Birding Factoids

646 species

10 of the 20 families endemic to Australia and Oceania
are present.
2 families are unique to New Guniea: berrypeckers and tit/crested berrypeckers.
86 endemic species
83 threatened and near-threatened species
3 week trip expectation -
about 300 species

    Papua New Guinea
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Papua New Guinea Specialities
Little Bronze-Cuckoo - Photo copyright Christian Artuso
Photo copyright Christian Artuso
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Southern Cassowary - ENDANGERED - Photo copyright Stefan Tewinkel
Photo copyright Stefan Tewinkel
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Radjah Shelduck - Photo copyright Dan Cowell
Photo copyright Dan Cowell
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Wompoo Fruit-Dove - Photo copyright Birmingham Zoo
Photo copyright Birmingham Zoo
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Azure Kingfisher - Photo copyright Tom Tarrant
Photo copyright Tom Tarrant
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Common Koel - Photo copyright Laurence Poh
Photo copyright Laurence Poh
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Great-billed Heron - Photo copyright Stefan Tewinkel
Photo copyright Stefan Tewinkel

(Green-naped) Pheasant Pigeon - ENDEMIC - Photo copyright Dan Cowell

Photo copyright Dan Cowell
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Magnificent Bird of Paradise - ENDEMIC - Photo copyright Tim Carney
Photo copyright Tim Carney
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Magpie-Lark - Photo copyright Lawrence Poh
Photo copyright Lawrence Poh
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Straw-necked Ibis - Photo copyright Stefan Tewinkel
Photo copyright Stefan Tewinkel
     
