Lake Murray Ecolodge

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Country: Papua New Guinea

Region: Western Province

We speak: English

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

Location: Lake Murray Ecoodge is accessible from either Mount Hagen or Ambua Lodge on Mondays, and Fridays. Brisbane is usually the best departure city from Australia for the Lake Murray trips. Trans Niugini Tours has a special STOLA airfare (Short Take Off and Landing Aircraft) for these flights. Lake Murray is the largest lake in Papua New Guinea. During the wet season it spreads to occupy an area of about 2000 square kilometers. It has a population of about 5,000 people scattered in small villages, both on tiny islands and coastal areas of the lake. Island communities of stilted houses dot the water landscape of the lake. Dugout canoes are the primary mode of transportation and fishing is a major source of food to the local population. In keeping with our eco-friendly philosophy, the entire lodge operation is powered with the latest technology in solar power. This provides 24 hour electricity with 240 volt power, a luxury in this remote location.

Services: A school and small hospital make this the population centre of the surrounding area. An airstrip on the Station also provides air access to the area for small aircraft. Lake Murray Ecolodge arranges excursions around the lake in 8-seat river boats to visit top birding locations, local villages and fishing spots. Western province is home to over 50% of New Guineas total bird population. Lake Murray is one of the best bird watching areas in the Province. In addition to a host of migratory birds, several birds of paradise species, pelicans, hornbills, eagles, parrots and numerous other rarities have been sighted. Lake Murray is also known for its Black Bass, Barramundi and Saratoga fish. The kitchen staff cooks on a wood fired cookstove and outdoor grill for the daily catch and garden selections. A large garden provides fresh vegetables and fruit on site.

Guestrooms: Guests are accommodated in 12 individual cabin rooms overlooking the lake. They are furnished with king twin or double beds, ceiling fans, modern en-suite bathrooms, an elevated veranda and wonderful view of the lake. The main lodge building with a wraparound veranda houses a dining room, lounge, bar and reception. This veranda will be the place to enjoy exceptional sunsets over the water. All of the buildings have made use of local sago woven matting and timber providing a natural setting to fit with the location.

