How to Draw an African Grey Parrot

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an African Grey Parrot in 9 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 African Grey Parrot.

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How to Draw an African Grey Parrot - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw an African Grey Parrot. Start drawing the head by making a curve shape, and add the pointy beak on the left side of the curve. They eat seeds, fruit, grains and some flowers. Add a few feathery lines for the neck.

Step 2: Draw a small circle for the eye, and then add a small line in the beak for the mouth. Also draw a small dot for the nose. These parrots can mimic a lot of sounds and can learn the difference between human voices.

Step 3: For the body, draw two curved lines downward from the end of the neck.

Step 4: Add the wings by drawing two curved lines down inside the body.

Step 5: Draw two parallel lines just under the wing to make a perch for the African Grey Parrot. Make sure to leave a few small open spaces for the feet.

Step 6: Add the first leg with a few small pointed toes going over the perch.

Step 7: Now, add a few more curvy points to make the second leg.

Step 8: Draw the feather pattern as shown by adding small curved lines throughout the body and wings.

Step 9: You can color the Parrot light gray or light blue, and the beak is black.

Interesting Facts about African Grey Parrots

An African Grey Parrot is native to West and Central Africa. They are grey and white striped with red tail feathers. They are usually 12.99 inches long with a wingspan of 7-8 inches. African Grey Parrots eat seeds, fruit, grain, and some flowers. They live in flocks and age to about 22 years in the wild. They are very intelligent and are highly prized pets.

Did you know?

  • African Grey Parrots have a call for almost everything: an alarm call, a contact call, and a food call. They based the urgency of the call on the how fast they need it.
  • The most famous African Grey Parrot is “Alex.” Researchers were able to teach Alex some English and how to identify colors, shapes, and how to solve a puzzle.
  • The birds are expert mimics and often learn the difference between human voices.
  • The largest threats facing an African Grey Parrot is the loss of its habitat. Most recently the surge of popularity has made the bird a must have pet. This affects the population.
  • African Parrots have trouble with illness. Especially in captivity. They suffer with obesity and mineral diffidence lot because their diets are not as balanced.

Activity: The study of African Grey Parrots is a great excuse to play the mirror game. Students pair up and try to match each other’s motions, expressions, and words.

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