as none is available in Tekadu, and a tent. Water from the river Sapwe is drinkable. Porters cost about 10K a journey and the landowner charges 10K a week. A 3-4 day visit to the camp is advisable, to have a good chance of seeing specialities such as Black-billed Brush-turkey, Southern Crowned Pigeon, a good selection of fruit-doves, parrots (including Vulturine) and honeyeaters, Hook-billed Kingfisher, White-eared Catbird, Black-sided Robin and Golden Cuckoo-Shrike. A colony of Yellow-eyed Starling was nesting earlier in the year but had disappeared. Shovel-billed Kingfisher and Forest Bittern were seen by RS at the previous camp, a 4 hour walk involving some river wading, or a dry walk from Kakoro.

Tari

Now the premier highland site in PNG, Tari is most easily reached by twice daily flights from Moresby - 344 K return. It is possible to take a PMV from Mt Hagen or even Lae, but rather time-consuming, 48 hours for the latter I believe. The place to stay is Ambua Lodge - very pleasant, good food and very convenient for birding - but highly expensive (US$254 a day per person for a double, all inclusive!). The only "affordable" way of doing it is to take an Air Nuigini "weekend getaways" (bookable at Moresby airport and travel agents) which for flight and 3 days and nights at Ambua Lodge costs 454 K per person for 2 and 331 K per person if 3 book. The add-on for extra days - you really need 4-6 here - may be extortionate but is possibly negotiable on site (not with the owners, Trans Nuigini Tours). Alternatively, you can stay down in Tari, an hour away, at the Tari Women's Guesthouse for 15K a night or possibly a cheap guesthouse called Koli just outside town, and hitch up to Tari Gap. Camping is not advisable due to the high risk of being robbed.

The Lodge grounds, at 2090m, hold good birds, most notably Short-tailed Paradigalla and Loria's Bird-of-Paradise, but the best birding is at 2500-2700m at Tari Gap on the main road to Mt Hagen. A free bus from the Lodge goes up there every morning, to give tourists a chance to see BoPs. There are a couple of good muddy trails on the right as you go up, but the "old road", a former popular birding trail, is now very overgrown. Best birds for me in the 3 days I spent between the Lodge and the Gap were New Guinea Eagle, Chestnut Forest-Rail, Bronze Ground-Dove, Brehm's Tiger-Parrot, Mountain Nightjar, Archbold's Bowerbird, Lesser Ground-Robin, Black Sittella, Wattled Ploughbill, Logrunner, Crested and King-of-Saxony BoPs, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Mountain Firetail and Crested Berrypecker. I failed to see Meyer's Goshawk, Painted, Modest and Madaraz's Tiger-Parrots, Lesser Melampitta or Garnet Robin, all of which occur. 

It is necessary to go below the Lodge to see some species, one of the best places being the first road on the left, where I saw Blue BoP, Black Sicklebill, Stephanie's Astrapia and Lawe's Parotia feeding in a single small fruiting tree.   

Others

The tour groups visit Kiunga, Tabubil and Bensbach, but no longer go to the Baiyer River Sanctuary, near Mt Hagen, a former popular birding site but now deemed to be highly dangerous.

There are flights from Tari to Kiunga, which lies in the Fly River basin near the Irian Jaya border. The lowland forest holds many of the birds of the Lakekamu basin, plus species such as Flame Bowerbird, White-bellied Pitohui and Greater BoP. Tabubil, the town built to service the nearby Ok Tedi mine, is a long PMV journey from Kiunga but gives access to excellent foothill and mid-altitude forest (500-1500m). Birds include Wallace's Fairy-Wren, White-rumped Robin, Sooty and Golden-backed Whistlers, Spotted Honeyeater, Carola's Parotia, Yellow-breasted and Magnificent BoPs. There are hotels in both towns.

Bensbach Lodge is due South, near the coast, and is PNG's answer to Wasur National Park just over the border, with lots of birds, especially water-types, and a few specialities such as Fly River grassbird and Beccari's Scrub-Wren. As it is also run by Trans Niugini Tours, it will doubtless be horrendously expensive.

