Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s last frontiers, and its forests are home to an unparalleled array of bird species, including 38 of the world’s 43 birds of paradise.
The world's second largest island is a land of extraordinary contrasts with 4,500 metre high mountains, vast expanses of rainforest, huge river systems and pristine coral atolls. It is remote (travelling from the UK involves two consecutive overnight flights) and on arrival you are plunged into a utterly different world.
The indigenous population is extremely diverse, and more than 700 languages are spoken. Age-old traditions remain at the heart of everyday life and people share their heritage with genuine openness. As well as its cultural vibrancy, Papua New Guinea has one of the world's richest and most varied avifauna. The 708 bird species identified to date include 578 land and freshwater species, 40 seabirds and 90 migrants from countries that lie to the north and south.
Of the world's 43 known species of bird of paradise, 38 are found in Papua New Guinea. The growth of the millinery trade significantly affected the populations of these beautiful birds and, as a result, birds of paradise are now protected species in Papua New Guinea, and it is illegal to export their plumes.
The island's non-perching birds include cassowaries, birds of prey, megapods, pigeons and doves, cuckoos and coucals, owls and frogmouths, lorries and lorikeets, parrots, cockatoos, kingfishers and hornbills. Perching birds include cuckoo-shrikes and trillers, shrikes, thrushes, logrunners, babblers, warblers, fairy-wrens, fantails, monarchs and robins, whistlers and pitohuis, honeyeaters, finches, starlings, mynahs, orioles, drongos, wood swallows, butcherbirds, bowerbirds and birds of paradise.
Excellent wilderness lodges are located in some of the remotest parts of the country, providing comfortable bases from which to sample the culture and witness the various ecological niches, where experienced and knowledgeable local birding guides are available to escort birding tours.
Due to the inherent difficulty of travelling within a challenging environment, we work with an established local partner that is almost entirely self-sufficient, with its own fleet of aircraft, plus vehicles and boats at each property. This ensures a reliable, safe and efficient service throughout your stay.
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This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website