How To Draw A Parrot

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Parrot in 6 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 Parrot.

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

Step 1: Start with the head. Draw a "C" on its side with the curve at the top. Inside the left hand curve of the "C" add a comma-shaped small pointy beak. The tip of the beak will point down.

Step 2: Just below the thick part of the beak add the lower beak. Draw the round eye near the top of the head.

Step 3: Draw a long curved line down from the right side of the head. It curves slightly in at the bottom. Just below the lower beak draw another curved line on the left side of the body.

Step 4: Start drawing the wing right up near the head. It looks like an upside down hook with the short curve up by the beak. The long line of the hook will be almost the entire length of the body. The second line of the wing starts at the bottom of this line down below the body and will curve back up to the middle of the back line.

Step 5: Now draw a very short leg between the bottom of the left body line and the top of the bottom wing line. The leg has sharp claws on the front and the back.

Step 6: Add the long oval tail feathers to the bottom of the wing. They reach down almost the same length as the body. Finally draw two lines to make a branch for the parrot to perch on.

Interesting Facts about Parrots

Parrots belong to the Psittaciformes family of birds, also called psittacines that live in sub-tropical and tropical regions of the world.

Ancestors of the parrot are believed to have lived about 65 million years ago, with about 372 living species divided into three super families; New Zealand Parrots, Cockatoos and True Parrots.

Did you know?

  • Parrots eat fruit, seeds, flower nectar, buds and pollen, and sometimes insects, spiders and other small animal prey.
  • Parrots will mate and remain together for as long as they both live, even if they join a flock of other parrots.
  • Parrots do not have vocal chords, but are able to mimic human speech and some are able to associate words with their meanings and talk in simple sentences.
  • Aside from their ability to mimic speech, parrots their bright colors, sociable, intelligent and affectionate nature, makes them popular as pets.
  • As pets, parrots require a lot of care, intellectual stimulation and attention to thrive happily and remain healthy.

Over thousands of years, parrots have been considered sacred and the subject of stories, art, religion, and music. Parrot feathers have been used for decoration and in ceremonies.

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