Wood pigeon

carving: Woodpigeon

Date: 2013

location: Private Collection, Auckland, NZ.

THE CARVING: Carved from totara, glass eyes, fine silver claws. Base stand created to resemble a Nikau palm berry cluster. Photos L.A.

The bird

THE BIRD: Endemic, widespread throughout NZ. An important forest bird as it is the only bird in New Zealand that can swallow certain native tree large fruits that rely on the bird to propagate and spread it’s seed.