How to Draw a Bird – Easy Printable Instructions

Any bird lover can draw a bird using basic shapes with our simple printable step-by-step guide. Even if you’ve never tried to draw before!

You don’t have to be an experienced artist to draw a nice, adorable bird: with this how to draw a bird easy, anyone can do it.

Kids of all ages will enjoy an afternoon filled with drawing fun with this 3-page easy how to draw a bird tutorial that features a cute bird that could be modified and colored with different colors like your favorite bird species: blue jay, robin, finch, goldfinch and more.

Let’s get started drawing birds!

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Let’s draw a bird!

Make an Easy Bird Drawing

Let’s learn how to draw a bird! Follow these easy 8 steps and you and your children will be able to draw a bird (or many birds) in a matter of minutes with this printable drawing lesson.

Whether your young one is a beginner or an experienced artist, learning how to draw a simple bird will keep them entertained for a while.

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Learning how to draw a bird has never been easier!

Easy Steps to Draw a Bird

You don’t need any special or expensive tools to draw a bird. A simple piece of paper and a regular pencil will do the work just fine!

Our three pages of how to draw a bird step by step are super easy to follow, and so much fun too! Your child will soon be drawing small birds, funny looking birds, or cute birds, with this free worksheet!

Go grab your favorite pencil and let’s get started:

First, draw a circle.

Step 1

The first step is to start by drawing a large circle that will become the major part of the shape of the bird including the bird’s head and bird’s body.

Add a curved cone. Think of it like a mango, then erase extra lines.

Step 2

On the bottom right part add a curved cone: pretend you’re drawing a mango! These initial lines will make up the bird’s tail eventually.

Add another circle.

Step 3

Erase extra lines and draw a small circle inside. The circular shapes are stacked because the new shape is adding more to the form of the bird.

Add another curved cone but this time, make it less curvy.

Step 4

Add another smaller “mango” but make it pointier – this simple line will be our bird’s wing!

Add these lines to make the claws.

Step 5

To make the thin legs and feet, draw two straight lines and then add three smaller lines to each one.

Add three circles to make the eye.

Step 6

Add three smaller circles to make the eye near the top of the head, fill in the middle circle with a dark color.

Add to rounded tips to make the beak.

Step 7

Draw the beak by adding two rounded tips in the shape of the beak.

Wow! Amazing job!

Step 8

You’re all done with the basic bird anatomy! Color it with bright colors and add details.

You can get creative and add little details.

Make a Cartoon Bird

To make a more cartoon bird, keep the bird’s shape simple and have a lot of fun by decorating the different body parts with bright colors adding silly finishing touches like having your bird holding a flower or a purse in his beak or wearing a hat – it’s up to you.

Make a Realistic Bird

A traditional bird will have a more detailed look with the addition of small features, customizing the head of the bird and the bird’s tail with details consistent with the types of birds. Grab some reference images to follow feather patterns and color combinations.

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Let this cute caterpillar show you how to draw a bird!

Download the Printable Step Process Here

I recommend printing these instructions because even with easy drawings, it is more fun to follow each step with a visual example.

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