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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 smaller “mango” but make it pointier – this simple line will be our bird’s wing!
To make the thin legs and feet, draw two straight lines and then add three smaller lines to each one.
Add three smaller circles to make the eye near the top of the head, fill in the middle circle with a dark color.
Draw the beak by adding two rounded tips in the shape of the beak.
You’re all done with the basic bird anatomy! Color it with bright colors and add 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.
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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- You can how to draw a tree with this easy tutorial.
- And my favorite – how to draw a butterfly.
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Our Favorite Drawing Supplies
- For drawing the outline, a simple pencil can work great.
- Colored pencils are great for coloring in the bat.
- Create a bolder, solid look using fine markers.
- Gel pens come in any color you can imagine.
- Don’t forget a pencil sharpener.
You can find more awesome coloring pages for kids & adults here. Have fun!
More Bird Fun from Kids Activities Blog
- This bald eagle zentangle coloring page is great for kids and adults.
- Make this simple DIY hummingbird feeder
- This paper plate bird craft is super easy and inexpensive to make.
- Free bird themed crossword puzzle for kids
- Download & print these bird coloring pages for kids
How did your bird drawing turn out?