Anggi Giji basin
Extension to Arfak montane specialties
The twin mountain lakes of Anggi Giji and Anggi Gita,
situated at 1,860 m elevation in the Sougb-country of the southern Arfak
Mountains, were first visited by a western naturalist in 1904, but it
was a young Ernst Mayr who in 1928, at the beginning of an extremely productive
career in ornithology and evolutionary biology, discovered the area’s
paramount ornithological attraction on the eastern shores of Anggi Giji:
the beautiful Grey-banded Munia, until today known only from here and
nowhere else on Earth! The visually stunning Anggi Giji basin is also
an excellent place to come to grips with more widely ranging wet grassland
specialists like Lewin’s Rail and Spotless Crake, and stands of swampy
Pandanus-dominated forest at the base of the surrounding slopes
support the nearly mythical Shovel-billed Kookaburra, with a good selection
of the montane Arfak avifauna waiting to be explored uphill.
Possible year-round, but most certainly best
from June to November.
Please enquire for details on our upcoming departures.
Relaxed birding in flat or only slightly sloping terrain.
Day 1 > Mount Indon and Anggi Giji basin.
Day 2 > Anggi Giji basin.
Day 3 > Anggi Giji basin and Manokwari.
Read on about the birdlife
of the Arfak Mountains.
Read on about our filming
expedition for Vogelkop Bowerbird in the Arfak Mountains with the BBC
Natural History Unit.
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