THE POCKET Guide Book to Birds of Port Moresby was recently launched by the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority and the National Capital District Commission.

Used as a tool to promote bird watching in PNG and enhance the country’s tourism profile, the guide provides information on a variety of uncommon birds.

The book showcases over 100 species of birds likely to be seen in PNG’s capital city.

Popular bird watching sites such as, Varirata National Park known for hill forest birds and the Pacific Adventist University known for its wetland and savannah birds are mentioned in the guide.

Australian ornithologist Brian Coates collaborated with TPA to develop information for the guide.

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotions Authority said Mr Coates is an expert in PNG birds and he has led and assisted in bird watching tours across the country.

“This guide book is aimed at enhancing the tourism appeal of the National Capital District through the tourism product of bird watching. A diverse range of birds live in our capital city and we want visitors, residents and the general public to appreciate their existence. TPA is grateful to the NCDC for funding the production of these guide books,” TPA policy and planning coordinator Heni Dembis said.