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Trip Report to West Papua by Sue Bryan


June 27th – July 21st 2019

Ron Johns

Sue Johns

Dave Sargeant

Richard Carden

Steve Beal

John Geeson

Sue Bryan



This month-long trip was proposed by Ron and Sue Johns who kindly invited John and myself to make up a group of seven birders to travel to West Papua to see as many birds of paradise that were available and to add as many new birds that the very experienced and big world listers could manage. Birdtour Asia were approached to organise a customised trip that would take us to the island of Biak in the Geelvink Islands where there are several Biak endemics and then onto West Papua. Four of us were going to continue onto the island of Waigeo where there were more birds of paradise to be found and an opportunity to travel to several more small tropical islands. Many flights would be involved as roads do not exist in many parts of West Papua or if they did they were extremely rough. John and I were thrilled to be asked and felt that we could not miss the opportunity but realised that this would be a very hard and physically demanding tour. As West Papua is the other side of the Wallace line I knew that potentially there would be many new birds for me as I have not birded in Indonesia before.


Guides:  Rob Hutchinson

                Wilbur Goh




Jun 25th Norwich – Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur –Jakarta


Jun 26th Jakarta, Muara Angke Wildlife Reserve


Jun 27th Jakarta – Makassar (Sulawesi)


Jun 28th Makassar – Biak


Jun 29th - 30th Biak


Jul 1st Biak – Sentani – Wamena


Jul 1st - 4th Wamena and Snow Mountains


Jul 5th Wamena – Sentani – Nimbokrang


Jul 6th – 8th Nimbokrang


Jul 9th Sentani –Manokwari – Minggrei


Jul 10th -13th Minggrei


Jul 14th Minggrei- Manokwari –Sarong


Jul 15th Sarong




Jul 16th Sarong – Waiego


Jul 17th Waigeo - Gem Island - Bat Island


Jul 18th Waigeo – Merpati Island


Jul 19th Waigeo – Sarong


Jul 20th Sarong – Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur – Amsterdam


Jul 21st Amsterdam – Norwich





International return flights to Jakarta via Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur with KLM and Jakarta to Biak via Mukassar with Garuda Indonesia were booked through Trailfinders at a cost of £1251 each.


Tour cost £6600 each

Extension £1600 each




I used an ATM at Jakarta airport to exchange about £80 to 1 500 000 IDR. This was totally unnecessary as we did not stop anywhere near shops. I did manage to run into a very small village shop and bought a packet of biscuits and a chocolate bar on a couple of occasions. As West Papua is a Muslim country, alcohol was unavailable at the majority of places (except the larger hotels) that we stayed although the more intrepid in our party managed to find a few cans of lager from somewhere some nights!


General Information


West Papua is governed by tribes or so it seems and ‘fixers’ were used to negotiate issues that arose as we passed through ‘their’ area. Our group was ‘serviced’ and ably looked after by a group of porters, cooks, drivers and local guides that were employed by Bird Tour Asia via a ground agent at each location. I found them particularly helpful on the steep and muddy trails as they carried my bag and hauled me up some of the slithery slopes.




As West Papua is positioned in the tropics on the equator, the weather is hot and humid for most of the year, with average temperatures of 27°C to 32°C and relative humidity of 80%. It was colder up the Snow Mountains where we needed coats and fleeces in the early mornings. We encountered a lot of rain in some locations and used ponchos. A big good quality umbrella is essential (which mine wasn’t!)



West Papua habitats range from steamy lowland swamp forests to the alpine grassland of the Snow Mountains, the highest peaks between the Himalaya and the Andes. It is covered by some of the largest areas of original, intact, forest on earth.


The Bird’s Head peninsula is covered by the Vogelkop Montane Rain Forests. It includes more than 22,000 km2 of montane forests at elevations of 1,000 metres and higher Over 50% of these forests are located within protected areas. There are over 300 bird species on the peninsula, of which at least 20 are unique to the eco region.


Waigeo Island is the largest island of the Raja Ampat group in the Dampier Strait, Waigeo Island lies about 40 miles northwest of West Papua’s Vogelkop Peninsula, which forms the western tip of the island of New Guinea. Its central areas are mountainous, rising to 1,000 metres are heavily forested with hardwood; streams plunge down the rock faces. Some parts of the island are covered with head-high grass, casuarina groves, and stands of pine trees.


Daily Log


25th June


Steve, John and I caught a flight to Amsterdam and flew overnight to Kuala Lumpur.


26th June


Steve, John and I caught a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta where we spent the night in the Orchardz Hotel, Bandara.


27th June


After breakfast in our hotel we negotiated with them to leave our bags in the room whilst we caught a taxi to the Muara Angke Wildlife Reserve. It did not go well as the official at the entrance would not let us in. The language barrier did not help but he was resolute and left us to bird alongside a very busy main road peering in amongst the swamps and trees. We watched Pacific Swallow and Cave Swiflet overhead whilst Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker were in the trees along with Sooty-headed Bulbul and Spotted Dove.

Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker                        

                Freckle-breasted Woodpecker

Down in the water a White-breasted Waterhen ran around as a Javan Pond Heron stood still watching for fish. A Striated Heron flew along the water as a Purple Heron sat out on a distant branch. Oriental Darters flew as we watched Grey Heron, Little Egret and a Little Black Cormorant. We walked to the corner of the road and watched a pair of Freckle-breasted Woodpeckers. Javan Mynas were on the grass as were Scaly-breasted Munias. The taxi had stayed around for us and we asked to be taken to the coast. It was extremely hot and the harbour was busy with people and boats. We saw some distant terns but the heat haze beat us on getting a positive identification.


We returned to the hotel and caught a taxi to the airport to catch a flight to Makassar in Sulawesi.


June 28th


We arrived in Sulawesi at some unearthly hour in the morning and flew to Biak, one of the Geelvink Islands where we were met at the airport and driven the 200 metres to the hotel. It was very hot and sticky and after breakfast I felt the need for a swim in the hotel pool before taking a nap after our lengthy journey. Later on Rob, our guide, assembled the group and we went birding along a road in some secondary forest. I was soon adding world ticks as well as some potential future splits. Long-tailed Starling was my first bird and Biak Gerygone my second. Red-capped Flowerpecker flitted around as we admired a Yellow-bibbed Fruit Dove. The conditions were not good enough for photography and so I didn’t take any photos. (Little did I know that this was going to be the case for much of the tour!) Glossy Swiflet was going to be a familiar bird for quite a while as I added Biak White-eye, Biak Triller, Black-winged Lory, Black Sunbird, Golden Monarch, Biak Black Flycatcher, Biak Cicadabird and Moustached Treeswift. Common birds included Pacific Swallow, Tree Sparrow Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blyth’s Hornbill and Sooty-headed Bulbul.


Dusk fell and we waited until dark to see Biak Scops Owl before heading back to our hotel where Wilbur had arrived. It was good to see him again after leading us so well in Borneo.


29th June


We were out of the door by 4.30am and headed north-east of Biak to walk a track in the rain in our wellies. How we were all going to hate them by the end of the tour!

                    The group all in their wellies                          

                         Sue in her new wellies

It was soon obvious that most of the birds that I would see were going to be world ticks as I added Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, Northern (Biak) Fantail, Biak Leaf Warbler, Hooded Butcherbird and Red-cheeked Parrot. However birding was very slow and coping with the rain and an umbrella did not make life easy. Luckily the rain stopped and we spent ages trying to get views of the Biak Paradise Kingfisher which was difficult to get everyone onto because of the narrow view through the vegetation. We watched another Biak Triller and Oriental Dollarbird before stopping to watch a Biak Pitta.

                                       Biak Triller                                                                       

                            Oriental Dollarbird

Parrots are always good to see as they add some colour to the proceedings as we watched Eclectus Parrot and Biak Lorikeet flying before adding Biak Monarch and Little Egret. Birding continued to be slow in the poor weather and we returned to the hotel for lunch resuming again at 3.15pm along another forested road where we added Uniform Swiftlet, Rainbow Bee-eater and a wonderful Emperor Fairy Wren. A Pacific Baza flew over as we watched a Claret-breasted Fruit Dove as the final bird of the day.

