Watercolour Painting by Avril Jean - Kereru (Woodpigeon)
Original watercolour bird study by Avril Jean.
Mounted and framed in a New Zealand made wooden frame.
Frame size 40 x 39 cm
Mount outer size: 32.5 x 31.5 cm
Mount window size 18.5 x 16.5 cm
About the Kereru:
This large and distinctively-coloured pigeon is a familiar sight to many New Zealanders. This is because 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. 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.