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The ballerina display of the adult male Western Parotia Parotia sefilata on its meticulously cleared ground court has to be witnessed to be believed. This amazing bird-of-paradise is but one of 54 bird species endemic to West Papua where it occurs at mid-elevations in the Arfak, Tamrau and Wandammen Mountains. Copyright © Jan Vertelman

Arfak montane specialties

Birding break

On this West Papuan birding break we basically follow in the footsteps of the great Italian naturalists D’Albertis and Beccari, who once collected in the Hattam-country only a few kilometers away from our base in the Arfak Mountains on the mid-slopes of majestic Mount Indon, towering 2,425 m above the Prafi Valley. Nearly a century and a half elapsed since the intrepid D’Albertis was the first westerner to penetrate any distance into the mountains of New Guinea exactly here in 1872, but birding these magnificent woods, swathed in clouds during parts of most days, remains an irresistible adventure. A privileged opportunity also, to be taken in tow by the Hattam, across their ancestral lands, and marvel at endemic birdlife that few outsiders have ventured to come and see before.

When?

Possible year-round, but most certainly best from June to November.

Scheduled departures

Please enquire for details on our upcoming departures.

Physical effort

Reasonable physical fitness and good agility are required to bird the relatively steep slopes here.

Tour summary

Day 1 > Manokwari and Arfak montane forests.
Day 2-4 > Arfak montane forests.
Day 5 > Arfak montane forests and Manokwari.
Day 6 > Manokwari.

Tour description

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Read on about the birdlife of the Arfak Mountains.

Read on about our Amazing Arfak birding expedition to the Arfak Mountains.

Read on about our other prolonged birding expeditions visiting 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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Het was echt zwaar om vogels te vinden. Meestal hoog in de bomen met weinig goede belichting. Denk niet dat er veel plaatsen in de wereld zijn waar het zo lastig is. Gelukkig was Iwein een krak van een vogelaar die zeer scherpe ogen heeft en elk vogelgeluidje kent.
Heerlijk vegetarisch eten ook. Ongelofelijk wat Like en haar sous-chefs konden klaarmaken op een simpel vuurtje.
Piet Opstaele, Belgium