               Claret-breasted Fruit Dove                                                

                                      Northern (Biak) Fantail

Rainbow Bee-eater

30th June


After opening my birthday cards and accepting ‘happy birthday’ greetings, we were on the road by 4.45am and back once more along the trail that we did yesterday. Once again the birding was extremely slow but we saw Black-capped Lory, Great Cuckoo Dove, Shining Flycatcher, Biak Whistler, Amboyna (Brown) Cuckoodove and Olive-backed Sunbird. A Monitor Lizard added some interest as we walked along listening for birds. We dived off into the vegetation and most of us were lucky to see Biak Coucal. However some were facing the wrong way as it flew over our heads and there was a lot of frustration involved as conditions were difficult.

               Amboyna (Brown ) Cuckoo Dove                                   

                                          Monitor Lizard

After lunch we returned to the road where conditions were easier and added Brush Cuckoo, Geelvink’s Imperial Pigeon and one of my favourites Willie Wagtail! A tree full of young Metallic Starling calling gave some photographic opportunities as we struggled with the heat and humidity making us all very weary.

                                    Willie Wagtail                                                    

                                      Metallic Starling

Geelvink Imperial Pigeon

1st July


We were up at 3.45am and walked across to the airport where we caught a flight to Sentani. We were to see quite a lot of this airport as there are very few roads in West Papua with us having to fly between sites


We remained at the airport in Sentani until our next flight to Wamena in the West Papuan mountains. We drove to our hotel and after lunch drove up to 11 500ft where we drove a track very slowly to find Mountain Snow Quail. Altitude is always a problem for me and I wondered how I was going to cope. Luckily we didn’t have to walk far and I managed without too much difficulty. We watched a Papuan Harrier, Long-tailed Buzzard in the air and Black-breasted Mannikins at the side of the road. A Pygmy Eagle gave me chance to photograph it as a Brown Falcon flew through. We stopped and watched an Orange-cheeked Honeyeater as well as Alpine Pipits. John, Steve and I stood in the back of the vehicle and got very wet in the rain. An Island Thrush added itself to the list before Steve suddenly spotted our main quarry cowering at the side of the track. A Snow Mountain Quail was not easy to spot and because I was standing in the back of the truck with John and Steve I was lucky to see it before it flew off over the top of the mountain. Mountain Swiftlet and Belford’s Melidectes were welcome additions to the list.

                                              Snow Mountains                                                            

                                        Pygmy Eagle

At dusk we climbed a steep bank to watch Archbold’s Nightjar and New Guinea Woodcock. Very unusually for me, every new bird that I wrote down in my notebook today was a world tick.

Sue Ron Steve Richard Wilbur Rob Dave John and Sue in our hotel in Wamena

                                         Belford's Melidectes

2nd July


We drove up to the Snow Mountains from Wamena to 11 500 ft in a quest looking for mannikins all to no avail. It was a beautiful morning as we admired the scenery. We saw Orange-billed Lorikeet, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Mountain Firetail.

                         Riding in the back of the vehicles

                       Early morning in the Snow Mountains

 I was quite excited as I knew this was going to probably be my first encounter with a bird of paradise (BOP) in West Papua. It came in the shape of some young Splendid Astrapia. (BOP 1)

Wilbur Steve Sue Rob Richard Dave John Sue at breakfast in the Snow Mountains

                                         Splendid Astrapia

Eventually we reached a trailhead which was extremely wet and muddy with moss-covered trees in the forest. A Dimorphic Fantail showed in the vegetation. It was incredibly steep and muddy as we made our way down. I did not enjoy it that much as we saw very little in the way of birds as we descended down.  We all tucked into a little side trail where we watched a Greater Ground Robin and Papuan Longrunner. I was struggling with altitude sickness and my legs were going to jelly. I soon realised that I would lose all my balance and be unable to get back up the trail and so sadly had to make the decision to ask one of our helpers to guide me back up.  My Papuan helper hauled me back up the trail which was steep and muddy with very difficult leaps to negotiate for a lady of my advancing years!!!


Later we birded the roadside managing to scope Salvadori’s Teal and Eurasian Coot on the lake. The birding took off with a few birds to look at including Mountain Robin, Black-throated Honeyeater and another Orange-cheeked Honeyeater. With a bit of effort we eventually located Snow Mountain Mannikin. Bird of the day for me was Painted Tiger Parrot which sat and posed above the road for us. I like gaudy birds!! We could hear a Papuan Grassbird singing in the area of grassland below us. Seeing it was quite a different story as we all scanned the land in front of us. We dropped down to search and eventually we picked it up in our binoculars giving us distant views. We walked forwards to get a better view before it played tricks on us again.

           My Papuan helper who hauled me up the trail                

Black-throated Honeyeater



3rd July


We drove to the top of the mountain once again and birded the road at 11 500ft for the first hour of daylight. It was excellent birding as we enjoyed Rufous-naped Bellbird, Short-bearded Melidectes, McGregor’s Honeyeater, Papuan Thornbill, Lorentz’s Whistler and Yellow-billed Lorikeet. Western Crested Berrypecker was a smart bird.

                    John Ron Sue and Steve                                         

                                             Mountain Firetail

                                     Ron and Sue

                                 Snow-Mountain (Western Alpine) Mannikin

Crested Satinbird

(photo courtesy of Wilbur Goh)

We climbed the short steep path to get us up to the start of the trailhead where we watched Grey-streaked Honeyeater, Smoky Honeyeater, Sooty Honeyeater and Friendly Fantail. We had more views of a Papuan Logrunner before a magnificent Crested Satinbird flew in.


I was suffering badly with altitude sickness and had to return to the vehicle. Later in the day after a sleep in the vehicle, I managed to join the rest of the group and walked back down the road losing a bit of height where we had good views of Red-collared Myzomela and Plum-faced Parakeet. Feeling a bit better and able to take a few photos we watched White-winged Robin, Slaty-headed Longbill, Baliem Whistler, Mountain Fruit Dove as well as Island Leaf Warbler and Grey Thornbill.


                                     Subalpine Robin         

    Sue Ron Wilbur Dave and Sue enjoying a picnic lunch

              (photo courtesy J.Geeson

                                               White-winged Robin


Brown Sicklebill

 (photo courtesy J.Geeson)

4th July


We were up early today and drove up the mountain above Wamena at 9 200ft to another trailhead. The steep trail was treacherous as it descended the mountainside down a series of wet logs. It was a balancing act to say the least and coupled with altitude sickness meant that my legs soon went to jelly, it was not ideal. We watched a King of Saxony Bird of Paradise and a wonderful pair of Brown Sicklebills, another bird of paradise with magnificent long tails. (BOP 2 and 3) They were stunning.


Many birds showed well including Black-billed Cuckoo Dove and Josephine’s Lorikeet as well as Buff-faced Scrubwren but sadly I was too affected by altitude sickness to continue on down the trail. My Papuan friend hauled me back up the trail. John kindly accompanied me where we could enjoy a rest and a cup of tea. The rest of the group appeared several hours later and in the afternoon I had recovered enough to join the rest of the group birding along the road. We added Mountain Peltops, Fantail Berrypecker, Rufous-throated Bronze Cuckoo, Papuan Treecreeper, Brown-breasted Gerygone and Capped White-eye.

                                              Snow Mountain                                                   

                                        Sue with Machete!

We drove to a spot to watch a Greater Superb Bird of Paradise (BOP 4) displaying raising its cape of feathers up to impress his female. It was lovely to watch through the scope but sadly a bit distant for photographs. By the vehicles we watched an Ornate Melidectes as well as adding Hooded Cuckooshrike.


We drove back up the road where we walked a stretch back down again adding White-shouldered Fairywren, Meyers Goshawk and Blue-collared Parrot.

                                   Ornate Melidectes                                           

                     Greater Superb Bird-of-Paradise

5th July


We flew (flight 8 of the trip) from Wamena back to Sentani to discover that our suitcases had not come with us. A Singing Starling was perched on a lamp post as we left the airport. We had to wait in a local hotel until our suitcases arrived on a cargo plane later. At least it gave us a chance to get some wi-fi and catch up with news etc as well as having a rest! After their arrival we drove to Nimbokrang in the lowlands of West Papua.

