#Spot-winged Monarch Monarcha guttula - One very confiding individual with mixed species flocks along the Dablin Creek Track and in Varirata Nat. Pk.
Hooded Monarch Monarcha manadensis – One in lowland forests along the Ketu River.
#Golden Monarch Monarcha chrysomela - Fabulous views of a male along the Boy’s Town Road and the Elevala River, Kiunga area.
#Frilled Monarch Arses telescophthalmus - Several fine looks at this striking species especially at Varirata Nat. Pk.
#Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula – Good looks at both males and females in the Bensbach area and Varirata Nat. Pk.
#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.
#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.
#Black-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus nigripectus - Several seen very nicelyin the Ambua Lodge area. A truly gorgeous montane endemic.
#Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer - Several seen well with mixed species flocks along the Km 17 track, Kiunga area and in Varirata Nat Pk.
Lesser Ground-Robin Amalocichla incerta – Rather quiet and unresponsive this year with just one seen all too briefly in montane forest above Ambua.
#Torrent Flycatcher Monachella muelleriana – One seenseen beautifully along the Ok Menga and two along the Laiap River.
#Lemon-bellied Flycatcher Microeca flavigaster – One in savannah woodland, Bensbach and a pair along the Dablin Creek Track.
#Canary Flycatcher Microeca papuana - Several daily in the Ambua Lodge area.
#Garnet Robin Eugerygone rubra – Super views of a male, female and immature along Benson’s Track, Ambua area.
#White-faced Robin Tregallasia leucops - Two individuals in Varirata Nat. Pk.
*Black-sided Robin Poecilodryas hypoleuca - Heard commonly throughout the Kiunga lowlands.
#Black-throated Robin Poecilodryas albonotata – One adult feeding a persistently begging, striking orange and black juvenile along Benson’s Track, Ambua area.
#White-winged Robin Peneothello sigillatus – One seen attending a nest at Kumul Lodge and another in the area of the famed bird-feeder.
*White-rumped Robin Peneothello bimaculatus - Heard very close-by along the Ok the Dablin Creek track.
#Blue-grey Robin Poecilodryas cyanus - One or two seen and heard daily in the Ambua area.
*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.
*Northern Scrub-Robin Drymodes superciliaris - Heard Varirata NP.
Mottled Whistler Rhagalogus leucosticte – One male seen well on the Dablin Creek Track and one along the Ambua Lodge trail.
Dwarf Whistler Pachycare flavogrisea – One along the Dablin Creek Track. Also known as Goldenface
#Rufous-naped Whistler Aleadryas rufinucha - Frequent superb views of several confidings individuals in the Ambua and Kula lodge areas.
*Rusty Whistler Pachycephala hyperythra – Heard (seen by Dion) along the Dablin Creek Track.
Brown-backed Whistler Pachycephala modesta - Several seen in the Ambua Lodge area.
#Grey Whistler Pachycephala simplex – One along the Km 17 track, Kiunga area; and several with mixed flocks in Varirata Nat. Pk.
#Regent Whistler Pachycephala schlegelii- Several of these very striking birds on Benson’s Tail, Ambua area and at Kumul Lodge.
#Sclater’s Whistler Pachycephala soror – One male along the Dablin Creek Track and several seen nicely above Ambua Lodge.
#Black-headed Whistler Pachycephala monacha – One feeding in Albizia sp. Trees along the Dablin Creek Track; heard in the Tari Valley.
#Rufous Shrike-thrush Colluricincla megarhyncha - Widespread. Also known as Little Shrike-thrush
#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.
#Hooded Pitohui Pitohui dichrous - The ‘poison bird’ was seen well along the Dablin Creek Track and in Varirata Nat. Pk.
#White-bellied Pitohui Pitohui incertus – A 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.
Rusty Pitohui Pitohui ferrugineus -Several along the Boy’s Town Road and heard in Varirata Nat. Pk.
*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.
#Variable Pitohui Pitohui kirhocephalus - Several seen rather nicely in the Kiunga lowlands.
*Wattled Ploughbill Eulacestoma nigropectus – Several heard along Benson’s Trail, above Ambua Lodge.
#New Guinea Rufous Babbler Pomatostomus isidorei – Notably 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.
#Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatorhinus temporarlis – Several flocks seen in the Bensbach area.
*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.
Spotted Jewel-Babbler Ptilorrhoa leucosticte – Two pairs seen nicely but all too quickly on the new Benson’s trail, Ambua area.
#Blue Jewel-Babbler Ptilorrhoa caerulescens – Thanks to some amazing imitative work by Jimmy several of us enjoyed super views of this lovely arch-skulker.
*Chestnut-backed Jewel-Babbler Ptilorrhoa castanonotus - Heard along the Dablin Creek Track.
#Painted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma ajax- Fabulous views of this very difficult to see species for half the group at Varirata Nat. Pk.
#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’.
#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.
#White-shouldered Fairy-Wren Malurus alboscapulatus- Fine looks at several pairs in the Bensbach area and at Rondon Ridge.
#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’.
#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.
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.
#Bicoloured Mouse-Warbler Crateroscelis nigrorufa – Seen by Dion on the waterful track near Ambua Lodge.
