Papua New Guinea - 21st June - 9th July 2009

Published by Ashley Banwell (otusbrooki AT

Participants: Ashley Banwell, Iain Owtlaw, Wim Wisse, Wilfred Mahu, Bill Schofield, Janice Schofield


Worldbirders - seeing the birds that really count

On this very successful 3 week trip to PNG trip we recorded 326 species, which included 23 species of Birds of Paradise as well as 3 species of Owlet-Nightjar seen. Everything ran very smoothly and we only lost an hour or two here and there due to the rain, which was very fortunate and all internal flights were more or less on time. This trip will be run again in 2010. Below is a brief site summary with some of their highlights:

Pacific Adventist University.

A good selection of water birds was seen here over 2 visits at either end of the tour. Spotted Whistling Ducks were seen on the 2nd visit and single Plumed was among the Wandering Whistling Ducks on the first visit. A pair of roosting Papuan Frogmouths posed nicely for photographs. 4 Royal Spoonbills flew over us when we were looking at an Orange-fronted Fruit-dove, very nice!

Tari Valley.

One of the best birding spots in PNG, and we were not let down. We all enjoyed wonderful views of displaying Brown and Black Sicklebills as well as a ‘show-off’ displaying male Blue BoP. Scope filling views of a male Superb BoP was indeed a wonderful sight, Ribbon-tailed Astrapias caused its observers to gasp in delight as they noisily flew past us and then perched up for us all to admire. A Short-tailed Paradigalla was watched at close range feeding on a fruiting tree, from the same spot we watched Loria’s BoP and MacGregor’s Bowerbird – nobody was disappointed with that! King-of-Saxony BoP’s were seen most days, watched calling usually from the top of a dead snag allowing us to watch them at our leisure. Archibold’s Nightjar put on a good show for us, the Papuan Boobook did show but was not very observer friendly. A nice group of 3 Northern Logrunners put our field craft to the test and we all passed as eventually we all had excellent views of these skulkers. A couple of heard only gives us a good excuse to return – Shovel-billed Kingfisher and Buff-tailed Sicklebill outwitted us on this occasion.

Mount Hagen.

Persistence was the name of the game here – Mountain Owlet-Nightjar made sure we was up late each night and up very early each morning, good spotlight views were had just the once. Stunning views of the velvet Lesser Melampitta will remain with us for a long time, those wonderful red eyes looking at us was the reward for our patience. Other skulkers tested us: Spotted Jewel-babbler and Lesser Ground Robin tested us. The main prize will go to the amazingly showy Wattled Ploughbill, which sat out in the open for a good 15 minutes allowing it to be scoped up and photographed – what a bird! One of the highlights of the trip, that’s for sure.

Ekame Lodge

Another incredibly birdy location, with some incredible rewards. Kingfishers are very well represented here: we saw Common and Little Paradise Kingfishers along with Hook-billed (scoped up!) Sacred, Variable Dwarf, Azure and Yellow-billed and Rufous-bellied Kookaburra’s were very vocal and one took up residence just near the lodge. Our night birding was very successful, here we became only the second group to see the recently rediscovered Spangled Owlet Nightjar - it did not surrender that easily but our persistence paid off and we all enjoyed a good long view in the spotlight. 2 Marbled Frogmouth were also spotlighted, we heard a distant Papuan Boobook, a Papuan Hawk Owl also called a couple of times. Was that a Wallace’s Owlet-Nightjar we heard? Maybe, next year, there is always something to come back for. BoP’s were less of a challenge with displaying Twelve-wired and King’s being enjoyed especially when there is a Hooded Pitta there too.