                A view driving from Sentani to Nimbokrang             

                       Richard and Dave at Nimbokrang

We settled into our cabins and after lunch began the walk in our wellies up the muddy trail. It was obviously going to rain and we sweated underneath ponchos. Ron was clearly not well and he and Sue returned to the cabins. We watched Northern Fantail as well as a pair of Salvadori’s Fig Parrots on the trail. A  Lesser Bird of Paradise flew away from me (BOP 5) before getting caught in a tropical rainstorm with no shelter. I soon found out how inadequate my umbrella was. I was soaked through to the skin and my wellies filled up with water. We found a ledge where we could try and ride out the downpour still watching the canopy as we added Yellow-faced Myna, Streak-headed Honeyeater, Great-billed Heron, Pinon Pigeon, Helmeted Friarbird. I had a very uncomfortable walk back to the lodge through all the mud down the trail. Yuks!

Our Cabin

                                      The kitchen Nimbokrang                                   

                                                 The chef at Nimbokrang

6th July


We had listened to a tropical rainstorm all night in our wooden cabin and could not believe that Rob was going to take us out in it at 4.30am. However this was our only opportunity to see Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise sitting on its display tree at dawn. So getting soaked from the start, we trudged up the extremely muddy tail where my boots soon filled with water after sinking right into a deep muddy puddle. It was a gruelling walk up the trail but after ½ hour we were in position behind a screen. A couple of minutes later we were watching a Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (BOP 6) on its display tree. A magical moment as we attempted to count its wires (I only made it 9!) The dark conditions made photography very difficult to say the least and I was pleased with my attempt in the rain.

                         Richard Sue John and Rob                                     

                                                     Twelve wired Bird-of-Paradise

We walked to the same view point as yesterday where after adding many new species for my world list including Coroneted Fruit Dove, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Dwarf Koel, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, White-bellied Thicket Fantail, Tawny-breasted Honeyeater, Boyer’s Cuckooshrike, Grey-headed Cicadabird and Grey Whistler. One of the local guides had found a couple of displaying Lesser Bird-of-Paradise and I was thrilled at being able to watch them in their antics of trying to impress a female.


Lesser Bird-of-Paradise


We were rotating along the trail as is customary along trails and I was lucky enough to be in front when a Red-legged Brushturkey ran along the track before disappearing before the rest of the group could see it.


We trudged down a very difficult wet, muddy trail crossing streams in our boots to reach another tree that held a King Bird of Paradise. We played a good game with the King Bird of Paradise (BOP7) that did not want to give us good views of it. A few of the group (minus Ron and Sue who had gone to the hospital) caught a glimpse of it but it took some time before we all saw it well enough in its scarlet suit. By now I was soaked through to the skin and John and I commandeered a Papuan lad to guide us back down the trail to our cabin where a shower was needed and some serious washing and drying of our clothes. I had mud everywhere!


After lunch we were taken to a canopy tower where we spent the afternoon watching a Pale-billed Sicklebill (BOP 8), another bird of paradise as it extracted a grub from a tree. We added Brown Lory, Papuan Spinetail, Black-browed Triller and Coconut Lorikeet to our lists as well as having good views of Red-cheeked Parrot and Long-tailed-Buzzard. Once again we got soaked in a tropical rainstorm and stopped play. Deep joy!

                           Long-tailed Buzzard                             

                                      Pale-billed Sicklebill


                                                      Black-browed Triller

7th July


We were up at 3.30pm and drove for an hour and a half along a rough track deep into the forest. We walked for the next 5 hours in the sweltering hot and humid weather. We watched an Ochre-collared Monarch singing as well as a Green-backed Honeyeater, Large-billed Gerygone, Yellow-billed Gerygone, Northern Variable Pitohui and a Black Cicadabird. Luckily I was looking the right way as a Rufous-tailed Bush-hen ran across the track and promptly disappeared. John was pleased to see Lowland Peltops just after watching a Little Bronze Cuckoo. Most species were new for me as they zipped about the trees. It continued to be fairly birdy as we added Black Butcherbird, Plain Honeyeater, Black-sided Robin, Mimic Meliphaga and Ruby-throated Myzomela as well as a good view of a Rufous-bellied Kookaburra.


                                        Pacific Baza (pair)

Back at the lodge we watched Bare-faced Pygmy Parrots, Sultan’s Cuckoo Dove and Double-eyed Fig Parrot. Sadly I had to bow out of the afternoon’s excursion as I was still exhausted from yesterday’s gruelling walk and badly needed to rest. The heat and humidity and lack of sleep is beginning to tell on all of us as only 3 out of 7 of us were fit enough to make this afternoon’s excursion! However I did manage to wander around the lodge’s gardens and was shown a Papuan Frogmouth. This is a very gruelling tour and we are still only half-way through!!

                   Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot                                           

                                        Papuan Frogmouth 


8th July


We left at 5am and drove back along yesterday’s track out of Nimbokrang, with some of the group as we had been given options this morning. Some had gone to try and see a kingfisher but had been warned that it was very steep and only a 50/50 chance. John and I enjoyed Wilbur’s company and so had decided to stay with him as we set off. Wilbur was still learning the birds and it was a lot less birdy this morning. We had a local guide with us and after adding Purple-tailed Imperial Pigeon and Tan-capped Catbird Wilbur had been advised by our local guide that there was a possibility of seeing a Victoria Crowned Pigeon only 200 metres off the roadway. Some of our group had trudged 6km through mud and swamp in a thick jungle-forest yesterday to see one in high heat and humidity. Wilbur asked us if we wanted to try. Oh yes came the reply! We followed the local guide through the jungle and crossed over a log over a stream keeping extremely quiet as we went. The guide could hear the pigeon.....and we saw the Victoria Crowned Pigeon fly to a nearby tree. The guide soon located it and we all had excellent views of this massive stunning pigeon with its fancy headdress. Result!  It was certainly one of the most memorable pigeons that I have ever seen in the world. There were high fives all round with Ron and Sue Johns and John. We were all delighted! I was even more pleased to get a photo through a very narrow window in the vegetation!

                      Sue Sue and Ron celebrating their success


Sue crossing a stream to see Victorian Crowned Pigeon            

                                       Nimbokrang River 

We returned to our cabins and packed our cases once again. After lunch we left our accommodation to visit a fast flowing river to watch Torrent Fly-robin, Grey Crow, Greta Black Coucal and Whistling Kite before making our way back to Sentani for the night in a hotel. The luxury was bliss!


9th July


We were up before dawn and drove to nearby grasslands to the hotel in Sentani, West Papua. For once we had abundant birds to look at as Golden-headed Cisticola, Crimson Finch, Grand Mannikin, Lesser Black Coucal, Hooded Manikin, Helmeted Friarbird and Chestnut-breasted Mannikin were all present in the reedy area. Cinnamon Bittern and Black Bittern flew over the reeds as we looked for birds to watch. Blue-breasted Quail popped out of the tall grass and ran back into cover as soon as they could. I had my 9th bird of paradise in the shape of a Glossy-mantled Manucode (BOP 9) sitting in a tree. We counted Little Egret, Intermediate Egret and Great White Egret as well as watching a Australian Purple Swamphen in the sunlight. It was good not to have to wear wellies for the morning. Blue-tailed Bee-eaters were picked out by Wilbur as we wandered along the track. Tree Martin flew overhead as a Pied Bushchat sat to be admired.

                          Chestnut-breasted Mannikin                                                           

                                                   Golden-headed Cisticola

                                            Hooded Mannikin                                                                           

                                       White-shouldered Fairywren




We continued down the track to the lake where we saw a White-bellied Cuckooshrike and Australian Darter. After watching a Spotted Dove there was some debate about the Common Tern present.


All too soon it was back to the hotel for a second breakfast and early lunch before heading for the airport for our ninth flight of the trip to Manokwari where we would drive up to the Arfak Mountains.


We drove up an exceeding rough mountain track to Minggrei to stay in a homestay for the next few nights after a short bit of birding on the track seeing a distant Masked Bowerbird as well as Goldenface, Mountain Meliphaga and a Mid-mountain Berrypecker.

