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New Britain Extension

Birds-of-paradise and bowerbirds are the crown jewels of one of the most remarkable bird faunas, set against a fascinating cultural backdrop far removed from our own.

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Only two spaces remain open on our Jul 23, 2020 departure.

New Guinea is, in an avian context, one of the ultimate stages for evolutionary achievement. New Guinea's location at the juncture of two vast biogeographic regions has made it a crossroads on the pathway of evolution. A high degree of specialization is found in virtually all forms of life, including the more than 800 distinct languages spoken by native peoples. And this is the land of the fabled birds-of- paradise and bowerbirds, fascinating groups that evolved to occupy practically every habitat, from verdant rainforest to dry savanna to montane wet moss forest.

Our tour centers around locating a fabulous variety of birds of-paradise, among them some of the most highly prized birds on Earth: King-of-Saxony, Twelve-wired, Raggiana, and Blue birds of-paradise, the elegant Ribbon- tailed Astrapia, the huge Brown Sicklebill, and many more, each so uniquely plumed as to seem unrelated to the others. Parrots, pigeons, fruit-doves, cuckoos, and kingfishers are particularly well represented, while some less familiar groups of birds form the bulk of the passerine avifauna: sprightly fairywrens, gemlike pittas, cuckoo- shrikes, whistlers, monarchs, jewel-babblers, berrypeckers, and honeyeaters. Many of PNG's birds are extremely challenging to see; that's where the many years of experience in New Guinea of both our company and guides distinguish us.

We offer an optional five-day extension to the island of New Britain after the main tour. There we'll seek numerous specialties, from Melanesian Scrubfowl and Black-headed Paradise-Kingfisher to Red-knobbed and Finsch's imperial-pigeons, Blue-eyed Cockatoo and, we hope, the Golden Masked-Owl, among others.

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2020 Departures
Jul 23 - Aug 10

2021 Departures
Jul 22 - Aug 9



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Guides for our tours
Doug Gochfeld

What to Expect
Good to fine accommodations, easy to moderate terrain, warm to cool climate, moderate elevation, challenging birding.

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