#Mountain Mouse-Warbler Crateroscelis robusta - Two seen very nicely near Kumul Lodge; also above Ambua Lodge.
#Large Scrubwren Sericornis nouhuysi - Widespread and common in montane forest above Ambua and Kumul lodges.
#Buff-faced Scrub-Wren Sericornis perspicillatus - Seen well near Ambua Lodge.
Papuan Scrub-Wren Sericornis papuensis - Several seen in the Ambua and Kumul lodge areas.
Pale-billed Scrubwren Sericornis spilodera - A pair foraging with a mixed species flock, Varirata NP
Green-backed Gerygone Gerygone chloronotus - Several seen and heard in the Bensbach area; Kiunga lowlands; Tabubil area and Varirata Nat. Pk.
#Fairy Gerygone Gerygone palpebrosa - Several with a mixed species flock near Bensbach Lodge and in Varirata Nat. Pk.
#Yellow-bellied Gerygone Gerygone chrysogaster - Several seen and heard in the Kiunga lowlands; Tabubil area and Varirata Nat. Pk.
#Large-billed Gerygone Gerygone magnirostris – Seen well, daily around Bensbach Lodge; seen briefly along the Elevala River.
#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.
#Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera – Good views of a flock of five near Ambua Lodge.
#Papuan Treecreeper Climacteris papuana – A pair seen nicely on the waterfall track near Ambua Lodge.
#Black Sunbird Leptocoma sericea - Widespread and common, seen almost daily throughout the Papua New Guinea and WNB lowlands.
Dwarf Longbill Toxoramphus iliolophus – Two at the lovely, deep-pink cauliflorous flower in Varirata Nat. Pk.
Pygmy Longbill Oedistoma pygmaeum – One along the Km 17 track in the Kiunga lowlands and heard in Varirata Nat. Pk.
#Tit Berrypecker Oreocharis arfaki – Several superb males seen in the Ambua Lodge area.
Crested Berrypecker Paramythium montium – OKlooks at a couple of these handsome birds above Ambua Lodge and at Kumul Lodge.
#Papuan Flowerpecker Dicaeum pectorale - Widespread and common.
Beautiful Flowerpecker Dicaeum eximium - Widespread and common in the lowlands of WNB.
#Black-fronted White-eye Zosterops atrifrons – Two on two days along the Dablin Creek track feeding at a flowering Scheffleria sp.
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.
New Guinea White-eye Zosterops novaeguineae – Several seen in the Laiap Vlley and at Varairata Nat. Pk.
#Long-billed Honeyeater Melilestes megarhynchus – Rather elusive this year with just one or two seen briefly except along the Dablin Creek Track.
#Green-backed Honeyeater Glycichaera fallax - One with a mixed flock near Bensbach Lodge and one seen in the ‘scope along the Dablin Creek track.
Ashy Myzomela Myzomela cinearacea – Several in the lowland forests of northern West New Britain.
Dusky Myzomela Myzomela obscura – One at the PAU ponds and one near Bensbach Lodge.
#Red Myzomela Myzomela cruentata – Two on two days along the Dablin Creek Track.
Papuan Black Myzomela Myzomela nigrita – One female along the Dablin Creek Track; one male at Rondon Ridge.
#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.
#Sclater’s Myzomela Myzomela sclateri - Moderately common this year on Restoffen Island, WNB with some great looks at the handsome male.
#Black-and-carmine Myzomela Myzomela eyrthromelas - Superb looks at a couple of males in the lowland forests of northern West New Britain.
#Red-collared Myzomela Myzomela rosenbergii - Lovely views of several males above Ambua Lodge and at Rondon Ridge. Surprisingly two along the Dablin Creek Track.
#Ruby-throated Myzomela Myzomela eques – One at Rondon Ridge, Wahgi Valley, WHP.
#Spot-breasted Meliphaga Meliphaga mimikae – Good 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.
#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.
#Scrub White-eared Meliphaga Meliphaga albonotata - Two along the Dablin Creek track.
Puff-backed Meliphaga Meliphaga aruensis – One seen and several heard in the Kiunga lowlands.
#Mimic Meliphaga Meliphaga analoga – One studied nicely in the ‘scope at Bensbach; also see in the Kiunga lowlands and heard at Varirata Nat. Pk.
#Eastern Graceful Meliphaga Meliphaga cinereifrons – Three seen in Varirata Nat. Pk.
Southern Graceful Meliphaga Meliphaga gracilis – This year just two near Bensbach Lodge.
#Yellow-gaped Meliphaga Meliphaga flavirictus – Exceptional ‘scope views of this very rarely seen species along the Boy’s Town Road, Kiunga area.
Black-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus subfrenatus – Seen well by Ben at Kumul Lodge; several heard above Ambua Lodge and near Kumul Lodge.
*Obscure Honeyeater Lichenostomus obscurus – Heard along Boy’s Town Road.
#Yellow-tinted Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavescens - Several in the Port Moresby area.
#Tawny-breasted Honeyeater Xanthotis flaviventer - Widespread and common in the foothills and lowlands.
#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.
#White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis – Several savannah woodland of Varirata Nat. Pk.
Plain Honeyeater Pycnopygius ixoides – Two in the Kiunga lowlands.