Indonesia: West Papua  –  Birds-Of-Paradise and Endemics of the Arfaks and Waigeo Trip Report, August 2022


03 – 14 AUGUST 2022

By Andrew Walker

West Papua trip report August 2022
Watching the ballet dancing display of Western Parotia was a huge tour highlight for everyone.


This Indonesian bird tour visited the West Papua province and started in Manokwari on the 3rd of August 2022 and finished in Sorong on the 14th of August 2022. Our birding was focused on the Arfak Mountains and the island of Waigeo, both areas are world renowned for their spectacular birds-of-paradise and endemic birds, and our attention was firmly set on finding as many of these jewels as possible. Weather conditions throughout the tour (unseasonal rain, the result of La Niña) made going tough and a bit muddy at times, but we still had a good haul of quality birds.

We recorded 235 species on the tour (seven of these heard only), trip lists follow the report. The list of highlights was very long and included 14 birds-of-paradise seen, these were: Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise, Magnificent Bird-of-paradise, Red Bird-of-paradise, King Bird-of-paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Western Parotia, Crescent-caped Lophorina, Black Sicklebill, Black-billed Sicklebill, Magnificent Riflebird, Long-tailed Paradigalla, Arfak Astrapia, Crinkle-collared Manucode, and Glossy-mantled Manucode.

West Papua trip report August 2022
Often considered one of the best-looking birds of the world, Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise was a top target on the tour, and we enjoyed excellent looks while on Waigeo.

Other exciting highlights included Feline Owlet-nightjar, Mountain Owlet-nightjar, Dusky Megapode, Western Crowned Pigeon, Pheasant Pigeon, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Ornate Fruit Dove, Great Cuckoo-Dove, Blyth’s Hornbill, Vogelkop Bowerbird, Masked Bowerbird, Spotted Jewel-babbler, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Papuan Lorikeet, Pygmy Lorikeet, Moluccan King Parrot, Red-breasted Pygmy Parrot, Modest Tiger Parrot, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Beach Kingfisher, Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher, Papuan Pitta, Rufous-naped Bellbird, Mottled Berryhunter (monotypic family), Arfak Catbird, Raja Ampat Pitohui, Vogelkop Melidectes, Papuan Sittella, Moustached Treeswift, Golden Myna, and Brown-headed Crow.

West Papua trip report August 2022
Seen just before dark on the first day of birding, this Feline Owlet-nightjar was enjoyed by all!
West Papua trip report August 2022
Parrots and pigeons (including many stunning fruit doves) featured heavily on the tour, such as this Papuan Lorikeet near to our accommodation in the Arfak Mountains.  

Detailed Report

Day 1, 3rd August 2022. Arrival in Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia

An arrival day in Manokwari, West Papua. By late afternoon the whole group had arrived. We enjoyed our welcome dinner together, full of excitement at what was waiting for us.

Day 2, 4th August 2022. Birding Manokwari and travel to the Arfak Mountains

We started the tour off with some birding near Manokwari, but had to deal with some pretty poor weather. Rain and fog made the going rather tough, which was frustrating. We did catch a couple of short breaks in the weather, and this resulted in a few good birds, such as (Western) Ornate Fruit Dove, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Pinon’s Imperial Pigeon, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blyth’s Hornbill, Boyer’s Cuckooshrike, Black-browed Triller, New Guinea Friarbird, Black Sunbird, Olive-crowned Flowerpecker, and Northern Variable Pitohui (these were mainly calling from dense thickets but with a couple of brief views for some).

After a bit of a break in the late morning with some really heavy rain, we headed up into the Arfak Mountains. Further rain showers were the order of the afternoon, but we did fit in a short birding session near to our overnight destination, with Magnificent Bird-of-paradise, Crinkle-collared Manucode, and Feline Owlet-nightjar being the pick of the sightings (and not a bad selection to boot!). After our birding we settled into our mountainside accommodation for the next few nights.

West Papua trip report August 2022
Seeing Magnificent Bird-of-paradise was a great way to get the birds-of-paradise tour list underway. What a spectacular bird this one is too, so bright and colorful from behind.

Day 3, 5th August 2022. Birding the Arfak Mountains

Our first full day of birding in the Arfak Mountains started out with beautiful blue skies and we were very grateful for that after the previous day (even more so after the afternoon birding session today too!). Our first stakeout was that of Western Parotia, and after a short wait a male bird dropped in and checked out his display area, demonstrating his amazing “antenna”! After a quick inspection of his arena, he jumped into the trees where he sat preening for a while, a gorgeous bird. Satisfied with our views, we continued to a different stakeout where we waited for a while before first a female, then a male Crescent-caped Lophorina (formerly called Superb Bird-of-paradise and also known as Vogelkop Lophorina) came in to view, another spectacular bird that showed nicely. Here too we had further views of feeding female and young male Western Parotias.