                                Road to Minggrei  

                                    Road to Minggrei  

10th July


It was to be a gruelling day’s birding as the group walked steep mountain forest trails. I was soon exhausted from the difficult terrain and struggled with the steepness and treacherous conditions underfoot. We sat for 2 ½ hours in a hide not being able to see out of it as the holes in the banana leaves were too high. We also had to fight off mosquitoes too. It was not a pleasant experience as we did not hear the bowerbird that we had all come to see and we were all fed up. We climbed slowly back up the mountain for little reward except for a stunning Spotted Jewel Babbler that ran around the forest floor. We added Green-backed Robin, Fantailed Black Monarch, Grey-green Scrub Wren, Perplexing Scrub Wren, Blue-Grey Robin and Hooded Pitohui. I was shattered and not in a good mood at all!


Lunch was taken back in the homestay and John persuaded me to come on the afternoon’s expedition. I was not at all sure I had any energy resources left. Once again we descended another steep slope to another hide made from banana leaves and ferns where we joined Wilbur, Dave and Richard. En route we watched Vokelkop Melidectes, Western Smoky Honeyeater, Black Pitohui and Vogelkop Whistler. (Vogelkop meaning bird’s head the area of West Papua where we now were, is shaped like a bird’s head.) Luckily we did not have to wait long in the hide before a stunning Magnificent Bird of Paradise (BOP 10) flew into its display ground with its feathered wires emerging from its tail. A wonderful sight!

                                   Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise

                                  Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise

                                 Vogelkop-Bowerbird bower                                    

                                   Vogelkop Melidectes

Buoyed up with the excitement from the BOP I had just about enough energy left to get back up the slope with a Papuan helper carrying all my bags etc. We passed by a Vogelkop Bowerbird bower but the bird was nowhere to be seen. We added Black Fantail and Lesser Ground Robin to our list. I was absolutely shattered by the time I reached the vehicle and had to ask to be taken back to the homestay early as my legs were now like jelly.


11th July


After a 5.15am breakfast I was simply not well enough (with a bit of stomach trouble) to go out on the early morning visit but joined the rest of the group at 9.30 am up a steep forest trail in Minggrei to see a Feline Owlet-nightjar at a day roost before continuing on to a Long-tailed Paradigalla, another bird of paradise (BOP 11) on a nest.

                                 Feline Owlet-nightjar                                            

                                                         Long-tailed Paradigalla

Sue and her West Papuan helper


The climb was arduous as we puffed and panted in the hot sweaty conditions in our wellies and the weather wasn’t great. The ascent was almost birdless except for a Black-breasted Boatbill that brightened up the day. We were glad of the shelter under a canopy whist we watched a Rufous-sided Honeyeater after watching the Long-tailed Paradigalla sitting motionless on its nest. We could just about see its head. Lunch was taken as the rain fell but interrupted by the local guides finding a Mountain Owlet-nightjar that we all slithered down some mud to see, well hidden in the thick vegetation. In my hurry I left my camera behind. I returned to get it, but by the time I got back the bird had gone. Grrr... We added Mottled Berryhunter and Mountain Mouse-Warbler but I was shattered and was concerned about the deteriorating weather conditions. A tropical storm was quite clearly brewing.


After a couple of hours John and I returned to the homestay ahead of the rest of our group ably supported by one of our helpers who guided us down. We were treated to a big bowl of hot water (we only have a couple of hours of electricity a day from a generator and mostly cold showers!) This trip to West Papua has been the most gruelling arduous birding trip that I have ever done and I wish I had done it when I was thirty years younger and fitter! I am shattered after every climb up each trail. As it is also a month’s trip the effect is also cumulative as we are getting so little rest time and sleep with every morning a 4am get up! However the birds are stunning and will remain in my memory for quite some time.

                                             Minggrei homestay                           

                                      The welcome bowl of hot water

12th July


I started the day on my own in a hide over-looking a Western Parotia Bird of Paradise hide whilst the others went in search of a Forest Rail without success. I watched the Western Parotia Bird of Paradise, my twelfth Bird of Paradise (BOP12) clear the display ground of leaves before doing a brief display before the rest of my group passed by and disturbed it before it started its well-known dance Grrrr..... I started the big sit once again. The bird returned and was just about to start its display once more when the group passed by once again and disturbed it again. I was not happy bunny after sitting there in silence for several hours in the dark conditions on my own and having the bird disturbed not once but twice! To say I was annoyed was an understatement!

                                                  Western Parotia                                                                                    

                                                        Black Sicklebill

I joined the rest of the group who were sitting on chairs by a fruit watching for a Black Sicklebill. I perched as best I could on a very uneven slope down on a chair at the back bracing myself against Wilbur so as not to slide off my chair. It didn’t take long before a Black Sicklebill (BOP13) and a Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise (BOP14) added themselves to the list. A Moluccan King-Parrot was seen by some of the group and I was lucky to be in the right place for a quick photo.


Moluccan King-Parrot


I was not in a good mood as I climbed back up the steep trail back to the homestay for lunch. I felt cheated out of watching a good display of the Western Parotia. I cursed the fact that my stomach had let me down on yesterday’s group visit and the disturbance by the group (who weren’t to know that the bird had just arrived on both occasions) who had been very quiet as they had passed by, this morning. The display was very much something that I wanted to see having watched David Attenborough’s programmes over the years. Poor John had to listen to my wrath back at the homestay!




With Rob wanting a break from us and doing a bit of research along a possible new trail he organised an

afternoon trip for us. I enjoyed the drive along a treacherous mountain road to Penibut for 4 hours in search of Grey-banded Mannikin which we eventually all saw. The scenery was stunning and the drive exhilarating to say the least as we bumped along.

                                               Road to Penibut

 Road to Penibut
(note 7 year-old in the back of the truck that stood for the whole 4 hour journey)

                                          Road to Penibut

                                       Grey-banded Mannikin

13th July


As I didn’t see the display of Western Parotia yesterday, I opted out of the forest trail this morning and Rob asked Shita the local ground agent to take John (who had kindly agreed to accompany me as he knew how upset I was after yesterday’s events) and myself back to the same hide as yesterday where we would not be disturbed. It turned out to be an excellent decision as John and I were treated to a magnificent display of a male Western Parotia displaying to 2 females. Photography was all but impossible with the poor light conditions but I did manage a video clip (which can be seen on my website at and scroll down to 13th July. The bird displayed wonderfully well and we were both delighted, so much so that John fell off his chair and broke it in his excitement! We also added Bronze Ground Dove here

                                 Green-backed Robin                                                         

                                           Western Parotia

Vokelkop Bowerbird

We found our local guide and organiser, Shita patiently waiting for us further up the track. Together we walked to the bower hide after ten minutes watched a Vokelkop Bowerbird rearrange his decorations after Shita had altered its arrangements of plastic blue bottle-tops. We also watched a Large Scrubwren which was new for the list.


We returned to the homestay and I had a bit of time to myself whilst John went with Shita in search of the Vokelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise down a steep tail without success. I enjoyed watching the children of the village playing in the sun whilst sitting and relaxing (a rarity in this trip!)


The village was built and organised by Shita as a project to look after visiting birders and wildlife photographers. Each local tribe take it in turns to live in the wooden houses as a community to act as guides, drivers, cooks and helpers to facilitate our needs to have a wonderful experience seeing the birds in the Arfak Mountains. We were very well cared for in this remote location and brought money to help the communities. Well done Shita for this inspirational work!

                                     Manggrei Village Children                                            

                                         Manggrei Village Women

After lunch we drove back down the mountain for a few miles for some roadside birding along the mountain tracks. It was hard going as we added Scrub Meliphaga, Dwarf Fruit Dove, Black-fronted White-eye and Pink-spotted Fruit Dove.

Views at Minggrei

14th July

We set off once again into the forest at Minggrei, this time to find Black-billed Sicklebill, another bird of paradise. We walked to a known area deep down into the valley along a steep forest trail. Our local guide could hear it but after an hour of waiting we had to walk even further down (which meant an even longer exhausting walk back up). John was not well having caught the group’s cold. Eventually we could hear the bird calling close by but in the very difficult terrain not all the group could get into the spot in order to see it. With the help of Sue Johns I managed to see the Black-billed Sicklebill (thanks Sue) just before it flew. Unfortunately some of the group that were behind me did not see it. It was my fifteenth bird of paradise. (BOP 15) On our way up Wilbur got us onto a Garnet Robin that we very high up in the canopy.

