11. Ngirungiru, miromiro, South Island tomtit (Petroica macrocephala macrocephala) male
Ngirungiru, miromiro, South Island tomtit (Petroica macrocephala macrocephala) male
Native tomtits are small songbirds, classified into 5 subspecies. Four out of five of these subspecies are dimorphic - the male and female differ in appearance. In three of the four in which this occurs the male will often have yellow and/or sometimes orange plumage on the chest and belly. For this particular painting males from the South Island subspecies in which this occurs were referenced.
A5 size, 148 x 210mm
ABOUT THE WORKS
These original works are from the the exhibition 'A Few' - the third installment in an ongoing series of natural history illustrations depicting native and resident species of Aotearoa, New Zealand - by Erin Forsyth. They may be viewed in person at the exhibition taking place at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead in Auckland October 30 - December 9.
A variety of native flora and fauna are represented in this collection with special attention given to the manu/birds (Avifauna), pekapeka/bats (Chiroptera), pepe or pūrerehua/butterflies (Lepidoptera) and rakau/trees. It is the artist’s intention to continue to grow this series, providing insight to the unique biological (bio) diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Details of this work appear on the poster 'Taonga O Aotearoa', produced in collboration between the artist Erin Forsyth and Predator Free NZ Trust.
All works have been painted in Schmincke Horadam gouache on Arches hot pressed, 300GSM, 100% cotton paper by the artist during 2018, and have not previously been exhibited unless specified. Exact dates of completion can be found in pencil on most works.
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