In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Eagle 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 Eagle.
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How to Draw an Eagle - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Start your eagle by drawing the sharp beak. It looks like a sharp comma. Add a tiny oval on the bottom for the lower beak.
Step 2: Starting at the top of the beak draw a short, curved line on top for the head. Under the beak add a very short line down for the neck line.
Step 3: On the right side of the beak add a circular eye. Make a squiggly line from the bottom of the neck line to the bottom of the head line to make feathers around the neck.
Step 4: On the left side draw a very big wing. It starts right at the end of the neck line. It is oval-shaped with a pointy end at the bottom. Draw some diagonal lines to make the feather marks.
Step 5: Starting at the bottom of the head line draw the rest of the body. It is squarish and not as long as the wing.
Step 6: At the bottom of the body draw three sharp claws or talons. They are quite short but are quite pointy.
Step 7: Under the talons draw two lines that make a branch for the eagle to perch on.
Step 8: Finally, just below the bottom tip of the wing draw the tail feathers. They look like half an oval and curve back up to touch the branch.
Interesting Facts about Eagles
Eagles are birds that belong to the Accipitridae family of birds. Their descendants date back over 50 million years ago.
While over 60 species inhabit Eurasia and Africa, only 11 species are found outside that area. Two species inhabit the United States and Canada; the Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle.
Did you know?
- The smallest species of eagle weighs 1 pound and is 16 inches long.
- The White-tailed eagle has the longest wingspan of all eagles, being as long as 7 feet, 2 inches.
- Female eagles are generally larger than male eagles.
- Eagles build their nests high in trees and mountain cliffs.
- Many eagle species lay only two eggs and the most dominant chick will often kill the smaller one, with no interception by the parents.
- Different species of eagles will eat different types of small animals, but all will capture their prey without landing and will fly to a perch to be eaten.
- Some eagles prey on animals that are too heavy for them to carry and will eat the animal at the site, or bring pieces of it back to a nest or perch.
Eagles have been worshiped by several religions and used as a national symbol by many nations.