We drove to a hotel at Manokwari for lunch stopping to find and eventually finding an Obscure Berrypecker en-route. We drove onto the airport for our tenth flight of the trip to Sarong. After landing we drove to a hotel to drop our bags and straight out again to bird a mangrove area where we saw Blue-black Kingfisher, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Variable Goshawk, Striated Hereon and Orange-fronted Fruit-dove. We dived into mosquito-infested vegetation to see Black-thicket Fantail. This bird (instantly forgettable has the honour of being a landmark bird as I have now seen half the world’s birds according to I.O.C listing as of June 2019.) Now for the other half ;-) !!!!

                                            Blue-black Kingfisher                                                           

                                Dave and Rob in the swamp                                                       
Variable Goshawk

15th July

John and I were both too poorly with the cold that was going around the group and exhausted to do any birding today and stayed at our hotel in Sarong to rest. We made the most of the day getting clean again and washing our now filthy clothes as well as catching up with processing photos and writing up diaries and sorting out checklists etc.

16th July

We had a slightly later start today in Sarong, West Papua because some of the group and our leader were leaving and a few of us were on an extension to Waigeo Island with Wilbur who had guided us so well in Borneo. We bid goodbye to Ron, Sue and Dave and thanked Rob for his efforts. John and I along with Richard and Steve caught to 9am ferry to Waigeo watching Bulwer’s Petrel and Black-naped Terns as we sailed the two hour trip to the island.

           John and Sue waiting to board the Sarong to Waigeo Ferry                       


We were picked up at the dockside and driven to our sea-front hideaway-cabin. We had to descend some steep steps to the beach and I was extremely thankful that our helpers were going to get my suitcase down for me. We have certainly been looked after well at each location. Down at the beachside open-air restaurant a pair of Papuan Frogmouths were roosting.

                      Raja Ampat  Waigeo Island                

                    Sue on the beach swing, Waigeo Island

After checking in to we drove to the Red Bird-of Paradise lek. We had a 30 minute uphill forest trail following a local guide. I was really struggling with a nasty cold and had to have several stops to rest. Luckily I wasn’t the only one! We entered a long hide made of banana leaves and other vegetation. Luckily we didn’t have to wait long before we watched a dozen Red Bird-of-Paradises displaying. (BOP 16) What a magical experience it was! We were all entranced by the display and I realised how lucky I was to be here! There are some magical moments in birding and this was certainly one of them, as one of the male Red Bird-of-Paradise hung upside down flapping his wonderful colourful feathers to display to a female. Stunning!

                          Red Bird-of-Paradise displaying upside down                      

                                           Red Bird-of-Paradise  
We also saw a Yellow-breasted Boatbill on our trek which was new for the trip

Red-Bird-of-Paradise with its tail wires


After walking back to the vehicle we added Common Sandpiper and Torresian Crow to our lists as we drove back along the bay to our cabins.

17th July


Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise

We were up at 3.30am and drove the same forest track that we had been on yesterday. After watching Papuan Boobok and Marbled Frogmouth in the dark we walked the short distance in the rain and dark to the screen made with forest materials and sat and waited underneath our umbrellas. All of a sudden the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise (BOP17) appeared and we watched it clearing its display ground. Unfortunately the light in the rain was exceedingly poor for photography and most failed to get any photos at all.  I was lucky to get what I achieved! This was certainly dream birding.

We birded a logging track and I neared 200 world ticks which pleased me but I have to say it really didn’t matter as I was just so pleased to see my 17th Bird-of-Paradise this morning.

A flyover Palm Cockatoo was a welcome addition to the list as we added White-breasted Woodswallow, Spotted Honeyeater, Brown-headed Crow, Spectacled Longbill, Raja Ampat Pitohui, Olive-crowned Flowerpecker and Common Paradise Kingfisher to the list. We drove back toward our beach. A group of Greater Frigate and Lesser Frigate Birds flew over as we took photographs.

         The group after celebrating watching Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise   


We returned to the cabins and had lunch in the beachside restaurant at our small dive resort and enjoyed the peacefulness of the beach and the jetty as our group were the only ones in residence. John and I walked along the white sands and watched a Beach Kingfisher.


Greater Frigatebird

                             Sue at Raja-Ampat Dive Resort

                                    John at Raja-Ampat Dive Resort

Beach Kingfisher




I love boat rides, especially on calm seas in tropical waters and so was excited to find that Wilbur had arranged one. It was now beginning to feel a bit more like a holiday! The afternoon was spent on a boat sailing and landing on a few deserted tropical islands in search of endemics. We saw the Spice Imperial Pigeon on Gam Island and set off once more. We landed on Bat Island but this was the wrong island for one of the honeyeaters that we were seeking. The boat operators had tried to con us! En-route we watched many frigate birds but the boat was too fast for us to be able to specifically identify them. We passed a small islet where we slowed down and watched nesting Black-naped Terns as well as a pair of Bridled Terns.

On Bat Island we watched Varied Honeyeater and had a group of Pied Imperial Pigeons fly over. The island was alive with Spectacled Fruitbats all swirling above our heads. It made birding difficult as the bats wriggled in the trees as there was just too much movement to spot any birds.

                                               Bat Island

                                            Black-naped Terns

Richard and Steve were unhappy about being on the wrong island and it was now too late in the day to go to the right island. Words were had with our fixer and we were promised another boat trip tomorrow! Result! I was delighted!

                                           John on Bat Island                                                          

                                        Sue on Bat Island                                                          

18th July

Waigeo Island was a stunning place to be and I felt in need of a break. Since we were at a wonderful tropical island dive-resort with no-one present I took the morning off and went snorkelling along the coral reef just off the beach. I had an amazing morning watching tropical fish, all colours of the rainbow swimming around me. There were so many of all shapes and sizes. It was just as well that I never had an underwater camera otherwise there would be more photos to process. Absolutely magical! How lucky I have been to have been here.

The others returned for lunch and John and I spent some time on the jetty watching an Osprey diving for fish and Spinner Dolphins swimming offshore just off the jetty. Magical moments! A Whistling Kite also flew over just before a Sacred Kingfisher caught our attention on the beach.


                                          Whistling Kite

Sacred Kingfisher

Our fixer sorted out another boat ride for us and we motored on a fast boat to Merpati a deserted tropical island in the Banda Sea. The sun was shining and it could not have been better. The white coral sand dazzled us as we arrived having watched frigate birds on our journey across the sea.

                                John and Steve on Merpati Island                                

                                            Sue on Merpati

We soon disembarked upon arrival and quickly found our target bird of Olive Honeyeater as well as Island Whistler. All of a sudden we also had 3 Beach Stone Curlew running along the sand. John was overjoyed as this was a tick for him and was a much-wanted bird.


                                     Island Whistler

We watched Arafura Fantail and Violet-necked Lory feeding in the vegetation before all too soon it was time to get back on the boat. We posed for one or two photos before I took a long wistful look at how beautiful it was to be on a deserted tropical island. The stuff dreams are made of!

The island was just a very magical way to spend one of our few remaining days and we were sad to leave it after a few hours or so.

                                   Beach Stone-Curlew                                                          

                                           Arafura Fantail

                                      Violet-necked Lory

                             John and Sue on Merpati Island                                             

                                              Merpati Island

                          Sue enjoying the remoteness of Merpati

                                 (photo courtesy of J.Geeson)

                                   Sunset on the Banda Sea

19th July

We were up early once again for our last day on Waigeo. We birded the roadside of the area behind the airport and were lucky to have good flight views of Palm Cockatoo as well as perched views of Grey-headed Goshawk and Collared Sparrowhawk.