Dablin Creek/Ok Ma road

We knew that crossing the Ok Ma River would be a problem as the bridge had been washed away. Our spirit of adventure and our determination soon found us on the back of a pick up in the pouring rain heading up one of the worse roads in PNG, it was more like a river bed but the 12kms or so bumping about soon passed and we were at the main site. The rain eased off and we began to pick up a few birds. Shovel-billed Kingfishers were heard calling at dusk, a Red-bellied Pitta briefly hopped past us. No sign of any Greater Melampittas unfortunately. The highlight at Dablin Creek was the New Guinea Harpy Eagle, which flapped its way in front of us. A pair of Torrent Larks provided us with the ‘wow’ moment and the Carola’s Parotias gave us a quick look before they disappeared, even quicker was a Red-necked Crake, which dashed across the path. A female Magnificent BoP showed well for us. Lets hope the deforestation here does not continue as it is now otherwise this site will be no more. A pair of Salvadori's Teal flew downstream at Ok Menga to the relief of us all, after we had dipped on our first attempt.


Some tricky skulkers here to test us, but again we persevered and saw Painted Quail Thrush, Northern Scrub Robin, Pheasant Pigeon and Chestnut-backed Jewel-babblers. Brilliant views of displaying Raggiana BoP’s were easier on the eye as was the Barred-Owlet Nightjar roosting. Brown-headed Paradise Kingfishers were very obliging as was a Doria’s Hawk, which perched up for us all to enjoy.

Species Lists

1. Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) a few seen at PAU

2. Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) seen at PAU and a few along the river going to Ekame Lodge

3. Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos) small numbers at PAU

4. Darter (Anhinga melanogaster novaehollandiae) single seen on the lake at PAU

5. Great Egret (Ardea alba) seen along the rivers around Ekame Lodge

6. Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) a few seen on the Fly river

7. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) Seen around Port Moresby and at Brown river

8. Pied Heron (Egretta picata) 15 seen at PAU

9. Striated Heron (Butorides striata) a couple seen from the boat near to Ekame Lodge

10. Rufous Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) 2 immatures roosting in the trees at PAU

11. Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) 10 were seen at PAU

12. Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) 4 flying over PAU

13. Spotted Whistling-Duck 10 seen at PAU and 6 at the Brown River, this species is becoming more difficult these days

14. Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni) one seen with the Wandering Whistling-Duck on the edge of the main lake at PAU, rarely seen in PNG

15. Wandering Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) 10 seen at PAU

16. Salvadori's Teal (Salvadorina waigiuensis) a pair seen flying downstream over the dam at OK Menga.

17. Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) common at PAU

18. Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 10 seen at Brown River

19. Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) 50+ seen on small lake to the North of Brown River

20. Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata) seen at Kiunga, KM 17 PAU

21. Long-tailed Honey-Buzzard (Henicopernis longicauda) Kiunga, Ekame Lodge and Varirata

22. Black Kite (Milvus migrans) PAU, Tari Valley and Kumul Lodge

23. Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 2 pairs nesting near each other at PAU

24. Brahminy Kite (Haliastur Indus) Tari Valley

25. White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) Ekame Lodge

26. Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 flew over PAU during second visit

27. Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus) a fine male at Tari gap

28. Variable Goshawk (Accipiter hiogaster) Ekame Lodge

29. Black-mantled Goshawk (Accipiter melanochlamys) flight views in the fog at Tari Valley and better flight views near Kumul Lodge

30. Gray-headed Goshawk (Accipiter poliocephalus) Ekame Lodge

31. Meyer's Goshawk (Accipiter meyerianus) one perched up allowing scope views at Tari

32. Doria's Goshawk (Megatriorchis doriae) one seen perched up allowing good views of this rare and seldom seen raptor at Varirata

33. New Guinea Eagle (Harpyopsis novaeguineae) one flapped its way in front of us at Dablin Creek. The flight action reminds me of a Short-eared Owl, very broad wings especially in the secondaries and nice clean white underparts. Very nice!!

