Birding in Nimbokrang


Nimbokrang is a transmigration settlement only 2 hours drive away from Jayapura in West Sentani. It’s a good base for exploring the bird-rich lowland alluvial forest of the Cyclops Mountains. The forest directly around Nimbokrang has been clearded for agriculture, but huge areas remain intact and the roads and side paths provide access into the forest depths. The combination of open areas and deep forest makes it ideal for birding watching. Furthermore is the location in the most eastern part of West Papua a guarantee to see bird species that are not represented further west, so a perfect way to build up your species list considerably.

Key Bird Species

Common Paradise Kingfisher:  Beautiful long-tailed Kingfisher that is, despite its name, extremely difficult to see. In Nimbokrang we have a hide prepared, where the bird is attracted with worms, so we can have close looks and take good pictures.

Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise:  Beautiful member of the Birds-of-Paradise family. Males have their tail replaced by twelve elongated wires they use to caress females during courtship. They use the same lek year by year close to the car stop, so we normally have good looks at it without too many efforts. 

Pale-billed Sicklebill: Odd large brown Bird-of-Paradise, with a bare head and a very long curved bill. Nimbokrang is the only place so far where you can see this restricted range bird and our local bird guide knows the best place to see it, altough some luck is needed.

King Bird-of-Paradise: Fairly small but exquisitely beautiful bird with bright red upperparts and two tail-wires ending in a metallic green snail-shaped disk. They are stunning to see in every situation, but the males displaying are an absolutely incredible spectacle of moving colors.


Other special bird species are: (forest, fairly common), (forest, common), (forest, fairly common but shy),  

More nature

New Guinea Death Adder

Common Spooted Cuscus

Parthenos aspila

Lizzards, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Bats, 


Minimum amount of days: 3 (2 nights).

Advised amount of days: 4 (3 nights).

Maximum amount of days: 5 (that should be enough to explore the area completely).

Price level: $… pp/pd.

Needed level of fitness: Average, you walk a lot, but it’s not steep here.


Nearest airport: Jayapura, connections to Jakarta, Manado, Biak and Makassar.

Transport: From Jayapura to Nimbokrang with a private car. In Nimbokrang by private car and by foot.


Nimbokrang Lodge:

Small but comfortable lodge in center of Nimbokrang village, founded and run by Sultan Birding. It has 5 rooms with AC, private western-style bath rooms, hot water and good beds. Breakfast is erved in the mornings and it has a good restaurant for lunch and dinners as well.

Combinations and extensions:

Good destinations to combine with Nimbokrang: Manado, Biak and Manokwari.

Typical itinerary:

1Transport Jayapura to Nimbokrang, afternoon birding
2Birding in village and forestEarly morning and late afternoon (lunch break)
3Birding in village and forestEarly morning and late afternoon (lunch break)
4Birding in morning, at 13.00 back to Jayapura.