* 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
Yellow-bellied Gerygone
B
Gerygone chrysogaster Acanthizidae
Fairy Gerygone
B
Gerygone palpebrosa Acanthizidae
Green-backed Gerygone
B
Gerygone chloronota Acanthizidae
Large-billid Gerygone
B
Gerygone magnirostris Acanthizidae
Pale-billed Scrub Wren
B
Sericornis spilodera Acanthizidae
Tropical Scrubwren
R
Sericornis beccarii Acanthizidae
Rusty Mouse Warbler
R
Crateroscelis murina Acanthizidae
Spotted Marsh-harrier
R
Circus spilonotus Accipitridae
Whistling Kite
B
Haliastur sphenurus Accipitridae
Brahminy Kite
B
Haliastur indus Accipitridae
Crested Hawk
W
Aviceda subcristata Accipitridae
New Guinea Harpy-eagle
R
Harpyopsis novaeguineae Accipitridae
Grey Goshawk
W
Accipiter novaehollandiae Accipitridae
White-bellied Sea-eagle
B
Haliaeetus leucogaster Accipitridae
Yellow-billed Kingfisher
R
Syma torotoro Alcedinidae
Little Kingfisher
B
Ceyx pusilla Alcedinidae
Variable Dwarf Kingfisher
B
Ceyx lepidus Alcedinidae
Sacred Kingfisher
TM
Todiramphus sancta Alcedinidae
Common Paradise-Kingfisher
B
Tanysiptera galatea Alcedinidae
Blue-winged Kookaburra
B
Dacelo leachii Alcedinidae
Little Paradise-Kingfisher
B
Tanysiptera hydrocharis Alcedinidae
Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
B
Dacelo gaudichaud Alcedinidae
Azure Kingfisher
B
Ceyx azureus Alcedinidae
Forest Kingfisher
Todiramphus macleayii Alcedinidae
Magpie Goose
B
Anseranus semipalmata Anatidae
Green Pygmy-Goose
B
Nettapus pulchellus Anatidae
Spotted Whistling Duck
B
Dendrocygna guttata Anatidae
Wandering Whistling-Duck
B
Dendrocygna  arcuata Anatidae
Australasian Darter
TM
Anhinga novaehollandiae Anhingidae
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift
B
Mearnsia novaeguineae Apodidae
Pacific Swift
TM
Apus pacificus Apodidae
Uniform Swiftlet
R
Aerodramus vanikorensis Apodidae
White-throated Needletail
TM
Hirundapus caudacutus Apodidae
Rufous Night-heron
B
Nycticorax caledonicus Ardeidae
Great-billed Heron
B
Ardea sumatrana Ardeidae
Black Bittern
B
Ixobrychus flavicollis Ardeidae
Striated Heron
B
Butorides striata Ardeidae
Little Egret
B
Egretta garzetta Ardeidae
Cattle Egret
NB
Bubulcus ibis Ardeidae
Pied Heron
B
Egretta picata Ardeidae
Intermediate Egret
B
Mesophoyx intermedia Ardeidae
Great Egret
B
Ardea alba Ardeidae
White-breasted Woodswallow
B
Artamus leucorynchus Artamidae
Blyth’s Hornbill
B
Aceros plicatus Bucerotidae
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
TM
Coracina papuensis Campephagidae
Cicadabird
B
Coracina tenuirostris Campephagidae
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
B
Coracina novaehollandiae Campephagidae
Southern Cassowary
R
Casuarius casuarius Cassuariidae
Masked Lapwing
B
Vanellus miles Charadriidae
Beautiful Fruit-Dove
B
Ptilinopus pulchellus Columbidae
Stephan's Ground-Dove
B
Chalcophaps stephani Columbidae
Collared Imperial Pigeon
B
Ducula mullerii Columbidae
Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove
B
Ptilinopus perlatus Columbidae
Emerald Ground-Dove
B
Chalcophaps indica Columbidae
Papuan Mountain Pigeon
B
Gymnophaps albertisii Columbidae
Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove
B
Ptilinopus aurantiifrons Columbidae
Purple-tailed Imperial Pigeon
B
Ducula rufigaster Columbidae
Brown Cuckoo-dove
B
Macropygia amboinensis Columbidae
Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove
B
Ptilinopus iozonus Columbidae
Southern Crowned-Pigeon
B
Goura scheepmakeri Columbidae
Superb Fruit-dove
B
Ptilinopus superbus Columbidae
Coroneted Fruit-Dove
B
Ptilinopus coronulatus Columbidae
Bar-shouldered Dove
B
Geopelia humeralis Columbidae
Zoe Imperial Pigeon
B
Ducula zoeae Columbidae
Pied Imperial-Pigeon
B
Ducula bicolor Columbidae
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
R
Ptilinopus magnificus Columbidae
Pinon Imperial Pigeon
B
Ducula pinon Columbidae
Dollarbird
Eurystomus orientalis Coraciidae
Torresian Crow
B
Corvus orru Corvidae
Grey Crow
R
Corvus tristis Corvidae
Hooded Butcherbird
B
Cracticus cassicus Cracticidae
Black Butcherbird
B
Cracticus quoyi Cracticidae
Lowland Peltops
TM
Peltops blainvillii Cracticidae
Greater Black Coucal
NB
Centropus menbeki Cuculidae
Asian Koel
B
Eudynamys scolopaceus Cuculidae
Pheasant Coucal
B
Centropus phasianinus Cuculidae
Brush Cuckoo
B
Cacomantis variolosus Cuculidae
Malay Bronze-cuckoo
R
Chrysococcyx minutillus Cuculidae
Channel-billed Cuckoo
B
Scythrops novaehollandiae Cuculidae
Red-capped Flowerpecker
B
Dicaeum geelvinkianum Dicaeidae
Spangled Drongo
B
Dicrurus bracteatus Dricruridae
Black-sided Robin
B
Poecilodryas hypoleuca Eopsaltriidae
Olive Flycatcher
B
Microeca flavovirenscens Eopsaltriidae
Streak-headed Mannikin
R
Lonchura tristissima Estrildidae
Black Mannikin
B
Lonchura stygia Estrildidae
Pacific Swallow
R
Hirundo tahitica Hirundinidae
