Swamp Milkweed Nectarbird
One of the most decorative of the Nectarbirds, the Swamp Milkweed Nectarbird is nearly indistinguishable from its native foliage when nestled among Swamp Milkweed blooms. These nectarbirds have a very small and narrow tongue, to feed on each individual, tiny blossom without damaging the plant as a whole. Bees sometimes mistake this Nectarbird's head plumage as actual flowers, and usually end up snatched up as a snack by its quick beak.
Acrylic on illustration board, 8X10 inches