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The adult male Black Sicklebill Epimachus fastuosus can be remarkably unobtrusive and easily overlooked when quietly feeding in fruiting Pandanus. Copyright © Myron Tay

Arfak and northern lowlands

Birding expedition

We begin our West Papuan birding adventure in the town of Manokwari, situated on the northeastern tip of New Guinea's Bird's Head or Vogelkop Peninsula. We will travel straight through to the nearby Arfak Mountains where we shall be based for four nights in search of an entire suite of so-called 'Vogelkop' endemics. The second leg of our birding adventure takes us to the northern lowlands near Jayapura. Upon arrival here, we will first be birding in open country around Lake Sentani where we foremost hope to find two rare and localized grassland finches. Early next morning, we set out to our secluded Muaib jungle camp in pristine alluvial lowland forest for a five days' exploration of its rich and colorful lowland forest avifauna. A man-sized cassowary, two megapodes, seven dazzling forest kingfishers, a profusion of parrots, the world's largest pigeon, and a whopping six species of bird-of-paradise await the intrepid and careful observer here.


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 for this tour which plies some challenging terrain.

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, Sentani and Lake Sentani.
Day 7 > Sentani and northern lowlands.
Day 8-10 > Northern lowlands.
Day 11 > Northern lowlands and Sentani.
Day 12 > Sentani.

Tour description

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Read on about the birdlife of the Arfak Mountains.

Read on about the birdlife of the northern lowlands of New Guinea.

Browse our terms and conditions.

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

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Manokwari lowlands

The celebrated 19th century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace described the King Bird-of-paradise Cicinnurus regius as a wanton waste of extreme beauty. Copyright © Dubi Shapiro

0.5 or 1 day
This Manokwari birding walk takes us to a large tract of foothill forest that supports a well-diversified and colorful lowland forest avifauna including the restricted-range Red-billed Brushturkey, Western Crowned Pigeon, and Painted Quail-thrush plus six species of bird-of-paradise.


12 days/11 nights

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Our wonderful experience with you in Papua is at the top of the list of our birding trips to this day. It was simply amazing! Like, your efforts in coordinating arrangements, travel, accommodations and catering left no stone unturned. We did not starve on this trip. In fact, we were spoiled beyond our expectations. Iwein, your mastery of Papuan ornithology, language, customs and culture, and relationships with the local villagers is unmatched. You are truly a walking talking Papuan encyclopedia. And Maurits, what can I say? You were tireless in your hospitality to all of us.
Greg and Lieng Thomas, USA