A number of large islands also belong to PNG and have their own specialities, notably New Britain, New Ireland and Bouganville, but I can add nothing to existing literature on these.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

My main thanks go to Bruce Beehler for giving me this excellent opportunity, for granting me funding and arranging the visit. Roger Safford and Leslie Smart, who had set up the Sapwe Camp with Cosmas and John, were a great source of background information and provided an invaluable tape of recordings. John Sengo and especially Cosmas Makamet gave every assistance and much-appreciated friendship in PNG. I am particularly grateful to Mark Walker for all his help in Port Moresby, and would also like to thank the staff of the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific and the members of the PNG Bird Club, especially Steve Spanner, for their assistance. 

Jon Hornbuckle                 

BIRDS RECORDED IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA: 16 June - 13 July 1995

Numbers are the max. recorded per day at the site, with "c" for common and "f" a few; brackets indicate probable but unconfirmed, and "h" heard. PM is the Port Moresby area. Names and sequence follow Clements, JF (1991) Birds of the World: A Checklist. Names in bold are new sp. seen by JH.

SPECIES

LATIN NAME

P M

Varirata

Wau

Tekadu

Tari

DAYS AT SITE

 

1

2

4+

13

4+

Southern Cassowary

Casuarius casuarius

 

 

 

3

 

Australasian Grebe

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

c

2

 

 

 

Little Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax melanoleucos

f

 

 

 

 

Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

c

 

 

1

 

Australian Darter

Anhinga novaehollandiae

1

 

 

 

 

Salvadori's Teal

Salvadorina waigiuensis

 

 

 

2

 

Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa

2

 

 

 

 

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

f

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Egret

Egretta intermedia

f

 

 

 

 

Great-billed Heron

Ardea sumatrana

 

 

 

1

 

Pied Heron

Egretta picata

c

 

 

 

 

Great Egret

Casmerodius albus

c

 

 

 

 

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

c

 

 

 

 

Rufous Night-Heron

Nycticorax caledonicus

5

 

 

 

 

Australian Ibis

Threskiornis molucca

1

 

 

 

 

Pacific Baza

Aviceda subcristata

 

2

2

2

 

Long-tailed Honey-buzzard

Hemicopernis longicauda

 

 

 

3

1

Black Kite

Milvus migrans

 

 

4

 

 

Whistling Kite

Haliastur sphenurus

c

2

2

 

 

Brahminy Kite

Haliastur indus

1

1

2

4

2

Spotted/Papuan Harrier

Circus assimilis/spilonotus

 

 

2

 

1

Grey Goshawk

Accipiter novaehollandiae

 

 

2

(1)

 

Grey-headed Goshawk

Accipiter poliocephalus

 

 

 

1

 

Collared Sparrowhawk

Accipiter cirrocephalus

 

 

1

(1)

 

New Guinea Eagle

Harpyopsis novaeguineae

 

 

 

 

1

Little Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides

 

1

 

 

 

Brown Falcon

Falco berigora

 

 

1

 

 

Black-billed Brush-turkey

Talegalla fuscirostris

 

h

 

1+2h

 

Brown Quail

Coturnix ypsilophora

 

 

 

 

3

Blue-breasted/King Quail

Coturnix chinensis

 

 

 

2

 

Chestnut Forest-Rail

Rallina rubra

 

 

 

 

1

Buff-banded Rail

Gallirallus philippensis

 

 

 

 

2

[Plain Bush-hen]

Amaurornis olivaceus

 

 

 

2h

 

Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

c

 

2

 

 

Masked Lapwing

Vanellus miles

f

 

 

 

 

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybridus

f

 

 

 

 

Gull-billed Tern

Sterna nilotica

1

 

 

 

 

Great Crested-Tern

Sterna bergii

2

 

 

 

 

Black Noddy

Anous minutus

1

 

 

 

 

Feral Pigeon

Columba livia

c

 

c

 

c

Brown Cuckoo-Dove

Macropygia phasianella

 

1

 

3

 

Black-billed Cuckoo-Dove

Macropygia nigrirostris

 

 

 

2

 

Great Cuckoo-Dove

Reinwardtoena reinwardtsi

 

1

 

3

 

Stephan's Dove

Chalcophaps stephani

 

 

 

1

 

