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Bensbach Wildlife Lodge

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Country: Papua New Guinea

Region: Western Province

We speak: English

Web site: http://www.pngtours.com/lodge5.html

Location: Bensbach Wildlife Lodge is located in the southwestern corner of Western province in PNG. It is approximately 10 kilometres from West Papua, the Indonesian half of the island. The lodge sits along the Bensbach River. Access to the lodge is by charter aircraft, either from Cairns and Horn Island, Australia and then Daru or through Mount Hagen. Charters from Mount Hagen can be arranged with Trans Niugini Tours. Aircraft arrives and departs using a private airstrip adjacent to the lodge. Stands of Malaluca (paper bark eucalyptus) provide building materials for the local people and the bark is used as insulation in traditional ovens for cooking. Sago and yams are the staples of the Bensbach people.

Services: River tours for birding and fishing are organized on river boats from the lodge. 191 bird species have been recorded in the Bensbach area. Experienced local guides and boat drivers accompany all tours. Bensbach practices sustainable catch and release fishing and only what is needed for an evening meal is kept. A solar system powers the lodge providing 24-hour 220V electricity. Meals are served in a communal dining room and menus often include freshly caught Barramundi and venison purchased from local hunters. Menus are based on European style recipes including a taste of local foods. Generous packed lunches are prepared for tours and served as a picnic along the river. A well-stocked bar and comfortable lodge are located in the guest common area central to the rooms. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available at the bar. However, bottled water is not sold at the lodge and boiled rain water is provided for drinking.

Guestrooms: Guests are accommodated in two separate wings, each linked to the main lodge building that also houses the dining room, bar and lounge. The lodge is built entirely from local materials and adapted to the tastes and comfort of its visitors. Each wing has 4 twin rooms with single beds and 2 shared bathrooms with showers, hot and cold water, basin and flush toilets. Each room has a ceiling fan as the climate is tropical. Boiled rain water is available in the rooms as well as in the dining room. Bed linen and towels are provided and daily housekeeping service ensures that your room is comfortable.