After enjoying the birds-of-paradise we commenced our walk out of the forest, noting Sclater’s Whislter, Vogelkop Whistler, Capped White-eye, Arfak Honeyeater, Friendly Fantail, Black Fantail, Slaty Robin, Rusty Mouse-warbler, Large Scrubwren, and Vogelkop Scrubwren. As we reached the road the clouds descended and stayed like that (with some rain) for most of the rest of the day.

West Papua trip report August 2022
The bizarrely shaped Crescent-caped Lophorina (photo by tour participant Adam Preston).

In the afternoon we split the group into those who wanted further/better views of Magnificent Bird-of-paradise (which showed very well during a dry spell judging by the photos) and the rest of the group who took a walk through the cloud seeing the architectural genius of the incredible Vogelkop Bowerbird, along with sightings of Mountain Owlet-nightjar, Papuan Lorikeet, and Moluccan King Parrot. Unfortunately, Spotted Jewel-babbler, like several other species, remained heard only as visibility was pretty terrible. One of the final highlights of the afternoon was watching a pair of the impossibly small, Red-breasted Pygmy Parrots at their nest.

Day 4, 6th August 2022. Birding the Arfak Mountains

Some of the group commenced the big hike up into the higher zone of the Arfak Mountains. We took the morning to get to our very basic overnight campsite, birding along the way, with some of the top targets seen including Long-tailed Paradigalla (a somewhat mysterious bird-of-paradise), a pair of Mottled Berryhunters (a monotypic family), Modest Tiger Parrot, Plum-faced Lorikeet, Yellow-billed Lorikeet, Fairy Lorikeet, Papuan Lorikeet, White-bibbed (Mountain) Fruit Dove, Crimson-collared Myzomela (in abundance), Mountain Myzomela, and a cute roosting Mountain Owlet-nightjar, many of these at or around a couple of action-packed heavily flowering and fruiting trees.

In the afternoon, high up on the mountain above “Camp David”, the group spent some time looking for, then finding, a stunning and vocal male Black Sicklebill – what a seriously impressive sight (and sound!). We also found multiple pretty Tit Berrypeckers, along with Fan-tailed Berrypecker, Regent Whistler, Vogelkop Whistler, Smoky Robin, Ashy Robin, Dimorphic Fantail, Papuan Sittella, Rufous-sided Honeyeater, Marbled Honeyeater, and Rufous-naped Bellbird. The hike was definitely worth the effort, with a lot of quality birds in a gorgeous setting.

West Papua trip report August 2022
Watching and listening to this male Black Sicklebill was one of many highlights from our trek up into the higher elevations of the Arfak Mountains.

Those staying at the middle elevations enjoyed plenty of good birds too, with their highlights including Masked Bowerbird, Red Myzomela, Crescent-caped Lophorina, Magnificent Bird-of-paradise, Pesquet’s Parrot, Moluccan King Parrot, Eclectus Parrot, Blue-collared Parrot, Black-capped Lory, Drongo Fantail, Arfak Catbird, Wallace’s Fairywren, and nesting Mountain Peltops. They also heard two new birds-of-paradise too, Magnificent Riflebird and Lesser Bird-of-paradise, but these were too far away for them to attempt to see at this time.

Day 5, 7th August 2022. Birding the Arfak Mountains

The group birding in the middle elevations headed into a blind (hide) and got to spend some time in the morning watching a displaying male Western Parotia – an amazing sight judging by their videos of this. In the afternoon, they visited a different blind and saw a female Black Scythebill.  

Those of us camping in the high elevation zone headed out early into the beautiful mossy forest, where we searched for, then found a feeding male Arfak Astrapia. This large bird-of-paradise gave some good views and was the last of our major bird-of-paradise targets for this overnight trip. Other good birds seen on the mountain and on the trek down, included (Western) Ornate Fruit Dove, White-bibbed (Mountain) Fruit Dove, Papuan Mountain Pigeon, Modest Tiger Parrot, Pygmy Lorikeet, Papuan Lorikeet, Vogelkop Bowerbird, Cinnamon-browed Melidectes, Vogelkop Melidectes, Long-tailed Paradigalla, and Crescent-caped Lophorina.   

West Papua trip report August 2022
The stunning White-bibbed (Mountain) Fruit Dove was one of many attractive features of the birding while in the Arfak Mountains, and one of many stunning pigeons seen on the tour.

