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Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis is the commonest species of rail in the mid-montane wet grasslands of the Anggi Giji basin in the Arfak Mountains near Manokwari.

Anggi Giji basin

Extension to Arfak montane specialties
birding break

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.

Scheduled departures

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Physical effort

Relaxed birding in flat or only slightly sloping terrain.

Tour summary

Day 1 > Mount Indon and Anggi Giji basin.
Day 2 > Anggi Giji basin.
Day 3 > Anggi Giji basin and Manokwari.

Tour description

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Related links

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.

Browse our terms and conditions.

Browse our check-list of the birds of West Papua.

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