THE CARVINGS: Tuis are a challenge. Often mistaken as just a black coloured bird, they actually highly iridescent – and quite tricky to paint. The neck filoplumes are finicky to carve. This page displays a variety of carvings since 2010. I don’t remember many of the details about wood used for these, but the feet are fine silver and for the eyes I use glass.

Bird description

THE BIRD: Endemic to New Zealand. Tuis are found on all islands though less so on the east coast side of the South Island. An interesting fact, an unusual notch on the 8th primary wing feather produces a distinctive whirring sound when the bird is in flight.