Ambua Lodge

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Country: Papua New Guinea

Region: Southern Highlands

We speak: English

Web site: www.pngtours.com/lodge1.html

Location: The setting of this outstanding Bed & Birding place is truly breathtaking. Remote is an understatement when it comes to Papua New Guinea, a raw and remarkably untamed land where tribal traditions have changed little in centuries. Ambua Lodge is set right in the PNG highlands and close by there is a nice waterfall. Fly by charter aircraft to Tari over Papua New Guinea’s rugged Central Ranges, a spectacular region of limestone peaks that seem to rise and drop at impossible angles. Then transfer to Ambua Lodge, an award-winning eco-lodge nearly 7,000 feet above the beautiful Tari Valley. The valley is home to one of the most recognisable tribes in Papua New Guinea, the Huli Wigmen, known for their ceremonial costumes and rituals associated with the exotic birds of paradise. 13 species of them live around the Ambua lodge, including the stunning King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise.

Services: See the elaborate plumage of the birds of paradise, the human-hair wigs of the Huli Wigmen, the highest mountains between the Andes and Himalayas and incredible swathes of virgin rainforest. Best of all, you’ll get to do it all in comfort, safety and style. You may be surprised at just how easy an adventure can be. Ambua is surrounded by a mass of interlocking treetops, emboldened by occasional splashes of colour from high-altitude orchids and rhododendrons. Well-kept nature trails venture into the jungle, crossing woven vine bridges and clear mountain streams to secluded waterfalls. There are no large animals in PNG. Tree Kangaroos and Possums are the largest of the marsupials (pouched mammals). As it is beyond the Wallace Line, there are no African or Asian animals. This means that the birds have a special place in nature here. Food is great and Staffs are all helpful, friendly & attentive.

Guestrooms: Ambua Lodge consists of 35 comfortable round houses (rondels) built from natural materials in the lodge’s landscaped gardens. Each Rondel is consisting of clean & cosy twin or double room with ensuite bathroom, nice shower with adequate amenities and 3 bungalows that accommodate triple beds. All beds have electric blankets so you can have a cosy warm bed on a cold night. All rondels have wonderful 180 degree view of the garden & magnificent mountain range. In addition, there are 18 new rooms built in 2013 in a 2 storey block. These also have ensuite bathrooms with shower and a balcony. The new rooms are all twin/double with King size beds. The Main Lodge has a lounge, dining room and bar.

* Please note that the English bird names on this site follow the American terminology. If you can't find a species name, try searching by Family or latin name.
Status key: B = breeding species; RB - rare breeding; W = winter only; V - vagrant; RV = rare vagrant; TM - trans-migrant; In - introduced

