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Cinnamon Ground Dove Gallicolumba rufigula is a widespread and at least locally common yet easily overlooked denizen of lowland, hill and lower montane forests on New Guinea, ascending up to 1,700 m elevation locally. Copyright © Fabrice Tortey

West Papua birding walks

Our West Papuan birding walks are half a day’s to day-long focused bird-watching excursions currently offered out of the towns of Sorong, Manokwari and Kota Biak. From our Sorong home base, our most accessible 'local patch' holds the restricted-range Red-billed Brushturkey, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, and Black Lory, plus four species of bird-of-paradise: Glossy-mantled and Trumpet Manucode, and King and Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise. Great as a little extension to our ‘Waitanta endemics’ birding break, and otherwise well worth a look if you happen to pass through Sorong and have a spare morning or so.

Biak Island

Eclectus Parrot Eclectus roratus is widely distributed throughout the lowland forests of the New Guinea region and beyond. Copyright © Roland Hilgartner

0.5 or 1 day
Of truly oceanic origin, the twin islands of Biak and Supiori harbor the most highly endemic avifauna of any singular land area in the entire New Guinea region, with up to 15 endemic taxa variously being treated at the species level.

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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.

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Rumba Boo Islets

The strange Beach Stone-curlew Esacus magnirostris could well be the highlight of a birding excursion to the Rumba Boo Islets off Salawati Island in the Raja Ampat archipelago of eastern Indonesia.

0.5 or 1 day
The Rumba Boo Islets lie off the northeast coast of Salawati Island in the Raja Ampat archipelago, just half an hour's boat ride away from Sorong. These sandy atolls are an excellent place to come to grips with a variety of waders and wetland birds, besides sporting a number of so-called 'supertramps'.

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Sorong lowlands

Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer is one of 245 widespread residents in West Papua that always is a thrill to see. Copyright © Myron Tay

0.5 or 1 day
This Sorong birding walk covers a heterogeneous mix of secondary lowland forests that support a well-diversified and colorful lowland forest avifauna including the restricted-range Red-billed Brushturkey, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher and Black Lory, plus seven species of bird-of-paradise.

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    Why go birding in West Papua with Papua Expeditions?
  • Genuine birders catering for birders: we just know what the discerning bird-watcher wants.
  • Expert bird identification and interpretation by great guides, keen on sharing an intimate knowledge, amassed over years of practical field experience.
  • Our unrivaled digital sound library of West Papuan birds, now exceeding 5,000 tracks, maximizes the outlook of coming to grips with the most elusive of species through sparing and cautious playback in the field.
  • Extensively researched, top quality birding itineraries, maximizing time in the field: we take you off the beaten track to pristine hotspots we know inside out!
  • Very small groups for better birding: minimum 4 and maximum 6 participants plus 2 expedition leaders.
  • Small company means attention to people and detail.