How To Draw A Peacock

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

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

Step 1: First draw the head and the body. The head is very tiny and has a pointy beak. From the bottom of the beak draw a straight line down.

Step 2: Starting at the top of the beak draw a small curved line up and then down to make the rest of the body. Add a small tuft of feathers right on top of the head.

Step 3: Add a tail from the bottom of the body line circling back up all the way to the top of the head. Draw a small oval between the two body lines at the bottom. Now draw two thin legs. They are the same length as the body. Don't forget the wide toes at the bottom of the feet.

Step 4: Draw the first four long tail feathers along the right side of the body. Make them the same very long length with slightly different widths.

Step 5: Continue drawing four more tail feathers starting from the right side of the beak line. These feathers will be the same length as the first four. Draw some squiggly lines at the ends.

Step 6: Continuing around the top line of the head add the three middle tail feathers. These are also the same length as the previous tail feathers. They are slightly pointy.

Step 7: Keep adding six more tail feathers on the other side of the middle feathers. They should be very long, with slightly different lengths and widths.

Step 8: Finally, add the remaining 5 tail feathers along the left side of the tail. The last ones should reach the ground where the feet are.

Interesting Facts about the Peacock

The peacock is a male peafowl that is part of the pheasant family, Phasianidae. Female peafowl of this family are called peahens. The peacock is best known for its amazing train (tail) that is spotted with what appears to be eyes.

Being native to India and Burma, the peafowl was taken captive and developed in Japan and England as free-roaming.

Did you know?

  • Peafowl build their nests on the ground, but sleep in trees.
  • The peacock will spread its train wide behind him and dance, so the eyes can be seen fully, in order to attract a female.
  • Peafowl eat both plants and animals, usually feeding on flowers, seeds, insects, amphibians and reptiles.
  • Florida is home to populations of peafowl, where they are protected by law.
  • On a king’s dining table, during the medieval times, a peacock symbolized economic power and considered highly delicious.
  • The Hindu religion associates the Peacock with knowledge, patience, compassion and kindness.

Admired for as long as humans have been in contact with them, peafowl are kept and bred as a hobby, for business, on game farms, or simply around their homes, by people all over the world.