                                        Palm Cockatoo                                              

                              Grey-headed Goshawk

I was pleased with the views of Beautiful Fruit Dove and one of my favourites, Moustached Treeswift as we walked the road with Wilbur. We were fascinated with how fast the vegetation grew as keeping the road clear form it was clearly a problem. I took photos of Black-capped Lory, Blyth’s Hornbill and Eclectus Parrot as we added Channel-billed Cuckoo, Orange-fronted hanging Parrot and Barred Cuckooshrike to our lists before returning for our lunch at the dive resort on the beach.


                               Beautiful Fruit Dove

                 Creeping vegetation on the road                                       

                         Moustached Treeswift

                      Black-capped Lory                                                              

                                     Blyth’s Hornbill

                                       Eclectus Parrot

I managed another snorkelling session before it was time to pack and catch the afternoon ferry back to the mainland and Sarong. The water was so warm and once again the variety of fish and creatures were amazing as they swam around me exhibiting their myriad of colours.

John and I were sad to be leaving the island of Waigeo as I think John and I would both agree it has been the best part of the trip.

And now a tribute to my boots......................I never ever want to see you in you for a month and carrying you on every single Garuda flight as hand luggage, was not a pleasant experience..........which is why you were left at the top of the stairs of the cabin! How dare you con a helper and try to follow me to the ferry!!!!

My £6 Asda wellies

We were met at the harbour-side at Sarong and taken to our hotel for the night.

20th July

Early in the morning we were taken to the airport where we caught the flight to Jakarta.

In Jakarta we thanked Wilbur for his efforts said goodbye to him and Richard. Steve, John and I spent most of the day at the airport waiting for our flight (number 12) to Kuala Lumpur.

At Kuala Lumpur we caught an overnight flight (flight 13) to Amsterdam.

21s July

We arrived early in the morning at Amsterdam where it was a beautiful day. We caught an early and final afternoon flight (flight 14) back to Norwich.

It has been a very gruelling trip and we are all exhausted but what a trip and what memories! Who will ever forget those bird-of-paradise displays? Some of the ultimate birds of the birding world!  A must for any world-birder to see. Although physically very demanding I want to thank Ron and Sue Johns for inviting me and all those who helped me along the way, including those who hauled me up some of the steep treacherous, muddy trails. I amassed 206 new world ticks but seeing 17 birds-of-paradise will remain in the memory for years to come.

Thanks must also go to John who made it all possible and put up with me!

