South Island Tomtit

Carving: Tomtit

Date: 2018

Location: Private collection.

THE CARVING: Carved from matai. Eyes are onyx, legs cast metal and painted with artist acrylics.

Set upon found wood.

Mounts to the wall with a french cleat.

The bird

THE BIRD: Endemic to New Zealand. The male South Island Tomtit differs from the North Island in a small but noticeable way. They have some yellow and/or orange colouration on the lower chest and belly, being brightest at the sharp demarcation with the black on the upper chest. All males have a white spot at the base of the upper mandible which can be enlarged during displays.

Tomtits are widespread and fairly common through the North and South Islands and can be found in all mature native forest types.


Life size. Wall mounted. Approximately 470mm high x 190mm wide x 380mm out from wall.