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 Austral summer. See links below. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Tour Reviews:

Peter Was Great!

“Peter was great, so knowledgeable and knew what was in his area we really enjoyed our time with him”

T Franks - UK
Aug 2011

Excellent Species!

“A fabulous trip with excellent species!”

Dick Holworth - UK
November 2004

Great Value for Money

“Great value for money, I would never have found these species myself”

Jules Bos - Netherlands
September 2005

Thanks Peter!`

“Thanks Peter, we had a great trip, and lots of photos”

A Low - Singapore
Apr 2011

A Really Good One

“My tour has been a really good one, and Peter contributed a lot to its success. Thank you so much!”

C Rowekamp - Germany
Feb 2013

Excellent and Pleasurable

“Many thanks for an excellent and pleasurable couple of days birding in SA!”

J & P Smallwood - UK
Oct 2013

Thank You!

Thank you again for finding so many birds for us this week. Your time with us was really special. We will remember it always.

C. & S. Magee - USA
October 2013

A Perfect Trip

We had such a great trip. Steve is an incredible guide. I am still awed by how many birds we saw and all the amazing places. Thank you for much for making our trip so perfect.

Kathy & Anna, USA
Sep 2019
  • 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 12 months prior to departure. See individual tour brochure for details.

  • Return-client discount

    Book a tour within 12 months of your last tour and receive 2% off your second tour, 3% off your third tour, 4% off your fourth tour and 5% off your 5th tour. If your bookings are made for tours that take place within the same calendar year, discount applies to the cheaper tour(s). Discounts are not applicable to all tours subject to change at any time at the discretion of Bellbird Tours Pty Ltd. See individual tour brochure for details.

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