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*Sooty Thicket-Fantail Rhipidura threnothorax - One pair heard along the Boy’s Town Road, Kiunga area.




  1. White-bellied Thicket-Fantail Rhipidura leucothoraxOne seen along the Boy’s Town Road and heard along the Elevala River.




  1. #Black Fantail Rhipidura atra – One male seen nicely along Dablin Creek Track and several near Ambua Lodge.




  1. #Dimorphic Fantail Rhipidura brachyrhncha - Several seen and heard, upper montane forest above Ambua and Kumul lodges.




  1. #Rufous-backed Fantail Rhipidura rufidorsa - Several in the Kiunga lowlands.




  1. Black Monarch Monarcha axillaris - Two near Ambua Lodge.




  1. Black-faced Monarch Monarcha melanopsis - One seen well by Dion with a mixed species flock, Varirata NP.




  1. #Spot-winged Monarch Monarcha guttula - One very confiding individual with mixed species flocks along the Dablin Creek Track and in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. Hooded Monarch Monarcha manadensis – One in lowland forests along the Ketu River.




  1. #Golden Monarch Monarcha chrysomela - Fabulous views of a male along the Boy’s Town Road and the Elevala River, Kiunga area.




  1. #Frilled Monarch Arses telescophthalmus - Several fine looks at this striking species especially at Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula – Good looks at both males and females in the Bensbach area and Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #Shining Flycatcher Myiagra alecto – One or two seen at the edge of lowland forest in WNB; the Bensbach area and the Kiunga lowlands. Thanks to some great work by Brit we all got to enjoy fine views of a female along the Elevala River.


  2. #Lesser Shining Flycatcher Myiagra hebetoir – Good looks at a very responsive male on our first morning in the lowland forests of northern West New Britain.




  1. #Black-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus nigripectus - Several seen very nicelyin the Ambua Lodge area. A truly gorgeous montane endemic.




  1. #Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer - Several seen well with mixed species flocks along the Km 17 track, Kiunga area and in Varirata Nat Pk.




  1. Lesser Ground-Robin Amalocichla incerta – Rather quiet and unresponsive this year with just one seen all too briefly in montane forest above Ambua.




  1. #Torrent Flycatcher Monachella muelleriana – One seenseen beautifully along the Ok Menga and two along the Laiap River.




  1. #Lemon-bellied Flycatcher Microeca flavigaster – One in savannah woodland, Bensbach and a pair along the Dablin Creek Track.




  1. #Canary Flycatcher Microeca papuana - Several daily in the Ambua Lodge area.




  1. #Garnet Robin Eugerygone rubra Super views of a male, female and immature along Benson’s Track, Ambua area.




  1. #White-faced Robin Tregallasia leucops - Two individuals in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. *Black-sided Robin Poecilodryas hypoleuca - Heard commonly throughout the Kiunga lowlands.




  1. #Black-throated Robin Poecilodryas albonotata One adult feeding a persistently begging, striking orange and black juvenile along Benson’s Track, Ambua area.




  1. #White-winged Robin Peneothello sigillatus – One seen attending a nest at Kumul Lodge and another in the area of the famed bird-feeder.




  1. *White-rumped Robin Peneothello bimaculatus - Heard very close-by along the Ok the Dablin Creek track.




  1. #Blue-grey Robin Poecilodryas cyanus - One or two seen and heard daily in the Ambua area.




  1. *Black-cheeked Robin Heteromyias albispecularis - One heard in montane forest, along Benson’s trail; as always very shy.

NOTE: Split from the very different looking and sounding Ashy Robin of Australia.


  1. *Northern Scrub-Robin Drymodes superciliaris - Heard Varirata NP.



  2. Mottled Whistler Rhagalogus leucosticte One male seen well on the Dablin Creek Track and one along the Ambua Lodge trail.




  1. Dwarf Whistler Pachycare flavogriseaOne along the Dablin Creek Track. Also known as Goldenface




  1. #Rufous-naped Whistler Aleadryas rufinucha - Frequent superb views of several confidings individuals in the Ambua and Kula lodge areas.




  1. *Rusty Whistler Pachycephala hyperythra Heard (seen by Dion) along the Dablin Creek Track.




