West Papua (a territory that used to be called Irian Jaya) is a province in the far east of Indonesia, centered on the island of New Guinea. The province includes New Guinea’s two westernmost peninsulas and the smaller islands around them.

West Papua, is host to an astonishing degree of endemism with a variety of habitats ranging from some of the largest areas of original, intact forest on the planet, to lowland swamp forests and alpine grassland.

It also offers some of the best birding in Indonesia and is not as hard as you might imagine. Access to many of the sites is straightforward and there are some great local guides to help you. If you’d rather not try birding independently there are also several excellent tour companies offering trips to Papua.

The Raja Ampat islands, hold a range of wonderful species including Red and Wilson's Birds of Paradise, Western Parotia, Arfak Astrapia, Long-tailed Paradigalla, Buff-tailed Sicklebill, Flame and Vogelkop Bowerbirds, Western Crowned Pigeon and Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher.

Wilson's bird of paradise

Wilson's Bird-of-paradise © Rob Hutchinson

Showing the 7 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Papua, Indonesia: Mount Trikora (“Snow Mountains”), 2-17 July 2007, author Charles Davies (added September 29, 2007)

Papua, Indonesia: Waigeo island, March-April 2007, author Charles Davies (added September 29, 2007)

Irian Jaya, New Guinea, 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 11, 2004)

West Papua, Indonesia, July 2009, author Andy Boyce (link created November 18, 2009)
(Nimbokrang, Arfaks, Batanta/Salawati)

West Papua and Sulawesi - October 2008, author David Milton (added February 24, 2009)
(Papuan Whipbird, Western Crowned Pigeon, Mountain Drongo, Flame Bowerbird)

West Papua, Indonesia: Numfor Island and Arfak Mountains - August 27- September 07 2007, author Donald Rehn (added December 2, 2007)
(Numfor Paradise Kingfisher, Buff-tailded Sicklebill)

West Papua - July 29th - August 16th 2013, author Julian Thomas (added August 28, 2013)
(Biak, Jalan Korea, Lake Sentani, Arfak Mountains, Weigeo, Sorong)

Showing the 1 Latest Recent Sightings Posted

Waigeo Island, West Papua, A Bruijn's Brush-Turkey was seen from the author Hans Westerlaken (added August 16, 2011)