34. Little Eagle (Aquila morphnoides) good views of a tatty bird soaring above us on the waterfall trail at Tari

35. Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) Kumul Lodge

36. Oriental Hobby (Falco severus) one at Kagamuga airport, Mt. Hagen

37. Black-billed Brush-Turkey (Talegalla fuscirostris) Finally seen!! One bird lingered on the trail in front of us near to Ekame Lodge. A very vocal species here, also heard at Varirata

38. Common Scrubfowl (Megapodius freycinet) seen near the Brown River

39. Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) seen on the road at the Tari gap

40. Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) common at PAU

41. Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) common at PAU

42. Lewin’s Rail one had been captured by some villagers at Tari, after some photos we released it in a quiet spot nearby

43. Red-necked Crake heard at Ekame and 1 seen crossing the Dablin Creek track

44. Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) a few at PAU

45. Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) nice close views of the New Guinea race at PAU

46. Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella) Three seen at Kiunga airport

47. Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) one seen at the quarry on the way to Kiunga

48. Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia amboinensis) Boystown Road area Tari Valley

49. Black-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia nigrirostris) Kiunga, KM 17

50. Great Cuckoo-Dove (Reinwardtoena reinwardtii) seen at both Kiunga, KM 17 and Tari

51. Stephan's Dove (Chalcophaps stephani) a few flight views at Ekame Lodge

52. Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida) a few at PAU

53. Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) good views at PAU

54. (H) Cinnamon Ground-Dove (Gallicolumba rufigula) one heard purring behind Ekame Lodge

55. Pheasant Pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis) nice views on two days at Varirata

56. Southern Crowned-Pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri) 2 pairs seen peched at Ekame, a few others heard

57. Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) mostly heard but a few seen at Kiunga, Ekame Lodge and Varirata

58. Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus perlatus) several seen Kiunga, KM 17 Varirata Boystown Road area

59. Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus aurantiifrons) just the 1 seen at PAU, hung around for a while allowing scope views

60. Beautiful Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus) 2 seen on our last walk back to Ekame Lodge before leaving

61. Superb Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus superbus) A few seen around Ekame lodge

62. Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus iozonus) few along the Boystown Road area

63. Dwarf Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus nanus) small numbers at Ekame Lodge

64. Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula rufigaster) singles at both Boystown Road and Varirata

65. Pinon Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula pinon) Ekame Lodge

66. Collared Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula mullerii) Ekame Lodge

67. Zoe Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula zoeae) Varirata and along Boystown Road

68. Torresian Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa) 2 at PAU

69. Papuan Mountain-Pigeon (Gymnophaps albertisii) coomon at Ekame Lodge and at Tari Valley

70. Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) several heard, a nice pair seen from the boat just near Ekame Lodge

71. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) good numbers at Ekame Lodge

72. Yellow-streaked Lory (Chalcopsitta sintillata) small numbers seen flying from the boat at Ekame

73. Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata) close fly bys at Ekame Lodge

74. Black-capped Lory (Lorius lory) Ekame lodge, Fly river

75. Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) common at PAU

76. Goldie's Lorikeet (Psitteuteles goldiei) 30-40 seen early morning at Kumul lodge

77. Red-flanked Lorikeet (Charmosyna placentas) Boystown Road area

78. Papuan Lorikeet (Charmosyna papou) Tari Valley

79. Plum-faced Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki) Tari Valley

80. Orange-billed Lorikeet (Neopsittacus pullicauda) Tari Valley

81. Yellow-billed Lorikeet (Neopsittacus musschenbroekii) Tari

82. Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii) Ekame Lodge

83. Double-eyed Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma) few seen at Boystown Road and Ekame Lodge

84. Large Fig-Parrot (Psittaculirostris desmarestii) Ekame Lodge

85. Red-breasted Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta bruijnii) One flew over at Dablin Creek

86. Brehm's Tiger-Parrot (Psittacella brehmii) 3 or 4 always around the birdtable at Kumul Lodge

87. Madarasz’s Tiger-Parrot (Psittacella madaraszi) 2 sightings near Ambua, Tari Valley

88. Red-cheeked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi) common at PAU and Ekame Lodge

89. Blue-collared Parrot (Geoffroyus simplex) distinctive calls, seen flying over us at Dablin creek

90. Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) common at Ekame Lodge

91. Papuan King-Parrot (Alisterus chloropterus) Tari Valley

92. Pesquet's Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus) One seen well at Ekame lodge

93. Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus) Ekame Lodge

94. Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo 1 seen at Dablin Creek and another by the Brown River

95. Rufous-throated Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx ruficollis) Tari Valley

96. Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) 1 seen at Brown River

97. White-eared Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx meyeri) Tari Valley

98. Australian Koel Eudynamys cyanocephalus Ekame Lodge

99. (H) White-crowned Koel heard at Dablin Creek

100. Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) several at Ekame Lodge