  1. Brown-backed Whistler Pachycephala modesta - Several seen in the Ambua Lodge area.




  1. #Grey Whistler Pachycephala simplex – One along the Km 17 track, Kiunga area; and several with mixed flocks in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. Mangrove Golden Whistler Pachycephala melanura - OK views of a male on Restoffen Island, WNB.

  2. #Regent Whistler Pachycephala schlegelii - Several of these very striking birds on Benson’s Tail, Ambua area and at Kumul Lodge.




  1. #Sclater’s Whistler Pachycephala sororOne male along the Dablin Creek Track and several seen nicely above Ambua Lodge.




  1. #Black-headed Whistler Pachycephala monacha – One feeding in Albizia sp. Trees along the Dablin Creek Track; heard in the Tari Valley.




  1. #Rufous Shrike-thrush Colluricincla megarhyncha - Widespread. Also known as Little Shrike-thrush




  1. #Grey Shrike-Thrush Colluricincla harmonica – Good ‘scope views of one at the PAU ponds; also seen in the Bensback area and very unusually the Boy’s Town Road, Kiunga area.




  1. #Hooded Pitohui Pitohui dichrous - The ‘poison bird’ was seen well along the Dablin Creek Track and in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #White-bellied Pitohui Pitohui incertusA noisy group of six together several Variable Pitohuis and other members of a black-and- brown flock put on a fine show within lowland swamp forest along the Ketu River, Western Province. This is an infrequently seen and very localised species. The old name Mottled-breasted Pitohui may be more appropriate.




  1. Rusty Pitohui Pitohui ferrugineus -Several along the Boy’s Town Road and heard in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. *Crested Pitohui Pitohui cristatus - Heard superbly in Varirata NP but we just could not get it to reveal itself. Also heard along the Dablin Creek Track.




  1. #Variable Pitohui Pitohui kirhocephalus - Several seen rather nicely in the Kiunga lowlands.




  1. *Wattled Ploughbill Eulacestoma nigropectus – Several heard along Benson’s Trail, above Ambua Lodge.




  1. #New Guinea Rufous Babbler Pomatostomus isidoreiNotably conspicuous this year with large flocks of 6-12 seen on several occasions in the Kiung a lowland forests and a pair seen attending a nest within swampy lowland forest along the Keyu River, Western province.

  2. #Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatorhinus temporarlis – Several flocks seen in the Bensbach area.




  1. *Papuan Logrunner Orthonyx papuana - Hearing the lovely call of this endemic was a delightful experience above Ambua Lodge.

NOTE: A recent paper presents convincing evidence that the New Guinea population should be treated as a separate species from that in Australia (see Joseph et al 2001. Molecular systematics and phlogeography of New Guinea logrunners (Orthonychidae). Emu 101 part 4.


  1. Spotted Jewel-Babbler Ptilorrhoa leucosticte Two pairs seen nicely but all too quickly on the new Benson’s trail, Ambua area.




  1. #Blue Jewel-Babbler Ptilorrhoa caerulescens Thanks to some amazing imitative work by Jimmy several of us enjoyed super views of this lovely arch-skulker.


  2. *Chestnut-backed Jewel-Babbler Ptilorrhoa castanonotus - Heard along the Dablin Creek Track.




  1. #Painted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma ajax- Fabulous views of this very difficult to see species for half the group at Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #Blue-capped Ifrita Ifrita kowaldi - Seen well by Todd and Dion at Kumul Lodge. There is now good evidence that this too is a ‘poison bird’.




  1. #Wallace’s Fairy-Wren Sipodotus wallacei - Remarkably this very rarely encountered gem was seen superbly well by all on this tour: a pair, initially high in the canopy in the Kiunga lowlands came down to give everyone exceptional views of this rare sprite.



  1. #White-shouldered Fairy-Wren Malurus alboscapulatus- Fine looks at several pairs in the Bensbach area and at Rondon Ridge.




  1. #Emperor Fairy-Wren Malurus cyanocephala Quite simply the very finest experience I have every enjoyed with this gorgeous species; a pair put on a fine show along the Boy’s Town Road, in the Kiunga lowland forests. One of the most spectacular of New Guinea’s small ‘bush-birds’.