* 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
Green-backed Gerygone
W
Gerygone chloronotus Acanthizidae
Fairy Gerygone
B
Gerygone palpebrosa Acanthizidae
Large-billid Gerygone
R
Gerygone magnirostris Acanthizidae
Tropical Scrubwren
R
Sericornis beccarii Acanthizidae
Yellow-bellied Gerygone
R
Gerygone chrysogaster Acanthizidae
Wedge-tailed Eagle
B
Aquila audax Accipitridae
White-bellied Sea-eagle
B
Haliaeetus leucogaster Accipitridae
Whistling Kite
W
Haliastur sphenurus Accipitridae
Grey headed Goshawk
NB
Accipiter poliocephalus Accipitridae
Brahminy Kite
B
Haliastur indus Accipitridae
Little Eagle
B
Hieraaetus morphnoides Accipitridae
Crested Hawk
NB
Aviceda subcristata Accipitridae
Grey Goshawk
W
Accipiter novaehollandiae Accipitridae
Spotted Marsh-harrier
TM
Circus spilonotus Accipitridae
Clamorous Reed-Warbler
RB
Acrocephalus stentoreus Acrocephalidae
Barred Owlet-nightjar
R
Aegotheles bennettii Aegothelidae
Singing Bushlark
TM
Mirafra javanica Alaudidae
Little Kingfisher
B
Alcedo pusilla Alcedinidae
Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
B
Dacelo gaudichaud Alcedinidae
Azure Kingfisher
R
Alcedo azurea Alcedinidae
Blue-winged Kookaburra
R
Dacelo leachii Alcedinidae
Forest Kingfisher
R
Halcyon macleayii Alcedinidae
Sacred Kingfisher
TM
Halcyon sancta Alcedinidae
Yellow-billed Kingfisher
B
Halcyon torotoro Alcedinidae
Variable Dwarf Kingfisher
TM
Ceyx lepidus Alcedinidae
Spangled Kookaburra
R
Dacelo tyro Alcedinidae
Little Paradise-Kingfisher
R
Tanysiptera hydrocharis Alcedinidae
White-headed Shelduck
NB
Tadorna radjah Anatidae
Grey Teal
NB
Anas gibberifrons Anatidae
Wandering Whistling Duck
TM
Dendrocygna arcuata Anatidae
Green Pygmy-Goose
NB
Nettapus pulchellus Anatidae
Pacific Black Duck
NB
Anas superciliosa Anatidae
Magpie Goose
TM
Anseranus semipalmata Anatidae
Spotted Whistling Duck
B
Dendrocygna guttata Anatidae
Australasian Darter
W
Anhinga novaehollandiae Anhingidae
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift
R
Mearnsia novaeguineae Apodidae
Pacific Swift
TM
Apus pacificus Apodidae
Intermediate Egret
TM
Egretta intermedia Ardeidae
Little Egret
NB
Egretta garzetta Ardeidae
Pied Heron
W
Ardea picata Ardeidae
White Faced Heron
RB
Egretta novaehollandiae Ardeidae
Striated Heron
R
Butorides striata Ardeidae
Great-billed Heron
R
Ardea sumatrana Ardeidae
Rufous Night-heron
B
Nycticorax caledonicus Ardeidae
Great Egret
NB
Ardea alba Ardeidae
White-breasted Wood-swallow
TM
Artamus leucorhynchus Artamidae
Beach Stone-Curlew
W
Esacus magnirostris Burhinidae
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
B
Coracina papuensis Campephagidae
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
TM
Coracina novaehollandiae Campephagidae
Cicadabird
TM
Coracina tenuirostris Campephagidae
White Winged Triller
TM
Lalage sueurii Campephagidae
Papuan Nightjar
B
Eurostopodus papuensis Caprimulgidae
White-throated Nightjar
TM
Eurostopodus mystacalis Caprimulgidae
Large-tailed Nightjar
R
Caprimulgusmacrurus Caprimulgidae
Southern Cassowary
R
Casuarius casuarius Cassuariidae
American Golden-Plover
NB
Pluvialis dominica Charadriidae
Masked Lapwing
B
Vanellus miles Charadriidae
Lesser Sand-Plover
NB
Charadrius mongolus Charadriidae
Red-kneed Dotterel
RB
Erythrogonys cinctus Charadriidae
Greater Sand-Plover
NB
Charadrius leschenaultii Charadriidae
Whiskered Tern
TM
Chlidonias hybridus Chlidonias
Black-necked Stork
R
Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus Ciconiidae
Zitting Cisticola
TM
Cisticola juncidis Cisticolidae
Pied Imperial-Pigeon
TM
Ducula bicolor Columbidae
Emerald Ground-Dove
NB
Chalcophaps indica Columbidae
Pinon Imperial Pigeon
B
Ducula pinon Columbidae
Great Cuckoo-dove
R
Reinwardtoena reinwardtii Columbidae
Collared Imperial Pigeon
R
Ducula mullerii Columbidae
Stephan's Ground-Dove
NB
Chalcophaps stephani Columbidae
Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove
R
Ptilinopus iozonus Columbidae
Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove
R
Ptilinopus aurantiifrons Columbidae
Brown Cuckoo-dove
R
Macropygia amboinensis Columbidae
Bar-shouldered Dove
NB
Geopelia humeralis Columbidae
Black-billed Cuckoo-dove
R
Macropygia nigrirostris Columbidae
Peaceful Dove
R
Geopelia striata Columbidae
Dollarbird
B
Eurystomus orientalis Coraciidae
Australian Magpie
TM
Gymnorhina tibicens Cracticidae
Black-backed Butcherbird
R
Cracticus mentalis Cracticidae
Greater Black Coucal
B
Centropus menbeki Cuculidae
Chestnut-brested Cuckoo
TM
Cacomantis castaneiventris Cuculidae
Common Koel
TM
Eudynamys scolopacea Cuculidae
Lesser Black Coucal
R
Centropus bernsteini Cuculidae
Pheasant Coucal
B
Centropus phasianinus Cuculidae
Oriental Cuckoo
TM
Cuculus saturatus Cuculidae
Brush Cuckoo
TM
Cacomantis variolosus Cuculidae
Malay Bronze-cuckoo
R
Chrysococcyx minutillus Cuculidae
Horsefield's Bronze-Cuckoo
R
Chrysococcyx basalis Cuculidae
Spangled Drongo
R
Dicrurus hottentottus Dicruridae
Yellow-legged Flycatcher
B
Microeca griseoceps Eopsaltriidae
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
W
Microeca flavovigaster Eopsaltriidae
White-spotted Mannikin
R
Lonchura leucosticta Estrildidae
Black Mannikin
R
Lonchura stygia Estrildidae
Grey-crowned Mannikin
R
Lonchura nevermanni Estrildidae
Crimson Finch
R
Neochmea phaeton Estrildidae
Peregrine Falcon
R
Falco peregrinus Falconidae
Oriental Pratincole
NB
Glareola maldivarum Glareolidae
Australian pratincole
TM
Stiltia isabella Glareolidae
Magpie-lark
R
Grallina cyanoleuca Grallinidae
Brolga
W
Grus rubicunda Gruidae
Moustached Tree-swift
R
Hemiprocne mystacea Hemiprocnidae
Pacific Swallow
R
Hirundo tahitica Hirundinidae
Tree Martin
TM
Hirundo nigricans Hirundinidae
Comb-crested Jacana
B
Irediparra gallinacea Jacanidae
White-winged Tern
TM
Chlidonias leucopterus Laridae
Gull-billed Tern
TM
Gelochelidon nilotica Laridae
White-shouldered Fairy-wren
R
Malurus alboscapulatus Maluridae
Orange-footed Scrubfowl
RB
Megapodius reinwardt Megapodiidae
Papuan Flowerpecker
R
Dicaeum pectorale Melanocharitidae
Helmeted Friarbird
R
Philemon buceroides Meliphagidae
Mimic Meliphaga
R
Meliphaga analoga Meliphagidae
White-throated Honeyeater
R
Melithreptis albogularis Meliphagidae
Long-billed Honeyeater
B
Melilestes megarhynchus Meliphagidae
Noisy Friarbird
R
Philemon corniculatus Meliphagidae
Tawny Straightbill
R
Timeliopsis griseigula Meliphagidae
Spotted Honeyeater
B
Xanthotis polygrammus Meliphagidae
Blue-faced Honeyeater
R
Entomyzon cyanotis Meliphagidae
Pygmy Honeyeater
W
Oedistoma pygmaeum Meliphagidae
Brown-backed Honeyeater
W
Ramsayornis modestus Meliphagidae
Twany-breasted Honeyeater
R
Xanthotis flaviventer Meliphagidae
Little Friarbird
R
Philemon citreogularis Meliphagidae
Green-backed Honeyeater
TM
Glycichaera fallax Meliphagidae
Yellow-bellied Longbill
R
Toxorhamphus vovaeguineae Meliphagidae
Rufous-banded Honeyeater
B
Conopophila albogularis Meliphagidae
Streak-headed Honeyeater
B
Pycnopygius stictocephalus Meliphagidae
Dusky Myzomela
B
Myzomela obscura Meliphagidae
Brown Honeyeater
R
Lichmera indistincta Meliphagidae
Plain Honeyeater
R
Pycnopygius ixoides Meliphagidae
Puff-backed Meliphaga
R
Meliphaga aruensis Meliphagidae
Red-headed Myzomela
R
Myzomela erythrocephala Meliphagidae
Meyer's Friarbird
R
Philemon meyeri Meliphagidae
Graceful Meliphaga
NB
Meliphaga gracilis Meliphagidae
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
R
Lichenostomus flavescens Meliphagidae
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
B
Merops philippinus Meropidae
Rainbow Bee-eater
TM
Merops ornatus Meropidae
Western Yellow Wagtail
TM
Motacilla flava Motacillidae
Shining Flycatcher
W
Myiagra alecto Myiagridae
Yellow-breasted Boatbill
W
Machaerirhynchus flaviventer Myiagridae
Spectacled Monarch
TM
Monarcha trivirgatus Myiagridae
Restless Flycatcher
R
Myiagra inequieta Myiagridae
Black Faced Monarch
TM
Monarcha melanopsis Myiagridae
Frilled Monarch
B
Arses telescopthalmus Myiagridae