Day 6, 8th August 2022. Birding the Arfak Mountains and travel to Manokwari

During our final morning in the Arfak Mountains, we visited a couple of blinds to enjoy, for one last time, a selection of birds-of-paradise and other goodies.

Some of the group headed down to the Western Parotia blind and, after seeing a couple of Spotted Jewel-babblers and Green-backed Robin, enjoyed watching the extraordinary display from the parotia (see trip report front cover photo). The parotia was amazingly flushed from his dancing by a Pheasant Pigeon that walked straight through the display area! A visit to the Vogelkop Bowerbird bower was also rewarding, with further good looks at this architectural marvel. Around the accommodation, Black-billed Sicklebill and Crescent-caped Lophorina were also noted, as was a low-flying Long-tailed Honey Buzzard that set pulses racing.

Reluctantly, we said goodbye to our village team after a truly enjoyable stay. They really went out of their way to help us, as usual, by building trails and blinds (hides), cooking good food, helping carry gear, guide us through the forest, help us on the tougher trails, and generally look after us throughout our stay.

Driving down the mountain back to Manokwari a couple of stops yielded Masked Bowerbird, Red Myzomela, White-shouldered Fairywren, Mountain Peltops, and several other birds. Both Magnificent Riflebird and Lesser Bird-of-paradise were heard, but the cloud dropped in, and rain shortly thereafter followed, so we were not able to see them.

Day 7, 9th August 2022. Manokwari to Sorong, birding the mangroves near Sorong

In the morning we took the short flight from Manokwari to Sorong and had some free time to rest during the hot part of the day. In the afternoon we visited some nearby mangroves where we found some gorgeous birds, including Emperor Fairywren, Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, Collared Imperial Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Oriental Dollarbird, Variable Goshawk, Rainbow Bee-eater, and Orange-breasted Fig Parrot. Unfortunately, Blue-black Kingfisher remained a “heard only” bird. Several other less colorful birds were also seen, but also appreciated, such as White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Large-billed Gerygone, and our first Willie Wagtails of the trip. In the damp areas we found Intermediate Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret, Cinnamon Bittern, and Barred Rail.

Day 8, 10th August 2022. Birding near Malagufuk (Klassow Valley) and travel to Waigeo

A really enjoyable morning was spent birding in the Malagufuk area and was definitely worth the early start from Sorong. As dawn approached, we had Papuan Hawk-Owl near our picnic breakfast site and then followed up with a range of parrots as they woke up, and these included Moluccan King Parrot, Black Lory, Black-capped Lory, Orange-crowned Hanging Parrot, Coconut Lorikeet, Large Fig Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, and the spectacular (and huge) Palm Cockatoo. We headed inside the forest and over the course of a few hours found several amazing birds, including King Bird-of-paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Golden Myna, Wompoo Fruit Dove, (Eastern) Superb Fruit Dove, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Dwarf Fruit Dove, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Black-sided Robin, (Papuan) Spangled Drongo, Dwarf Koel, Brown Oriole, Yellow-bellied Longbill, and Grey-headed Goshawk. We spent quite a bit of time watching a fruiting tree which was really rewarding, with many of the above species (and lots more) visiting it.

After a great morning we very reluctantly left the site to get back to Sorong in time to catch the boat to Waigeo, part of the Raja Ampat Islands. The short drive to our dive resort on Waigeo took longer than usual because we stopped for some good birds, these included yet another bird-of-paradise (our fourth species for the day), Glossy-mantled Manucode, along with Moustached Treeswift (very popular), Eclectus Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Hooded Butcherbird, Brown-headed Crow, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Pacific Golden Plover, and Grey-tailed Tattler. The end of the day saw us watching a pair of Papuan Frogmouths outside our dive resort villas!

West Papua trip report August 2022
The rather small King Bird-of-paradise was yet another attractive bird-of-paradise that we enjoyed on the tour (photo by tour participant Sarah Preston).
West Papua trip report August 2022
The locally distributed Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher was a big target for our birding near Sorong, and we got some good looks at this attractive species.

Day 9, 11th August 2022. Birding on Waigeo Island

Our first target for the morning was a bird often touted as one of the best-looking birds in the world. We got into position in a blind (hide) in the forest and waited…. After about half an hour a stunning male Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise flew in and started tidying up his lek site. The visit was brief but memorable. We continued to wait to see what would happen, and over the next hour a female came in and the male returned several times, allowing excellent close views (see photo in trip report introduction). There was also plenty of activity from other birds during the morning, including Western Crowned Pigeon seen by some of the group, along with Glossy-mantled Manucode, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Dusky Megapode, Blyth’s Hornbill, Raja Ampat Pitohui, Spot-winged Monarch, Frilled Monarch, Long-tailed Honey Buzzard, Brown-headed Crow, and Hooded Butcherbird.