Species List


  1. Salvadori's Teal              Salvadorina waigiuensis                02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  2. Collared Brushturkey Talegalla jobiensis            06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  3. King Quail         Excalfactoria chinensis     09/07/2019       Sentani
  4. Snow Mountain Quail Anurophasis monorthonyx          01/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  5. Bulwer's Petrel              Bulweria bulwerii             16/07/2019         Waigeo
  6. Australian White Ibis   Threskiornis molucca      14/07/2019         Sorong
  7. Cinnamon Bittern         Ixobrychus cinnamomeus              09/07/2019       Sentani
  8. Black Bittern   Dupetor flavicollis            09/07/2019         Sentani
  9. Striated Heron               Butorides striata               14/07/2019         Sorong
  10. Great-billed Heron       Ardea sumatrana             05/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  11. Great Egret     Ardea alba          09/07/2019         Sentani
  12. Intermediate Egret      Ardea intermedia            09/07/2019         Sentani
  13. Little Egret       Egretta garzetta                  29/06/2019       Biak
  14. Great Frigatebird          Fregata minor    17/07/2019         Waigeo
  15. Lesser Frigatebird         Fregata ariel       17/07/2019         Waigeo
  16. Australasian Darter      Anhinga novaehollandiae             09/07/2019         Sentani
  17. Eastern Osprey              Pandion cristatus             18/07/2019         Waigeo
  18. Pacific Baza      Aviceda subcristata         29/06/2019         Biak
  19. Long-tailed Honey Buzzard       Henicopernis longicauda               01/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  20. Pygmy Eagle   Hieraaetus weiskei            01/07/2019       Snow Mountains, Wamena
  21. Variable Goshawk        Accipiter hiogaster          14/07/2019         Sorong
  22. Grey-headed Goshawk             Accipiter poliocephalus 19/07/2019         Waigeo
  23. Collared Sparrowhawk               Accipiter cirrocephalus  19/07/2019         Waigeo
  24. Meyer's Goshawk        Accipiter meyerianus     04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  25. Papuan Harrier              Circus spilothorax            01/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  26. Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus        08/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  27. Brahminy Kite                Haliastur indus  28/06/2019         Biak
  28. Pale-vented Bush-hen   Amaurornis moluccana              07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  29. Australasian Swamphen  Porphyrio melanotus               09/07/2019        Sentani
  30. Eurasian Coot                 Fulica atra  02/07/2019   Snow Mountains, Wamena
  31. Beach Stone-curlew    Esacus magnirostris         18/07/2019         Pulau Merpati Island
  32. New Guinea Woodcock  Scolopax rosenbergii 01/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  33. Common Sandpiper    Actitis hypoleucos           16/07/2019         Waigeo
  34. Bridled Tern    Onychoprion anaethetus 17/07/2019      Bat Island
  35. Black-naped Tern  Sterna sumatrana   16/07/2019         Waigeo
  36. Common Tern  Sterna hirundo               09/07/2019         Sentani
  37. Rock Dove       Columba livia     12/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  38. Spotted Dove                 Spilopelia chinensis         09/07/2019         Sentani
  39. Amboyna Cuckoo-dove             Macropygia amboinensis              30/06/2019         Biak
  40. Sultan's Cuckoo-dove                 Macropygia doreya         07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  41. Bar-tailed Cuckoo-dove             Macropygia nigrirostris  04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  42. Great Cuckoo-dove     Reinwardtoena reinwardti           30/06/2019         Biak
  43. Stephan's Emerald Dove           Chalcophaps stephani    17/07/2019         Waigeo
  44. Bronze Ground Dove Alopecoenas beccarii     13/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  45. Victoria Crowned Pigeon           Goura victoria    08/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  46. Pink-spotted Fruit Dove            Ptilinopus perlatus          13/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  47. Orange-fronted Fruit Dove      Ptilinopus aurantiifrons 14/07/2019         Sorong
  48. Coroneted Fruit Dove                 Ptilinopus coronulatu  s 06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  49. Beautiful Fruit Dove    Ptilinopus pulchellus       19/07/2019         Waigeo
  50. White-bibbed Fruit Dove          Ptilinopus rivoli 03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  51. Yellow-bibbed Fruit Dove         Ptilinopus solomonensis               28/06/2019         Biak
  52. Claret-breasted Fruit Dove       Ptilinopus viridis               29/06/2019         Biak
  53. Orange-bellied Fruit Dove        Ptilinopus iozonus           06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  54. Dwarf Fruit Dove          Ptilinopus nainus              13/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  55. Spice Imperial Pigeon                 Ducula myristicivora        30/06/2019         Biak
  56. Purple-tailed Imperial Pigeon Ducula rufigaster              08/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  57. Pinon's Imperial Pigeon             Ducula pinon      05/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  58. Pied Imperial Pigeon   Ducula bicolor    17/07/2019         Bat Island
  59. Ivory-billed Coucal       Centropus menbeki        08/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  60. Biak Coucal      Centropus chalybeus     30/06/2019         Biak
  61. Black-billed Coucal       Centropus bernsteini     09/07/2019         Sentani
  62. Dwarf Koel      Microdynamis parva       06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  63. Channel-billed Cuckoo               Scythrops novaehollandiae         19/07/2019         Waigeo
  64. Rufous-throated Bronze Cuckoo           Chrysococcyx ruficollis      04/07/2019      Snow Mountains, Wamena
  65. Little Bronze Cuckoo   Chrysococcyx minutillus                07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  66. Fan-tailed Cuckoo        Cacomantis flabelliformis             02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  67. Brush Cuckoo                 Cacomantis variolosus     30/06/2019       Biak
  68. Biak Scops Owl               Otus beccarii      28/06/2019         Biak
  69. Papuan Boobook          Ninox theomacha            17/07/2019         Waigeo
  70. Marbled Frogmouth    Podargus ocellatus          17/07/2019         Waigeo
  71. Papuan Frogmouth      Podargus papuensis       07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  72. Archbold's Nightjar      Eurostopodus archboldi                  01/07/2019       Snow Mountains, Wamena
  73. Feline Owlet-nightjar  Aegotheles insignis           11/07/2019       Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  74. Mountain Owlet-nightjar          Aegotheles albertisi        11/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  75. Moustached Treeswift               Hemiprocne mystacea  28/06/2019         Biak
  76. Glossy Swiftlet               Collocalia esculenta         28/06/2019         Biak
  77. Mountain Swiftlet        Aerodramus hirundinaceus         01/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  78. Uniform Swiftlet           Aerodramus vanikorensis            29/06/2019         Biak
  79. Papuan Spine-tailed Swift         Mearnsia novaeguineae               06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  80. Oriental Dollarbird        Eurystomus orientalis    28/06/2019         Biak
  81. Common Paradise Kingfisher Tanysiptera galatea         17/07/2019         Waigeo
  82. Biak Paradise Kingfisher             Tanysiptera riedelii          29/06/2019         Biak
  83. Rufous-bellied Kookaburra      Dacelo gaudichaud            06/07/2019       Nimbokrang
  84. Blue-black Kingfisher Todiramphus nigrocyaneus           14/07/2019       Sorong
  85. Beach Kingfisher           Todiramphus saurophagus          17/07/2019         Waigeo
  86. Sacred Kingfisher          Todiramphus sanctus     08/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  87. Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus         09/07/2019         Sentani
  88. Rainbow Bee-eater     Merops ornatus               29/06/2019         Biak
  89. Blyth's Hornbill               Rhyticeros plicatus          28/06/2019         Biak
  90. Brown Falcon                 Falco berigora   01/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  91. Palm Cockatoo               Probosciger aterrimus     17/07/2019       Waigeo
  92. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo        Cacatua galerita                28/06/2019         Biak
  93. Geelvink Pygmy Parrot              Micropsitta geelvinkiana               29/06/2019         Biak
  94. Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot           Micropsitta pusio             07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  95. Moluccan King Parrot Alisterus amboinensis    12/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  96. Eclectus Parrot               Eclectus roratus                29/06/2019         Biak
  97. Red-cheeked Parrot    Geoffroyus geoffroyi       29/06/2019       Biak
  98. Blue-collared Parrot    Geoffroyus simplex        04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  99. Painted Tiger Parrot    Psittacella picta                 02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  100. Plum-faced Lorikeet                 Oreopsittacus arfaki       03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  101. Josephine's Lorikeet                Charmosyna josefinae  04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  102. Yellow-billed Lorikeet  Neopsittacus musschenbroekii              03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  103. Orange-billed Lorikeet  Neopsittacus pullicauda 02/07/2019   Snow Mountains, Wamena
  104. Black-capped Lory     Lorius lory           30/06/2019         Biak
  105. Brown Lory   Chalcopsitta duivenbodei  06/07/2019    Nimbokrang
  106. Violet-necked Lory   Eos squamata      18/07/2019       Pulau Merpati Island
  107. Black-winged Lory     Eos cyanogenia   28/06/2019       Biak
  108. Coconut Lorikeet       Trichoglossus haematodus 06/07/2019   Nimbokrang
  109. Biak Lorikeet  Trichoglossus rosenbergii 29/06/2019   Biak
  110. Salvadori's Fig Parrot  Psittaculirostris salvadorii  05/07/2019   Nimbokrang
  111. Double-eyed Fig Parrot           Cyclopsitta diophthalma               07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  112. Orange-fronted Hanging Parrot  Loriculus aurantiifrons            19/07/2019         Waigeo
  113. Biak  Pitta  Pitta sordid             29/06/2019         Biak
  114. Tan-capped Catbird Ailuroedus geislerorum 08/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  115. Vogelkop Bowerbird                Amblyornis inornata        13/07/2019       Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  116. Masked Bowerbird   Sericulus aureus               09/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  117. Papuan Treecreeper                Cormobates placens         04/07/2019       Snow Mountains, Wamena
  118. Emperor Fairywren   Malurus cyanocephalus                29/06/2019         Biak
  119. White-shouldered Fairywren               Malurus alboscapulatus                  04/07/2019       Snow Mountains, Wamena
  120. Ruby-throated Myzomela     Myzomela eques             07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  121. Red-collared Myzomela          Myzomela rosenbergii  03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  122. Green-backed Honeyeater   Glycichaera fallax             07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  123. Rufous-sided Honeyeater     Ptiloprora erythropleura               11/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  124. Grey-streaked Honeyeater   Ptiloprora perstriata       03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  125. Plain Honeyeater       Pycnopygius ixoides       07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  126. Streak-headed Honeyeater  Pycnopygius stictocephalus         05/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  127. Olive Honeyeater      Lichmera argentauris      18/07/2019         Pulau Merpati Island
  128. Spotted Honeyeater                Xanthotis polygrammus                17/07/2019         Waigeo
  129. Tawny-breasted Honeyeater  Xanthotis flaviventer   06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  130. New Guinea Friarbird              Philemon novaeguineae               05/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  131. MacGregor's Honeyeater      Macgregoria pulchra       03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  132. Arfak Honeyeater     Melipotes gymnops        10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  133. Common Smoky Honeyeater               Melipotes fumigates      03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  134. Brown-backed Honeyeater   Ramsayornis modestus 14/07/2019         Sorong
  135. Black-throated Honeyeater  Caligavis subfrenata        02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  136. Sooty Melidectes      Melidectes fuscus           03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  137. Short-bearded Melidectes    Melidectes nouhuysi      03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  138. Vogelkop Melidectes               Melidectes leucostephes             10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  139. Belford's Melidectes                Melidectes belfordi        01/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  140. Ornate Melidectes    Melidectes torquatus    04/07/2019         Wamena
