How to Draw a Dodo

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Dodo 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 Dodo.

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

Step 1: The Dodo was a slow moving bird that lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, it was hunted to extinction about 400 years ago. To draw the dodo, we’ll start with his beak. Dodos had large, curved beaks. Draw a curved beak, with a line down the middle for his mouth

Step 2: Next, draw a curved shape for the top of his face, and a line for the bottom of his face. Add a small circle for his eye.

Step 3: Then draw a curved above the top of the face for the top of his head. Draw a line downwards under the chin for his neck.

Step 4: Draw a line for the dodo’s back, and add a curvy shaped tail. Then, draw a long curving line underneath for the dodo’s belly.

Step 5: For the dodo’s wing, draw a squiggly ‘U’ shape. Even though the dodo had wings, it could not fly.

Step 6: Add one of the dodo’s legs and feet. The dodo had short legs which kept it from running fast.

Step 7: Add in the other leg next to the first. Now you’re done! The dodo had gray and brown feathers with yellow feet, and a gray, green, and brown beak.

Interesting Facts about the DODO

A dodo was a member of the bird family and the scientific term for them is Raphus cucullatus. The word “dodo” means a cluster of short but curly feathers on the tail. They had short legs, a big beak, moved slowly, but are now extinct.

Did you know?

  • Dodos were the size of a turkey but more colorful.
  • This animal was a relative of the pigeon but more aggressive to humans.
  • The dodo was found more than 500 years ago by sailors who explored the world.
  • Dodos have not been seen alive for almost 400 years.
  • This bird lived in the forest and they did not fly because they had no enemies.
  • These animals weighed 50 pounds so they were desired for food.
  • Dodos have become a symbol for things that are not useful or can’t fly.
  • The dodo is a character in some children stories.

Dodos lived near Africa on an island called Mauritius, where they ate mostly fruit and at times carried an egg in their foot. When the birds were discovered, they were taken to other countries including England, where part of a dodo is kept in Oxford Museum.