Peaceful Dove

Geopelia placida

c

 

 

 

 

Bar-shouldered Dove

Geopelia humeralis

f

 

 

 

 

Bronze Ground-Dove

Gallicolumba beccarii

 

 

(1)

 

1

Thick-billed Ground-Pigeon

Trugon terrestris

 

 

 

2

 

Pheasant Pigeon

Otidiphaps nobilis

 

1h

 

1

 

Wompoo Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus magnificus

 

2

 

1+3h

 

Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus perlatus

 

1

 

1

 

Ornate Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus ornatus

 

 

 

10+

 

Superb Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus superbus

 

2

 

1

 

Coroneted Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus coronulatus

 

1

 

1

 

Beautiful Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus pulchellus

 

 

 

20+

 

White-breasted Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus rivoli

 

 

 

 

1

Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus iozonus

 

 

 

1

 

Dwarf Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus naina

 

 

 

3

 

Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon

Ducula rufigaster

 

 

 

1

 

Rufescent Imperial-Pigeon

Ducula chalconota

 

 

1

 

(1)

Pinon Imperial-Pigeon

Ducula pinon

 

 

 

6

 

Zoe Imperial-Pigeon

Ducula zoeae

 

1

 

2

 

Papuan Mountain-Pigeon

Gymnophaps albertisii

 

8

11

50+

50+

Southern Crowned-Pigeon

Goura scheepmakeri

 

 

 

2

 

Buff-faced Pygmy-Parrot

Micropsitta pusio

 

 

 

4+2h

 

Red-breasted Pygmy-Parrot

Micropsitta bruijnii

 

 

10

 

 

Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot

Opopsitta gulielmitertii

 

 

 

4

 

Double-eyed Fig-Parrot

Opopsitta diophthalma

 

 

2

 

 

Large Fig-Parrot

Psittaculirostris desmarestii

 

 

 

4

 

Brehm's Tiger-Parrot

Psittacella brehmii

 

 

 

 

2

Red-cheeked Parrot

Geoffroyus geoffroyi

 

1

 

8

 

Blue-collared Parrot

Geoffroyus simplex

 

 

1

6

 

Eclectus Parrot

Eclectus roratus

 

 

 

14

 

Pesquet's(Vulturine) Parrot

Psittrichas fulgidus

 

 

 

6

 

Papuan King-Parrot

Alisterus chloropterus

 

 

2

 

10

Papuan Hanging-Parrot

Loriculus aurantiifrons

 

 

1

 

 

Palm Cockatoo

Probosciger aterrimus

 

 

 

5

 

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

 

 

 

15+

 

Yellow-(Grter) Streaked Lory

Chalcopsitta scintillata

 

 

 

2

 

Dusky Lory

Pseudeos fuscata

 

 

 

33

 

Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus haematodus

2

10

c

6

20+

Goldie's Lorikeet

Psitteuteles goldiei

 

 

 

 

2

Black-capped Lory

Lorius lory

 

h

 

3+

 

Fairy (Little Red) Lorikeet

Charmosyna pulchella

 

 

6+

 

 

Pygmy Lorikeet

Charmosyna wilhelminae

 

 

 

3+

 

Red-flanked Lorikeet

Charmosyna placentis

 

 

 

4

 

Papuan Lorikeet

Charmosyna papou

 

1

 

 

8

Plum-faced Lorikeet

Oreopsittacus arfaki

 

 

 

 

2

Yellow-billed Lorikeet

Neopsittacus musschenbroekii

 

 

c

 

}c

Orange-billed Lorikeet

Neopsittacus pullicauda

 

 

 

 

}c

Brush Cuckoo

Cacomantis variolosus

 

 

1+1h

2h

1h

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Cacomantis flabelliformis

 

 

 

 

1+4h

Rufous-throated Bronze-Cuck

Chrysococcyx ruficollis

 

 

 

 

1+3h

White-eared Bronze-Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx meyeri

 

 

1

 

 

[White-crowned Koel]

Caliechthrus leucolophus

 

 

 

2h

 

[Dwarf Koel]

Microdynamis parva

 

 

 

1h

 

Australian Koel

Eudynamys cyanocephala

 

 

 

1+1h

 