101. Greater Black Coucal (Centropus menbeki) Ekame Lodge

102. Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) Varirata PAU

103. Lesser Black Coucal (Centropus bernsteini) Ekame Lodge

104. Greater Sooty-Owl (Tyto tenebricosa) one woken from its slumber in a protected tree in a garden below Tari. It may seen unfair to ‘knock’ it up just for us to see it but at least the local chap gets a few Kina for it and therefore protects the owl from being killed by arrows or sling shots as I am sure it would if it were not protected.

105. Australasian Grass-Owl (Tyto longimembris) beautiful dawn views flying towards us out of the fog at the Tari gap.

106. (H) Papuan Hawk-Owl (Uroglaux dimorpha) one heard at Ekame

107. Papuan Boobook (Ninox theomacha) seen at Tari and heard on the Ok Ma road

108. Spangled Owlet-Nightjar (Aegotheles tatei) seen finally on the second night, watched for 15 mins in the spotlight at Ekame Lodge. The bird of the trip and a tick for everyone!!

109. Mountain Owlet-Nightjar (Aegotheles albertisi) excellent spotlight views at Kumul Lodge

110. Barred Owlet-Nightjar (Aegotheles bennettii) one day rooster at Varirata

111. Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus) brilliant spotlight walkaway views of 2 at Ekame Lodge

112. Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) 2 day roosters at PAU, heard at Ekame

113. Papuan Nightjar (Eurostopodus papuensis) an all dark nightjar seen near Kiunga was thought to be this species, not seen by me!

114. Archbold's Nightjar (Eurostopodus archboldi) good close views of 2 birds on the Bailey Bridge at Tari, heard calling at dawn just before it went to roost

115. Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) excellent spotlight views at Kiunga and heard and seen at Tari

116. Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta) Tari Valley ,Kumul Lodge

117. Mountain Swiftlet (Aerodramus hirundinaceus) Tari Valley

118. Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis) Ekame Lodge

119. Papuan Needletail (Mearnsia novaeguineae) Ekame Lodge

120. Moustached Treeswift (Hemiprocne mystacea) Ekame Lodge Boystown Road area

121. Azure Kingfisher (Alcedo azurea) seen zooming down the river Ekame Lodge

122. Variable Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) zapped past us inside the forest near Ekame Lodge

123. Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) nice views of 1 at Varirata

124. Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud) seen well at Ekame Lodge, several others heard

125. Shovel-billed Kookaburra (Clytoceyx rex) 2 heard some way in along the Ok Ma road, despite much effort we could not call it in, and a ‘sit in’ near a nesting and feeding areas was also unproductive, also heard at dawn near Baileys Bridge at Tari

126. Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) regularly seen along the rivers around Ekame Lodge and also seen at PAU and Tari

127. Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina) good scope views for all to see at Ekame, also heard at Kiunga

128. Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro) scoped up at Ekame Lodge and heard at Varirata

129. (H) Mountain Kingfisher (Syma megarhyncha) sadly only heard at Tari

130. Little Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera hydrocharis) wonderful views near Ekame Lodge

131. Common Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea) prolonged and close views of 2 near Ekame Lodge

132. Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera danae) 4 birds seen in total at Varirata

133. Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) a few around PAU and Kumul Lodge

134. Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) a few at Ekame Lodge

135. Blyth's Hornbill (Aceros plicatus) seen daily at Ekame Lodge

136. Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida) fine views of 1 at Ekame Lodge, several others heard there

137. Red-bellied Pitta (Pitta erythrogaster) one hopped past us on the Ok Ma road, others heard at Ekame Lodge

138. Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) seen at PAU

139. Tree Martin (Hirundo nigricans) few near Port Morseby

140. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) PAU Varirata

141. Stout-billed Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina caeruleogrisea) Tari Valley

142. Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina lineata) nice scope view of 1 at Varirata

