How to Draw an Ostrich

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Complete Ostrich drawing

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Would you like to learn how to draw an ostrich cartoon? This easy, step-by-step cartoon bird drawing tutorial can help you master the ostrich outline.

The ostrich is the largest bird in the world. Ostriches can weigh 300 pounds and grow to a height of 9 feet! Native to Africa, the ostrich doesn't fly - rather, they use their strong legs to run at speeds up to 45 miles per hour!

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Despite the fact that they can deliver dangerous kicks and pecks with their beaks, ostriches are mainly vegetarian. They also eat insects. They warn off rivals with hisses and lion-like roars!

Did you know? This large bird lays very large eggs. Each egg can weigh about 3 pounds.

If you were to eat an ostrich egg for breakfast, it would be like eating 12 to 20 chicken eggs!

Amazingly, ostriches have been trained to wear saddles and carry people. Unlike horses, the birds tire quickly. In captivity, they can live as long as 50 years.

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

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Ostrich

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Ostrich Drawing - Step 1

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1. Begin the ostrich outline by drawing the bird's head. Use curved lines to outline the beak, eye, brow, and chin.

Ostrich Drawing - Step 2

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2. Next, draw the ostrich's long neck. Extend long, curved lines from the top and bottom of the head. Draw two short lines at the top of the head to indicate stray feathers.

Ostrich Drawing - Step 3

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3. Draw the frill of feathers at the ostrich's neck. Use a series of connected, curved lines. Then, begin drawing the wing in the same fashion.

Ostrich Drawing - Step 4

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4. Use a long, curved line to draw the bird's chest, belly, and tail. Note the wavy portions that indicate feathers.

Ostrich Drawing - Step 5

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5. Use long "U" shaped lines to sketch the long tail feathers. Then, use a series of connected "U" shaped lines to draw the wing.

Ostrich Drawing - Step 6

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6. Use long "U" shaped lines to draw the outer feathers of the wing. Erase as necessary.

Ostrich Drawing - Step 7

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7. Draw the ostrich's leg, erasing as necessary. First, draw a wavy line where the leg connects to the body. Then, extend two long curved lines downward to form the thigh.

Ostrich Drawing - Step 8

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8. Extend a long curved line from one side of the leg and double it back on itself to meet the opposite side, enclosing the lower leg and one toe. Use curved lines to enclose the remaining toes and the large claw.

Ostrich Drawing - Step 9

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9. Complete your ostrich outline by drawing the remaining leg. Use overlapping curved lines to draw the leg and toes, noting the overlap of the foot and knee. Then, draw the sharp, triangular claws.

Complete Ostrich Drawing

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Color your cartoon ostrich. We've shaded our drawing in black and white. These are the showy colors of a male ostrich. Females have only brown feathers, affording camouflage among the grasses.

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