How to Draw an Andean Cock-Of-The-Rock

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Andean Cock Of The Rock 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 Andean Cock Of The Rock.

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How to Draw an Andean Cock Of The Rock - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's start with the head - draw a line upwards, giving the bird a large forehead, and then back down with a very small beak.

Step 2: To detail the face, draw a small circle for the eye and a line to separate the beak.

Step 3: Draw two lines into a long slender body, leaving a small gap for the tail.

Step 4: Now we can give our bird some legs - draw the first on the bottom left with two claws like a half moon, then draw the second on the right, again making a halfmoon shaped foot.

Step 5: Draw an oval shape for the wing in the middle of the body.

Step 6: Draw a long sausage-like shape for the Andean cock-of-the-rock's tail!

Step 7: Let's detail the bird's body - draw a horizontal line into three separate sections at the back of the body, three small curved lines below the first line, and four straight lines towards the gap where we will draw the tail.

Interesting Facts about the Andean Cock-Of-The-Rock

The Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) is a bird that lives in the forests of South America. It is easily recognizable by its bright orange head and fan-shaped crest.

Did you know?

  • They live in cloud forests, also known as fog forests, which are forests that almost constantly have a layer of fog over them, especially near the top of the trees.
  • The Andean cock-of-the-rock is the national bird of Peru.
  • While the males have very bright colors, the females are brownish-red and with hints of the same bright colors the males have.
  • Females build nests in rocky boulders, and they hatch and raise their young on their own.
  • Outside of breeding season, Andean cocks-of-the-rock spend most of their time up in the canopies of trees.
  • They eat mainly fruits and berries, and help to spread seeds through the rainforests they live in. They also eat insects, lizards, and small mice.
  • Although its habitat is a victim of destruction, the Andean cock-of-the-rock is not threatened.

Lesson plan note: Most places choose a unique or common animal to serve as their state or country animal. Discuss why the Andean cock-on-the-rock might have been chosen as the national bird of Peru.