PNG Birding Program # 2
9 Days/ 8 nights Birding Programs

Day 1- Arrival in Port Moresby- Meals- Lunch & Dinner
Upon arrival in Port Moresby from your international arrival flight meets and transfers to laguna hotel. After getting settled you are then transferred to the Pacific Adventist Ground for the afternoon bird watching to see incredible golden and black whistlers, superbly plumaged parrots, gaudy parakeets, rowdy cockatoos, bizarre bowerbirds, exquisite fairywrens, and a gorgeous suite of multi-colored doves and impressive kingfishers. Return in the afternoon. Overnight at Laguna Hotel

Day 2- Variarata National Park- Port Moresby- Meals- BLD
After breakfast we will then head for Varirata NP, about an hour drive from our hotel. This area is a great combination of open Eucalyptus scrub, Cassuarina woodland and some extensive scarp forest. Despite the close proximity of this park to the capital, it is largely under-visited and is frequently deserted aside from a few keen birders. We should find our last bird-of-paradise: the 'Eastern' Riflebird (a split of Magnificent. One of the key target birds here is the amazing red-breasted Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher. Another highly sought-after species here is the strange Barred Owlet-Nightjar, which we will look for in several day-roost holes. We will also see the White-faced Robin perched sideways on liana tangles, stunning Yellow-billed Kingfishers, Yellow-legged Flycatchers, Black Berrypeckers, and nuthatch-like Buff-faced Pygmy-Parrots. Flocks may reveal Black-winged Monarch and Fairy Gerygone among some great New Guinea endemics such as Hooded and Rusty Pitohuis and the very handsome Chestnut-bellied Fantail. While we search through these flocks we will hope for another of Varirata's great specialties, the impressive Dwarf Whistler (Golden face). The savanna adjoining the forest holds Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Black Myzomela, Streak-headed Honey eater and Blue-winged Kookaburra. As with other forested areas of PNG, this park is home to many extremely shy and skulking birds, including Black-billed Brush-turkey, Painted Quail-thrush, White-eared Catbird, Pheasant Pigeon and Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler. Return and overnight at Laguna hotel

Day 3- 4 Meals- BLD,
After breakfast (and some birding if time permits), we transfer to the airport for the flight to Mt. Hagen. Upon arrival we drive about an hour to our superb base for the next four nights, Magic Mountain Lodge. We will spend the next two days exploring varied mountainous area in Mt. Hagen area. However, our exploration will begin right in the lodge gardens.

