A short 7 day introductory birdwatching tour to Papua New Guinea (PNG) visiting the area around Port Moresby, the lowland rainforest area of Kiunga and the mid-monotone forest around Tabubil. While we will be concentrating on getting as many species of Parrots and Kingfishers as possible we will also be looking for other New Guinea specialities particularly the spectacular Birds of Paradise.
A highlight of the tour will be a full day river trip through unspoilt lowland rainforest where live at least eight possible kingfishers and ten species of parrot. The huge, specular and rare Southern-crowned Pigeon can also be found here.
Accommodation throughout is in comfortable western style hotels with private bathrooms.
Participants need to be in good health and have a reasonable level of fitness. Although this is a short tour you will be visiting a variety of habitats and you should expect some rough walking along fairly steep and muddy trails. The road trip between Kiunga and Tabubil is winding and bumpy.
Expect rain somewhere along the way and in these lowland areas it can be hot and humid at all times of the year.
- 6 nights accommodation
- Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
- Airport transfers within Papua New Guinea
- Transport including driver and fuel where required
- Guide services of the tour leader
- Site Fees
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Airfares (Domestic or International)
- Drinks & Snacks
- Items of a personal nature
Day 1 - Arrive Port Moresby
Arrive in Port Moresby. A short tour of the Port Moresby area can be arranged for those who arrive in time to take advantage of it.
Day 2 - Kiunga
We take the early plane over to Kiunga on the Fly River in Western Province. Located in the midst of a huge area of lowland rainforest this is a great birding destination. Palm Cockatoo, Greater Bird of Paradise, Trumpet Manucode, Flame Bowerbird and Obscure Honeyeater are all possibilities here.
Day 3 - Fly & Elevala Rivers
Taking a boat up the Fly and Elevala Rivers we enter an area of pristine rainforest. We will be looking for 12-wired Bird of Paradise and King Bird of Paradise, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Common Kingfisher and Little Paradise Kingfisher, Hooded Pitta and Red-bellied Pitta, Blue Jewel-Babbler and the huge Southern Crowned Pigeon.
Day 4 - Kiunga area
Full day guided birding in the Kiunga area.
Day 5 - Tabubil
Setting off up the narrow winding road we will head towards the mining town of Tabubil in the foothills of the Star Mountains. Pesquet’s (Vulturine) Parrots can often be seen flying over the road.
Day 6 - Tabubil area
Full day guided birding in the Tabubil area. Salvadori’s Teal, Greater Melampitta, Magnificent Riflebird, Carola’s Parotia and Obscure Berrypecker are amongst our target birds as is the crepuscular Shovel-billed Kingfisher.
Day 7 - Fly to Port Moresby & onward flights
After an early breakfast we will transfer to the airport and take the morning flight back to Port Moresby for the start of our journey home. After a short afternoon tour of Port Moresby we will take the evening flight back to Cairns.
Please note that there may be no evening flight to your chosen destination and an extra overnight in Port Moresby may be required.