White-winged Tern
TM
Chlidonias leucopterus Laridae
Whiskered Tern
B
Chlidonias hybrida Laridae
Wallace's Fairy Wren
B
Sipodotus wallacii Maluridae
White-shouldered Fairy-wren
R
Malurus alboscapulatus Maluridae
Campbell's Fairy-wren
TM
Chenorhamphus (Malurus) campbelli Maluridae
Emperor Fairy Wren
B
Malurus cyanocephalus Maluridae
Orange-footed Scrubfowl
B
Megapodius reinwardt Megapodiidae
Black-billed Brush-turkey
B
Talegalla fuscirostris Megapodiidae
Pygmy Longbill
B
Toxorhamphus pymaeum Melanocharitidae
Dwarf Longbill
B
Toxorhamphus iliolophis Melanocharitidae
Black Berrypecker
B
Melanocharis nigra Melanocharitidae
Puff-backed Meliphaga
R
Meliphaga aruensis Meliphagidae
Spotted Honeyeater
B
Xanthotis polygrammus Meliphagidae
Brown-backed Honeyeater
B
Ramsayornis modestus Meliphagidae
Twany-breasted Honeyeater
B
Xanthotis flaviventer Meliphagidae
Rufous-banded Honeyeater
R
Conopophila albogularis Meliphagidae
Streak-headed Honeyeater
R
Pycnopygius stictocephalus Meliphagidae
Mimic Meliphaga
R
Meliphaga analoga Meliphagidae
Dusky Myzomela
B
Myzomela obscura Meliphagidae
Long-billed Honeyeater
B
Melilestes megarhynchus Meliphagidae
Meyer's Friarbird
R
Philemon meyeri Meliphagidae
Green-backed Honeyeater
B
Glycichaera fallax Meliphagidae
Helmeted Friarbird
Philemon buceroides Meliphagidae
Graceful Meliphaga
B
Meliphaga gracilis Meliphagidae
Rainbow Bee-eater
TM
Merops ornatus Meropidae
Frilled Monarch
B
Arses telescopthalmus Myiagridae
Shining Flycatcher
B
Myiagra alecto Myiagridae
Yellow-breasted Boatbill
B
Machaerirhynchus flaviventer Myiagridae
Golden Monarch
B
Carteronis chrysomela Myiagridae
Satin Flycatcher
TM
Myiagra cyanoleuca Myiagridae
Black Faced Monarch
B
Monarcha melanopsis Myiagridae
Spot-winged Monarch
B
Symopsiachrus guttula Myiagridae
Black Sunbird
B
Leptocoma sericea Nectariniidae
Olive-backed Sunbird
B
Cinnyris jugularis Nectariniidae
Brown Oriole
B
Oriolus szalayi Oriolidae
Blue Jewel-Babbler
R
Ptilorrhoa caerulescens Orthonychidae
Varied Triller
R
Lalage leucomela Pachycephalidae
Hooded Pitohui
B
Pitohui dichrous Pachycephalidae
Grey Whistler
R
Pachycephala simplex Pachycephalidae
Grey Shrike-thrush
B
Colluricincla harmonica Pachycephalidae
Rusty Pitohui
B
Pitohui ferrugineus Pachycephalidae
Little Shrike-thrush
B
Colluricincla megarhyncha Pachycephalidae
Variable Pitohui
B
Pitohui kirhocephalus Pachycephalidae
King Bird of Paradise
Cicinnurus regius Paradisaeidae
Magnificent Riflebird
B
Ptiloris magnificus Paradisaeidae
Glossy-mantled Manucode
B
Manucodia atra Paradisaeidae
Trumpet Manucode
B
Manucodia keraudrenii Paradisaeidae
Raggiana Bird of Paradise
R
Paradisaea raggiana Paradisaeidae
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
V
Passer montanus Passeridae
Australian Pelican
TM
Pelecanus conspicillatus Pelecanidae
Little Pied Cormorant
R
Phalacrocorax melanoleucos Phalacrocoracidae
Little Black Cormorant
B
Phalacrocorax sulcirostris Phalacrocoracidae
Blue-brested Pitta
B
Pitta erythrogaster Pittidae
Hooded Pitta
B
Pitta sordida Pittidae
Papuan Frogmouth
B
Podargus papuensis Podargidae
Rufous Babbler
R
Pomatostomus isidorei Pomatostomatidae
Red-flanked Lorikeet
B
Charmosyna placentis Psittacidae
Orange-breasted Fig-parrot
R
Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii Psittacidae
Red-cheeked Parrot
R
Geoffroyus geoffroyi Psittacidae
Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
B
Micropsitta keiensis Psittacidae
Eclectus Parrot
R
Eclectus roratus Psittacidae
Western Black-capped Lory
R
Lorius lory Psittacidae
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
B
Cacatua galerita Psittacidae
Rainbow Lorikeet
B
Trichoglossus haematodus Psittacidae
Palm Cockatoo
B
Probosciger aterrimus Psittacidae
Yellow-streaked Lory
TM
Chalcopsitta sintillata Psittacidae
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
B
Chlamydera cerviniventris Ptilonorhynchidae
Spotted Catbird
B
Ailuroedus melanotis Ptilonorhynchidae
New Guinea Flightless Rail
B
Megacrex inepta Rallidae
Northern Fantail
B
Rhipidura rufiventris Rhipiduridae
White-bellied Thicket Fantail
TM
Rhipidura leucothorax Rhipiduridae
Chestnut-bellied Fantail
B
Rhipidura hyperythra Rhipiduridae
Sooty Thicket Fantail
B
Rhipidura threnothorax Rhipiduridae
Rufous Fantail
R
Rhipidura rufifrons Rhipiduridae
Willie Wagtail
B
Rhipidura leucophrys Rhipiduridae
Black Thicket-fantail
B
Rhipidura maculipectus Rhipiduridae
Barking Owl
B
Ninox connivens Strigidae
Metallic Starling
B
Aplonis metallica Sturnidae
Singing Starling
B
Aplonis cantoroides Sturnidae
Yellow-faced Myna
B
Mino dumontii Sturnidae
Golden-headed Cisticola
B
Cisticola exilis Sylviidae
Australian Ibis
TM
Threskiornis molluca Threskiornithidae
Glossy Ibis
R
Plegadis falcinellus Threskiornithidae

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