We are likely to see Black Kite, island Thrush, Black Winged Kite, Hooded Cuckoo Shrike, Black Manteled Ghost hawk, Twany Grass Bird, Brown Falcon, white Shouldered Fairy Wren, Long Tailed Buzzard, Orange Crowned Fairy Wren ,Chestnut Forest Rail, Mountain Mouse Warbler, Rufuous Wood Cuckoo, Brown Breasted Gery gone, Buff Banded Rail, Grey Gerygone, Brown Cuckoo Dove, Papuan Scrub Wren, White Breasted Fruit Dove, Large Scrub Wren, Ornate Fruit Dove, Buff Face Scrub Wren, Papua Mountain Pigeon, Dimorphic Fantail, Rufescent Imperial Pigeon, Arien Friendly Fantail, Papuan Lorikeet, Pied Chat, Plum Face Lorikeet,Black Throated Robin,Yellow Billed Lorikeet, White Winged Robin, Orange Billed Lorikeet, Canary Fly Eater, Madarzs's Tiger Parrot, Black Breasted Bot bill, Modest Tiger Parrot, Garnet Robin Brehm's Tiger Parrot, Regent Whistler, Painted Tiger Parrot, Lorentz's Whistler, Fantail Cuckoo Rufuous Napped Whistler, Rufuous Throated Bronze Cuckoo, Wattled plough bird, Rainbow Bee Eater, Brown Backed Whistler, Grass Owl, blue Capped Ifrita Mountain Owlet Nightjar, Crested Berry Pecker ,Mountain Nightjar, Fantail Berry Pecker Glossy Swiftlet, Tit Berry Pecker, Lesser Melampitta, Grey Streak Honey Eater, Greater Melampitta, Black Sittella, Red Coloured Myzomela, Long Tail Shrike, Black Throated Honey Eater, Crested Bird of Paradise, Common Smokey Honey Eater, Macgregor's Bowerbird, Belford Melidector, Brown Sicklebill, Sooty Melidector, Ribbon Tailed Astrapia, Mountain Fur Tail, Stephanie's Astrapia, Hooded Mankin, Archbold's Bowerbird, Blue Face Parrot Finch, King of Saxony Bird of Paradise, Brown Backed Whistler, Archbold's Bowerbird, Lorenz's Whistler, Torent Lark, Grey Wagtail, Brown Sicklebill, Ganet Robin, Ribbon Tailed Astrapia, Canary Fly Catcher, Stephanie's Astrapia, Black Breasted Boatbill, Macgregor's Bowerbird, White Winged Robin, Loria's Bird of Paradise, Black Throated Robin, Crested Bird of Paradise ,Pied Chat, Long Tailed Shrike, Dimorpic Fantail, Papuan Parrot Finch, Black Fantail ,Blue Face Parrot Finch,Papuan Srub Wren, Hooded Mannikin, Buff Face Scrub Wren, Common Smoky Honey Eater,Large Scrub Wren, Friendly Fantail, Grey Gerygone, Blue Grey Robin,Brown Breasted Gerygone,Belford's Melidector, Mountain Mouse Warbler, Black Throated Honey Eater ,Island Leaf Warbler, Red Coloured Myzomela,New Guinea Thorn Bill,Black Sitella, White Shouldered Fairy Wren, Mountain Owlet Nightjar, Twany Grass Bird, Papuan Free Creeper,Black Bellied Cuckoo, Rufous Backed Honey Eater,Hooded Cuckoo Shrike, Grey Streaked Honey Eater, Lesser Ground Robin, Crested Berry Pecker, Log Runner, Fantail Berry Pecker, Lesser Melliapita, Tit Berry Pecker, Spotted Jewel Babbler, Rufous Naped Whistler, Glossy Swiftlet ,Blue Caped Ifrita ,Grass Owl, Regent Whistler, Rufous Bronze Throated Cuckoo, Fan Tail Cuckoo, Ornate Fruit Dove, Double Eye Fig Parrot, Brown Cuckoo Dove, Brehm's Tiger Parrot, Bronze Ground Dove, Painted Tiger Parrot, Forbes Forest Rail, Modest Tiger Parrot, Chestnut Forest Rail, Madarsz's Tiger Parrot, New Guinea Happy Eagle, Papua King Parrot, Long Tailed Buzzard, Papua Lorikeet, Brahminy Kite, Yellow Billed Lorikeet, Black Kite, Orange Billed Lorikeet, Little Eagle, Goldies Lorikeet, Black Mantled Hawk, Rufescent Emerald Pigeon, Brown Quail,Papuan Mountain Pigeon, White Breasted Fruit Dove, Black Mantled Grass Hawk, Grass Owl, Collard Sparrow Hawk,White Shouldered Fairy Wren, Brown Falcon, Island Leaf Warbler, Brahminy Kite, Grey Gerrygone, Peregrine Falcon, Brown Breasted Gerrygone, Buff Bandled Rail, Mountain Mouse Warbler, Brown Cuckoo Dove, New Guinea Thorne Bil, Black Billed Cuckoo Dove, Papuan Gerub Wren, White Bibbed Dove, Large Gerub Wren, Bronze Ground Dove, Friendly Fantail, Rainbow Lorikeet, Dimorpic Fantail ,Yellow Billed Lorikeet, Pied Chat, Papuan Lorikeet, Grey Wagtail, Red Breasted Pygmy Parrot, Willy Wagtail, Fantail Cuckoo, Black Headed Whistler, Brush Cuckoo, Tawny Grass Bird, Papuan Boobook, Papuan Flower Pecker, Till Berry Pecker, Marbled Honey Eater, Streak Berry Pecker, Papuan Parrot Finch, Fantail Berry Pecker, Blue Face Parrot Finch, New Guinea White Eye, Hooded Mannikin, Red Coloured Myzomela, Long Tail Shrike, Slaly Chinned Long bill, Loria's Bird of Paradise, Mountain Meliphaga, Superb Bird of Paradise, Common Smokey Honey Eater, Torrent Lark, Western Smokey Honey Eater, Little Shrike Thrush, Belford Melidectes, Ornate Melidectes, Marbled Honey Eater, Stout Bill Cuckoo Shrike, Red Headed Myzomela, Loria's Bird of Paradise, Red Coloured Myzomela, Fantail Berry Pecker, Streak Berry Pecker, Madarasz's Tiger Parrot, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Mountain Maliphaga, Superb Bird of Paradise, Hooded Mannikin, Ornate Melidectes, New Guinea White Eye, Macgregor's Bower Bird,Black Fantail, Common Smokey, Mountain Mouse Warbler, Black Monarch, Bronze Ground Dove, Island Leaf Warbler, Brown Cuckoo Dove, Tit Berry Pecker, Black Bill Cuckoo Dive, Papuan Scrub Wren, Torrent Lark, Blue Grey Robin, Common Turn, Molled whistler, White Shouldered Fairy Wren, Meyer's Friar Bird, Rainbow Lorikeet, Yellow Breasted Bower Bird, Dusky Lory, Ornate Melidectes, Yellow Bill Lorikeet, Helmet Friar Bird, White Shouldered Fairy Wren, Marble Honey Eater, Twany Grass Bird, Papuan Parrot Finch, Torent Fly Catcher, Singsing Starling, Mountain Red Headed Myzomela, Blue Face Parrot Finch, Grey Wagtail, Hooded Mannikin, New Guinea White Eye, Long Tail Shrike, Hooded Swallow, Mountain Drogo, Brown Cuckoo Dove,