Bird List

BirdChance of seeing (%)Remarks
Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus)<50
Spotted Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna guttata)<10
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)<10
Gray Teal (Anas gracilis)<10
Red-legged Brushturkey (Talegalla jobiensis)>50
New Guinea Megapode (Megapodius decollatus)<10
Brown Quail (Synoicus ypsilophorus)<50
Blue-breasted Quail (Synoicus chinensis)<10
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)<10
Metallic Pigeon (Columba vitiensis)<10
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)>50
Amboyna Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia amboinensis)>50
Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia doreya)<50
Black-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia nigrirostris)<10
Great Cuckoo-Dove (Reinwardtoena reinwardti)<50
Stephan’s Dove (Chalcophaps stephani)<10
Bronze Ground Dove (Alopecoenas beccarii)<10
Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)>90
Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus perlatus)<50
Ornate Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus ornatus)<10
Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus aurantiifrons)<10
Coroneted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus coronulatus)>50
Beautiful Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus)<50
White-breasted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus rivoli)<10
Geelvink Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus speciosus)<10
Claret-breasted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus viridis)<10
Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus iozonus)>90
Dwarf Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus nainus)<10
Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula rufigaster)<50
Pinon’s Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula pinon)>90
Collared Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula mullerii)<10
Zoe’s Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula zoeae)>50
Pied Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)<10
Papuan Mountain-Pigeon (Gymnophaps albertisii)<10
Greater Black Coucal (Centropus menbeki)>50
Lesser Black Coucal (Centropus bernsteini)>50
Dwarf Koel (Microdynamis parva)>50
Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis)<50
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae)>50
Long-billed Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx megarhynchus)<10
Little Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus)<50
White-crowned Koel (Cacomantis leucolophus)<50
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)<10
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus)>90
Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus)<50
Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis)>50
White-throated Nightjar (Eurostopodus mystacalis)<10
Papuan Nightjar (Eurostopodus papuensis)<50
Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus)<10
Papuan Spinetailed Swift (Mearnsia novaeguineae)>50
White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus)<10
Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)>50
Mountain Swiftlet (Aerodramus hirundinaceus)<10
Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis)>50
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus)<10
Moustached Treeswift (Hemiprocne mystacea)<50
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)<50
White-browed Crake (Poliolimnas cinereus)<10
Pale-vented Bush-hen (Amaurornis moluccana)<50
Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor)<10
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)<10
Greater Sand-Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)<10
Swinhoe’s Snipe (Gallinago megala)<10
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)<10
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)<10
Red-backed Buttonquail (Turnix maculosus)<10
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)<10
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)<10
Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)<10
Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)<10
Forest Bittern (Zonerodius heliosylus)<10
Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana)<10
Great Egret (Ardea alba)>50
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)<10
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)<10
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)<10
Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)<10
Long-tailed Honey-buzzard (Henicopernis longicauda)<50
Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata)<50
New Guinea Eagle (Harpyopsis novaeguineae)<50
Pygmy Eagle (Hieraaetus weiskei)<10
Gurney’s Eagle (Aquila gurneyi)<10
Variable Goshawk (Accipiter hiogaster)<50
Black-mantled Goshawk (Accipiter melanochlamys)<10
Gray-headed Goshawk (Accipiter poliocephalus)<10
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)<10