After our enjoyable morning birding session, we took a speedboat to a nearby smaller island, where we had lunch, a swim in a beautiful reef (one with the highest diversity on the planet), and some excellent birds. Here, Glossy-mantled Manucode and Common Paradise Kingfisher gave excellent views, our best yet. We also saw Spice Imperial Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Violet-necked Lory, Shining Flycatcher, and Moluccan Starling. The boat ride to and from the island gave us views of Greater Crested Tern, Common Tern, Bridled Tern, Lesser Frigatebird, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Eastern Osprey, Pacific Reef Heron, and Great-billed Heron.

West Papua trip report August 2022
Watching a pair of Common Paradise Kingfishers hunting skinks was a highlight of our afternoon birding trip. The species complex is likely to be split soon, with the birds found on Waigeo likely becoming “Papuan Paradise Kingfisher”.  

We spent some time in the late afternoon with some relaxed birding at our dive resort, noting Beach Kingfisher, Glossy-mantled Manucode, Palm Cockatoo, Great-billed Parrot, Eclectus Parrot, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Pinon’s Imperial Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon, New Guinea Friarbird, Brown Oriole, and Lesser Frigatebird, as well as a glorious rainbow and sunset.

Day 10, 12th August 2022. Birding on Waigeo Island

The main target of the day was our fourteenth and final possible bird-of-paradise for the trip. We set off from our accommodation in the dark and hiked up a nearby hill and got into position and waited for the stunning Red Bird-of-paradise to come and visit their lek. We didn’t have to wait long, and they didn’t disappoint, as we enjoyed watching several birds attending the lek, including an adult male with long plumes.

West Papua trip report August 2022
The Red Bird-of-paradise lek was busy during the early morning, with an adult male, immature male, and several female birds present, resulting in plenty of dancing and displaying. A fantastic, somewhat manic sight (photo by tour participant Chuck Holliday).

While waiting for, and while watching the Red Bird-of-paradise, we also saw Great Cuckoo-Dove, Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove, Raja Ampat Pitohui, Tawny-breasted Honeyeater, (Papuan) Spangled Drongo, and the humongous Blyth’s Hornbill. As we walked off the hill we noted Yellow-faced Myna, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (giving an impressive duet), Shining Flycatcher, and Glossy-mantled Manucode.

For the rest of the morning we birded in some nearby forest, seeing Waigeo Cuscus, Papuan Pitta, Spot-winged Monarch, Northern Fantail, Dusky Megapode, Stephan’s Emerald Dove, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Ruby-throated Myzomela, (Papuan) Spangled Drongo, Yellow-bellied Longbill, and Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise. Lunch relaxing around the resort resulted in further great looks at Palm Cockatoo, Papuan Frogmouth, and Brown Oriole

During the afternoon we went birding along the roads and coast near our accommodation, getting repeat views of some of the gorgeous birds we’d already seen, but were happy to look at again, such as Eclectus Parrot, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Moustached Treeswift, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and Oriental Dollarbird. We also stopped at a small mudflat, finding Little Black Cormorant, Eurasian Whimbrel, Common Greenshank, Grey-tailed Tattler, Sacred Kingfisher, and Greater Crested Tern.

West Papua trip report August 2022
Having Palm Cockatoos constantly around our beach resort was a real treat and resulted in fantastic eye-level views.

Day 11, 13th August 2022. Birding on Waigeo Island and travel to Sorong

Our final birding session of the tour saw us heading back out into the forest of west Waigeo. There had been a lot of rain in the night and it was overcast when we awoke. Driving through the forest it was clear that it was much quieter than previous mornings. We walked the road for a long stretch and heard several species (lots of Common Paradise Kingfishers, Black-sided Robins, Blyth’s Hornbills, Zoe’s Imperial Pigeon, Pinon’s Imperial Pigeon, Glossy-mantled Manucode, etc.), but seeing anything was proving tricky, the best (possibly only) bird we saw for quite a long time was a Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher that sat in the open for all to see, so that was something good.

A bit later, while photographing a huge Giant Orb Spider, a Western Crowned Pigeon flew off the trail nearby. We spent some time looking for the bird, to no avail. However, the delay caused by this coincided with the sun finally coming out and almost immediately thereafter a flock of birds formed and were all around us! Within the flock we noted Raja Ampat Pitohui, Rusty Pitohui, Waigeo Shrikethrush, Golden Monarch, Spot-winged Monarch, Northern Fantail, Tawny-breasted Honeyeater, Green-backed Gerygone, Fairy Gerygone, Yellow-bellied Gerygone, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Yellow-bellied Longbill, Pygmy Longbill, Pale-billed Scrubwren, Grey Whistler, Ruby-throated Myzomela, and Red Bird-of-paradise. It was a hectic but enjoyable end to our final proper birding session on the island, and for the tour.