Black Sunbird
R
Nectarinia apasia Nectariniidae
Yellow-bellied Sunbird
B
Nectarinia Jugularis Nectariniidae
Yellow Oriole
R
Oriolus flavocinctus Oriolidae
Brown Oriole
R
Oriolus szalayi Oriolidae
Painted Quail-thrush
R
Cinclosoma ajax Orthonychidae
Australian Bustard
W
Adeotis australis Otididae
White-bellied Pitohui
R
Pitohui incertus Pachycephalidae
Little Shrike-thrush
R
Colluricincla megarhyncha Pachycephalidae
Varied Triller
R
Lalage leucomela Pachycephalidae
Grey Shrike-Thrush
R
Colliricincla harmonica Pachycephalidae
Osprey
B
Pandion haliaetus Pandionidae
Glossy-mantled Manucode
R
Manucodia atra Paradisaeidae
Australian Pelican
B
Pelecanus conspicillatus Pelecanidae
Great Cormorant
V
Phalacrocorax carbo Phalacrocoracidae
Pied Comorant
NB
Phalacrocorax varius Phalacrocoracidae
Little Pied Cormorant
R
Phalacrocorax melanoleucos Phalacrocoracidae
Little Black Cormorant
R
Phalacrocorax sulcirostris Phalacrocoracidae
Noisy Pitta
TM
Pitta versicolor Pittidae
Marbled Frogmouth
B
Podargus ocellatus Podargidae
Papuan Frogmouth
B
Podargus papuensis Podargidae
Australasian Grebe
W
Tachyboptus novaehollandiae Podicipedidiae
Grey-crowned Babbler
R
Pomatostomus temporalis Pomatostomatidae
Red-cheeked Parrot
R
Geoffroyus geoffroyi Psittacidae
Yellow-streaked Lory
B
Chalcopsitta scintillata Psittacidae
Eclectus Parrot
R
Eclectus roratus Psittacidae
Rainbow Lorikeet
B
Trichoglossus heamatodus Psittacidae
Papuan Hanging Parrot
R
Loriculus aurantiifrons Psittacidae
Little Corella
W
Cacatua pastinator Psittacidae
Palm Cockatoo
R
Probosciger aterrimus Psittacidae
Edwards' Fig-Parrot
R
Psittaculirostris edwardsii Psittacidae
Red-flanked Lorikeet
W
Charmosyna placentis Psittacidae
Red-winged Parrot
R
Aprosmictus erythropterus Psittacidae
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
R
Cacatua galerita Psittacidae
Orange-breasted Fig-parrot
R
Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii Psittacidae
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
W
Chlamydera cerviniventris Ptilonorhynchidae
Spotted Catbird
R
Ailuroedus melanotis Ptilonorhynchidae
White-eared Catbird
Ailuroedus buccoides Ptilonorhynchidae
White-headed Stilt
NB
Himantopus leucocephalus Recurvirostridae
Mangrove Fantail
TM
Rhipidura phasiana Rhipiduridae
Willie Wagtail
R
Rhipidura leucophrys Rhipiduridae
Rufus-backed Fantail
W
Rhipidura rufidora Rhipiduridae
Rufus Fantail
W
Phipidura rufifrons Rhipiduridae
Black-tailed Godwit
TM
Limosa limosa Scolopacidae
Gray-tailed Tattler
NB
Tringa brevipes Scolopacidae
Swinhoe's Snipe
TM
Gallinago megala Scolopacidae
Wood Sandpiper
TM
Tringa glareola Scolopacidae
Marsh Sandpiper
RV
Tringa stagnatilis Scolopacidae
Little Curlew
NB
Numenius minutus Scolopacidae
Common Greenshank
NB
Tringa nebularia Scolopacidae
Ruddy Turnstone
NB
Arenaria interpres Scolopacidae
Long-toed Stint
R
Calidris subminuta Scolopacidae
Red-necked Stint
W
Calidris ruficollis Scolopacidae
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
TM
Calidris acuminata Scolopacidae
Curlew Sandpiper
NB
Calidris ferruginea Scolopacidae
Little Tern
TM
Sterna albifrons Sternidae
Southern Boobook
TM
Ninox novaeseelandiae Strigidae
Barking Owl
R
Ninox connivens Strigidae
Tawny Grassbird
R
Megalurus timoriensis Sylviidae
Golden-headed Cisticola
R
Cisticola exilis Sylviidae
Fly River Grassbird
R
Megalurus albolimbatus Sylviidae
Sacred Ibis
W
Threskiornis aethiopicus Threskiornithidae
Royal Spoonbill
NB
Platalea regia Threskiornithidae
Straw-necked Ibis
NB
Threskiornis spinicollis Threskiornithidae
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
NB
Platalea flavipes Threskiornithidae
Glossy Ibis
W
Plegadis falcinellus Threskiornithidae
Common Sandpiper
NB
Tringa hypoleucos Tringinae
Masked Owl
R
Tyto novaehollandiae Tytonidae
New Guinea White-eye
R
Zosterops novaeguineae Zosteropidae
Black-fronted White-eye
R
Zosterops atrifrons Zosteropidae

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