How to Draw a Great Potoo

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Great Potoo 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 Great Potoo.

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How to Draw a Great Potoo - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: To draw the head, draw a half-circle with little tiny bumps to add detail

Step 2: Add detail to the head. Add a circle for the eye and little ots for feathers

Step 3: Extend the head into the body. Make sure it is long and narrow, and leave a space for the tail

Step 4: Add several large feathers at the bottom for the tail, ad draw lines across them.

Step 5: Add detail to the body. Add curved indents for feathers across the body

Step 6: Add a tree branch for the potoo to stand on by drawing two lines that come out from behind the animal.

Interesting Facts about the Great Potoo

The great potoo is a bird that is found in Central and South America. It is a resident bird that does not migrate. Its primary habitat is the tropical lowland evergreen forest edge. The great potoo forages in the forest canopy and eats small vertebrates and large arthropods. This bird forms monogamous pairs. The great potoo has a characteristic moaning growl. They are nocturnal and remain motionless during the daytime. Their coloration allows them to camouflage in the trees; they resemble a tree branch during the day.

Did you know?

  • Great potoo are solitary birds.
  • The great potoo is in the Order Caprimulgiformes and the Family Nyctibiidae.
  • They can grow to a length of 45 to 57 centimeters.
  • Great potoo can weigh from 360 to 620 grams.
  • There is no global threat to the great potoo.
  • Their wingspan is around 70 to 80.4 centimeters.

Lesson plan note: Cut large pieces of butcher paper into a wing shape. Give each child two wings and have them color them with markers, colored pencils, or crayons. Tie the wings to each child’s arm with string. Have the children form a circle and have them flap their wings and fly around the classroom pretending to be a great potoo.