Name
Status
Name (lat)
Family
Brown-breasted Gerygone
R
Gerygone ruficollis Acanthizidae
Buff-faced Scrub-wren
R
Sericornis perspicillatus Acanthizidae
Papuan Scrub-wren
B
Sericornis papuensis Acanthizidae
Grey Gerygone
R
Gerygone cinerea Acanthizidae
New Guinea Thornbill
R
Acanthiza murina Acanthizidae
Bicoloured Mouse-warbler
NB
Crateroscelis nigrorufa Acanthizidae
Grey-green Scrub-wren
R
Sericomis arfakianus Acanthizidae
Mountain Mouse-warbler
RB
Crateroscelis robusta Acanthizidae
Large Scrub-wren
R
Sericornis nouhuysi Acanthizidae
Collared Sparrowhawk
NB
Accipiter cirrhocephalus Accipitridae
Spotted Marsh-harrier
NB
Circus spilonotus Accipitridae
Meyer's Goshawk
NB
Accipiter meyerianus Accipitridae
Swamp Harrier
NB
Circus approximans Accipitridae
New Guinea Harpy-eagle
RB
Harpyopsis novaeguineae Accipitridae
Black-shouldered Kite
B
Elanus caeruleus Accipitridae
Grey Goshawk
NB
Accipiter novaehollandiae Accipitridae
Little Eagle
NB
Hieraaetus morphnoides Accipitridae
Brahminy Kite
R
Haliastur indus Accipitridae
Brown Goshawk
NB
Accipiter fasciatus Accipitridae
Gurney's Eagle
NB
Aquila gurneyi Accipitridae
Grey headed Goshawk
NB
Accipiter poliocephalus Accipitridae
Crested Hawk
NB
Aviceda subcristata Accipitridae
Black-mantled Goshawk
B
Accipiter melanochlamys Accipitridae
Long-tailed Buzzard
B
Henicopernis longicauda Accipitridae
Clamorous Reed-Warbler
NB
Acrocephalus stentoreus Acrocephalidae
Feline Owlet-nightjar
R
Aegotheles insignis Aegothelidae
Mountain Owlet-nightjar
R
Aegotheles albertisi Aegothelidae
Forest Kingfisher
NB
Halcyon macleayii Alcedinidae
Sacred Kingfisher
TM
Halcyon sancta Alcedinidae
Mountain Kingfisher
R
Halcyon megarhyncha Alcedinidae
Shovel-billed Kingfisher
NB
Clytoceyx rex Alcedinidae
Salvadori's Teal
NB
Annus waigiuensis Anatidae
Pacific Black Duck
TM
Anas superciliosa Anatidae
Darter
RV
Anhinga melanogaster Anhingidae
Glossy Swiftlet
B
Collocalia esculenta Apodidae
Mountain Swiftlet
B
Collocalia vanikorensis Apodidae
Great White Egret
NB
Egretta alba Ardeidae
Pacific Heron
NB
Ardea pacifica Ardeidae
White Faced Heron
NB
Egretta novaehollandiae Ardeidae
Great Wood-swallow
B
Artamus maximus Artamidae
Blyth's Hornbill
NB
Rhyticeros plicatus Bucerotidae
Hooded Cuckoo-shrike
R
Coracina longicauda Campephagidae
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
W
Coracina novaehollandiae Campephagidae
Stout-billed Cuckoo-shrike
R
Coracina caeruleogrisea Campephagidae
Boyer's Cuckoo-shrike
RB
Coracina boyeri Campephagidae
Grey-headed Cuckoo-shrike
NB
Coracina schisticeps Campephagidae
Black-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
R
Coracina montana Campephagidae
White Winged Triller
V
Lalage sueurii Campephagidae
Mountain Nightjar
NB
Eurostopodus arcgboldi Caprimulgidae
Large-tailed Nightjar
NB
Caprimulgus macrurus Caprimulgidae
Dwarf Cassowary
B
Casuarius bennetti Cassuariidae
Little Ringed Plover
NB
Charadrius dubius Charadriidae
American Golden-Plover
TM
Pluvialis dominica Charadriidae
Papuan Treecreeper
