How to Draw an Egyptian Vulture

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Egyptian Vulture 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 Egyptian Vulture.

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How to Draw an Egyptian Vulture - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: To start the head, draw the beak, which starts out as a circle and then narrows down into a beak, Then, behind the face, draw dark lines to make hair

Step 2: Next, you'll draw the face. Draw a line for the mouth and then several circles and squares for the eyes

Step 3: Now draw the body, which look a little like a cloud. Make sure to leave space at the bottom right for the tail.

Step 4: Now you'll draw the tail. Make one large circle on the back, and then split it into two. Take the two sections and cover them with lines to make feather

Step 5: Next you'll draw the body. Split this into two sections, the front being slightly bigger than th back. In the back, just make large ovals and lines to create feathers. In the front, Make squiggles and lines to create smaller, more fine feathers.

Step 6: Finally, you'll draw the legs. Starts bigger at the base, and then narrow down at the bottom. Remember that bird's feets are talons are pointed. Add lines at the top for the feathers. Finally, draw a line through the bottom of the feet for the branch.

Interesting Facts about the Egyptian Vulture

The Egyptian vulture is found in southern Europe, Asia, northern Africa, the Canary Islands, and the Cape Verde Islands. This bird is black and white with a yellow/orange featherless face. It is also known as the white scavenger vulture or pharaoh’s chicken. The Egyptian vulture can grow 19 to 20 inches long and weigh 3.5 to 5.3 pounds. They are carnivorous and eat tortoises, insects, eggs, carrion, small reptiles, and small mammals.

Did you know?

  • The longest lifespan on record was an Egyptian vulture that lived in captivity for 37 years.
  • Female Egyptian vultures build their nests on ledges or caves on cliffs, in large trees, or on buildings.
  • They breed once per year and lay one to three eggs per season.
  • Eggs take 39 to 45 days to hatch, and chicks are independent at the age of four months.
  • Habitat loss and indirect lead poisoning (obtained from the meat that they eat) are two factors that are causing the Egyptian vulture to become endangered.

Lesson plan note: Cut large pieces of butcher paper into a wing shape. Give each child two wings and have them color and decorate them. Tie the wings to each child’s arm with string. Have the children form a circle and have them flap their wings and fly around the classroom pretending to be an Egyptian vulture.

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