Pheasant Coucal

Centropus phasianinus

 

1

 

 

 

[Greater Black Coucal]

Centropus menbeki

 

 

 

1h

 

Papuan  Boobook

Ninox theomacha

 

1

 

1h

1h

Papuan Frogmouth

Podargus papuensis

 

 

 

1h

1

[Marbled Frogmouth]

Podargus ocellatus

 

 

 

1h

 

[Barred Owlet-Nightjar]

Aegotheles bennettii

 

1h

 

 

 

[Mountain Owlet-Nightjar]

Aegotheles albertisi

 

 

 

 

1h

Archbold's/Mountain Nightjar

Eurostopodus archboldi

 

 

 

 

1

[Large-tailed Nightjar]

Caprimulgus macrurus

 

1h

 

 

 

Glossy Swiftlet

Collocalia esculenta

 

c

f

2+

c

Uniform Swiftlet

Collocalia vanikorensis

 

 

 

30+

 

Mountain Swiftlet

Collocalia hirundinacea

 

 

c

 

c

Papuan Needletail

Mearnsia novaeguineae

 

 

 

1

 

Azure Kingfisher

Alcedo azurea

 

h

 

1+2h

 

Variable Kingfisher

Ceyx lepidus

 

 

 

 

 

Blue-winged Kookaburra

Dacelo leachii

 

1

 

 

 

Rufous-bellied Kookaburra

Dacelo gaudichaud

 

 

 

1+2h

 

Sacred Kingfisher

Todirhamphus sanctus

1

1

 

1

 

Hook-billed Kingfisher

Melidora macrorrhina

 

3h

 

1+2h

 

[Yellow-billed Kingfisher]

Syma torotoro

 

2h

 

5h

 

Common Paradise-Kingfisher

Tanysiptera galatea

3

 

 

1+2h

 

[Brown-headed Paradise-Kingf.]

Tanysiptera danae

 

1h

 

 

 

Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingf.

Tanysiptera sylvia

 

 

 

1

 

Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus

2

8

9

 

 

Blyth's Hornbill

Aceros plicatus

 

 

 

20+

 

Hooded Pitta

Pitta sordida

 

1

 

1h

 

Red-bellied Pitta

Pitta erythrogaster

 

 

 

1

 

White-eared Catbird

Ailuroedus buccoides

 

 

 

3

 

Archbold's Bowerbird

Archboldia papuensis

 

 

 

 

2

MacGregor's Bowerbird

Amblyornis macgregoriae

 

 

2

 

 

Fawn-breasted Bowerbird

Chlamydera cerviniventris

1

1

 

 

 

Papuan Treecreeper

Cormobates placens

 

 

3

 

 

Orange-crowned Fairywren

Clytomyias insignis

 

 

 

 

3+

White-shouldered Fairywren

Malurus alboscapulatus

 

 

2

 

10+

Emperor Fairywren

Malurus cyanocephalus

 

 

 

2

 

Rusty Mouse-Warbler

Crateroscelis murina

 

2

 

2

 

Mountain Mouse-Warbler

Crateroscelis robusta

 

 

2

 

4+

Large Scrubwren

Sericornis nouhuysi

 

 

c

 

c

Buff-faced Scrubwren

Sericornis perspicillatus

 

 

2

 

c

Grey-green Scrubwren

Sericornis arfakianus

 

 

 

 

2+

Papuan Scrubwren

Sericornis papuensis

 

 

f

 

2

Papuan Thornbill

Acanthiza murina

 

 

10

 

2

Yellow-bellied Gerygone

Gerygone chrysogaster

 

 

 

2

 

Green-backed Gerygone

Gerygone chloronotus

 

 

2

1h

 

Fairy Gerygone

Gerygone palpebrosa

 

2+h

 

1

 

Brown-breasted Gerygone

Gerygone ruficollis

 

 

 

 

1

Grey Gerygone

Gerygone igata

 

 

1

 

4

Long-billed Honeyeater

Melilestes megarhynchus

 

 

2

2

 

Green-backed Honeyeater

Glycichaera fallax

 

 

 

1

 

Red-throated Myzomela

Myzomela eques

 

1+

 

2

 

Dusky Myzomela

Myzomela obscura

2

 

 

 

 

Red Myzomela

Myzomela cruentata

 

2

 

 

 

Mountain Red-headed Myzo.

