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BEST OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Thursday 30th August - Tuesday 11th September 2018

CHIRS KEHOE

Crested Satinbird is one of the stars of PNG! (Chris Kehoe)

Crested Satinbird is one of the stars of PNG! (Chris Kehoe)

Our recent Best of Papua New Guinea tour produced a wonderful selection of birds as we visited varied habitats in the eastern and western lowlands and the highlands of the central interior. Birds-of-paradise were naturally a key focus and we saw a total of 16 species with particular highlights including spectacular displays by Raggiana and Greater Birds-of-paradise, a pole dancing Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, glittering Superb Birds-of-paradise, the very snazzy King Bird-of-paradise, the amazing King-of-Saxony Bird-of-paradise with its antennae waving in the breeze and the equally remarkable Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, a male of which with full tail almost trumped the displaying Greater Birds-of-paradise as Bird of the Trips. There were many other notable species of course, including members of each of New Guinea’s endemic families including the dapper Crested Berrypecker and eye-wateringly vivid Crested Satinbird, several spectacular Fruit Doves, a sleepy Barred Owlet-Nightjar, Amazing Sclater’s Crowned Pigeons and the bizarre Palm Cockatoo just some of the numerous highlights.

Brown Sicklebill. If you hear the sound of a tommy gun in the forest in PNG it is hopefully one of these! (Chris Kehoe)

Brown Sicklebill. If you hear the sound of a tommy gun in the forest in PNG it is hopefully one of these! (Chris Kehoe)