How to Draw a Carrion Crow

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Carrion Crow in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Carrion Crow.

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How to Draw a Carrion Crow - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the head of your crow. The beak should be wide and come to a sharp point.

Step 2: Next, draw the face using three lines for the beak and a tear-drop shape for the eye.

Step 3: Then, draw the body. Make a short curve for the crow's back that connects to its head. For the crow's chest, draw a deep curve connected to the bottom of the bird's beak.

Step 4: Now make the wings. For the back wing, draw part of a triangle sticking out from the curve of the crow's chest. For the wing that you can see, draw an arch that bends down into a point for the tip of the wing. Add lines to the tip to show that the wing is made of feathers.

Step 5: The final step in making your own Carrion crow is to draw its two legs. The upper part of the legs should be much wider than their lower parts. Give your crow pointed feet so that it can easily snatch its prey.

Interesting Facts about the Carrion Crow

The carrion crow is native to western Europe and eastern Asia. It is entirely black with a green and blue gloss. This bird has a wingspan from 84 to 100 centimeters and can grow to a length from 44 to 51 centimeters. The carrion crow eats eggs, insects, small vertebrates, carcasses, vegetables, and grain. They also bury food for consumption later.

Did you know?

  • The carrion crow was once considered to be the same species as the hooded crow, but is now recognized to be a separate species.
  • Carrion crows start to breed at the age of three years.
  • They form pairs that last for life. Breeding pairs are very territorial.
  • Female carrion crows lay four to five eggs and incubate them for up to 20 days.
  • Carrion crows may drop food with hard shells from a height in order to break the shells.

Lesson plan note: Cut out pictures of the carrion crow for all the children to color. They can color their bird with markers, crayons, or colored pencils. Write the child’s name on the back of the bird. Then, tape a piece of long string to each colored bird. Finally, hang the birds on the ceiling for all the children to see.