Myzomela adolphinae

 

 

2

 

 

Red-collared Myzomela

Myzomela rosenbergii

 

 

c

 

2

Mountain Meliphaga

Meliphaga orientalis

 

 

1

 

1h

Scrub Honeyeater

Meliphaga albonotata

 

 

1

3

 

Puff-backed Honeyeater

Meliphaga aruensis

 

 

1

 

 

Mimic Honeyeater

Meliphaga analoga

 

2

1

3

 

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater

Lichenostomus flavescens

f

 

 

 

 

Black-throated Honeyeater

Lichenostomus subfrenatus

 

 

1

 

 

Obscure Honeyeater

Lichenostomus obscurus

 

 

1+

1

 

Tawny-breasted Honeyeater

Xanthotis flaviventer

 

 

 

2

 

Plain Honeyeater

Pycnopygius ixoides

 

 

 

2

 

Marbled Honeyeater

Pycnopygius cinereus

 

 

1

 

4

Streak-headed Honeyeater

Pycnopygius stictocephalus

 

 

 

1

 

Meyer's Friarbird

Philemon meyeri

 

 

 

2

 

New Guinea Friarbird

Philemon novaeguineae

f

4

f

2+3h

 

Rufous-backed Honeyeater

Ptiloprora guisei

 

 

5

 

5+

Black-backed Honeyeater

Ptiloprora perstriata

 

 

 

 

4+

Sooty Melidectes

Melidectes fuscus

 

 

 

 

2

Belford's Melidectes

Melidectes belfordi

 

 

6

 

c

Yellow-browed Melidectes

Melidectes rufocrissalis

 

 

 

 

3+

Smoky Honeyeater

Melipotes fumigates

 

 

6

 

c

Rufous-banded Honeyeater

Conopophila albogularis

c

 

 

 

 

Lesser Ground-Robin

Amalocichla incerta

 

 

 

 

1+1h

Torrent Flycatcher

Monachella muelleriana

 

 

3

8

 

Olive Flyrobin

Microeca flavovirescens

 

 

 

2

 

Canary Flycatcher

Microeca papuana

 

 

1

 

2

White-faced Robin

Tregellasia leucops

 

 

1

 

 

Black-sided Robin

Poecilodryas hypoleuca

 

 

 

4

 

Black-throated Robin

Poecilodryas albonotata

 

 

 

 

1

White-winged Robin

Peneothello sigillatus

 

 

 

 

4

Blue-grey Robin

Peneothello cyanus

 

 

1

 

6

Northern Scrub-Robin

Drymodes superciliaris

 

2

2+

 

 

Varied Sitella

Daphoenositta chrysoptera

 

 

 

 

4+

Black Sittella

Daphoenositta miranda

 

 

 

 

4

Mottled Whistler

Rhagologus leucostigma

 

 

 

 

2

Dwarf Whistler

Pachycare flavogrisea

 

2

 

 

 

Brown-backed Whistler

Pachycephala modesta

 

 

1

 

1

Grey Whistler

Pachycephala griseiceps

 

 

 

1

 

Rusty Whistler

Pachyc. hyperythra

 

1

 

 

 

Sclater's Whistler

Pachycephala soror

 

 

 

 

3

Regent Whistler

Pachycephala schlegelii

 

 

5

 

1

Black-headed Whistler

Pachycephala monacha

 

 

1+

 

h

Rufous-naped Whistler

Pachycephala rufinucha

 

 

 

 

2

Little Shrike-Thrush

Colluricincla megarhyncha

f

2

1

5

 

Variable Pitohui

Pitohui kirhocephalus

 

 

 

5+

 

Hooded Pitohui

Pitohui dichrous

 

5

3+

 

 

Rusty Pitohui

Pitohui ferrugineus

 

5

 

4

 

Crested Pitohui

Pitohui cristatus

 

2

 

 

 

Wattled Ploughbill

Eulacestoma nigropectus

 

 

 

 

1

Logrunner

Orthonyx temminckii

 

 

 

 