143. Boyer's Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina boyeri) pair at Kiunga, KM 17

144. White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis) several nice views at Varirata and at Kumul Lodge

145. Grey-headed Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina schisticeps) few at Dablin Creek

146. New Guinea (Black) Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina melas) pair at Varirata

147. Black-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina montana) Tari Valley

148. (H) Black-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina morio) heard at Dablin Creek

149. Golden Cuckoo-shrike (Campochaera sloetii) several small flocks at Ekame Lodge

150. Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris) Seen on two occasions at Tari

151. Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) only at Varirata

152. White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor) only seen at Varirita

153. Island Thrush (Turdus poliocephalus) seen at Tari gap and on the birdtable at Kumul Lodge

154. Island Leaf-Warbler (Phylloscopus poliocephalus) just a few at Tari

155. Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) just seen near the Brown River

156. Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) few at Tari

157. Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) one at Kagamuga airport, Mt. Hagen

158. Tawny Grassbird (Megalurus timoriensis) 2 at Tari gap

159. Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris) only 1 seen at Kiunga, KM 17

160. Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) common

161. Friendly Fantail (Rhipidura albolimbata) common at Tari

162. Chestnut-bellied Fantail (Rhipidura hyperythra) 2 or 3 at Varirata

163. White-bellied Thicket-Fantail (Rhipidura leucothorax) this skulker was seen near Ekame Lodge

164. Black thicket-Fantail (Rhipidura maculipectus) heard and seen briefly at KM 17

165. Black Fantail (Rhipidura atra) just a few seen at Tari and at Boystown Road

166. Dimorphic Fantail (Rhipidura brachyrhyncha) small numbers at Kumul Lodge

167. Rufous-backed Fantail (Rhipidura rufidorsa) good views of a couple at Ekame Lodge

168. Black Monarch (Monarcha axillaries) several around Ambua, Tari Valley

169. Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis) only seen at Varirita

170. Black-winged Monarch (Monarcha frater) only seen at Varirata

171. Spot-winged Monarch (Monarcha guttulus) Ekame Lodge

172. Hooded Monarch (Monarcha manadensis) one was photographed behind Ekame Lodge

173. Golden Monarch (Monarcha chrysomela) nice views of a few at Varirata

174. Frilled Monarch (Arses telescophthalmus) seen in most bird parties at Ekame Lodge and Kiunga, KM 17

175. Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) a common river edge bird at Ekame Lodge

176. Yellow-legged Flycatcher (Microeca griseoceps) one seen in a bird flock at Dablin Creek, not by me though!

177. Black-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus nigripectus) always nice to see this fine bird, seen very well at Tari

178. Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) a fine male near to Ekame Lodge

179. Lesser Ground-Robin (Amalocichla incerta) very vocal on Bensons trail and eventually seen

180. Torrent Flycatcher (Monachella muelleriana) a pair seen on the drive to Mount Hagen, several at Ok Menga

181. Canary Flycatcher (Microeca papuana) only seen at Tari Valley and Varirata

182. Garnet Robin (Eugerygone rubra) a tricky to see aboreal robin, lured into view above us at Tari

183. White-faced Robin (Tregellasia leucops) good scope views at Varirata

184. Black-sided Robin (Poecilodryas hypoleuca) stunning views on our last morning at Ekame Lodge, aaghh no camera!! “Always keep you kit on you”

