How to Draw a Chough

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Chough in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

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 Chough.

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How to Draw a Chough - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the head of your chough with a long curved beak.

Step 2: Add an eye and draw a line to divide the beak.

Step 3: Next, add two lines sloping downward to define the body.

Step 4: Extend the top line down to a point, then curve it around to make the wing.

Step 5: Add some feather details to make your bird look more realistic.

Step 6: Now we draw the left leg and foot. These mountain-dwelling birds have big feet and sharp claws.

Step 7: The right leg connects to the body just below the wing and the foot is the same. Congratulations, your chough is done. This bird is a member of the crow family, so it has black feathers if you'd like to color it.

Interesting Facts about the CHOUGH

The Chough is a member of the bird family and the scientific term for them is Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax. Another common name for this animal is the Red-billed Chough. They are related to the Crow except having a red beak and feet, mating with the same partner for life of whom they breed on mountains in a permanent place. They make a ringing sound and are acrobatic in flight. The Jackdaw and Alpine Chough are other relatives.

Did you know?

  • They have 8 types of relatives to their species.
  • There can be over 1.5 feet in their length.
  • The wings can be almost 3 feet wide.
  • These animals weigh almost 11 ounces.
  • Their nesting site can be over 26,000 feet high.
  • The species can live 17 years.

It’s associated with fire-raising, linked with Saint Thomas Becket and the county of Cornwall. Therefore, they’ve been depicted on various postage stamps of some countries, including nations where the bird isn’t found. Greek mythology refers to them as the Sea-Crow and mentioned in a number of stories, including Shakespeare. Legend has it that they can steal a lit candle and carry it to a barn with grain, making popcorn.