How to Draw a Greater Flamingo

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Greater Flamingo in 7 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 Greater Flamingo.

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How to Draw a Greater Flamingo - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a long open oval that comes to a point for the beak.

Step 2: Add a dot for the eye, as well as lines of the beak for the mouth

Step 3: Extend the neck into the body. The neck is thin but long, and extends into a much bigger body.

Step 4: Draw the body, leaving space for the wings

Step 5: Draw the two wings, using the space you made in Step 4 and drawing one from behind the flamingo. Make sure they are long and wide

Step 6: To draw the tail, draw lines to add feathers

Step 7: Add detail to the wings to create feathers.

Interesting Facts about the Greater Flamingo

The greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is the largest and most widespread flamingo in the world. They can be found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. They have been seen in other places around the world as well, but due to how commonly they are kept in captivity, no one is certain if these are wild or captive animals.

Did you know?

  • The greater flamingo can grow up to five feet tall and weight nearly nine pounds.
  • Most of the greater flamingo’s feathers are pink, but they also have red and black feathers.
  • They eat seeds, algae, shrimp, and other small organisms by sucking the water through their bills and filtering out their food. Their pink color is caused by the color of some small organisms that live in what they eat.
  • Greater flamingos live in large colonies that can be up to 10,000 birds. The males and females court each other, and usually mate for life.
  • Both the male and female incubate the eggs (sit on it to keep it warm until it hatches), and both parents also help feed their young. Baby flamingos are light grey.

Lesson plan note: Discuss why it is that adult flamingos are very pink, but their babies are grey.