How to Draw a Humboldt Penguin

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Humboldt Penguin in 5 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 Humboldt Penguin.

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How to Draw a Humboldt Penguin - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Okay let's start our humboldt penguin off by drawing the entire body and the head. Make a circle for the head and add the beak. Put a curved line for the belly before tapering down to the tail. From there draw a straight line to the base of the neck.

Step 2: Add a line to the beak for the penguin's mouth and draw a circle for the eye.

Step 3: Now draw the penguin's fins. Two rounded column shapes will serve for this!

Step 4: Draw the legs. Make sure to keep the feet webbed. These push the penguin through the water when it swims!

Step 5: Now draw the patterns all over the penguins. Bands along the beak, belly, and the "coat" of the penguin!

Interesting Facts about the Humboldt Penguin

An average sized penguin that weighs no more than 13 pounds. After they mature, there will be a black breast band on them and will go down to their thigh. They only have one band around their neck which makes it easy to them apart from others.They can reproduce any time of the year but normally if they have more food that is when they will engage in breeding. They are able to reproduce at 3 years old and females will lay eggs in a nest or burrow to protect them. The male and female will keep them warm until they hatch around 40 days.

Did you know?

  • They are listed as vulnerable on the endangered species list.
  • The penguin will nest on rocky coasts and island with terrain allowing nest burrows.
  • Famous in zoos, they can live up to 30 years but in the wild they rarely live this long.
  • Their main food sources are krill, fish and shrimp.
  • Humboldt Penguins can reach speeds up to 30mph in the water.

The penguins live on the South American Pacific coast. They are found both in Chile and Peru. They enjoy the warmer climates these countries offer compared to most other penguin species where they will live on rocky shores.