How to Draw a Bird

There are all sorts of weird holidays out there, and recently as I was scrolling through a list of them I saw that April 8 is draw a bird day. I don’t know why, but it seems as good a reason as any to share some how to draw a bird videos.

It’s also appropriate because this year marks the 20th anniversary of the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, who shares how to draw pigeon regularly (and recently taught the whole audience of The Tonight Show how to draw pigeon’s head using the letters of his first name).

There are a lot of great easy tutorials for kids (or adults) who want to learn how to draw birds.

Art Projects for Kids has a simple nine-step fat bird that looks like a blue jay or could be a cardinal or finch if colored differently. Another simple one that could be colored however you like is from How to Draw for Kids.

How to Draw Easy has another cute (and easy) little bird that won’t be hard for kids to draw.

I Heart Crafty Things has instructions for drawing a hummingbird and a cardinal, as well as her take on a pigeon. They’re all relatively easy but the hummingbird might be a little trickier for younger kids. (Incidentally, I Heart Crafty Things has a ton of drawing tutorials if you or your kids would like to learn how to draw things other than birds.)

This little stack of birds form Art Projects for Kids is super cute and simple to draw. If you want to make it even easier for littles, there’s a coloring page version, too. Color this one in with crayons or use watercolors for a different look.

If you want more doodle-like birds, check out the collection of 13 easy bird drawings at Shihori Obata. You can use these prompts directly or let them inspire you to make your own fun and cute bird drawings.


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