How to Draw a Golden Pheasant

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

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How to Draw a Golden Pheasant - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the eyes and beak. Draw a curbed triangle with a hooked point as the beak, with a large circle just behind it for the eye.

Step 2: Draw the crown with a line that swoops back, almost like a shark fin. This is a distinct tuft of feathers on top of the pheasant’s head.

Step 3: Add the nape, another unique trait of the bird. This is another triangle shape that will start by the eye and beak and spread out over the neck. Add a series of lines to show the plumage.

Step 4: Draw the wing, starting at one point under the nape and fanning out behind the pheasant, with a row of bumps to show the ends of each feather.

Step 5: Then draw the lower body with a softly bowed line from beak to tail, with more frays and bumps to show the tufts of feathers.

Step 6: Draw the tail, which is very long and curves smoothly, ending in a point. The tail is almost as long as the pheasant’s whole body.

Step 7: Lastly, draw the feet. The legs are longer and bend backwards, like a chicken’s, with small, hooked claws.

Interesting Facts about the Golden pheasant

The golden pheasant is a striking type of gamebird that makes its home in the mountainous areas of the western parts of China. These birds can also be found in parts of the United Kingdom as well as other locations. The male golden pheasant are really breathtaking being super vibrant with a red chest, golden yellow crest and super long tail. The females aren’t as colorful as they are brown, tan and black.

Did you know?

  • Though these birds can fly, they spend most of their time on land on the floors of the forests, rather than in the air or even high up in trees
  • You will often find these birds enjoying some time in the shade, too much sun exposure for the males can make their beautiful colors dull
  • The typical male golden pheasant is around 40 inches in total length, which is extravagant tail taking up around two thirds of the 40 inches
  • In China, it is common for people to think that these birds are a sign of good lick and prosperity
  • Golden pheasants are thought to be very good at being able to quickly sense where there are unusual threats or dangers
  • Though these birds spend most of their time on the ground, at night they will find trees to make nests in to keep them same from predators while they sleep