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)<10
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)>50
Papuan Boobook (Ninox theomacha)<10
Papuan Owl (Uroglaux dimorpha)<10
Blyth’s Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)>90
Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus)<50
Papuan Dwarf-Kingfisher (Ceyx solitarius)<50
Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud)>50
Shovel-billed Kookaburra (Dacelo rex)<50
Blue-black Kingfisher (Todiramphus nigrocyaneus)>50
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)>50
Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina)>50
Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro)>50
Common Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea)>50
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)<10
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)<50
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)>50
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)<10
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)<10
Buff-faced Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta pusio)>90
Papuan King-Parrot (Alisterus chloropterus)<10
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus)>90
Red-cheeked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi)>90
Modest Tiger-Parrot (Psittacella modesta)<10
Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii)<10
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma)<50
Salvadori’s Fig-Parrot (Psittaculirostris salvadorii)<50
Plum-faced Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki)<10
Pygmy Lorikeet (Charminetta wilhelminae)<10
Red-fronted Lorikeet (Hypocharmosyna rubronotata)<10
Red-flanked Lorikeet (Hypocharmosyna placentis)<10
Papuan Lorikeet (Charmosyna papou)<10
Yellow-billed Lorikeet (Neopsittacus musschenbroekii)<10
Orange-billed Lorikeet (Neopsittacus pullicauda)<10
Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata)<10
Brown Lory (Chalcopsitta duivenbodei)<50
Papuan Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus aurantiifrons)<10
Papuan Pitta (Erythropitta macklotii)<50
Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida)<50
White-eared Catbird (Ailuroedus buccoides)<10
Tan-capped Catbird (Ailuroedus geislerorum)<50
Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis inornata)<10
Masked Bowerbird (Sericulus aureus)<10
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris)<10
Emperor Fairywren (Malurus cyanocephalus)>50
White-shouldered Fairywren (Malurus alboscapulatus)>50
Plain Honeyeater (Pycnopygius ixoides)<50
Marbled Honeyeater (Pycnopygius cinereus)<50
Streak-headed Honeyeater (Pycnopygius stictocephalus)>50
Puff-backed Honeyeater (Meliphaga aruensis)<10
Orange-cheeked Honeyeater (Oreornis chrysogenys)<10
Yellow-gaped Honeyeater (Microptilotis flavirictus)<50
Mountain Honeyeater (Microptilotis orientalis)<10
Scrub Honeyeater (Microptilotis albonotatus)<10
Mimic Honeyeater (Microptilotis analogus)>50
Black-throated Honeyeater (Caligavis subfrenata)<10
Sooty Melidectes (Melidectes fuscus)<10
Short-bearded Melidectes (Melidectes nouhuysi)<10
Cinnamon-browed Melidectes (Melidectes ochromelas)<10
Vogelkop Melidectes (Melidectes leucostephes)<10
Belford’s Melidectes (Melidectes belfordi)<10
Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus)<10
Smoky Honeyeater (Melipotes fumigatus)<10
Long-billed Honeyeater (Melilestes megarhynchus)<50
Ruby-throated Myzomela (Myzomela eques)<10
Red Myzomela (Myzomela cruentata)<10
Papuan Black Myzomela (Myzomela nigrita)<10
Elfin Myzomela (Myzomela adolphinae)<10
Red-collared Myzomela (Myzomela rosenbergii)<10
Green-backed Honeyeater (Glycichaera fallax)<10
Rufous-sided Honeyeater (Ptiloprora erythropleura)<10
Gray-streaked Honeyeater (Ptiloprora perstriata)<10
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater (Xanthotis flaviventer)<50
Spotted Honeyeater (Xanthotis polygrammus)<10
Meyer’s Friarbird (Philemon meyeri)>50
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides)>90
Goldenface (Pachycare flavogriseum)<10
Rusty Mouse-Warbler (Crateroscelis murina)<50
Mountain Mouse-Warbler (Crateroscelis robusta)<10
Large Scrubwren (Sericornis nouhuysi)<10
Vogelkop Scrubwren (Sericornis rufescens)<10
Buff-faced Scrubwren (Sericornis perspicillatus)<10
Papuan Scrubwren (Sericornis papuensis)<10
Gray-green Scrubwren (Sericornis arfakianus)<10
Pale-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis spilodera)<10
Papuan Thornbill (Acanthiza murina)<10
Green-backed Gerygone (Gerygone chloronota)<50
Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa)<10
Yellow-bellied Gerygone (Gerygone chrysogaster)>50
Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris)<50
Brown-breasted Gerygone (Gerygone ruficollis)<10
Papuan Babbler (Pomatostomus isidorei)<50
Blue Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa caerulescens)<50
Stout-billed Cuckooshrike (Coracina caeruleogrisea)<10
Boyer’s Cuckooshrike (Coracina boyeri)>50
