How To Draw A Hawk

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Hawk in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

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 Hawk.

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

Step 1: Start drawing the hawk's head. Draw a wide upside down "U". At the top left corner add a small pointy beak. The point of the beak points down.

Step 2: Draw the big round eye just behind the beak. Add the short line under the beak to make the mouth. There is a curved line from the left side of the left "U" line almost to the right side.

Step 3: Next draw a long curved line down for the back. It starts at the right head line and curves out and slightly in at the very bottom.

Step 4: From the bottom of the left head line draw the curved belly down with a small bump at the bottom for the leg. Now add the wing. Start just below the head and curve the wing sharply almost to the belly line and down on an angle along the belly line. The bottom of the wing extends below the back line. Then it curves back up to join with the back line.

Step 5: At the bottom of the bump on the belly line draw talons on the leg. The front foot has two sharp talons on the front and one sharp talon on the back. The other foot is slightly behind the first foot. Add a talon to the back of the back foot. At the bottom of the wing add some long tail feathers. The are jagged lines that join up to the back line.

Step 6: Finally draw two straight lines to make a branch for the hawk to perch on.

Interesting Facts about Hawks

Hawks belong to the Accipiter group of birds within the larger family of birds called Accipitridae, along buzzards, eagles, harriers, kites and Old World vultures.

The ancestors of these birds may have existed 50 million or more years ago. Today hawks can be found across most of the world wherever there is a suitable habitat of woods and shrubs.

Did you know?

  • Hawks have strong talons (claws) and strong, sharp beaks that allow them to catch and eat prey.
  • The Little Sparrowhawk is the smallest male hawk, measuring 7. 9 inches long, weighing 2.4 ounces with a wing span of 15 inches.
  • The largest female hawks are the Northern Goshawk, measuring 25 inches long, weighing 4.9 pounds with a wing span of 50 inches.
  • Hawks hunt small animals from high in the air, often perching in a hidden area then quickly swooping down on their prey.
  • Hawks have a keen sense of vision; many times better than human vision.
  • Like most other birds of prey, hawks eat a variety of vertebrates, such as mammals, reptiles, birds and bony fish.

Hawks are often used in falconry, a form of hunting, by which humans take trained hawks to an area where they can hunt small animals.

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