  141. Varied Honeyeater   Gavicalis versicolor          17/07/2019        Bat Island
  142. Mountain Honeyeater            Meliphaga orientalis         09/07/2019       Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  143. Scrub Honeyeater     Meliphaga albonotata    13/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  144. Mimic Honeyeater    Meliphaga analoga          07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  145. Orange-cheeked Honeyeater   Oreornis chrysogenys               01/07/2019 Snow Mountains, Wamena
  146. Goldenface Pachycare flavogriseum                09/07/2019 Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  147. Mountain Mouse-warbler     Origma robusta 11/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  148. Vogelkop Scrubwren               Aethomyias rufescens   12/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  149. Buff-faced Scrubwren  Aethomyias perspicillatus  04/07/2019  Snow Mountains, Wamena
  150. Papuan Scrubwren   Aethomyias papuensis 03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  151. Grey-green Scrubwren           Aethomyias arfakianus  10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  152. Large Scrubwren        Sericornis nouhuysi         13/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  153. Perplexing Scrubwren             Sericornis virgatus           10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  154. Brown-breasted Gerygone   Gerygone ruficollis          04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  155. Large-billed Gerygone             Gerygone magnirostris  07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  156. Biak Gerygone            Gerygone hypoxantha                  28/06/2019         Biak
  157. Yellow-bellied Gerygone        Gerygone chrysogaster 07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  158. New Guinea Thornbill              Acanthiza murina             03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  159. Grey Thornbill             Acanthiza cinerea            03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  160. Papuan Logrunner    Orthonyx novaeguineae               02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  161. Crested Satinbird       Cnemophilus macgregorii               03/07/2019       Snow Mountains, Wamena
  162. Obscure Berrypecker  Melanocharis arfakiana              14/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  163. Black Berrypecker     Melanocharis nigra             05/07/2019      Nimbokrang
  164. Mid-mountain Berrypecker Melanocharis longicauda              09/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  165. Fan-tailed Berrypecker           Melanocharis versteri    04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  166. Dwarf Longbill             Oedistoma iliolophus     17/07/2019         Waigeo
  167. Slaty-headed Longbill              Toxorhamphus poliopterus         03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  168. Crested Berrypecker                Paramythia montium     03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  169. Spotted Jewel-babbler           Ptilorrhoa leucosticta     10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  170. Yellow-breasted Boatbill        Machaerirhynchus flaviventer   16/07/2019         Waigeo
  171. Black-breasted Boatbill           Machaerirhynchus nigripectus   11/07/2019        Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  172. White-breasted Woodswallow            Artamus leucorynchus  17/07/2019         Waigeo
  173. Lowland Peltops        Peltops blainvillii               07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  174. Mountain Peltops     Peltops montanus           04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  175. Black Butcherbird      Melloria quoyi      07/07/2019      Nimbokrang
  176. Hooded Butcherbird                Cracticus cassicus                29/06/2019      Biak
  177. Mottled Berryhunter               Rhagologus leucostigma               11/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  178. Hooded Cuckooshrike             Coracina longicauda        04/07/2019         Wamena
  179. Barred Cuckooshrike                Coracina lineata                19/07/2019         Waigeo
  180. Boyer's Cuckooshrike              Coracina boyeri                 06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  181. White-bellied Cuckooshrike Coracina papuensis         09/07/2019         Sentani
  182. Grey-headed Cuckooshrike Edolisoma schisticeps     06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  183. Common Cicadabird                  Edolisoma tenuirostre  28/06/2019         Biak
  184. Black Cicadabird         Edolisoma melas              07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  185. Black-browed Triller                 Lalage atrovirens              28/06/2019         Biak
  186. Rufous-naped Bellbird            Aleadryas rufinucha        03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  187. Black Pitohui                Melanorectes nigrescens             10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  188. Island Whistler            Pachycephala phaionota               18/07/2019         Pulau Merpati Island
  189. Vogelkop Whistler    Pachycephala meyeri     10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  190. Grey Whistler              Pachycephala simplex    06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  191. Baliem Whistler          Pachycephala balim        03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  192. Lorentz's Whistler     Pachycephala lorentzi    03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  193. Little Shrikethush (Biak Whistler)        Colluricincla megarhyncha            30/06/2019         Biak
  194. Northern Variable Pitohui      Pitohui kirhocephalus    07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  195. Raja Ampat Pitohui   Pitohui cerviniventris     17/07/2019         Waigeo
  196. Hooded Pitohui          Pitohui dichrous               10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  197. Spangled Drongo       Dicrurus bracteatus         28/06/2019         Biak
  198. Willie Wagtail               Rhipidura leucophrys     30/06/2019         Biak
  199. Northern Fantail        Rhipidura rufiventris       29/06/2019         Biak
  200. Black Thicket Fantail Rhipidura maculipectus 14/07/2019         Sorong
  201. White-bellied Thicket Fantail                Rhipidura leucothorax   06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  202. Black Fantail                 Rhipidura atra    10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  203. Friendly Fantail           Rhipidura albolimbata    03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  204. Dimorphic Fantail       Rhipidura brachyrhyncha              02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  205. Rufous-backed Fantail             Rhipidura rufidorsa            05/07/2019      Nimbokrang
  206. Arafura Fantail            Rhipidura dryas 18/07/2019         Pulau Merpati Island
  207. Black Monarch            Symposiachrus axillaris  10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  208. Biak Monarch              Symposiachrus brehmii 29/06/2019         Biak
  209. Golden Monarch       Carterornis chrysomela 28/06/2019         Biak
  210. Ochre-collared Monarch        Arses insularis   07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  211. Biak Black Flycatcher                Myiagra atra       28/06/2019         Biak
  212. Shining Flycatcher     Myiagra alecto  30/06/2019         Biak
  213. Brown-headed Crow                  Corvus fuscicapillus      17/07/2019         Waigeo
  214. Grey Crow    Corvus tristis      08/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  215. Torresian Crow           Corvus orru        16/07/2019         Waigeo
  216. Glossy-mantled Manucode   Manucodia ater                  09/07/2019       Sentani
  217. Long-tailed Paradigalla            Paradigalla carunculata  11/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  218. Splendid Astrapia      Astrapia splendidissima 02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  219. Western Parotia         Parotia sefilata  12/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  220. King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise          Pteridophora alberti       04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  221. Greater Lophorina    Lophorina superba          04/07/2019         Wamena
  222. Crescent-caped Lophorina    Lophorina niedda             12/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  223. Black Sicklebill             Epimachus fastosus        12/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  224. Brown Sicklebill          Epimachus meyeri           04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  225. Black-billed Sicklebill                 Drepanornis albertisi        14/07/2019       Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  226. Pale-billed Sicklebill  Drepanornis bruijnii        06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  227. Magnificent Bird-of-paradise               Diphyllodes magnificus  10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  228. Wilson's Bird-of-paradise       Diphyllodes respublica  17/07/2019         Waigeo
  229. King Bird-of-paradise               Cicinnurus regius              06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  230. Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise            Seleucidis melanoleucus               06/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  231. Lesser Bird-of-paradise           Paradisaea minor             05/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  232. Red Bird-of-paradise                   Paradisaea rubra           16/07/2019         Waigeo
  233. Black-sided Robin      Poecilodryas hypoleuca                07/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  234. White-winged Robin                Peneothello sigillata       03/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  235. Slaty Robin   Peneothello cyanus        10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  236. Green-backed Robin                Pachycephalopsis hattamensis                  10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  237. Torrent Flyrobin         Monachella muelleriana               08/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  238. Garnet Robin               Eugerygone rubra            14/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  239. Mountain Robin         Petroica bivittata              02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  240. Greater Ground Robin            Amalocichla sclateriana 02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  241. Lesser Ground Robin               Amalocichla incerta         10/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  242. Sooty-headed Bulbul   Pycnonotus aurigaster                  28/06/2019      Biak
  243. Pacific Swallow           Hirundo tahitica                28/06/2019         Biak
  244. Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans                 09/07/2019         Sentani
  245. Island Leaf Warbler   Phylloscopus maforensis              29/06/2019         Biak
  246. Papuan Grassbird      Cincloramphus macrurus              02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  247. Golden-headed Cisticola        Cisticola exilis     09/07/2019         Sentani
  248. Black-fronted White-eye       Zosterops minor               13/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  249. Biak White-eye           Zosterops mysorensis    28/06/2019         Biak
  250. Capped White-eye   Zosterops fuscicapilla     04/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  251. Metallic Starling          Aplonis metallica              28/06/2019         Biak
  252. Singing Starling           Aplonis cantoroides        05/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  253. Long-tailed Starling   Aplonis magna  28/06/2019         Biak
  254. Yellow-faced Myna   Mino dumontii  05/07/2019         Nimbokrang
  255. Island Thrush               Turdus poliocephalus     01/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  256. Pied Bush Chat           Saxicola caprata                09/07/2019         Sentani
  257. Olive-crowned Flowerpecker               Dicaeum pectorale          17/07/2019         Waigeo
  258. Red-capped Flowerpecker    Dicaeum geelvinkianum                   28/06/2019      Biak
  259. Black Sunbird               Leptocoma aspasia          28/06/2019         Biak
  260. Olive-backed Sunbird              Cinnyris jugularis              30/06/2019         Biak
  261. Eurasian Tree Sparrow            Passer montanus             28/06/2019         Biak
  262. Mountain Firetail       Oreostruthus fuliginosus              02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  263. Crimson Finch             Neochmia phaeton         09/07/2019         Sentani
  264. Great-billed Mannikin             Lonchura grandis                09/07/2019       Sentani
  265. Grey-banded Mannikin          Lonchura vana   12/07/2019         Minggrei Arfak Mountains
  266. Hooded Mannikin     Lonchura spectabilis         09/07/2019       Sentani
  267. Chestnut-breasted Mannikin               Lonchura castaneothorax                09/07/2019      Sentani
  268. Black-breasted Mannikin       Lonchura teerinki               01/07/2019      Snow Mountains, Wamena
  269. Western Alpine Mannikin      Lonchura montana          02/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena
  270. Alpine Pipit   Anthus gutturalis             01/07/2019         Snow Mountains, Wamena


  1. Speckled Dasyure Neophascogale lorentzi   04/07/2019   Snow Mountains, Wamena
  2. Common Spotted Cuscus Spilocuscus maculates  06/07/2019    Nimbokrang
  3. Spectacled Flying Fox Pteropus conspicillatus  17/07/2019 Bat Island
  4. Spinner Dolphin Stenella longirostris Raja Ampat Waigeo  18/07/2019