Trans-Fly and Wasur National Park
Many key birds of the southern lowlands of New Guinea, including Southern Crowned Pigeon Goura scheepmakeri and Greater Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea apoda, can be seen in and around the famed Wasur National Park near Merauke within the so-called Trans-Fly zone. This is an extensive peneplain of seasonally flooded grassland, marshes, reedbeds, savanna, woodland and monsoon forest, bordered by the Digul, Fly and Aramia rivers: in essence, a little piece of Australia, isolated within New Guinea.
Not surprisingly, the Trans-Fly region supports the most distinctive avifauna within New Guinea with four endemic species and heaps of Australian specialties. Wasur is also a globally significant staging and wintering ground for waders and waterfowl both from the Palearctic and Australia.
Trans-Fly endemic birds (4 species)
Spangled Kookaburra Dacelo tyro
Restricted-range species (2 species)
Painted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma ajax
Southern Cassowary Casuarius casuarius
Browse our check-list of the birds of West Papua.