  1. #Orange-crowned Fairy-wren Clytomyias insignis Two seen very nicely on the new Benson’s trail, Ambua area. This is a very rarely encountered species.




  1. Rusty Mouse-Warbler Crateroscelis murina - Heard commonly in the Kiunga lowlands, the Tabubil area and Varirata Nat. Pk. and as usual glimpsed a few times.




  1. #Bicoloured Mouse-Warbler Crateroscelis nigrorufa – Seen by Dion on the waterful track near Ambua Lodge.




  1. #Mountain Mouse-Warbler Crateroscelis robusta - Two seen very nicely near Kumul Lodge; also above Ambua Lodge.




  1. #Large Scrubwren Sericornis nouhuysi - Widespread and common in montane forest above Ambua and Kumul lodges.




  1. #Buff-faced Scrub-Wren Sericornis perspicillatus - Seen well near Ambua Lodge.




  1. Papuan Scrub-Wren Sericornis papuensis - Several seen in the Ambua and Kumul lodge areas.




  1. Pale-billed Scrubwren Sericornis spilodera - A pair foraging with a mixed species flock, Varirata NP




  1. Green-backed Gerygone Gerygone chloronotus - Several seen and heard in the Bensbach area; Kiunga lowlands; Tabubil area and Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #Fairy Gerygone Gerygone palpebrosa - Several with a mixed species flock near Bensbach Lodge and in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #Yellow-bellied Gerygone Gerygone chrysogaster - Several seen and heard in the Kiunga lowlands; Tabubil area and Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #Large-billed Gerygone Gerygone magnirostris – Seen well, daily around Bensbach Lodge; seen briefly along the Elevala River.




  1. #De Vis’ Tree-Fern Warbler (Brown-breasted Gerygone) Gerygone ruficollis - Very common in the Ambua and Kumul Lodge areas; also heard in the Tari Valley.



  1. #Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera – Good views of a flock of five near Ambua Lodge.




  1. #Papuan Treecreeper Climacteris papuana A pair seen nicely on the waterfall track near Ambua Lodge.

  2. #Black Sunbird Leptocoma sericea - Widespread and common, seen almost daily throughout the Papua New Guinea and WNB lowlands.

NOTE: Previously placed in the genus Nectarinea and given the species name aspasia.


  1. #Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinea jugularis – Ones and twos at the PAU pinds, WNB and the Bensbach area.




  1. Obscure Berrypecker Melanocharis arfakianus – One seen by Karen and Sam along the Dablin Creek Track. Note this very little known species is NOT illustrated in the field guide.




  1. Black Berrypecker Melanocharis nigra - Several seen in the Kiunga lowlands and on both visits to Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. Mid-mountain Berrypecker Melanocharis longicauda - One female seen a couple of times near Ambua Lodge.




  1. #Fan-tailed Berrypecker Melanocharis versteri - Good for some looks at a male along Benson’s trail above Ambua Lodge.




  1. #Yellow-bellied Longbill Toxorhamphus novaeguineae – Rather vocal and responsive this with several heard and seen daily in the Kiunga lowland forests.




  1. Slaty-chinned Longbill Toxorhamphus poliopterus One or two at the lovely, deep-pink cauliflorous at Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. Dwarf Longbill Toxoramphus iliolophus Two at the lovely, deep-pink cauliflorous flower in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. Pygmy Longbill Oedistoma pygmaeum – One along the Km 17 track in the Kiunga lowlands and heard in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #Tit Berrypecker Oreocharis arfakiSeveral superb males seen in the Ambua Lodge area.




  1. Crested Berrypecker Paramythium montium – OK looks at a couple of these handsome birds above Ambua Lodge and at Kumul Lodge.




  1. #Papuan Flowerpecker Dicaeum pectorale - Widespread and common.




  1. Beautiful Flowerpecker Dicaeum eximium - Widespread and common in the lowlands of WNB.




  1. #Black-fronted White-eye Zosterops atrifronsTwo on two days along the Dablin Creek track feeding at a flowering Scheffleria sp.