Note: (During our stay at Magic Mountain we will also visit Baiyer Zoo Sanctuary to do birding if the area is ready as it is under construction and renovations at this stage) The bird listed above can be seen either at Magic Mountain Lodge, Kumul Lodge or at Baiyer River Sanctuary.

Day 5-6 Meals- BLD
In the afternoon we transfer to Kumul Lodge to spend two nights to see other species that we have not sighted during our stay at Magic Mountain Lodge. Overnight at Kumul Lodge.

Day 7- Meals-BLD
Fly to Karawari on TNAir. Afternoon birding around the lodge. Overnight at karawari Lodge

Day 8-Meals- BLD
Full day bird watching at Karawari Lodge. Overnight at Karawari Ldoge

Day 9- Thursday- Meals-BL
After breakfast transfer hotel to the airstrip yr PX flight back to Hagen. After lunch transfer to the airport for your PX flight HGU/POM and connect with your international departing flight to be nominated from your end.

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COST INCLUDES = Accommodation on twin share basis, land fees, tours and Airport Transfers on seat on bus basis. Meals as specified on itinerary B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner, and add on traditional dances gate fees, Local English speaking guides.10% VAT (government tax on all above services)

COST DOES NOT = International & Domestic airfares, items of personal nature such as baggage charge, passport & visa fees, laundry, dry cleaning, beverage of any kind, trip & baggage insurance, medical expenses and departure tax and any other items of this nature.

Additional required flights that we urge you to book/ticket in conjunction with international arrival/departing flight are;
Day 1- International arrival PX flight
Day 3 - PX flight to POM/HGU
Day 9- PX flight HGU/POM
Day 9- PX international departing flight to be nominated from your end.

Domestic TNAIR flights that we book and ticket and you pay us are;
Day 7- TNAIR flight Hagen /Karawari
Day 9- TNAIR flight Karawari /Hagen
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