1

New Guinea(Rufous) Babbler

Pomatostomus isidorei

 

 

 

15

 

Spotted Jewel-babbler

Ptilorrhoa leucosticta

 

 

1

 

2

Blue Jewel-babbler

Ptilorrhoa caerulescens

 

 

 

6

 

[Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler]

Ptilorrhoa castanonota

 

2h

 

 

 

Blue-capped Ifrita

Ifrita kowaldi

 

 

1

 

5

Willie-wagtail

Rhipidura leucophrys

c

f

f

2

c

Northern Fantail

Rhipidura rufiventris

 

 

2

2

 

Friendly Fantail

Rhipidura albolimbata

 

 

5

 

6

Chestnut-bellied Fantail

Rhipidura hyperythra

 

5

 

 

 

Sooty Thicket-Fantail

Rhipidura threnothorax

 

 

 

2

 

[Black Thicket-Fantail]

Rhipidura maculipectus

 

 

 

1h

 

[White-bellied Thicket-Fantail]

Rhipidura leucothorax

 

 

 

2h

 

Black Fantail

Rhipidura atra

 

 

 

 

3

Dimorphic Fantail

Rhipidura brachyrhyncha

 

 

 

 

3

Rufous-backed Fantail

Rhipidura rufidorsa

 

1

 

3

 

Black Monarch

Monarcha axillaris

 

 

4

1

 

Black-faced Monarch

Monarcha melanopsis

 

 

 

1

 

Spot-winged Monarch

Monarcha guttulus

 

1

 

3

 

Hooded Monarch

Monarcha manadensis

 

 

 

4

 

[Golden Monarch]

Monarcha chrysomela

 

 

 

1h

 

Frilled Monarch

Arses telescophthalmus

 

6+

 

3

 

Yellow-breasted Boatbill

Machaerirhynchus flaviventer

 

 

1

1+h

 

Black-breasted Boatbill

Machaerirhynchus nigripectus

 

 

 

 

1

Papuan Drongo

Chaetorhynchus papuensis

 

2

2

6+

 

Grey Crow

Corvus tristis

 

2

 

23

 

Torresian Crow

Corvus orru

c

1

 

 

 

Crested Bird-of-paradise

Cnemophilus macgregorii

 

 

 

 

1

Loria's Bird-of-paradise

Cnemophilus loriae

 

 

 

 

1

Glossy-mantled Manucode

Manucodia atra

 

 

 

1

 

Crinkle-collared Manucode

Manucodia chalybata

 

1

 

 

 

Trumpet Manucode

Manucodia keraudrenii

 

 

 

1

 

Short-tailed Paradigalla

Paradigalla brevicauda

 

 

 

 

1

Buff-tailed Sicklebill

Epimachus albertisi

 

 

1

 

 

Black Sicklebill

Epimachus fastuosus

 

 

 

 

1

Brown Sicklebill

Epimachus meyeri

 

 

 

 

4

Superb Bird-of-paradise

Lophorina superba

 

 

 

 

1+h

Lawes' Parotia

Parotia lawesii

 

 

 

 

2+

Magnificent Riflebird

Ptiloris magnificus

 

2

 

2+4h

 

King Bird-of-paradise

Cicinnurus regius

 

 

 

1+2h

 

Ribbon-tailed Astrapia

Astrapia mayeri

 

 

 

 

6+

Princess Stephanie's Astrapia

Astrapia stephaniae

 

 

3

 

3

King-of-Saxony Bird-of-para.

Pteridophora alberti

 

 

 

 

3

Raggiana Bird-of-paradise

Paradisaea raggiana

 

8

 

4+h

 

Blue Bird-of-paradise

Paradisaea rudolphi

 

 

 

 

2

White-breasted Woodswallow

Artamus leucorhynchus

c

 

 

 

 

Great Woodswallow

Artamus maximus

 

 

c

 

c

Mountain Peltops

Peltops montanus

 

 

2

 

1

Lowland Peltops

Peltops blainvillii

 

 

 

1

 

Hooded Butcherbird

Cracticus cassicus

 

2

3

2

 

Black-backed Butcherbird

Cracticus mentalis

3

 

 

 

 

