How to Draw a Bird: Step-by-Step Guide

Written By Lovely | Edited By Varsha & Adi | Updated on 16th May, 2024

We’re exploring the wonderful world of birds. These creatures are truly special, each with its own unique characteristics. They’re not just interesting to look at, they also play important roles in nature. With so many different types of birds out there, there’s always something new to learn.

We’ve put together an easy, step-by-step guide to help you draw birds. It’s just like the guides you might find in school. And to make things even simpler, we’ve included a worksheet for you to follow along with. Whether you’re a student who loves to create or a teacher looking for a fun project, our guide makes drawing birds a breeze. So grab your pencils and let’s get started on this exciting artistic journey!

Quick Summary

how to draw a bird in easy steps
  1. Basic List of Materials
  2. Step-by-Step Guide to Draw a Bird
  3. Final Touches
  4. Tips and Tricks to Draw
  5. Conclusion


1.  Basic List of Materials

  • Drawing Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Stable Drawing Surface

2. Step-by-Step Guide to draw a Bird

We’ll walk you through each step so kids can draw a bird easily. They can have fun experimenting with different colors while drawing.

Step 1: Draw an Oval shape for Birds’ Body

Start by drawing an oval shape for the body of the bird.

Step 2: Draw a Triangular shape to make Beak and Tail

Now, let’s begin by drawing the bird’s beak, positioned in front of the body, in a triangular shape. Next, add a tail to the bird’s body, situated at the rear, also triangular in shape, but with a flat edge facing the body, as illustrated in the picture. 

Next, let’s include legs to help the little bird stay on tree branches. The legs should be drawn as small rectangular shapes, attached to the bottom part of the bird.

Step 3: Draw the Flying Wing

Since we’re drawing the bird from the side, we’ll only depict one wing. Begin by drawing feathers, resembling a large water droplet, at the backside of the bird, just above the tail, slightly tilted. Refer to the image for precise details.

Next, draw the bird’s feet or talons by sketching small horizontal rectangles near the legs.

Step 4: Draw an Eye

Now, add three small lines on the tail and a half-curved line on the front part of the bird’s body. To create the eye, draw a dark circle as shown in the picture. These details will make the bird look realistic.

Step 5: Highlight the Outline

Let’s make the bird stand out more by adding some highlights. Take a black sketch pen and outline your bird. This step will make your drawing look more structured and will act as an outline while coloring.

Step 6: Color your Bird

Encourage Your Kids’ Imagination and let Your Kids Explore with Colors. You can inspire them with Real Birds and tell them to Check Out Pictures for Ideas!

Create Stunning Effects with Orange and Yellow!

Final Touches

After making sure you’ve erased any extra marks or unwanted lines, step back and take a look at your colorful bird artwork! It looks adorable and lively. For that final touch, add some branches or trees nearby to give it a natural feel. Now, enjoy your creation.

Tips and Tricks to Draw

  • Warm up with exercises like drawing straight lines and curves on paper to get your hand ready.
  • For the beak and tail, try using different curves to make them look more natural.
  • Adding tree branches near the bird’s legs can make your artwork come to life.
  • Experiment with different techniques and mediums, such as shading and continuous strokes, to find what works best for you.


Well done! Your bird painting is fantastic! Now, it’s time to show it off to your friends and family. They’ll love seeing what you’ve created, and your talent will surely impress them. Remember to keep drawing and exploring your creativity. Who knows what amazing things you’ll create next? 

For even better practice, you can use the attached worksheet to make your practice sessions easier and more enjoyable. Happy drawing!

How to Draw a Bird Worksheet

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