185. Black-throated Robin (Poecilodryas albonotata) just a couple at Tari

186. White-winged Robin (Peneothello sigillata) seen well at both Tari and Kumul Lodge

187. White-rumped Robin (Peneothello bimaculata) a single at Kiunga, KM 17

188. Blue-gray Robin (Peneothello cyanus) not uncommon at Tari

189. Ashy Robin (Heteromyias albispecularis) more often heard than seen, 1 surrendered briefly on Benson’s Trail, Tari

190. Northern Scrub-Robin (Drymodes superciliaris) seen very well by everyone at Varirata

191. Dwarf Whistler (Pachycare flavogriseum) 3-4 of this stunning species were seen at Varirata

192. Rufous-naped Whistler (Aleadryas rufinucha) common, seen at Tari and at Kumul Lodge

193. Mottled Whistler (Ragologus leucostigma) several good views of a pair along Max’s Trail, Mt Hagen

194. Brown-backed Whistler (Pachycephala modesta) only seen at Tari

195. Gray-headed Whistler (Pachycephala griseiceps) Boystown Road and Varirata

196. Sclater's Whistler (Pachycephala soror) Tari Valley

197. Regent Whistler (Pachycephala schlegelii Tari Valley

198. (H) Rusty Whistler (Pachycephala hyperythra) heard at Dablin Creek

199. Black-headed Whistler (Pachycephala monacha) seen at KM 17 and at Tari Valley

200. Rufous/Little Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) good views at Tari and at Varirata

201. Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) Varirata

202. White-bellied Pitohui (Pitohui incertus) Ekame Lodge

203. Rusty Pitohui (Pitohui ferrugineus) Ekame Lodge and Varirata

204. Variable Pitohui (Pitohui kirhocephalus) Ekame Lodge

205. Wattled Ploughbill (Eulacestoma nigropectus) several heard and one seen at Tari, incredible prolonged scope views of this stunning bird along Max’s trail near Kumul was one of the trip highlights

206. New Guinea Babbler (Pomatostomus isidorei) Kiunga, KM 17 Ekame Lodge

207. Northern Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii) excellent views of 3 birds along Bensons trail, Tari Valley

208. Painted Quail-Thrush (Cinclosoma ajax) a pair and another male seen at Varirata, this species is a real test of your fieldcraft

209. Blue Jewel-Babbler (Ptilorrhoa caerulescens) another tricky to see species, heard along Boystown Road, and several very close views behind Ekame Lodge

210. Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa castanonota) heard at Kiunga, KM 17 and eventually seen at Varirata

211. Spotted Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa leucosticta) heard at Tari

212. Blue-capped Ifrita (Ifrita kowaldi) several good close views at Tari

213. White-shouldered Fairywren (Malurus alboscapulatus) Tari Valley Kumul Lodge Varirata

214. Orange-crowned Fairywren (Clytomyias insignis) 2-3 seen in a flock along Max’s Trail

215. Emperor Fairywren (Malurus cyanocephalus) seen on Boystown Road

216. Rusty Mouse-Warbler (Crateroscelis murina) Kiunga, KM 17

217. Mountain Mouse-Warbler (Crateroscelis robusta) Tari Valley Kumul Lodge

218. Buff-faced Scrubwren (Sericornis perspicillatus) Tari Valley

219. Papuan Scrubwren (Sericornis papuensis) few small groups atKumul Lodge

220. Large Scrubwren (Sericornis nouhuysi) few at Kumul Lodge

221. Pale-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis spilodera) few seen at Varirata

222. Olive Straightbill (Timeliopsis fulvigula) Three seen roadside at Tari

223. Yellow-bellied Longbill (Toxorhamphus novaeguineae) Ekame lodge

224. Mountain Gerygone (Gerygone cinerea) Tari Valley

225. Green-backed Gerygone (Gerygone chloronota) Ekame Lodge

226. Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa) just seen at Varirata

227. Yellow-bellied Gerygone (Gerygone chrysogaster) seen at both Ekame Lodge and Varirata

228. Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris) fine views right outside Ekame Lodge

229. Brown-breasted Gerygone (Gerygone) seen at both Tari Valley and Kumul Lodge

230. Black Sittella (Neositta miranda) 3 glimpsed on Bensons trail, Tari Valley

231. Varied Sittella (Neositta chrysoptera) brilliant views of a small flock at Tari

232. (H) Papuan Treecreeper (Cormobates placens) heard only at Tari

233. Black Sunbird (Leptocoma sericea) Ekame Lodge Boystown Road area

234. Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) 1 male seen near Varirata

