The New Zealand pigeon – kereru.

Carving: A Wood pigeon – Kereru.

Date: 2018

Location: Private collection

THE CARVING: Carved from totara that used to be a fencepost from Central Otago. Eyes are glass and painted with artist acrylics.

Set upon found wood.

Mounts to the wall with a french cleat (supplied)

The bird

THE BIRD: Endemic to New Zealand. The New Zealand pigeon (or kereru) has a widespread distribution through the country, being present in extensive tracts of native forest, and rural and urban habitats, including most cities. As well as allowing close approach, it often roosts conspicuously, such as on powerlines or on the tops of trees. The distinctive sound of its wing beats in flight also draws attention.

However, even though it is widespread, like many forest birds its abundance is severely compromised by introduced mammals, particularly possums, stoats and ship rats. Only where these pests are not present (predator-free islands) or are controlled to low levels do kereru populations thrive. The kereru can live to over 21 years.

Kereru are widespread through the country from Northland to Stewart Island, and on some offshore islands that have suitable forest / shrubland habitats.

Dimensions

Life size. Wall mounted. Approximately 830mm high x 753mm wide x 270mm out from wall.