How to Draw a Vulture

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"Look, Flaps, first I say, 'What we gonna do?' Then you say, 'I don't know, what you wanna do?' Then I say, 'What we gonna do?' You say, 'What you wanna do?' 'What we gonna do?' 'What you want...' Let's do SOMETHING!"
- Buzzie the vulture, Disney's The Jungle Book

Vultures or buzzards are raptors or birds of prey, similar to eagles and hawks. There are 23 species of vultures worldwide. These large birds are known for being scavengers, eating dead carcasses as part of nature's cleanup crew.

Vultures have appeared in many cartoons, including Disney's The Jungle Book, The Lion King, and Ice Age. In each of these films, the vulture took on the common symbolism as a harbinger of death.

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Many people think that circling vultures indicates a dead animal in the immediate vicinity. This can be true, but often, groups of vultures simply ride the winds while waiting for their next meal. Did you know? Some vultures locate their food by smell, while others use their eyesight. John James Audobon, the famous painter of North American birds, proved this by placing the body of a cow in the open (where it could be seen) and under a cover (where it could be smelled but not seen).

Would you like to draw a cartoon vulture? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Vulture

How to Draw Vulture: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will become the vulture's head.

How to Draw Vulture: Step 2

2. Draw the vulture's eyes. Within the circle, draw an oval. Just outside the circle, enclose a partial oval. Draw a curved line across each to indicate the eyelid. Shade an oval beneath it to form the pupil. Draw short curved lines at the top of the head to indicate feathers.

How to Draw Vulture: Step 3

3. Draw the beak, erasing as necessary. Use curved lines to sketch the curved triangular beak, pointed at the hooked tip. Use a curved line to enclose the narrow, triangular lower bill beneath it. Draw a small spiral shape to indicate the nostril.

How to Draw Vulture: Step 4

4. Erase the bottom of the circle, and draw the vulture's long neck. Use a pair of curved lines, and connect them at the end.

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How to Draw Vulture: Step 5

5. Draw the frill of feathers at the base of the vulture's neck. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to craft the round shape.

How to Draw Vulture: Step 6

6. Extend curved lines from the back of the neck and the base of the neck to sketch the vulture's body. Allow the lines to meet at a gentle point.

How to Draw Vulture: Step 7

7. Draw the vulture's wing, erasing as necessary. Use overlapping curved lines.

How to Draw Vulture: Step 8

8. Draw the vulture's feet. Use a curved line to draw each toe. For the near toe of each foot, double the line back upon itself to form a "C" shape.

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How to Draw Vulture: Step 9

9. Draw the vulture's tail. Draw a pair of curved lines descending from its body. Connect them at the bottom with a series of curved lines.

How to Draw Vulture: Step 10

Color your vulture. In our illustration, we've shaded our vulture to resemble the Ruppell's vulture or white-rumped vulture. Vultures come in many colors. Depending on the species, their feathers may be black, brown, reddish, golden, grey, or white. Their heads, too, may be black, brown, grey, red, pink, or even patterned with orange.

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