R
Cormobates placens Climacteridae
White-breasted Fruit-dove
R
Ptilinopus rivoli Columbidae
Great Cuckoo-dove
R
Reinwardtoena reinwardtil Columbidae
Rufescent Imperial Pigeon
R
Ducula chalconota Columbidae
Bronze Ground-dove
NB
Gallicolumba beccarii Columbidae
Papuan Mountain Pigeon
R
Gymnophaps albertisii Columbidae
White Bibbed Ground-dove
R
Gallicolumba jobiensis Columbidae
Ornate Fruit-dove
NB
Ptilinopus ornatus Columbidae
White-throated Pigeon
NB
Columba vitiensis Columbidae
Pheasant Pigeon
NB
Otidiphaps nobilis Columbidae
Brown Cuckoo-dove
R
Macropygia amboinensis Columbidae
Superb Fruit-dove
NB
Ptilinopus superbus Columbidae
Black-billed Cuckoo-dove
R
Macropygia nigrirostris Columbidae
Dollarbird
B
Eurystomus orientalis Coraciidae
Black Butcherbird
B
Cracticus quoyi Cracticidae
Mountain Peltops
B
Peltops montanus Cracticidae
Common Koel
R
Eudynamis scolopacea Cuculidae
Brush Cuckoo
R
Cacomantis variolosus Cuculidae
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
R
Cacomantis flabelliformis Cuculidae
Rufous-throated Bronze-cuckoo
RB
Chrysococcyx uficollis Cuculidae
White-eared Bronze-cuckoo
NB
Chrysococcyx meyeri Cuculidae
White-crowned Koel
B
Calliechthrus leucolophus Cuculidae
White-eyed Robin
NB
Pachycephalopsis poliosoma Eopsaltriidae
Ashy Robin
NB
Eopsaltria albospecularis Eopsaltriidae
Green-backed Robin
NB
Pachycephalopsis haltamemsis Eopsaltriidae
Mountain Robin
BR
Petroica bivittata Eopsaltriidae
Black-throated Robin
R
Poecilodryas albonotata Eopsaltriidae
Torrent Flycatcher
B
Monachella mulleriana Eopsaltriidae
Lesser Ground-robin
R
Amalocichla incerta Eopsaltriidae
Canary Flycatcher
B
Microeca papuana Eopsaltriidae
White-winged Robin
B
Peneothello sigillatus Eopsaltriidae
Garnet Robin
TM
Eugerygone rubra Eopsaltriidae
Blue-grey Robin
R
Peneothello cyanus Eopsaltriidae
Snow Mountain Robin
BR
Petroica archboldi Eopsaltriidae
Mountain Firetail
B
Oreostruthus fuliginosus Estrildidae
Hooded Mannakin
R
Lonchura spectabilis Estrildidae
Blue-faced Parrot-finch
NB
Erythrura trichroa Estrildidae
Papuan Parrot-finch
R
Erythrura papuana Estrildidae
Oriental Hobby
NB
Falco severus Falconidae
Peregrine Falcon
NB
Falco peregrinus Falconidae
Brown Falcon
NB
Falco berigora Falconidae
Australian Kestrel
RB
Falco cenchroides Falconidae
Australian pratincole
TM
Stiltia isabella Glareolidae
Torrent-lark
B
Grallina bruijni Grallinidae
Moustached Tree-swift
B
Hemiprocne mystacea Hemiprocnidae
Pacific Swallow
NB
Hirundo tahitica Hirundinidae
Barn Swallow
NB
Hirundo rustica Hirundinidae
Fairy Martin
RV
Hirundo ariel Hirundinidae
Red-rumped Swallow
W
Hirundo daurica Hirundinidae
Long-tailed Shrike
R
Lanius schach Laniidae
Gray's Warbler
NB
Locustella fasciolata Locustellidae
White-shouldered Fairy-wren
R
Malurus alboscapulatus Maluridae
Orange-crowned Fairy-wren
B
Clytomyias insignis Maluridae
Wattled Brush-turkey
NB
Aepypodius arfakianus Megapodiidae
Crested Berrypecker
B
Paramythia montium Melanocharitidae
Spotted Berrypecker
R
