8 Flowers That Look Like Birds

Sometimes you can use your imagination to make a flower look ‘somewhat’ like a bird. Other times, the flowers straight up look like a bird. That’s our topic today; flowers that look like birds.

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Countless flowers resemble birds, but we’ll focus on just eight of those beautiful flowers. We’ll show you what they look like, the description of the bird(flower,) and some occasional fun facts about them.

Stick around because these flowers don’t just resemble birds; they show different types too! You’ll see flowers that resemble a dove, a parrot, and even a duck!

1.  Bird of Paradise

You know a flower will look like a bird when it’s literally in the name. Bird of Paradise is a beautiful plant that is native to South Africa.

Bird of Paradise resembles a hummingbird drinking from a plant or simply placing its bill over the green leaf.

The colorful hummingbird part of the plant mixes vibrant red and orange colors with a bluish hue.

If you imagine a hummingbird, it would have orange wings, a red belly, and a bluish extension near the nape. That’s what the Bird of Paradise flower often looks like.

On other occasions, the flower could have a blue color, a white one, or a mix.

Bird of Paradise also has the nickname ‘Crane Flower’ because of the flower inclination that resembles a crane.

Fun fact: This gorgeous plant can grow up to 20 feet high outdoors. You can plant it indoors if you like, but the reduced sunlight would limit the maximum height to about 10 feet.

2.  Bird Head Orchid

Beard Head Orchid is another bird-shaped flower that announces it with its name.

Native to Southeast Asia, this beautiful plant used to be very rare because it’s challenging to grow. The seeds were very delicate and easy to damage, and the growth conditions were hard to achieve.

To grow a Bird Head Orchid, you’ll need a 60–70% humidity paired with low light conditions. It also requires heavy watering, and there’s a small margin of error between watering it enough and overwatering it.

Nowadays, it’s much easier to plant the Bird Head Orchid because of our advanced technology; thus, It’s no longer a rare plant.

If you look at the Bird Head Orchid from a distance, it will look like a Moth. Because of that, it earned the nickname (Moth Orchid.)

If you get closer, you’ll notice the beard’s head and the wings, which seem to be gracefully flapping at the tail. Bird Head Orchid has various colors. Yellowish-green, pink, white, and sometimes even black!

One thing you should know is that these colors aren’t present together in the same flower. So, for example, if you have a pink orchid, it will have different hues of pink but without other colors.

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3.  Bird Mouth Orchid

Bird Mouth Orchid doesn’t exactly look like a bird, not a whole bird, at least. Instead, it resembles a baby bird opening its mouth and screaming for food.

Bird Mouth Orchid is most seen in Australia, specifically in cities like Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, and New South Wales.

Bird Mouth Orchid can have a variety of colors at the same time. The color spectrum seems to shift from yellowish-green to reddish-green.

The head of the baby bird is either reddish or pale green. If we imagine a mouth, the tongue would be yellow and surrounded by two dark lines. In the reddish color type, the dark lines around the tongue blend with the red color of the beak.

There are also two extensions at both sides of the mouth that seem like small sticks or wings without feathers.

4.  Parrot Flower

These plants are too easy to name because of their appearance. Unlike the Bird Head and Bird Mouth Orchids, which could deceive you from a distance, the Parrot flower looks like a parrot from any angle.

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If we describe the parrot itself, this flower has a purple color for tails that gradually fades into light purple for the wings and the back.

The belly of the parrot is also white with some beautiful yellow markings. In addition, the crown has a more reddish hue than the tail. Finally, the beak part is yellow.

The Parrot Flower resembles a parrot so much that when Joseph D.Hooker first found it, he named it the ‘Flying Cockatoo.’

Because of the Parrot flower’s strange growing conditions, it’s tough to grow indoors. It needs a hot temperature paired with wet conditions.

If you have a glass house, you may be able to achieve that at home. It could be a bit of a hassle, but the flower is beautiful enough to be worth it.

Fun fact: Parrot flowers have the nickname ‘Balsamic Flowers.’ In the Arabic language, the word balsam means a beautiful fragrance.

5.  Green Bird Flower

Green Bird Flower is another hummingbird-themed flower plant that resembles hummingbirds feeding from a plant.

This beautiful plant may not have too many color combinations, but the variety in the green hue mixed with the dark green strips on the wings looks gorgeous.

If we describe the bird’s appearance, the hummingbirds have dark green bills that get lighter as you approach the wings. The dark green then forms green lines over the lemon green of the wings.

The belly of the bird is also light green but with less accentuated dark green lines.

Green Bird Flower is native to the desserts and coastlands of Western Australia. That’s where the flower gets the well-drained soil and full sun it needs to grow.

Fun fact: Green Bird Flower is actually a shrub, but that doesn’t stop it from growing up to nine feet high!

6.  Yulan Magnolia

Yulan Magnolia is the least bird-sounding plant name we have on our list. Yet, it’s one of the most elegant bird-shaped plants out there.

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Looking at Yulan Magnolia from the wrong angle may show a bird. But if you view it right, you’ll see a bird wearing a white jacket or a wedding dress!

We’re not kidding. Yulan Magnolia shows a purple/pink bird sitting down, and around the nape/shoulder area, there’s a white cover. It’s that beautiful.

Keep in mind that if you want to see that exact appearance, you need to look at the flow shortly before or as it blooms.

Despite the name that may trick you into thinking that Yulan Magnolia is native to Mongolia, it’s not. The elegant flower is actually native to China (which isn’t very far.)

Fun fact: Yulan Magnolia flowers date back to 650 AD! The old monks prized them as symbols of purity and used to give them as gifts to the emperors.

Read more: 15 Flowers That Close at Night

7.  The Dove Orchid

Now that we’re back to the bird-sounding names, it’s time to see what The Dove Orchid is all about.

The Dove Orchid is a beautiful white flower that, at first glance, looks just like any ordinary flower. It may be elegant and pretty, but if you don’t look in the core, you won’t see the bird.

You need to get close to the Dove Orchid and view it from the right angle. What will you see? A bird flapping its wings as it ascends from heaven! The dove’s wings could have dark purple spots, but the flower is mostly white.

Dove Orchids are rare flower plants that you can see in the United States, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Because of the white heaven theme, The Dove Orchid flower also earned the nicknames ‘Holy Trinity Orchid’ and ‘Holy Ghost Orchid.’

8.  Flying Duck Orchid

We end our list with another Orchid that takes the shape of a flying duck. Once more, it’s native to Australia that seems to be hoarding all the strange wonders of the world.

The flying duck has reddish-purple wings, a pale neck, and a crown that is more purple-colored than red.

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Flying Duck Orchids don’t only resemble ducks; they also resemble sawflies in a way. They may not have the sawfly colors, but the shape is somewhat similar, at least according to the sawfly males.

Sawfly males typically land on Flying Duck Orchids because they think they’re female sawflies. Before the sawfly flies away, it takes a considerable amount of pollen. This plays a critical role in the reproduction of Flying Duck Orchids.

Fun fact: It’s nearly impossible to grow a Flying Duck Orchid anywhere in the world. Many people have tried, but the plant often dies prematurely.

The reason is that a particular type of fungus only present in Australia plays a vital role in developing Flying Duck Orchid plants.

You’ve Reached the End

If you’ve come this far, you’ve mostly enjoyed our little flower parade. We hope you learned something new today about flowers that look like birds.

From ducks and parrots to moths and doves, nature is the ultimate artist that never seems to run out of surprises and creativity.

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” — Henri Matisse.