235. Black Berrypecker (Melanocharis nigra) good views of a pair at Varirata

236. Lemon-breasted Berrypecker (Melanocharis longicauda) Tari Valley

237. Fan-tailed Berrypecker (Melanocharis versteri) Kumul Lodge Tari Valley

238. Dwarf Honeyeater (Toxorhamphus iliolophus) Varirata Kiunga, KM 17

239. Tit Berrypecker (Oreocharis arfaki) several at Tari

240. Crested Berrypecker (Paramythia montium) good views of a pair feeding a fledged youngster at Kumul Lodge

241. Olive-crowned Flowerpecker Dicaeum pectorale Boystown Road area

242. Black-fronted White-eye (Zosterops minor) Kiunga, KM 17

243. Capped White-eye (Zosterops fuscicapilla) Tari Valley

244. New Guinea White-eye (Zosterops novaeguineae) Kumul Lodge

245. Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura) PAU

246. Mountain Myzomela (Myzomela adolphinae) Varirata

247. Red-collared Myzomela (Myzomela rosenbergii) Tari Valley

248. Mountain Meliphaga (Meliphaga orientalis ) Kumul Lodge

249. Puff-backed Honeyeater (Meliphaga aruensis) Varirata Ekame Lodge

250. Mimic Honeyeater (Meliphaga analoga) Kumul Lodge

251. Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis) one seen Ekame lodge

252. Streak-headed Honeyeater (Pycnopygius sticocephalus) only seen at the bowerbird mound, Boystown road

253. Grey-sided Honeyeater (Ptilorora perstriata) not uncommon around Tati and Kumul

254. Rufous-backed Honeyeater (Ptiloprora guisei) Tari

255. Long-billed Honeyeater (Melilestes megarhynchus) one at Dablin Creek

256. Black-throated Honeyeater (Lichenostomus subfrenatus) Tari Valley

257. Tawny-breasted Honeyeater (Xanthotis flaviventer) Kiunga, KM 17

258. Pygmy Honeyeater (Toxorhamphus pygmaeum) Seen at Ok Ma road

259. Spotted Honeyeater (Xanthotis polygrammu) Varirata

260. Marbled Honeyeater (Pycnopygius cinereus) Kumul Lodge Tari Valley

261. Meyer's Friarbird (Philemon meyeri) Boystown Road area

262. Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides) Ekame Lodge PAU Boystown Road area

263. Belford's Melidectes (Melidectes belfordi) our common friend at Tari, frequently fed on the bird table at Kumul

264. Yellow-browed Melidectes (Melidectes rufocrissalis) Tari Valley

265. Ornate Melidectes (Melidectes torquatus) Kumul Lodge Kiunga, KM 17

266. Smoky Honeyeater (Melipotes fumigatus) Kumul Lodge Tari Valley Kumul Lodge

267. Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis) PAU

268. Plain Honeyeater (Pycnopygius ixoides) only at Bowerbird mound on Boystown Rd

269. Silver-eared Honeyeater (Lichmera alboauricularis) Two at Aroa Filling Station

270. Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavescens) 6 and active nest in grounds of parliament buildings, Port Moresby

271. Brown Oriole (Oriolus szalayi) PAU Boystown Road area

272. Green Figbird (Sphecotheres viridis) several around PAU

273. Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) a male close to Kumul Lodge and another in the gardens below Warili, Tari Valley

274. Papuan Drongo (Chaetorhynchus papuensis) 2 at Varirata

275. Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) very vocal and usually in bird flocks, seen at both Ekame Lodge and Kiunga, KM 17

276. Torrent-Lark (Grallina bruijni) amazing views of a pair at Dablin Creek

277. Great Woodswallow (Artamus maximus) small numbers at Tari

278. White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus) a few around PAU

279. Mountain Peltops (Peltops montanus) a few along Boystown Road and also seen at Tari

280. Lowland Peltops (Peltops blainvillii) a couple seen at Ekame Lodge

281. Black-backed Butcherbird (Cracticus mentalis) just seen at PAU

282. Hooded Butcherbird (Cracticus cassicus) commonly seen at PAU, Varirata and Ekame

283. Black Butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi) this noisy bird was seen at Tari Valley

284. Loria's Bird-of-Paradise (Cnemophilus loriae) 2 females near Ambua and a male near Bensons Trail, Tari

285. Glossy-mantled Manucode (Manucodia ater) a few near Ekame Lodge

286. Trumpet Manucode (Manucodia keraudrenii) seen and heard near Ekame Lodge

287. Crinkle-collared Manucode (Manucodia chalybatus) one seen on the Ok Ma road

288. Short-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla brevicauda) brilliant prolonged views in a fruiting tree near Ambua, Tari Ribbon-tailed Astrapia Astrapia mayeri Tari Valley

