Hurupounamu, Pīwauwau, Rock Wren (Xenicus gilviventris)
Pīwauwau is Aotearoa’s only alpine bird, spending its life above the treeline. It ies poorly, usually using its large feet to hop and run instead. Pīwauwau nests under boulders at the bottom of scree slopes making it particularly vulnerable to predation. Pīwauwau along with ri eman (Acanthisitta chloris) are the only survivors of the ancient family Acanthisittidae - endemic wrens of which there were once at least 7 species. It is known to feed on insects and berries from the Gaultheria spp. such as tapuka, mountain snowberry.
This 2017 painting is framed and ready to hang