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Papua New Guinea: Birding in Paradise


This tour is a comprehensive birding exploration of 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. Explore lowland rainforests, hill forests from lower elevations up to higher montane elevations, grasslands, rivers and remote areas of wetland forests, and more.

More Details About this Trip:

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Sample the richest island avifauna found anywhere on earth; almost half of New Guinea’s 700+ bird species are found nowhere else. We will have a realistic chance to see all 21 birds-of-paradise available in Papua New Guinea on our tour, including displaying males at staked-out leks.

For family-listers, you can see members of all seven endemic bird families, and every birder will enjoy the rich supporting cast of more widespread Australasian species, including bowerbirds, jewel-babblers, fairy-wrens, colorful doves, pigeons, and parrots.


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

Pricing: $10,300 US Dollars or 8,110 GBP for 18 Days and 17 Nights.  Extensions available.


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


Upcoming Dates: 

June 15 to July 2, 2024

August 10 to 27, 2024

*See Schedule for more dates

Video Conference on Papua

New Guinea Birding with

PIB Guide

(see link below)



Up to 21 birds-of-paradise, including displaying males at staked-out leks (King of Saxony Bird-of-Paradise, Superb Bird-of-Paradise, Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise, King Bird-of-Paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise, Greater 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, Magnificent Riflebird, Growling Riflebird, Queen Carola’s Parotia, Lawes’s Parotia, Short-tailed Paradigalla, Glossy-mantled Manucode, Crinkle-collared Manucode, Trumpet Manucode), members of seven endemic bird families (Wattled Ploughbill (family Eulacestomatidae), Blue-capped Ifrit (family Ifritidae), Obscure Berrrypecker, Spotted berrypecker, Black Berrypecker, Fan-tailed Berrypecker, Yellow-bellied Longbill (family Melanocharitidae), Tit Berrypecker, Crested Berrypecker (family Paramythiidae), Mottled Berryhunter (family Rhagologidae), Loria’s Satinbird, Crested Satinbird (family Cnemophilidae) and Lesser Melampitta (family Melampittidae)) and other special birds such as Flame Bowerbird, Salvadori’s Teal, Great-billed Heron, Papuan Eagle, Pygmy Eagle, Gurney’s Eagle, Papuan Harrier, New Guinea Flightless Rail, New Guinea Woodcock, New Guinea Bronzewing, Thick-billed Ground Pigeon, Pheasant Ground Dove, Southern Crowned Pigeon, , Papuan Hawk–Owl, Papuan Nightjar, Barred Owlet-nightjar, Papuan Spine-tailed Swift, Hook-billed Kingfisher, Little Paradise Kingfisher, Shovel-billed Kookaburra, Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher, Pasquet’s Parrot, Papuan King Parrot, Papuan Lorikeet, Papuan Scrubwren, Papuan Logrunner, Blue Jewel-babbler, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Papuan Sitella, Crested Pitohui, 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 undisturbed riparian swamp forest along the Fly and Elevala Rivers,

Other Attractions

Staked out leks and bowers for some birds-of-paradise and bowerbirds, superb bird feeder stations at Kumul Lodge, birding by boat along the Fly and Elevala Rivers, spectacular mountain scenery, friendly hospitality, excellent lodging and food, fresh local fruit.

Zoom Video Conference on Papua New Guinea Birding with PIB Guide:

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