How to Draw an American Crow

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an American Crow in 7 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 American Crow.

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How to Draw an American Crow - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw an open angle for the head.

Step 2: Give it a face! Close off the point of the angle with a vertical line, and then draw a horizontal line through that point to define the beak. Add a dot to the side of this for an eye.

Step 3: Draw a line angling down from the bottom of the head for the body.

Step 4: From the end of the head, draw a line angling down and forward, with a smaller line going along under it. From the end of the body, draw a wavy line also angling down and forward, which then bends to meet the first line. This is the first wing.

Step 5: Draw a small line behind the top of the head. Draw a mirror image of the first wing on this side of the body. Add a wavy line going from the bottom end of the wing to the top tip of the wing.

Step 6: Close off the gap at the rear end with a clam shell shape for a tail. In other words, draw a straight line from each end of the body, then connect the two with a wavy line. Add a few lines in the end of this shape.

Step 7: Draw a W-shape in the end of the body with small star shapes attached to the bottom points for the legs. Done! You can color it all black.

Interesting Facts about American Crow

The American crow is found commonly over much of the North American continent. They are large, all-black birds that are smart with a hoarse cawing sound. They are commons in fields, roadsides and treetops. Their habitat will range from open woods to town centers. The American crow will gather in large groups during winter to sleep in community roosts. These can be from a few hundred birds up to two million birds. Some have even been forming in the same area for over 100 years. Lately some of these have been moving to urban areas, where it is affecting issues with people, or people are moving in on the birds.

Did you know?

  • Crows cannot breed until they are 2 years old, most will wait until they are 3 or 4.
  • Crows are scavengers but that is only a small part of their diet. They cannot even kill a gray squirrel and would have to wait for something else to open it.
  • The crow is a forager and will sometimes follow other birds back to their nest and steal other animal’s foods.
  • The oldest crow was 16 years old in the wild while a captive crow lived to 59 years.
  • The crow is highly adaptable and will live in any open place with trees and reliable food sources.

Crows will make and use tools including a cup to carry water over to a bowl of dry mash, shaping a piece of wood and sticking it into a hole to search for food and breaking off pieces of pine cones to drop on a predator climbing the tree near their nest.