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis)<50
Golden Cuckooshrike (Campochaera sloetii)<50
Black-browed Triller (Lalage atrovirens)>90
Black-bellied Cicadabird (Edolisoma montanum)<10
Papuan Cicadabird (Edolisoma incertum)<10
Common Cicadabird (Edolisoma tenuirostre)<10
Gray-headed Cicadabird (Edolisoma schisticeps)<50
Black Cicadabird (Edolisoma melas)<50
Rufous-naped Bellbird (Aleadryas rufinucha)<10
Rusty Pitohui (Pseudorectes ferrugineus)<50
Mamberamo Shrikethrush (Colluricincla obscura)>50
Arafura Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)<10
Black Pitohui (Melanorectes nigrescens)<10
Regent Whistler (Pachycephala schlegelii)<10
Vogelkop Whistler (Pachycephala meyeri)<10
Sclater’s Whistler (Pachycephala soror)<10
Lorentz’s Whistler (Pachycephala lorentzi)<10
Gray Whistler (Pachycephala simplex)<10
Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous)<10
Brown Oriole (Oriolus szalayi)<10
Black-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus nigripectus)<10
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer)<10
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)<10
Lowland Peltops (Peltops blainvillii)>50
Black Butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi)>50
Black Fantail (Rhipidura atra)<10
Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris)>50
Sooty Thicket-Fantail (Rhipidura threnothorax)<50
White-bellied Thicket-Fantail (Rhipidura leucothorax)>90
Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)>90
Rufous-backed Fantail (Rhipidura rufidorsa)<50
Dimorphic Fantail (Rhipidura brachyrhyncha)<10
Friendly Fantail (Rhipidura albolimbata)<10
Chestnut-bellied Fantail (Rhipidura hyperythra)<10
Trumpet Manucode (Phonygammus keraudrenii)<10
Jobi Manucode (Manucodia jobiensis)<50
Glossy-mantled Manucode (Manucodia ater)>50
King-of-Saxony Bird-of-Paradise (Pteridophora alberti)<10
Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus)>50
Black-billed Sicklebill (Drepanornis albertisi)<10
Pale-billed Sicklebill (Drepanornis bruijnii)>50
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)<50
King Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)>50
Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus)<10
Lesser Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea minor)>50
Golden Monarch (Carterornis chrysomela)<50
Fan-tailed Monarch (Symposiachrus axillaris)<10
Hooded Monarch (Symposiachrus manadensis)<10
Spot-winged Monarch (Symposiachrus guttula)<50
Frilled Monarch (Arses telescopthalmus)<10
Ochre-collared Monarch (Arses insularis)>50
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto)>90
Brown-headed Crow (Corvus fuscicapillus)<50
Gray Crow (Corvus tristis)>50
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)<10
Black Berrypecker (Melanocharis nigra)<10
Mid-mountain Berrypecker (Melanocharis longicauda)<10
Fan-tailed Berrypecker (Melanocharis versteri)<10
Yellow-bellied Longbill (Toxorhamphus novaeguineae)<50
Spectacled Longbill (Oedistoma iliolophus)<10
Pygmy Longbill (Oedistoma pygmaeum)<10
Torrent Flycatcher (Monachella muelleriana)<10
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster)<50
Olive Flyrobin (Microeca flavovirescens)<10
Papuan Flycatcher (Microeca papuana)<10
White-faced Robin (Tregellasia leucops)<10
Black-sided Robin (Poecilodryas hypoleuca)>50
Black-throated Robin (Poecilodryas albonotata)<10
White-winged Robin (Peneothello sigillata)<10
Smoky Robin (Peneothello cryptoleuca)<10
Blue-gray Robin (Peneothello cyanus)<10
Ashy Robin (Heteromyias albispecularis)<10
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)>50
Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis)<10
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)<50
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)>50
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans)<10
Island Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus poliocephalus)<10
Black-fronted White-eye (Zosterops minor)<10
Capped White-eye (Zosterops fuscicapilla)<10
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica)>50
Singing Starling (Aplonis cantoroides)<50
Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii)>50
Golden Myna (Mino anais)<10
Island Thrush (Turdus poliocephalus)<10
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)<50
Olive-crowned Flowerpecker (Dicaeum pectorale)<10
Red-capped Flowerpecker (Dicaeum geelvinkianum)>50
Black Sunbird (Leptocoma aspasia)>90
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)>50
Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)>50
Streak-headed Munia (Mayrimunia tristissima)<50
Grand Munia (Lonchura grandis)<50
Black-breasted Munia (Lonchura teerinki)<10
Hooded Munia (Lonchura spectabilis)<50
Chestnut-breasted Munia (Lonchura castaneothorax)<10
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)>90
Gray Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)<10
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis)<10


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