289. Ribbon-tailed Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri) several sightings of this wonderful species at Tari including prolonged views of a feeding male right next to the road, also a few females an a sub-adult on the bird table at Kumul Lodge

290. Princess Stephanie's Astrapia (Astrapia stephaniae) just a few lower down at Tari

291. Carola's Parotia (Parotia carolae) heard and 3 eventually seen at Dablin Creek

292. Lawes' Parotia (Parotia lawesii) difficult this year with just 1 female seen at Tari

293. King-of-Saxony Bird-of-paradise (Pteridophora alberti) several males seen well at Tari, also seen near Kumul Lodge

294. Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) just the 1 male seen at Ekame, many others heard

295. Eastern Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus intercedens) a nice male seen well at Varirata

296. Superb Bird-of-Paradise (Lophorina superba) several males seen below Warili Lodge, including a fine male which was scoped up for at least 20 mins, brilliant!!

297. Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastuosus) distant scope views of a displaying male at Tari

298. Brown Sicklebill (Epimachus meyeri) several seen at Tari, one male was watched doing his remarkable display. 3 seen coming to the bird table at Kumul Lodge

299. (H) Buff-tailed/Black-billed Sicklebill (Epimachus albertisi) one called back just the once at a canned recording near Warili Lodge

300. Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) a female seen in a fruiting tree near Kumul Lodge, another female showed well along Dablin Creek

301. King Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) lovely views of a male close to Ekame Lodge

302. Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus) female, young male and an adult male which was watched displaying in his tree close to Ekame Lodge

303. Lesser Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea minor) a couple of hours were spent watching males displaying to the females near Kumul Lodge, brilliant views

304. Greater Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) seen displaying at Kiunga, KM 17 and a couple at Ekame Lodge

305. Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea Raggiana) seen displaying at Varirata and Kiunga, KM 17 also a few seen at Ekame Lodge

306. Blue Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) superb long views of a male which for a while hung upside down displaying for us, otherwise he was feeding in a fruiting tree and perched up calling allowing us extended scope views at Tari , others were heard

307. Lesser Melampitta (Melampitta lugubris) point blank stunning views at Kumul Lodge, so close you could almost feel the velvety black plumage, not forgetting those wonderful red eyes, others heard at Tari

308. White-eared Catbird (Ailuroedus buccoides) brief but good views at Ekame Lodge

309. Sanford's Bowerbird (Archboldia sanfordi) a young male put in a few appearances on the feeder at Kumul Lodge

310. Macgregor's Bowerbird (Amblyornis macgregoriae) good views of a few at Tari

311. Flame Bowerbird (Sericulus aureus) 5 or more females feeding in a fruiting tree at Ekame

312. Yellow-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera lauterbachi) just a couple seen near Kumul

313. Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris) easily seen at PAU

314. Gray Crow (Corvus tristis) this vocal forest crow was seen several times at Ekame Lodge

315. Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) several at both PAU and Kiunga

316. Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) good numbers at Ekame Lodge

317. Singing Starling (Aplonis cantoroides) few around PAU and Port Morseby airport

318. Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii) seen at both Ekame Lodge and PAU

319. Golden Myna (Mino anais) not uncommon at Ekame Lodge

320. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) only seen in Port Morseby

321. Mountain Firetail (Oreostruthus fuliginosus) close up views of a few around the lawns of Kumul Lodge

322. Blue-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura trichroa) seen most days at Tari

323. Hooded Munia (Lonchura spectabilis) few at Tari Valley

324. Gray-headed Munia (Lonchura caniceps) small numbers at PAU and a nice flock of 20+ near to Varirata

325. Chestnut-breasted Munia (Lonchura castaneothorax) 2 at PAU

326. Streak-headed Munia (Lonchura tristissima leucosticta) 15 seen at Brown River