How to Draw a Puffin

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Puffin in 12 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 Puffin.

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

Step 1: Start by drawing the head. Draw a curved line and leave the right side open.

Step 2: Next is the back part of the puffin. Draw a long curved line with two small triangles for the tail.

Step 3: Now finish drawing the body by making a long curved line on the opposite side of the back.

Step 4: Connect the two pieces by drawing a crooked line on the bottom of the puffin's body.

Step 5: Now draw the left foot. The leg is very straight and narrow, and the foot is wide and flat.

Step 6: Next, draw the right foot. Don't forget, puffins have webbed feet, so connect the toes with horizontal lines.

Step 7: Draw the puffin's short and pointy claws at the end of its feet.

Step 8: Now draw the puffin's beak. Draw a triangle with a line through the middle.

Step 9: Draw the eyes and the other details of the face. There is a long horizontal line coming out from the bottom of the eye.

Step 10: Now draw the details of the black feathered part. Draw a circle inside of the head, and an uneven line inside of the body.

Step 11: Add some detailed lines to the beak.

Step 12: Last, draw the details of the legs.

Interesting Facts about Puffins

Puffins are birds that are found in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as near the waters of the Arctic Ocean. They are recognized by their colorful triangle-shaped bill. The color and shape of their bill is why they are also called “sea parrots.” Puffins look like a cross between penguins and parrots, even though they are not closely related to either bird.

Did you know?

  • Puffins usually live alone or in pairs.
  • There can be thousands of puffin pairs in one colony.
  • A puffin can hold at least 12 fish in its beak at one time.
  • On average, puffins are about 10 inches tall.
  • To stay warm in the arctic cold, puffins have an oily coating on their feathers.
  • The puffin’s beak is a brighter color during mating season than any other time of the year.
  • Atlantic puffins are the only kind of puffins that live near the Atlantic Ocean. They can dive as deep as 200 feet into the water.

Colonies are groups of paired off puffins that come together during breeding season. Puffins lay one egg per year. The male and female take turns keeping the egg warm. It takes about 40 days for an egg to hatch.