How to Draw a Bird

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Learn how to draw a great looking Bird with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a beautiful Bird.

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Throughout the world, there are approximately 10,000 different species of birds. Birds are common sights in our backyards, and in our art as well.

Over the centuries, various bird species have been used in art to represent freedom, peace, wisdom, and a whole range of human emotions.

Would you like to be able to draw your very own flying bird? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

You will not need any special tools, only a piece of paper and a writing implement, such as a pen or pencil.

You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and have some tools on hand with which to color your finished drawing, such as crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

Each step is illustrated using a detailed picture. New lines added in each step are highlighted in blue, whereas lines from past steps are shown in black.

Be sure to sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early lines, called guide lines.

Whatever the bird means to you, you are now ready to draw one.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Penguin, Turkey, and Hummingbird.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Flying Bird

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How to Draw a Great Looking Bird for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

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Begin by drawing a small circle. This will form the bird's head.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 2

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Next, enclose an irregular shape to the right of the circle, using two curved lines that meet in a point. This will form the bird's body.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 3

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Extend two more curved lines above and below the point. Connect these lines using a curved line. This will form the bird's tail.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 4

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Extend a wing from the upper portion of the body using two wavy, roughly "S" shaped lines. The lines should meet in a point.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 5

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From the area of the head, extend two more curved lines that meet in a point. This will form the second wing.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 6

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Erase the guide lines from the head, base of the wing, and tail.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 7

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Draw the beak using a series of curved lines. The beak should form a point on its bottom side.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 8

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Erase the guide line of the circle from within the beak.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 9

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Add flight feathers to the left wing by overlapping a series of connected, "U" shaped lines with the bottom line of the wing.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 10

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Erase the guide lines from the wing.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 11

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Draw a series of connected, "U" shaped lines extending from the right wing.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 12

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Erase the guide line from the wing.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 13

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Add feathers to the tail by drawing a series of connected, "U" shaped lines along the tip of the tail.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 14

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Erase the guide line from the tail.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 15

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Add the detail of feathers to the bird. Draw a series of "U" shaped lines within each wing, parallel to the flight feathers. Allow some of the "U" shaped lines to connect, and others to stand alone. Draw several curved lines on the bird's torso. Draw slightly curved lines down the length of the tail.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 16

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Draw a small circle in the middle of the head to form the eye, and a dot within the beak to form the nostril.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 17

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Extend a few short lines from above the eye, forming eyelashes. Draw a large circle within the eye, and a smaller oval and circle within it. Shade the area between the larger circle and the smaller shapes.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 18

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Draw a series of connected, curved lines above the tail to form the ruff of feathers along the leg. Draw a small enclosed shape below this to form the leg itself. Beneath the leg, draw several small tear drop shapes to form the toes.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 19

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On the line of the stomach, draw several more tear drop shapes to form the other foot.

Easy Bird Drawing - Step 20

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Color your flying bird. In nature, birds come in all colors of the rainbow, so be creative!

For more great Bird drawing tutorials, see the 41 Easy Bird Art Projects for Kids post.

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