Jo Gallagher-The Butcher Bird
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The kereru or nz wood pigeon
Early settlers to NZ referred to this bird as a 'butcher
bird' because of its splendid white apron.
Also known as the kukupa and kuku, this brightly coloured pigeon is now the only remaining native bird with a bill large enough to disperse the fruit of New Zealand’s larger tree species.
This collection allows me to explore the fun there is to be had with language, symbolism and entrenched beliefs in a quirky, humorous way.