How to Draw a Bare-Faced Go Away Bird

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Bare Faced Go Away Bird in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Bare Faced Go Away Bird.

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How to Draw a Bare Faced Go Away Bird - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The Bare-Faced Go Away Bird gets its name from the sound it makes – it sounds like it is saying “Go away!” It has a crest of feathers on top, so start by drawing a line for the back of head, then a jagged line for the feather crest, and then a beak with space for the face. This space is bare, hence the other part of the bird’s name!

Step 2: Add a small circle for an eye, a dot for the bird’s nostril, and a small line on his beak.

Step 3: Draw a short curved line for the back. Then add a long curved line for the front. Add another line in the middle for the bird’s chest.

Step 4: Draw a tilted ‘V’ shape for the bird’s wings. Add in lines to create the feathers for his wings.

Step 5: Now add a leg. His leg is short and narrow, and ends in small talons. Make them like the letter ‘C’ on its side, as if the claws are gripping a branch.

Step 6: Add a long tail, and some more detail for the body.

Step 7: Add a little bit more detail to create the other leg. Bare Faced Go Away Birds have a white head with a black face. Their body and wings are a brownish gray color.

Interesting Facts about Bare-Faced Go Away Birds

Bare-faced go away birds have quite an unusual name, but it describes how they look and sound. They have a bare black face. When they make their call sound, it is as if they are saying, “Go away!” These birds are native to two specific regions in Africa.

Did you know?

  • Another name for the bare-faced go away bird is the black-faced lourie.
  • They are a species of turacos – a group of birds that are members of the Musophagidae family. The family name translates to “banana-eaters” or “plantain-eaters.”
  • Bare-faced go away birds feed on leaf buds, seeds, and fruits. Berries are their favorite.
  • They are about 20 inches long.
  • They are found in trees along rivers.
  • Females lay two to three eggs at a time. Their nests are built in acacia trees.

You can tell the difference between the sexes by their beak. Females have green beaks and males have black ones. There are three different species of go away birds, including this one. The other two are the grey go away bird (which, of course, is grey) and the white-bellied go away bird (which, as its name suggests, has a white belly). It is very easy to tell the difference between each species because of their different colors.