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New Guinea Birds

Forest / Land Birds found in New Guinea

New Guinea Map / Location

Forest / Land Birds found in New Guinea

Photos of Forest Birds … Listing below

New Guinea Water BirdsNew Guinea Birds of Prey … New Guinea Parrots … New Guinea Birds of Paradise

Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae)

Australasian / Australian Treecreepers (Red-browed Treecreeper, Climacteris erythrops; Rufous Treecreeper, Climacteris rufa; White-throated Treecreeper, Cormobates leucophaeus)

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) aka Bush Turkey – Range: Southern New Guinea

Close-up of an Australian Bustard New Guinea Birds
Close-up of an Australian Bustard New Guinea Birds

Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Australian Pipit (A. n. exiguus)

Australasian / Australian Treecreepers

Australo-Papuan or Australasian babblers (Pomatostomidae) aka pseudo-babblers

Azure Kingfisher (Alcedo azurea) – Range: Lowlands of New Guinea and neighboring islands

Bare-legged Swiftlet (Collocalia nuditarsus) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

Bismarck Thicketbird (Megalurulus grosvenori) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus)

Blue-black Kingfisher (Todiramphus nigrocyaneus) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)

Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) – Range: Southern New Guinea

Bougainville Thicketbird (Megalurulus llaneae) – Range: Papua New Guine

Bowerbirds and Catbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Brown Oriole (Oriolus szalayi) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Brown or Rusty Pitohui (Pitohui ferrugineus)

Brown Quail aka Swamp Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora)

Brown-winged Starling (Aplonis grandis) – Found in Papua New Guinea

Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus) – Native to northern New Guinea

Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia salvadoriana) – Range: South-east New Guinea, from R Angabunga to R Kemp Welch. Nominate species (Tanysiptera sylvia sylvia) migrates to South and North New Guinea in March to April.

Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) – Range:, Papua New Guinea

Chestnut-breasted Finches (Lonchura castaneothorax)

Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher

Common or European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris(Sturnus vulgaris) – Rare/Accidental

Crimson Finches (Neochmia phaeton) – Range: Southern New Guinea

Dusky Honeyeaters (Myzomela obscura)

Dwarf Cassowary (Casuarius bennetti) (Flightless Bird)

Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris)

Flame Bowerbird (Sericulus aureus)

Figbirds (Sphecotheres viridis)

Fire-maned Bowerbird (Sericulus bakeri) – Range: Adelbert Mountains in Papua New Guinea

Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii), also known as the Macleay’s or Blue Kingfisher- Range: native to Papua New Guinea

Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)

Golden Myna (Mino anais) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Greater Melampitta (Melampitta gigantea) – Range: Found in Papua New Guinea

Grey Crow (Corvus tristis) – Range: New Guinea and associated offshore islands

Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous)

Horsfield’s Cuckoo or Oriental Cuckoos (Cuculus optatus)

Island Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus poliocephalus) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Island Thrush (Turdus poliocephalus)

Kookaburras / Kingfishers

Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Lesser Melampitta (Melampitta lugubris) – Range: Mountain forests of New Guinea

Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) – Range: Indomalayan ecozone from Kazakhstan and Afghanistan through India to New Guinea

Macgregor’s Bowerbird (Amblyornis macgregoriae) – Range: New Guinea’s mountain forests

Matthias Fantail (Rhipidura matthiae) – Range: Mussau in the St Matthias Islands of Papua New Guinea

Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Mayr’s Swiftlet (Collocalia orientalis) – Found in Papua New Guinea

Melanesian Megapode or Melanesian Scrubfowl (Megapodius eremita) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica)

Mountain Swiftlet (Aerodramus hirundinacea) – Endemic to the island of New Guinea and the nearby islands of Karkar, Yapen and Goodenough

New Guinea Babbler (Pomatostomus isidorei)

New Guinea Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina melas)

New Guinea Logrunner (Orthonyx novaeguineae) – Range: Subtropical or tropical moist montanes of New Guinea

New Guinean Magpie (C. tibicen papuana) – Range: Southern New Guinea

New Guinea Pipit or Alpine Pipit (Anthus gutturalis) – Range: Papua New Guinea.

Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus) aka Leatherhead

Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird

Northern Cassowary aka Single (One)-wattled Cassowary or Gold(en)-neck(ed) Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus)

Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus)

Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) – Found in southern New Guinea

Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Papuan Harrier (Circus spilonotus spilothorax) – Bird of Prey

Papuan Hornbill (R. p. jungei) – Range: Eastern New Guinea, west as far as the Fly River region

Papuan Needletail (Mearnsia novaeguineae), also known as the Papuan Spine-tailed Swift, New Guinea Spine-tailed Swift or Papua Spinetail

Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) – Range: Papua New Guinea


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud) – Range: Lowland New Guinea

Rusty Thicketbird (Megalurulus rubiginosus) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) – Range: Found in the mangroves, forests and river valleys of Papua New Guinea

Shovel-billed Kookaburra or Kingfisher (Clytoceyx rex) – Range: Occurs in hill forests, but has been recorded from sea-level up to an altitude of 2400 m (7850 ft)

Silver-eared Honeyeater (Lichmera alboauricularis) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Singing Starlings (Aplonis cantoroides): Range: New Guinea and someadjacent islands, the Bismarck Archipelago, Admiralty Islands and Solomon Islands

Smoky Honeyeater (Melipotes fumigatus) – Range: New Guinea – central Ranges across the length of the island as well as two isolated populations on north west and north of the island

Snow Mountain Quail (Anurophasis monorthonyx) – Range: Confined to New Guinea’s highest elevations, the Snow Mountains of Irian Jaya – in the Alpine grasslands at an elevation above 9850 ft (3000 metres).

Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

Spangled Honeyeater (Melipotes ater) – Endemic to Papua New Guinea

Spangled Kookaburra (Dacelo tyro) – Range: Savannahs of southern New Guinea

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) aka Australian Crow

Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis)

Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela)

Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis inornata) – Range: Mountains of the Vogelkop Peninsula at Western New Guinea, Indonesia

Wattled Smoky Honeyeater (Melipotes carolae): Only discovered in 2005 – found in remote montane forests of Foja Mountains range, Western New Guinea at an altitude over 1,150 metres.

White-bellied Whistler (Pachycephala leucogastra) – Range: Occurs in two small areas of northern New Guinea, one small area in south eastern New Guinea and on Rossel Island in the Louisiade Archipelago (off the tip of eastern New Guinea)

White-eared Catbird (Ailuroedus buccoides) – Range Papua New Guinea

White-rumped Swiftlet (Aerodramus spodiopygia)

White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)

Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)

Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro) – Range: Widespread throughout lowland New Guinea and adjacent islands

Yellow-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera lauterbachi) aka Lauterbach’s Bowerbird – Range: Mainland New Guinea

Yellow-faced Mynahs (Mino dumontii)

Yellow Oriole or Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)


Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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