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Papua New Guinea: Birding Highlights: Highlands, Mount Hagen, Varirata, and More


Sample the highlights of birding in Papua New Guinea, the eastern half of the island of New Guinea. This vast natural area is one of the world’s most unspoiled places and perhaps its most enticing birding destination.

Sample in this more affordable Papua New Guinea trip some of the richest island avifauna found anywhere on earth; almost half of New Guinea’s 700+ bird species are found nowhere else. We will have good chances to see up to 16 birds-of-paradise on this tour, including displaying males at staked-out leks, together with members of all seven endemic bird families. A rich supporting cast of more widespread Australasian species, including bowerbirds, jewel-babblers, fairy-wrens, colorful doves, pigeons and parrots.

More Details About this Trip:

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This more affordable tour uses the more comfortable lodging in the country to support your birding tour and covers the key birding sites in Port Moresby and the central highlands on our three-center and shorter tour.


All tourists also enjoy the beautiful vistas, friendly people, and a glimpse of the tribal culture of the highlands.

Pricing: $5,490 US Dollars or 4,320 GBP for 11 Days and 10 Nights. Extensions available.


Group Size: Most tours are viable at 7 or 8 participants.


Upcoming Dates: 

July 8 to 18, 2024

August 8 to 18, 2024

*See Schedule for more dates

Video Conference on Papua

New Guinea Birding with

PIB Guide

(see link below)



Up to sixteen birds-of-paradise, including displaying males at staked-out leks (King of Saxony Bird-of-Paradise, Superb Bird-of-Paradise Greater Lophorina, Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise, Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise, Lesser Bird-of-Paradise, Blue Bird-of-Paradise, Princess Stephanie’s Astrapia, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Black Sicklebill, Brown Sicklebill, Growling Riflebird, Queen Carola’s Parotia, Lawes’s Parotia, Short-tailed Paradigalla, Glossy-mantled Manucode and Trumpet Manucode) plus members of seven endemic bird families (Wattled Ploughbill (family Eulacestomatidae), Blue-capped Ifrit (family Ifritidae), Obscure Berrrypecker, Spotted Berrypecker, Black Berrypecker, Fan-tailed Berrypecker, (family Melanocharitidae), Tit Berrypecker, Crested Berrypecker (family Paramythiidae), Mottled Berryhunter (family Rhagologidae), Loria’s Satinbird, Crested Satinbird (family Cnemophilidae) and Lesser Melampitta (family Melampittidae)) as well as other special birds such as Papuan Eagle, Pygmy Eagle, Gurney’s Eagle, Papuan Harrier, New Guinea Woodcock, Papuan Hawk-Owl, Barred Owlet-nightjar, Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher, Papuan Lorikeet, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Papuan Sittella, Crested Pitohui Piping Bellbird, Torrent-lark, Papuan Grassbird and Grey-headed Mannikin.

Top Reasons to Book Tour


Spectacled Dasyure, Black-tailed Giant Rat, Agile Wallaby, Great Flying Fox

Habitats and

Special Sites

Lowland tropical rain forest, montane rainforest, sub-alpine habitats in the Central Highlands including meadows, conifer forests and tree-fern grasslands, freshwater ponds, and the Lai River.

Other Attractions

Staked out leks and bowers for some birds-of-paradise and bowerbirds, superb bird feeding stations at Kumul Lodge, spectacular mountain scenery, friendly hospitality, excellent lodging and food, fresh local fruit.

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