Rhamphochans crassirostris Melanocharitidae
Fan-tailed Berrypecker
R
Melanocharis versteri Melanocharitidae
Mid-mountain Berrypecker
R
Melanocharis longicauda Melanocharitidae
Papuan Flowerpecker
R
Dicaeum pectorale Melanocharitidae
Tit Berrypecker
R
Oreocharis arfaki Melanocharitidae
Sooty Melidectes
NB
Melidectes fuscus Meliphagidae
Black-throated Honeyeater
NB
Lichenostomus subfrenata Meliphagidae
Belford's Melidectes
B
Melidectes belfordi Meliphagidae
Twany-breasted Honeyeater
NB
Xanthotis flaviventer Meliphagidae
Yellow-browed Melidectes
R
Melidectes rufocrissalis Meliphagidae
Marbled Honeyeater
NB
Pycnopygius cinereus Meliphagidae
Scrub White-eared Meliphaga
R
Meliphaga albonotata Meliphagidae
Common Smoky Honeyeater
R
Melipotes fumigatus Meliphagidae
Yellowish Streaked Honeyeater
B
Ptiloprora meekiana Meliphagidae
Mountain Meliphaga
R
Meliph orientalis Meliphagidae
Ornate Melidectes
B
Melidectes torquatus Meliphagidae
Grey-streaked Honeyeater
R
Ptiloprora perstriata Meliphagidae
Red-collared Myzomela
R
Myzomela rosenbergii Meliphagidae
Rufous-backed Honeyeater
R
Ptiloprora quisei Meliphagidae
Olive Straightbill
NB
Timeliopsis fulviqula Meliphagidae
Rainbow Bee-eater
R
Merops ornatus Meropidae
Australasian Pipit
NB
Anthus novaeseelandiae Motacillidae
Gray Wagtail
R
Motacilla cinerea Motacillidae
Alpine Pipit
B
Anthus qutturalis Motacillidae
Pied Bushchat
R
Saxicola caprata Muscicapidae
Black Monarch
R
Monarcha axillaris Myiagridae
Black Winged Monarch
B
Monarcha frater Myiagridae
Black-breasted Boatbill
R
Machaerichynchus igripectus Myiagridae
Black Faced Monarch
NB
Monarcha melanopsis Myiagridae
Black Sittella
B
Daphoenositta miranda Neosittadae
Varied Sittella
R
Daphoenositta chrysopters Neosittadae
Logrunner
NB
Orthonyx temminckii Orthonychidae
Papuan Whipbird
R
Androphobus vindis Orthonychidae
Spotted Jewel-babbler
R
Ptilorrahoa leucosticta Orthonychidae
Lesser Melampitta
R
Melampitta luqubris Orthonychidae
Blue-capped Ifrita
R
Ifrita kowaldi Orthonychidae
Black-headed Whistler
B
Pachycephala monacha Pachycephalidae
Little Shrike-thrush
R
Colluricincia megarhyncha Pachycephalidae
Regent Whistler
R
Pachycephala schlegelii Pachycephalidae
Black Pitohui
R
Pitohui nigrescens Pachycephalidae
Sclater's Whistler
R
Pachycephala soror Pachycephalidae
Mottled Whistler
NB
Rhagologus leucostigma Pachycephalidae
Brown-backed Whistler
B
Pachycephala modesta Pachycephalidae
Wattled Ploughbill
R
Eulacestoma nigripectus Pachycephalidae
Rufous-naped Whistler
R
Pachycephala rufinucha Pachycephalidae
Buff-tailed Sicklebill
B
Epimachus albertisi Paradisaeidae
Raggiana Bird of Paradise
B
Paradisaea raggiana Paradisaeidae
Brown Sicklebill
R
Epimachus meyeri Paradisaeidae
Crested Bird of Paradise
NB
Cnemophilus macgregorii Paradisaeidae
Ribbon-tailed Astrapia
NB
Astrapia mayeri Paradisaeidae
Stephanie's Astrapia
R
Astrapia stephaniae Paradisaeidae
Loria's Bird of Paradise
R
Cnemophilus loriae Paradisaeidae
King of Saxony Bird of Paradise
R
Pteridophora albertisii Paradisaeidae
