How to Draw a Glossy Ibis

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Glossy Ibis in 7 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 Glossy Ibis.

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How to Draw a Glossy Ibis - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Okay let's get started with our ibis's head and beak. Draw an oval shape for the head with a sharp, curved beak jutting away fom it.

Step 2: Move on to adding a neck, a circle for the eye, and add some detail to the beak.

Step 3: Let's draw the body. From the base of the neck, curve out to give us the Glossy ibis's back.

Step 4: Now draw the wing, curving sharply away from the body.

Step 5: Draw the leg. Glossy ibises have very long legs. Draw a thin tube shape with an angle to it!

Step 6: Directly to the left of this first leg, draw the one beside it.

Step 7: Now draw the tail. A wide triangle with a notch in the top should do it!

Interesting Facts about Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis are wading bird. They are found on the East Coast in North American as well as in Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia. They are mostly black with red chests and a long curved black bill. Glossy Ibis live in marshlands. They like to eat bugs, crustaceans, leeches, and fish. They normally grow to 18 to 26 feet long.

Did you know?

  • Glossy Ibis are migrating birds. They travel south for winter. When this bird flies, it sticks it neck straight out. That makes them different from a Heron.
  • Glossy Ibis use a special fishing that uses their beak like a shovel. The bird puts its open mouth down in the water and waits for a fish. When the food comes, the bird snaps its bill shut and swallows it whole.
  • A flock may have 100 birds on their way south.
  • Glossy Ibis build their nests on the ground often near water. The base is normally twigs.
  • Chicks will leave the nest after 28 days.

Activity: Draw a picture of a Glossy Ibis. Distribute copies to each student and let them color the bird with crayons, markers, and colored pencil.