Southern crowned Pigeon

Taste of New Guinea 4: Kingfishers & More

A short 7 day introductory birdwatching tour to New Guinea visiting the area around Port Moresby and the lowland rainforest area of Kiunga. While we will be concentrating on getting as many species of Kingfishers as possible we will also be looking for other New Guinea specialities particularly the spectacular Birds of Paradise.

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  • Tour Duration
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  • Difficulty Level Moderate
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  • Group Size Small Group
    6
All about the Taste of New Guinea 4: Kingfishers & More.

A short 7 day introductory birdwatching tour to New Guinea visiting the area around Port Moresby and the lowland rainforest area of Kiunga. While we will be concentrating on getting as many species of 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. That huge, spectacular and rare Southern-crowned Pigeon can also be found here.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Checklist
  • Guide services of tour leader
  • Group tips & gratuities
  • Transfers once tour has started
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Flights (Domestic & International)
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  1. Day 1 Arrive Port Moresby & meet guide

    Arrive in Port Moresby. A short tour of the Port Moresby area is arranged for those who arrive in time to take advantage of it.

  2. Day 2 Fly to Kiunga and bird the local area

    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 CockatooGreater Bird of Paradise, Trumpet Manucode, Flame Bowerbird and Obscure Honeyeater are all possibilities here.

  3. Day 3 Boat trip up Fly & Elevala rivers to Kwatu.

    Taking a boat up the Fly and Elevala Rivers to Kwatu landowner lodge we enter an area of pristine rainforest. We will be looking for 12-wired and King Bird of Paradise, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Common and Little Paradise Kingfishers, Hooded and Red-bellied Pittas, Blue Jewel-Babbler and the huge Southern Crowned Pigeon.

  4. Day 4 Kwatu area birding before returning to Kiunga

    Morning birding around Kwatu before returning by boat to Kiunga.

  5. Day 5 Kiunga to Port Moresby visiting PAU ponds

    Returning to Port Moresby we visit the PAU ponds where where Wandering and Spotted Whistling Ducks, Papuan Frogmouth and Fawn-breasted Bowerbird are amongst the species which can be seen.

  6. Day 6 Full day visiting Varirata National Park

    Full day guided birding in the Varirata National Park. Located on the Sogeri Plateau above Port Moresby this is a great birding spot. The Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise have a lek tree here, there are 6+ species of Kingfisher including Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher and Yellow-billed Kingfisher plus at least 7 species of dove not to mention Red-cheeked Parrots, Barred Owlet-nightjar and perhaps a Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler or Painted Quail-Thrush.

  7. Day 7 Morning birding before transferring to airport for onward flights home

    After an early breakfast we will head out to bird the sites around Port Moresby including the mangroves where Collared Kingfisher may be found. Return to Port Moresby in time to take you evening flight.

Tour Accommodation

Accommodation on this tour is a mixture of comfortable western style hotels and landowner lodges.

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 the lowland areas it can be hot and humid at all times of the year.