Watercolour Painting by Avril Jean - Kokako
Original watercolour painting by artist 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
Information about the North Island Kokako:
With their extraordinary haunting song, and obscure evolutionary relationships to other birds, kokako evoke the forests of ancient New Zealand perhaps more than any other species. More likely to be heard than seen, North Island kokako have persisted in small populations particularly in the central North Island. They typically inhabit tall native forest, singing from tree-tops but often feeding in understorey layers.
All mainland North Island populations persist only with sustained control of key pest mammals (ship rats and brushtail possums). All unmanaged populations are extinct.