We have a how to draw a bird tutorial today! Kids can learn to draw a bird using basic shapes with our simple printable step-by-step bird drawing lesson. Kids of all ages can start practicing their bird drawing skills in just a few minutes with a piece of paper, pencil and eraser. This easy bird drawing guide can be used at home or in the classroom. Let’s get started drawing birds!

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Learning how to draw a bird has never been easier!

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. Click the blue button to download:

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.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.

Related: Easy Paper Plate Bird Craft with Movable Wings

Easy Steps to Draw a Bird

Step 1

Step 1 - How to draw a bird - let's start with a circle. Draw a circle
First, draw a circle.

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.

Step 2

Step 2 - How to draw a bird - Then add a curved cone on the side of your circle. Think of it like a mango then erase the extra lines
Add a curved cone. Think of it like a mango, then erase extra lines.

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.

Step 3

Step 3 - How to draw a bird - Add another smaller circle to your bird outline
Add another circle.

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.

Step 4

Step 4 - How to draw a bird - add another curved cone but this time make it less curvy
Add another curved cone but this time, make it less curvy.

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

Step 5

Step 5 - How to draw a bird - add these straight lines for bird legs and bird feet
Add these lines to make the claws.

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

Step 6

Step 6 - How to draw a bird - Add three circles to make the eye
Add three circles to make the eye.

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

Step 7

Step 7 - How to draw a bird - Add 2 rounded tips to make the bird beak
Add to rounded tips to make the beak.

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

Step 8

Step 8 - How to draw a bird - you have drawn a bird!
Wow! Amazing job!

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

Step 9

Step 9 - Add Details - How to draw a bird -
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.

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

Download Simple Bird Drawing Lesson PDF File

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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Great Books For More Drawing Fun

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The Big Drawing Book is great for beginners ages 6 and up.

The Big Drawing Book

By following the very simple step-by-steps in this fun drawing book you can draw dolphins diving in the sea, knights guarding a castle, monster faces, buzzing bees, and lots, lots more.

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Your imagination will help you draw and doodle on every page.

Drawing Doodling and Coloring

An excellent book filled with doodling, drawing and coloring activities. On some of the pages you’ll find ideas for what to do, but you can do whatever you like.

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Never left fully alone with a scary blank page!

Write and Draw Your Own Comics

Write and Draw Your Own Comics is full of inspiring ideas for all kinds of different stories, with writing tips to help you on your way. for kids who want to tell stories, but gravitate toward pictures. It has a mix of partially-drawn comics and blank panels with intro comics as instructions – lots of space for kids to draw their own comics!

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