After lunch we took a quick ride to the harbor where we got on the fast ferry back to Sorong, arriving late in the afternoon. We had a final group evening meal together and discussed the possibilities for “bird of the trip”, which threw up lots of different choices for a huge variety of reasons! Coming out on top was probably Red Bird-of-paradise, just, with Western Parotia, Black Sicklebill, and Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise all coming close. We saw a great deal of high-quality birds that weren’t part of the birds-of-paradise family, and some of the top picks of “other birds” included Moustached Treeswift, Feline Owlet-nightjar, Blyth’s Hornbill, Rainbow Bee-eater, Common Paradise Kingfisher, and Spotted Jewel-babbler.

Day 12, 14th August 2022. Tour concludes with departure from Sorong

A non-birding day with everyone departing throughout the day.

A huge thank you must go out to our excellent local team of guides, porters, cooks, drivers, etc., for helping make the tour run so smoothly, particularly given the unseasonal poor weather we encountered at times. We’re already excited to return! Another huge thank you to everyone on the tour for making this such an enjoyable trip!

West Papua trip report August 2022
Red Bird-of-paradise proved to be one of the most popular birds seen during our 2022 West Papua tour, not surprising given the amazing show they put on for us (photo by tour participant Alan Livingstone).

Bird ListFollowing IOC (12.1)

Birds ‘heard only’ are marked with (H) after the common name, all other species were seen. The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following BirdLife International: VU = Vulnerable.