    ....Annotated Ramsar List - Papua New Guinea. This site contains brief
      information on:
      • Lake Kutubu
      • Tonda Wildlife Management Area
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    ....Birding in Papua New Guinea - If birds are your special interest, then
      Papua New Guinea (PNG) is the place to be. Over 700 species of birds can be found in PNG including 38 of the 43 known species of the exotic Bird of Paradise. There are numerous other birds of distinction including the cassowary which stands at 1.8 meters high and can weigh up to 59 kg, and the Crowned Pidgeon which is the size of a turkey.
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    ....Birdwatching in Papua New Guinea - This is the land of Birds of
      Paradise, Pesquet's Parrot, Eclectus, Fruit doves, Fig Parrots, and many others. Because of its astounding variety of habitats, New Guinea supports over 700 species of birds. 
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    ....Birdwatching Indonesia, West Papua -  Irian Jaya, with its more 
      than 678 recorded species, contributes around 44% of all Indonesian's birds total. It is also the second place on earth which inherits the second largest number of Birds Of Paradise. From all 43 species of this amazing heaven birds, which are only distributed from eastern Australia to New Guinea, west to the north Moluccas, 28 species can be seen at Irian Jaya's areas, with 5 species of them are endemic to this region. this website contains a detailed itinerary for 15 days in Iranian Jaya. 
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    ....Kiunga, a great lowland birding spot in Papua New Guinea
      Kiunga is a small river port sited on the upper reaches of the Fly River in the remote Western Province of Papua New Guinea. It is surrounded by vast tracts of swamp forest and lowland rain forest, and one thing that has become clear over recent years is just how good the area is; a sort of lowland equivalent of Ambua for species diversity. 
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    ....Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area -
      Website contains a checklist of birds of the Crater Mountain area.
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    ....Papua New Guinea - Directory of Wetlands of International Importance
      includes information on Papua New Guinea's Ramsar designated site:
      • Tonda Wildlife Management Area
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    ....Irian Jaya Trip Report - September 2001 - A land of boundless forests
      and crystal clear seas. By Dave Hanford. "Iím going to Irian Jaya!" "Where the hell's that"? That was the usual start of the conversation. It is the western half of New Guinea, which is the second largest island in the world after Greenland. It lies not too far north of Australia just south of the equator.
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    ....Trip Report: Irian-Jaya (West Papua) Birding Trip Report
      July 15th to August 8, 2002, By. Jim McAllister and Kris Tindige. Places of birding included in our Itinerary are:
      1. Sorong (Intimpura Road, Batanta and Salawati Islands): July 15th - July 19th, 2002. 
      2. Timika (stop over) and Biak: July 20th and July 29th, 2002.
      3. Manokwari (Warkapi and Arfak Mountain): July 21st - July 28th, 2002.
      4. Jayapura (Nimbokrang): July 30th - August 2rd, 2002.
      5. Wamena (Lake Habbema): August 4th - August 8th, 2002. 
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    ....Papau New Guinea Trip Report: July/August 2001. By Phil Gregory.
      This was the eleventh Birdquest tour to Papua New Guinea, Land of the Unexpected and home to some of the most spectacular and bizarre birds in the world. Finding birds in PNG can be a major challenge, with some of the most difficult, shy, and skulking birding on earth, but our group rose to the occasion and we recorded an excellent selection as ever. 
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    ....Papau New Guinea Trip Report: April 2nd - 18th, 2000. By Phil 
      Gregory. This was a private tour for the Schoenjahn family to see something of Papua New Guinea. It was designed to find a good selection of the endemics on the island as well, home to some of the most spectacular and bizarre birds in the world. 
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    ....Papua New Guinea - a Birding Worldwide tour - May 29 - June 18 2000, 
      Bismark & Admiralty Islands June 19 - 25, 2000. This annotated trip  list compiled by Phil Gregory indicates where each bird was found.
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    ....Papua New Guinea Trip Report May 3 - 23, 1998. This was the fifth
      Birdquest tour to Papua New Guinea, home to some of the most spectacular and bizarre birds in the world, but also home to some of the most secretive and difficult to see birds on the planet. Birding in New Guinea must be among the most difficult anywhere, but with patience, skill, persistence and a fair bit of luck we managed to see an outstanding assortment of the New Guinea avifauna.
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    ....Parrot Trip Report: Papua New Guinea - 26 July - 12 August 1998. 
      By Phil Gregory. This was a Parrot Data birding and cultural tour of Papua New Guinea, home to some of the most spectacular and bizarre birds in the world, but also home to some of the most secretive and difficult to see birds on the planet. Birding in New Guinea must be amongst the most difficult anywhere, but with patience, skill, persistence and a fair bit of luck we managed to see a very pleasing assortment of the New Guinea avifauna. Among the highlights were 26 species of parrot including 3 species of Pigmy-Parrot, and the great Vulturine Parrot and Palm Cockatoo. We also did well with the birds of paradise, with twenty-one species seen.
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    ....Papua New Guinea Trip Report: 27th June 2000 - 25th July 2000. 
      By David Cooper. All three of us left with Samuel for a boat trip to try another site for King Bird Of Paradise. On mooring the boat Samuel could hear a King Bird displaying. After some initially frustrating views the birdís favoured display loop vine was located, when spectacular views were obtained - bird of the trip!
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    ....Brief Bird Notes from Kikori & Lake Kutubu, Papua New Guinea. By
      K. David Bishop. February 2001. I'm just back from a truly wonderful expedition to the Kikori/Lake Kutubu region of southern PNG. Jared Diamond and I have been undertaking a series of bird surveys of this incredibly pristine area. 
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    ....Papua New Guinea Trip Report: 29 June - 21 July 1998. By Phil 
      Gregory. This was the first Inland Bird Tours /Sicklebill Safaris joint tour to Papua New Guinea, home to some of the most spectacular and bizarre birds in the world, but also home to some of the most secretive and difficult to see birds on the planet. Birding in New Guinea must be among the most difficult anywhere, but with patience, skill, persistence and a fair bit of luck we managed to see an outstanding assortment of the New Guinea avifauna.
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    ....Papua New Guinea Trip Report: 4 - 16 October 1998. By Jan
      Vermeulen. With the engine turned off we could float and enjoy a tremendous stillness and silence while we watched Australian Darter, Striated Heron, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Ornate Fruit-Dove, Channel-billed Cuckoo and Glossy-mantled Manucode. Surely the most spectacular bird we saw on our way back, and one of the best of the trip, was an impressive New Guinea Eagle only 10 metres from the boat. It had been quite a day, but there was more to come. When we were almost back in Kiunga we spotted a single Pesquet's (Vulturine) Parrot, the only one of our trip... 
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    ....Trip Report: Bougainville, Bismarck Islands, Manus Island
      19 January - 3 February, 2002. By Greg Roberts. This was mainly a work trip with Angela Wylie, with some birding fitted in. A trip bird list is included: 106 species, 33 lifers!
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    ....Trip Report: Wallacea Indonesia, 2002, by John Hornbuckle. 
      We birded 6 of the main islands of Wallacea excluding the Moluccas (still a no-go area due to serious religious warfare), namely Sulawesi, Sangihe, Sumba, Komodo, Flores and West Timor. The Lesser Sundas were a logistical challenge but worthwhile and rewarding, with 60 ticks for me. I enjoyed all 4 islands we birded, although not the boat trips to and from Sumbawa, an island we did not bother to bird as all its specialities can be seen on the other islands. For the finest birding I would select West Timor, which I only visited after finding someone who had recently been and was confident it was safe, given that all the government websites were strongly recommending staying away Ė I was probably the first birder to go for more than a year.

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