Papuan Pitta Birding Tour

Join us for one of our Cape York Fly In/Fly Out tours! During the “Wet” when there is a chance that the main roads up the Cape will be closed it is the best way to visit Iron Range for the migratory New Guinea birding specials such as Red-bellied Pitta, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher and Black-winged Monarch which migrate south at this time of year and then return north when the rains stop. While the Kingfisher heads down as far as Cairns and the Cassowary Coast, the pitta and the monarch tend to stay in the Iron Range area.

Of course, the other New Guinea specials which mostly cannot be seen anywhere else in Australia such as Eclectus Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Black-eared Catbird, Magnificent Riflebird, Trumpet Manucode, Tropical Scrubwren, Green-backed Honeyeater and Tawny-breasted Honeyeater are there all year round.

Some Cape York endemics also occur, with Northern ScrubRobin, Frill-necked Monarch and White-streaked Honeyeater all to be expected. The Iron Range area has a good variety of habitats including mangroves, heathland, vine forest and the coast so there is lots on offer to look at. It has the largest area of lowland rainforest in Australia. Read on below for the full itinerary and checklist!

There are 3 departures this January. The first one (14-18 January, see brochure below) is 5 days and has 1 seat left. The second one (18-22 January) is full. The third is 4 days and is not shown in the brochure you can download from the button below, but it runs from 22-25 January and is priced at $2999. There is still 1 seat left on the 3rd departure. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Upcoming Scheduled Departures:

  • AU$3399 per person

    accommodation and all meals, transport, expert guiding, entry fees, taxes.

    Not included:
    drinks, personal expenses, tips, pre- and post-tour accommodation/meals.

    Price based on double or twin-share occupancy. Single occupancy attracts a surcharge.

  • $99 Earlybird discount

    Earlybird discount of $99 applies for bookings received up to 6 months prior to departure.

  • Return-client discount

    Book a tour within 12 months of your last tour and receive 4% off your second tour, 6% off your third tour, 8% off your fourth tour and 10% off your 5th tour. If your bookings are made within 3 months of each other for tours that take place within the same calendar year, discount applies to the cheaper tour(s). Discounts are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Bellbird Tours Pty Ltd.

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