Common NameScientific Name
Megapodes (Megapodiidae)
Red-billed Brushturkey (H)Talegalla cuvieri
Dusky MegapodeMegapodius freycinet
Frogmouths (Podargidae)
Marbled FrogmouthPodargus ocellatus
Papuan FrogmouthPodargus papuensis
Owlet-nightjars (Aegothelidae)
Feline Owlet-nightjarAegotheles insignis
Mountain Owlet-nightjarAegotheles albertisi
Treeswifts (Hemiprocnidae)
Moustached TreeswiftHemiprocne mystacea
Swifts (Apodidae)
Glossy SwiftletCollocalia esculenta
Mountain SwiftletAerodramus hirundinaceus
Uniform SwiftletAerodramus vanikorensis
Papuan Spine-tailed SwiftMearnsia novaeguineae
Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
Black-billed CoucalCentropus bernsteini
Dwarf KoelMicrodynamis parva
Pacific KoelEudynamys orientalis
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
Shining Bronze CuckooChrysococcyx lucidus
Little Bronze CuckooChrysococcyx minutillus
White-crowned Cuckoo (H)Cacomantis leucolophus
Chestnut-breasted CuckooCacomantis castaneiventris
Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosus
Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)
Rock DoveColumba livia
Sultan’s Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia doreya
Bar-tailed Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia nigrirostris
Great Cuckoo-DoveReinwardtoena reinwardti
Stephan’s Emerald DoveChalcophaps stephani
Bronze Ground Dove (H)Pampusana beccarii
Pheasant PigeonOtidiphaps nobilis
Western Crowned Pigeon – VUGoura cristata
Wompoo Fruit DovePtilinopus magnificus
Pink-spotted Fruit DovePtilinopus perlatus
Ornate Fruit DovePtilinopus ornatus
Orange-fronted Fruit DovePtilinopus aurantiifrons
Superb Fruit DovePtilinopus superbus
White-bibbed Fruit DovePtilinopus rivoli
Claret-breasted Fruit DovePtilinopus viridis
Orange-bellied Fruit DovePtilinopus iozonus
Dwarf Fruit DovePtilinopus nainus
Spice Imperial PigeonDucula myristicivora
Purple-tailed Imperial PigeonDucula rufigaster
Pinon’s Imperial PigeonDucula pinon
Collared Imperial PigeonDucula mullerii
Zoe’s Imperial PigeonDucula zoeae
Pied Imperial PigeonDucula bicolor
Papuan Mountain PigeonGymnophaps albertisii
Rails, Crakes & Coots (Rallidae)
Barred RailHypotaenidia torquata
Pale-vented Bush-henAmaurornis moluccana
Plovers (Charadriidae)
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)
Eurasian WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Grey-tailed TattlerTringa brevipes
GreenshankTringa nebularia
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Common TernSterna hirundo
Frigatebirds (Fregatidae)
Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel
Cormorants, Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)
Little Black CormorantPhalacrocorax sulcirostris
Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae)
Cinnamon BitternIxobrychus cinnamomeus
Striated HeronButorides striata
Eastern Cattle EgretBubulcus coromandus
Great-billed HeronArdea sumatrana
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Pacific Reef HeronEgretta sacra
Ospreys (Pandionidae)
Eastern OspreyPandion cristatus
Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)
Pacific BazaAviceda subcristata
Long-tailed Honey BuzzardHenicopernis longicauda
Pygmy EagleHieraaetus weiskei
Variable GoshawkAccipiter hiogaster
Black-mantled GoshawkAccipiter melanochlamys
Grey-headed GoshawkAccipiter poliocephalus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
White-bellied Sea EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster
Owls (Strigidae)
Papuan Hawk-OwlUroglaux dimorpha
Hornbills (Bucerotidae)
Blyth’s HornbillRhyticeros plicatus
Rollers (Coraciidae)
Oriental DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis
Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)
Hook-billed KingfisherMelidora macrorrhina
Common Paradise KingfisherTanysiptera galatea
Red-breasted Paradise KingfisherTanysiptera nympha
Rufous-bellied KookaburraDacelo gaudichaud
Blue-black Kingfisher (H)Todiramphus nigrocyaneus
Beach KingfisherTodiramphus saurophagus
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Yellow-billed KingfisherSyma torotoro
Papuan Dwarf KingfisherCeyx solitarius
Azure KingfisherCeyx azureus
Bee-eaters (Meropidae)
Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatus
Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)
Palm CockatooProbosciger aterrimus
Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galerita
Old World Parrots (Psittaculidae)
Pesquet’s Parrot – VUPsittrichas fulgidus
Yellow-capped Pygmy ParrotMicropsitta keiensis
Red-breasted Pygmy ParrotMicropsitta bruijnii
Moluccan King ParrotAlisterus amboinensis
Eclectus ParrotEclectus roratus
Red-cheeked ParrotGeoffroyus geoffroyi
Blue-collared ParrotGeoffroyus simplex
Great-billed ParrotTanygnathus megalorynchos
Modest Tiger ParrotPsittacella modesta
Plum-faced LorikeetOreopsittacus arfaki
Pygmy LorikeetCharminetta wilhelminae
Red-flanked LorikeetHypocharmosyna placentis
Fairy LorikeetCharmosynopsis pulchella
Papuan LorikeetCharmosyna papou
Yellow-billed LorikeetNeopsittacus musschenbroekii
Black-capped LoryLorius lory
Black LoryChalcopsitta atra
Violet-necked LoryEos squamata
Coconut LorikeetTrichoglossus haematodus
Large Fig ParrotPsittaculirostris desmarestii
Orange-breasted Fig ParrotCyclopsitta gulielmitertii
Orange-fronted Hanging ParrotLoriculus aurantiifrons
Pittas (Pittidae)
Papuan PittaErythropitta macklotii
Hooded Pitta (H)Pitta sordida
Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)
Arfak CatbirdAiluroedus arfakianus
Vogelkop BowerbirdAmblyornis inornata
Masked BowerbirdSericulus aureus
Australasian Treecreepers (Climacteridae)
Papuan TreecreeperCormobates placens
Australasian Wrens (Maluridae)
Wallace’s FairywrenSipodotus wallacii
Emperor FairywrenMalurus cyanocephalus
White-shouldered FairywrenMalurus alboscapulatus
Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)
Green-backed HoneyeaterGlycichaera fallax
Rufous-sided HoneyeaterPtiloprora erythropleura
Brown-backed HoneyeaterRamsayornis modestus
Long-billed HoneyeaterMelilestes megarhynchus
Tawny StraightbillTimeliopsis griseigula
Arfak HoneyeaterMelipotes gymnops
Plain HoneyeaterPycnopygius ixoides
Marbled HoneyeaterPycnopygius cinereus
Ruby-throated MyzomelaMyzomela eques
Dusky MyzomelaMyzomela obscura
Red MyzomelaMyzomela cruentata
Mountain MyzomelaMyzomela adolphinae
Red-collared MyzomelaMyzomela rosenbergii
New Guinea FriarbirdPhilemon novaeguineae
Tawny-breasted HoneyeaterXanthotis flaviventer
Olive HoneyeaterLichmera argentauris
Puff-backed HoneyeaterMeliphaga aruensis
Mountain HoneyeaterMicroptilotis orientalis
Scrub HoneyeaterMicroptilotis albonotatus
Mimic HoneyeaterMicroptilotis analogus
Varied HoneyeaterGavicalis versicolor
Cinnamon-browed MelidectesMelidectes ochromelas
Vogelkop MelidectesMelidectes leucostephes
Ornate MelidectesMelidectes torquatus
Australasian Warblers (Acanthizidae)
Rusty Mouse-warblerOrigma murina
Mountain Mouse-warblerOrigma robusta
Pale-billed ScrubwrenAethomyias spilodera
Vogelkop ScrubwrenAethomyias rufescens
Grey-green ScrubwrenAethomyias arfakianus
Large ScrubwrenSericornis nouhuysi
Perplexing ScrubwrenSericornis virgatus
Brown-breasted GerygoneGerygone ruficollis
Large-billed GerygoneGerygone magnirostris
Yellow-bellied GerygoneGerygone chrysogaster
Green-backed GerygoneGerygone chloronota
Fairy GerygoneGerygone palpebrosa
Logrunners (Orthonychidae)
Papuan Logrunner (H)Orthonyx novaeguineae
Berrypeckers, Longbills (Melanocharitidae)
Black BerrypeckerMelanocharis nigra
Fan-tailed BerrypeckerMelanocharis versteri
Spectacled LongbillOedistoma iliolophus
Pygmy LongbillOedistoma pygmaeum
Yellow-bellied LongbillToxorhamphus novaeguineae
Painted Berrypeckers (Paramythiidae)
Tit BerrypeckerOreocharis arfaki
Jewel-babblers, Quail-thrushes (Cinclosomatidae)
Spotted Jewel-babblerPtilorrhoa leucosticta
Boatbills (Machaerirhynchidae)
Yellow-breasted BoatbillMachaerirhynchus flaviventer
Black-breasted BoatbillMachaerirhynchus nigripectus
Woodswallows, Butcherbirds & Allies (Artamidae)
White-breasted WoodswallowArtamus leucorynchus
Mountain PeltopsPeltops montanus
Black ButcherbirdMelloria quoyi
Hooded ButcherbirdCracticus cassicus
Mottled Berryhunter (Rhagologidae)
Mottled BerryhunterRhagologus leucostigma
Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)
Boyer’s CuckooshrikeCoracina boyeri
White-bellied CuckooshrikeCoracina papuensis
Black-bellied CuckooshrikeEdolisoma montanum
Black-browed TrillerLalage atrovirens
Sittellas (Neosittidae)
Papuan SittellaDaphoenositta papuensis
Australo-Papuan Bellbirds (Oreoicidae)
Rufous-naped BellbirdAleadryas rufinucha
Whistlers & Allies (Pachycephalidae)
Vogelkop WhistlerPachycephala meyeri
Grey WhistlerPachycephala simplex
Sclater’s WhistlerPachycephala soror
Regent WhistlerPachycephala schlegelii
Rusty PitohuiPseudorectes ferrugineus
Waigeo ShrikethrushColluricincla affinis
Figbirds, Orioles, Turnagra (Oriolidae)
Northern Variable PitohuiPitohui kirhocephalus
Raja Ampat PitohuiPitohui cerviniventris
Brown OrioleOriolus szalayi
Drongos (Dicruridae)
Spangled DrongoDicrurus bracteatus
Fantails (Rhipiduridae)
Willie WagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Northern FantailRhipidura rufiventris
Black FantailRhipidura atra
Friendly FantailRhipidura albolimbata
Dimorphic FantailRhipidura brachyrhyncha
Drongo FantailChaetorhynchus papuensis
Monarchs (Monarchidae)
Black MonarchSymposiachrus axillaris
Spot-winged MonarchSymposiachrus guttula
Golden MonarchCarterornis chrysomela
Frilled MonarchArses telescopthalmus
Shining FlycatcherMyiagra alecto
Crows, Jays (Corvidae)
Brown-headed CrowCorvus fuscicapillus
Grey CrowCorvus tristis
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)
Glossy-mantled ManucodeManucodia ater
Crinkle-collared ManucodeManucodia chalybatus
Long-tailed ParadigallaParadigalla carunculata
Arfak AstrapiaAstrapia nigra
Western ParotiaParotia sefilata
Crescent-caped LophorinaLophorina niedda
Magnificent RiflebirdPtiloris magnificus
Black SicklebillEpimachus fastosus
Black-billed SicklebillDrepanornis albertisi
Magnificent Bird-of-paradiseDiphyllodes magnificus
Wilson’s Bird-of-paradiseDiphyllodes respublica
King Bird-of-paradiseCicinnurus regius
Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradiseSeleucidis melanoleucus
Lesser Bird-of-paradise (H)Paradisaea minor
Red Bird-of-paradiseParadisaea rubra
Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)
Smoky RobinPeneothello cryptoleuca
Slaty RobinPeneothello cyanus
Black-sided RobinPoecilodryas hypoleuca
Black-throated RobinPlesiodryas albonotata
Ashy RobinHeteromyias albispecularis
Green-backed RobinPachycephalopsis hattamensis
Lesser Ground RobinAmalocichla incerta
Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae)
Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Leaf Warblers & Allies (Phylloscopidae)
Island Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus poliocephalus
White-eyes (Zosteropidae)
Black-fronted White-eyeZosterops chrysolaemus
Capped White-eyeZosterops fuscicapilla
Starlings, Rhabdornis (Sturnidae)
Metallic StarlingAplonis metallica
Singing StarlingAplonis cantoroides
Moluccan StarlingAplonis mysolensis
Yellow-faced MynaMino dumontii
Golden MynaMino anais
Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)
Olive-crowned FlowerpeckerDicaeum pectorale
Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)
Black SunbirdLeptocoma aspasia
Olive-backed SunbirdCinnyris jugularis
Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches (Passeridae)
Tree SparrowPasser montanus
Waxbills, Munias & Allies (Estrildidae)
Streak-headed MannikinMayrimunia tristissima
Total seen228
Total heard only7
Total recorded235

