The false spitfire bird uses an altogether more passive but no less effective form of defense than the spitfire bird. In appearance, it is almost identical to the spitfire bird. Unlike the spitfire bird, however, the false spitfire bird is harmless, as it does not have a chamber in its nasal cavity to mix the male and female chemicals of the spitfire flower, or an enzyme in its brain to unbind and spray them.
The false spitfire bird avoids danger by mimicking the appearance of its more dangerous cousin, the spitfire bird. This phenomenon is known as Batesian mimicry, where one species imitates the appearance of another to benefit from its defense mechanism without actually possessing the mechanism itself. An example of this during the Human era occurred in two Asian swallowtail butterflies: the edible common Mormon resembled the toxic common rose.
This usage of mimicry can keep a false spitfire bird safe from predators like falconflies.