How to Draw a Magellanic Penguin

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Magellanic Penguin in 8 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 Magellanic Penguin.

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

Step 1: Begin by drawing the outline of the head with one continuous line. Draw the beak pointing downward.

Step 2: Draw the beak and a small dot for the eye.

Step 3: Draw the body. Draw a long curved line on top and a shorter line on the bottom.

Step 4: Draw the wing in the shape of an S in the center of the body

Step 5: Draw the first leg and foot. Draw the leg first, then the outline of the foot. Fill in the webs.

Step 6: Draw the other foot above it. Draw the shape and then draw the web details.

Step 7: Finish drawing the body with a little tail. Draw a line that looks like an L to do this.

Step 8: Draw some curved lines on the face and body to make the penguin's pattern

Interesting Facts about Magellanic Penguins

Magellanic Penguins are found around the tip of South America. They are the classic black and white bird that waddles up right. The back and head are black, white the belly and underside are white. They have a single white stripe down both sides of their bodies. They grow to 24-30 inches tall and weigh 5-14 pounds. They cuddle fish, krill, squid, and crustaceans. When a penguin swims it looks like its flying. They glide through the water as easy as big prey birds do.

Did you know?

  • On Falkner Island (one of their native homes) a visitor would see 20 nests of eggs per every 100 square feet.
  • Chicks will leave the nest after 70 days.
  • Crab fishers use Magellanic Penguin meat as bait to catch crabs.
  • Like all penguins, mom and dad take turns taking care of their eggs.
  • Magellanic Penguins have a special gland that helps them push the salt out of their bodies.

Activity: Stage a fun balloon race with your students. Just blow up some balloons and line up groups of students. Give each student a balloon. The object of the race is to reach the finish line with their balloon and without using their hands!