Mammal List

Common NameScientific Name
Old World Fruit Bats (Pteropodidae)
Spectacled Flying FoxPteropus conspicillatus chrysauchen
Cuscuses and Brushtail Possums (Phalangeridae)
Waigeo CuscusSpilocuscus papuensis
Bandicoots (Peramelidae)
Common EchymiperaEchymipera kalubu
Old World Mice and Rats (Muridae)
Brown RatRattus norvegicus
Vogelkop Mountain RatRattus arfakiensis

Reptile List

Common NameScientific Name
Colubrid Snakes (Colubridae)
Coconut Tree SnakeDendelaphis calligaster
Pythons (Pythonidae)
D’Albertis’ PythonLeiopython albertisii
Geckos (Gekkonidae)
Common House GeckoHemidactylus frenatus
Common Four-clawed GeckoGehyra mutilata
Lined GeckoGekko vittatus
Monitors (Varanidae)
Mangrove MonitorVaranus indicus
Peach-throated MonitorVaranus jobiensis
Skinks (Scincidae)
Pacific Bluetail SkinkEmoia caeruleocauda
Azure-tailed SkinkEmoia impar
Littoral Whiptail SkinkEmoia atrocostata
Indonesian Brown Rainbow SkinkCarlia fusca

Notable Other Taxa List

Note that those who went snorkeling saw a fantastic array of fish and reef life, the many species seen are not included within this list (with the exception of Blacktip Reef Shark, seen from land). Several invertebrates were seen but not identified to species level and so are also not included in this list.

Common NameScientific Name
Requiem Sharks (Carcharhinidae)
Blacktip Reef SharkCarcharhinus melanopterus
Cuttlefishes (Sepiidae)
Broadclub CuttlefishSepia latimanus
Seastars (Ophidiasteridae)
Blue LinckiaLinckia laevigata
Orbweavers (Araneidae)
Giant Golden OrbweaverNephila pilipes
Ground Beetles (Carabidae)
Tiger Beetle sp.Therates labiatus
Tiger Beetle sp.Tricondyla aptera
Swallowtails and Parnassians (Papilionidae)
Orchard SwallowtailPapilio aegeus
Sea Green SwallowtailPapilio lorquinianus
Ulysses ButterflyPapilio ulysses
Tithonus BirdwingOrnithoptera tithonus
Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)
Brown PansyJunonia hedeonia
Bordered RusticCupha prosope
Taenaris sp.Taenaris urania
Large Crow ButterflyEuploea phaenareta
Turquoise EmperorApaturina erminea
Whites, Yellows, and Sulphurs (Pieridae)
Three-spotted Grass YellowEurema blanda
Great Orange TipHebomoia glaucippe
Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae)
Blue sp.Caleta mindarus
Skippers (Hesperiidae)
Wide-brand Grass DartSuniana sunias
Underwing, Tiger, Tussock, and Allied Moths (Erebidae)
Lichen Moth sp.Oeonistis bicolora
Lacera Moth sp.Lacera asinuosa
Lymantria Moth sp.Lymantria novaguineensis
Crambid Snout Moths (Crambidae)
Snout Moth sp.Hyalobathra illectalis
Geometer Moths (Geometridae)
Amblychia sp.Amblychia angeronaria


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