How to Draw a Shelduck

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

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

Step 1: After drawing a small neck, add a rounded head complete with a short beak and single, beady eye.

Step 2: Draw the body from the front of the neck, drawing downward and then adding a large curve.

Step 3: At the bottom of the body, draw two short, webbed feet.

Step 4: Now add the tail. It should be shaped slightly like a sideways-facing triangle.

Step 5: Draw the wing protruding from the bird's side.

Step 6: Add lines on the body to create detail and your drawing is done.

Interesting Facts about the Shelduck

Shelducks are very common in Eurasia and enjoy breeding in temperate and tropical regions. They resemble short necked geese but with red bills instead of the common orange. Wintering flocks can be as large as 100,000 birds. They breed in tree holes, haystacks and rabbit burrows. (Basically in private) Once born, young will dive underwater to avoid any harmful predators while the adults fly away to draw the attention away from the ducklings.

Did you know?

  • The scientific name for the species comes from the French word “Tadorne”
  • The name may also derive from the Celtic term meaning “Pie Waterfowl”
  • It is common around Ireland and Great Britain
  • Moulting grounds are the German Coast and the Wadden Sea

Lesson Plan Idea – Since Shelducks resemble a short goose, see what, if anything, do the Shelduck and a goose have in common.

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