Nymphes et Satyres
Charles Édouard Delort
Endymion on Mount Latmus by John Atkinson Grimshaw 1879
photos by heelerandthehound
Sword-billed Hummingbird - The only species of bird with a bill longer than its body
Found in South America, from Venezuela to Bolivia, the Sword-billed Hummingbird, Ensifera ensifera (Apodiformes - Trochilidae) has such a long bill (10-12 cm long) that to avoid toppling over, must hold its bill up high in order to balance when perching.
When feeding, they most often visit flowers that have long blooms that hang down, allowing them to probe the flowers easily from underneath with their bills still held at a steep angle.
Unlike most birds, sword-billed hummingbirds cannot preen with their bills, and preen using their feet instead. Because of this behavior, they have developed some of the largest feet of any hummingbirds.
Photo credit: ©Jeff Dyck | Locality: Cuyuja, Napo, Ecuador (2014)