Short-tailed Paradigalla
R
Paradidalla brevicauda Paradisaeidae
Lawes' Parotia
R
Parotia lawesi Paradisaeidae
Black Sicklebill
R
Epimachus fastuosus Paradisaeidae
Superb Bird of Paradise
R
Lophorina superba Paradisaeidae
Little Pied Cormorant
NB
Phalacrocorax mrlanoleucos Phalacrocoracidae
Little Black Cormorant
NB
Phalacrocorax sulcirostris Phalacrocoracidae
Brown Quail
R
Coturnix australis Phasianidae
Blue-brested Pitta
NB
Pitta erythrogaster Pittidae
Marbled Frogmouth
NB
Podarqus ocellatus Podargidae
Papuan Frogmouth
R
Podarqus papuensis Podargidae
Blue-Collared parrot
NB
Geoffroyus simplex Psittacidae
Red-breasted Pygmy-parrot
RB
Micropsitta bruijnii Psittacidae
Pygmy Lorikeet
R
Charmosyna wilhelminae Psittacidae
Papuan King-parrot
B
Alisterus chloropterus Psittacidae
Double-eyed Fig-parrot
B
Cyclopsitta diophthalma Psittacidae
Josephine's Lorikeet
R
Charmosyna josefinae Psittacidae
Brehm's Tiger-parrot
R
Psittacella brehmii Psittacidae
Papuan Lorikeet
R
Charmosyna papou Psittacidae
Dusky Lory
NB
Pseudeos fuscata Psittacidae
Modest Tiger-parrot
R
Psittacella modesta Psittacidae
Plum-faced Lorikeet
R
Oreopsittacus arfaki Psittacidae
Rainbow Lorikeet
NB
Trichoglossus haematodus Psittacidae
Painted Tiger-parrot
NB
Psittacella picta Psittacidae
Yellow-billed Lorikeet
B
Neopsittacus musschenbroekii Psittacidae
Goldie's Lorikeet
R
Trichoglossus goldiei Psittacidae
Madarasz Tiger-parrot
R
Psittacella madaraszi Psittacidae
Orange-billed Lorikeet
R
Neopsittacus pullicauda Psittacidae
Little Red Lorikeet
R
Charmosyna pulchella Psittacidae
Macgregor's Bowerbird
R
Amblyornis macgregoriae Ptilonorhynchidae
Archbold's Bowerbird
NB
Archboldia papuensis Ptilonorhynchidae
Purple Swamphen
TM
Porphyrio porphyno Rallidae
Buff-banded Rail
R
Rallus philippensis Rallidae
Chestnut Forest-rail
NB
Rallina ruba Rallidae
Red-necked Rail
NB
Rallina tricolor Rallidae
Forbes Forest-rail
NB
Rallina forbesi Rallidae
Bush-hen
NB
Amaurornis olivacea Rallidae
Spotless Crake
NB
Porzana tenebrosa Rallidae
Bare-eyed Rail
NB
Eulabeornis plumeiventris Rallidae
Friendly Fantail
R
Rhipidura albolimbata Rhipiduridae
Black Fantail
R
Rhipidura atra Rhipiduridae
Northern Fantail
NB
Rhipidura rufiventris Rhipiduridae
Willie Wagtail
R
Rhipidura leucophrys Rhipiduridae
Dimorphic Fantail
R
Rhipidura brachyrhyncha Rhipiduridae
Rufous Woodcock
NB
Scolapax saturata Scolopacidae
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
TM
Calidris acuminata Scolopacidae
Swinhoe's Snipe
NB
Gallingo megola Scolopacidae
Papuan Boobook
NB
Ninox theomacha Strigidae
Tawny Grassbird
R
Megalurus timoriensis Sylviidae
Island Leaf-warbler
R
Phylloscopus trivirgatus Sylviidae
Common Sandpiper
NB
Tringa hypoleucos Tringinae
Island Thrush
B
Turdus poliocephalus Turdidae
Grass Owl
R
Tyto capensis Tytonidae
Sooty Owl
NB
Tyto tenebricosa Tytonidae
Western Mountain White-eye
B
Zosterops fuscicapillus Zosteropidae
New Guinea White-eye
R
Zosterops novaeguineae Zosteropidae

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