Black Butcherbird

Cracticus quoyi

 

 

 

2h

 

Torrent-lark

Grallina bruijni

 

 

 

 

2

Brown Oriole

Oriolus szalayi

2+

2

 

5h

 

Green Figbird

Sphecotheres viridis

c

 

 

 

 

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina novaehollandiae

f

 

 

 

 

Stout-billed Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina caeruleogrisea

 

1

2

 

 

Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina lineata

3

 

 

 

 

Boyer's Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina boyeri

 

 

 

5+

 

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina papuensis

2

h

4

 

 

Hooded Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina longicauda

 

 

6+

 

2

Papuan(Black-shouldered) C-s

Coracina incerta

 

 

2

 

 

Grey-headed Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina schisticeps

 

 

 

2+

 

New Guinea(Black) Cuckoo-sh.

Coracina melas

 

 

 

2

 

Black-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina montana

 

 

2

 

3

Golden Cuckoo-shrike

Campochaera sloetii

 

 

 

3

 

Long-tailed Shrike

Lanius schach

 

 

 

 

1

Island Thrush

Turdus poliocephalus

 

 

 

 

5

Singing Starling

Aplonis cantoroides

 

 

f

 

 

Golden Myna

Mino anais

 

 

 

4

 

Yellow-faced Myna

Mino dumontii

 

3+

4

5+

 

Pied Bushchat

Saxicola caprata

 

 

 

 

2

Pacific Swallow

Hirundo tahitica

c

 

f

 

1

Western Mountain White-eye

Zosterops fuscicapillus

 

 

 

 

3

Black-fronted White-eye

Zosterops minor

 

10

c

 

 

New Guinea White-eye

Zosterops novaeguineae

 

 

c

 

 

Australian Reed-Warbler

Acroceph.stentoreus/australis

fc

 

 

 

 

Golden-headed Cisticola

Cisticola exilis

1

 

1

2

 

Island Leaf-Warbler

Phylloscopus poliocephalus

 

 

1+

 

8

Tawny Grassbird

Megalurus timoriensis

 

 

 

 

c

Australasian Bushlark

Mirafra javanica

 

 

1

 

 

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

fc

 

 

 

 

Mountain Firetail

Oreostruthus fuliginosus

 

 

 

 

4

Blue-faced Parrotfinch

Erythrura trichroa

 

 

4

 

 

Hooded Munia

Lonchura spectabilis

 

 

10

 

5

Australasian Pipit

Anthus novaeseelandiae

 

 

 

 

1

Olive-crowned Flowerpecker

Dicaeum pectorale

 

 

f

1

2+

Black Sunbird

Nectarinia aspasia

 

 

 

3

 

Olive-backed Sunbird

Nectarinia jugularis

 

 

2

 

 

Black Berrypecker

Melanocharis nigra

 

2+

 

6

 

Lemon-breasted/Mid-mount. Br

Melanocharis longicauda

 

 

 

 

2

Fan-tailed Berrypecker

Melanocharis versteri

 

 

1+

 

1

Yellow-bellied Longbill

Toxorhamphus novaeguineae

 

 

 

3

 

Slaty-chinned Longbill

Toxorhamphus poliopterus

 

 

1

 

 

Dwarf Honeyeater

Toxorhamphus iliolophus

 

2

 

3

 

Crested Berrypecker

Paramythia montium

 

 

 

 

2

 

The following additional species were thought to have been present but identity was not confirmed:-

 

Cinnamon Ground-Dove

Gallicolumba rufigula

1 at Variata NP

Moustached Treeswift

Hemiprocne mystacea

3 at Sapwe camp (Tekadu)

Wallace's Fairywren

Sipodotus wallacii

1 heard at Sapwe camp (Tekadu)

Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise

Seleucidis melanoleuca

2 fem/imm at Sapwe camp (Tekadu)

Pygmy Honeyeater

Toxorhamphus pygmaeum

1+ at Sapwe camp (Tekadu)

 

MAMMALS

Long-clawed Marsupial Mouse  Neophascogale lorentzii         1 at Tari Gap.

Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo  Dendrolagus goodfellowi           A youngster in captivity at Tekadu, apparently well out of range.

 

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