How to Draw a Bullfinch

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Bullfinch in 5 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 Bullfinch.

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How to Draw a Bullfinch - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a small circle with a curve under it. Draw big curves over and under the eye, and add a triangle on the end with a line through it for the beak.

Step 2: Draw a large angle under the body. Add two curves near the point, and another curve that goes from the end of the angle to the head.

Step 3: Draw a triangle on the rear end, and a long rectangle with a line through it for the tail.

Step 4: Draw a long curve from beneath the beak to the rear end; add some zig-zags on the part near the rear.

Step 5: Draw a line going down from the belly, and on the end add a line pointing to the rear and two line point to the front. Repeat. You did it! These birds have a wide variety of colorings. You can look up more about specific bullfinch species if you want to color yours realistically. These birds are an Old World group, meaning that they are native to the world as most Europeans knew it before contact with the Americas: Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Interesting Facts about Bullfinches

Bullfinches are small perching birds that live in hedgerows and woodland areas. They are chubby little birds with black heads, red chests, and white bottoms. They grow to a length of 6 inches and live for about 12 years. Bullfinches live all over Europe, Asia, and even Japan. Their favorite foods are plant buds and seeds. Their wide black beak is especially designed to pluck the buds off their stems.

Did you know?

  • Bullfinches are considered pests in farming communities because they will destroy orchards and gardens for food.
  • Some species migrate in October, and return in April.
  • As of 1996, trapping a Bullfinch can only be done with a license.
  • Chicks will leave the nest 12 to 16 days after hatching.
  • Bullfinches will sit on their eggs for 12 to 14 days.

Lesson Plan Note: Draw a Bullfinch and make copies for each child. Set out crayons, markers, and colored pencils for students. Ask the children to show you what a Bullfinch looks like. When the students finish coloring their birds, cut them out and write the child’s name across the chest. Staple the birds to a bulletin board with a forest theme.