  1. Western Mountain Guinea White-eye Zosterops fuscicapillus – One seen by Sam and couple of participants at the flowering Schedffleria sp along the Dablin Crek Track.


  2. New Guinea White-eye Zosterops novaeguineae – Several seen in the Laiap Vlley and at Varairata Nat. Pk.




  1. #Long-billed Honeyeater Melilestes megarhynchus Rather elusive this year with just one or two seen briefly except along the Dablin Creek Track.




  1. #Green-backed Honeyeater Glycichaera fallax - One with a mixed flock near Bensbach Lodge and one seen in the ‘scope along the Dablin Creek track.




  1. Ashy Myzomela Myzomela cinearacea – Several in the lowland forests of northern West New Britain.




  1. Dusky Myzomela Myzomela obscura – One at the PAU ponds and one near Bensbach Lodge.




  1. #Red Myzomela Myzomela cruentata – Two on two days along the Dablin Creek Track.




  1. Papuan Black Myzomela Myzomela nigrita – One female along the Dablin Creek Track; one male at Rondon Ridge.




  1. #Mountain Red-headed Myzomela Myzomela adolphinae – Four in the gardens at Rondon Ridge gave us superlative views and two at Kama village gave us excellent ‘scope views.




  1. #Sclater’s Myzomela Myzomela sclateri - Moderately common this year on Restoffen Island, WNB with some great looks at the handsome male.




  1. #Black-and-carmine Myzomela Myzomela eyrthromelas - Superb looks at a couple of males in the lowland forests of northern West New Britain.




  1. #Red-collared Myzomela Myzomela rosenbergii - Lovely views of several males above Ambua Lodge and at Rondon Ridge. Surprisingly two along the Dablin Creek Track.




  1. #Ruby-throated Myzomela Myzomela eques One at Rondon Ridge, Wahgi Valley, WHP.




  1. #Spot-breasted Meliphaga Meliphaga mimikaeGood views of at least one persistently foraging at a cauliflorous flower on our last day in Varirata Nat. Pk. All others originally assigned to this species during the tour were likely misidentifications.




  1. #Mountain Yellow-eared Meliphaga Meliphaga orientalis - Two or more seen regularly feeding at a flowering Scheffleria sp along the Dablin Creek track. One pair also seen attending a nest on the upper section of this site in much less disturbed forest.




  1. #Scrub White-eared Meliphaga Meliphaga albonotata - Two along the Dablin Creek track.




  1. Puff-backed Meliphaga Meliphaga aruensisOne seen and several heard in the Kiunga lowlands.




  1. #Mimic Meliphaga Meliphaga analoga – One studied nicely in the ‘scope at Bensbach; also see in the Kiunga lowlands and heard at Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #Eastern Graceful Meliphaga Meliphaga cinereifrons – Three seen in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. Southern Graceful Meliphaga Meliphaga gracilis – This year just two near Bensbach Lodge.




  1. #Yellow-gaped Meliphaga Meliphaga flavirictus Exceptional ‘scope views of this very rarely seen species along the Boy’s Town Road, Kiunga area.




  1. Black-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus subfrenatusSeen well by Ben at Kumul Lodge; several heard above Ambua Lodge and near Kumul Lodge.




  1. *Obscure Honeyeater Lichenostomus obscurusHeard along Boy’s Town Road.




  1. #Yellow-tinted Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavescens - Several in the Port Moresby area.




  1. #Tawny-breasted Honeyeater Xanthotis flaviventer - Widespread and common in the foothills and lowlands.




  1. #Spotted Honeyeater Xanthotis polygramma One along Dablin Creek Track and then seen superbly by everyone at the deep-pink cauliflorous flower in Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. #White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis – Several savannah woodland of Varirata Nat. Pk.




  1. Plain Honeyeater Pycnopygius ixoidesTwo in the Kiunga lowlands.


  2. Marbled Honeyeater Pyconopygius cinereus – Two in the Laiam Valley; heard in the Tari Valley.




  1. #Streak-headed Honeyeater Pygnopygius stictocephalus - One seen well at Km 17 and another along the Boy’s Town Road in the Kiunga lowlands.




  1. #Meyer's Friarbird Philemon meyeriJust one seen in the Kiunga lowlands.



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