Our tour to the Adelbert Range and Huon Peninsula takes in some of the remotest birding available, in an already distant part of the world. First, we’ll head to the Adelbert Range to search out one of Papua New Guinea’s most exquisite species, the Fire-maned Bowerbird; hopefully followed shortly afterwards by one of its most obscure, the Obscure Berrypecker! We’ll then drive down the coast to Madang to find the range restricted Edward’s Fig Parrot before winging our way from Lae to the resplendent, cool montane forests of the Huon Peninsula.
Host to a number of rarely seen, endemic Bird-of-paradise species that include Huon Astrapia, Wahnes's Parotia and the regal Emperor Bird-of-paradise. Throw in the attractive and localised Spangled Honeyeater, Huon Bowerbird (formerly part of the Macgregors Bowerbird complex), Cinnamon-browed Melidectes, Mottled Berryhunter (now in its own monotypic family, endemic to New Guinea), Pesquet's (Vulturine) Parrot, Tit and Fan-tailed Berrypecker (two different families endemic to New Guinea!), gaudy Papuan Lorikeet, Papuan Sitella, Blue-capped Ifrit (endemic to New Guinea) and Superb Bird-of-paradise, and this tour is sure to satisfy listers of both rare and remote species and families alike.
Fire-manded & Huon Bowerbirds; Huon Astrapia; Wahne's Parotia; Emperor, Lesser & Magnificent Bird-of-paradise; Superb Lophorina; Crinkled Manucode; Growling Riflebird; Spangled & Rufous-backed Honeyeaters; Obscure, Tit, Streaked, Mid-mountain & Fan-tailed Berrypeckers; Pesquet's Parrot; Papuan & Orange-billed Lorikeets; Dusky & Black-capped Lorys; Red-breasted & Buff-faced Pygmy Parrots; Edward's & Double-eyed Fig Parrots; Banded Yellow Robin; Brown-headed & Spotted Jewel-babblers; Tan-capped Catbird; Sclater’s, Brown-backed & Regent Whistlers; Canary & Lemon-bellied Flyrobins; Mountain & Hook-billed Kingfishers; Blue-capped Ifrit; Great Cuckoo-Dove; Ornate, Superb & Beautiful Fruit Doves; Rufescent, Pinon's, Torresian, Zoe's & Purple-tailed Imperial Pigeons; Papuan Sitella; Red-collared & Mountain Red-headed Myzomelas; Red-capped Flowerpecker; Black Monarch; Black-breasted Boatbill; Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo; Buff-faced Scrubwren; Brown-breasted & Green-backed Gerygones; Mottled Berryhunter (Whistler) [now in its own monotypic family]; Great Woodswallow; Varied & Black-mantled Goshawks; Papuan Eagle; Blue-grey Robin; White-shouldered & Orange-crowned Fairywrens; Cinnamon-browed Melidectes;
lowland rain forest for half the tour, and mid to high montane forest for the latter half
hot and humid in the lowlands, with expectant rain showers. Cool to cold in the mornings and evenings at higher altitude
7 with 1 Rockjumper Leader & 1 local leader
Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.
variable from tents and basic lodge to good in Madang and Lae
moderate, can be challenging at times
average to good
Stephan is a top notch guide. Great eyes, ears & local knowledge found us all the specials. A healthy dose of patience also ensured we all got onto the birds (those that hung around!)
The tour was excellent overall. The main guide, Stephan Lorentz, was really top class. His knowledge of the birds and calls and the fine id details was exceptional and his field skills were awesome, outdoing the local guides at times. And he is extremely personable and friendly. The local guides were also excellent and provided an exceptionally high level of field skill and support, and great enthusiasm in getting pax onto the more challenging birds. And physical support also, including even helping some of the pax on slippery slopes and cutting stairs on river landings at times!! The landed arrangements were generally slick and the accommodation of good quality. Overall it was an exceptional and really memorable tour with superb birds and birding, much or most of which would not have been possible without the Rockjumper team, slick tour planning and arrangements, Stephan and the local guides.
Glen is always a pleasure to travel with and his professional yet friendly manner was appreciated by the whole group. He knows his birds extremely well and works hard to get everyone in the group onto the birds. He has a great memory for names and always remembers and greets by name, local guides, drivers, hotel staff, etc that he has met on previous trips. The trip went very smoothly, due to his excellent handling of logistics.
This has been an incredible tour with Stephan Lorenz and Dušan Brinkhuizen as amazing guides. Experts in their knowledge of the New Guinea birds and wonderful companions who looked after the needs of all the participants. We all worked as a team under their guidance and saw many challenging as well as beautiful birds.
Adam Walleyn knew the birds and the calls and worked hard to make sure we saw not only the specialties of the area but all the birds. His nightbirding skills were phenomenal. It is like he knew exactly where the bird was going to show.
31 Jul 2024 - 11 Aug 2024 (12 days)
USD7,595 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: André Bernon
20 Aug 2025 - 31 Aug 2025 (12 days)
USD8,000 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Robert Williams
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