How to Draw a Barn Owl

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Barn Owl in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Barn Owl.

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How to Draw a Barn Owl - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The Barn Owl is one of the most common owls in the world, and live on every single continent except for Antarctica. Let's draw one by starting with the head. Make a rounded heart shape for the main part of the face, and then add another curved line around the top.

Step 2: Add the face by adding two curved lines inward and add two circles inside the curve. Then, draw another small circle within the first one for the pupils. Add a small beak by drawing a sharp 'v' shape. Though you cannot see the ears, the Barn Owl has fantastic hearing and uses it to help find their prey.

Step 3: Draw the first wing by drawing a curved triangle, then add a few round wing tips underneath that.

Step 4: For the other wing, draw a few more bumpy lines ending in a point.

Step 5: Draw the first leg by bringing two lines down and add a few round toes. Then, draw a few sharp talons at the ends of the toes. Then, draw another loop for the front of the leg.

Step 6: Now add another leg to match the first. Barn owls have long legs, toes and talons so it can catch their prey easier.

Step 7: Add the tail behind the owl by drawing a few round lines behind the legs.

Interesting Facts about the Barn owl

Barn owls are the most widely spread type of owl as well as most widely spread of all birds in general. Barn owls are bale to be found on every single continent except for Antarctica. These owls are located nearly everywhere in the world except for polar and desert regions.

Did you know?

  • Barn owls do not hoot like tawny owls, like many people may think, but actually screech instead
  • Barn owls have fantastic hearing and use it often to help them find their prey, so when they fly they do it almost silently to make rodents easier to hear
  • The adorable heart shape of these beautiful birds faces is able to collect sound the same way that a typical human ear does
  • The ears of the barn owl are uneven, one being slightly lower than the other, to make it easier to pinpoint the exact location where sounds are coming from; also using the ears separately to hear below them and above them at the same time while in flight
  • Barn owls have very long legs, toes and talons to make it easier to catch their prey that may be trying to hide in call grasses or other deep foliage
  • Very unlike most other types of bird species, the baby barn owls will commonly feed each other in their nest
  • Barn owls typically will only have one mate for life