How to Draw a Kori Bustard

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Kori Bustard in 7 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 Kori Bustard.

Make sure you also check out any of the hundreds of drawing tutorials grouped by category.

How to Draw a Kori Bustard - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the head. Draw dark curbed lines that looks like hair on top.

Step 2: Draw the eyes and line for a beak

Step 3: Draw a long, narrow neck

Step 4: Make the body bigger and wider than the neck

Step 5: Finish the body by bringing it to a stump for the tail

Step 6: Add two legs at the bottom of the bustard.

Step 7: Add detail to the body for feathers and wings.

Interesting Facts about the Kori Bustard

The kori bustard (Choriotis kori) is the largest flying bird that lives in Africa. They are also probably the heaviest birds capable of flight, with the males being almost twice as heavy as females. Although capable of flight, the kori bustard spends most of its time on the ground unless under attack.

Did you know?

  • The kori bustard is an omnivore, which means it eats both meat and vegetation. It finds what is most available, and will eat anything from grasshoppers, beetles, lizards, roots and seeds.
  • To attract at mate, the male kori bustard will inflate its neck and raise its crest and tail feathers. The male will breed with multiple females per season and has no involvement with raising its young.
  • The body of the kori bustard is grey and brown with black and white coloring. Except for their size, the male and female look the same.
  • Kenya probably holds the largest population of kori bustards in the world.
  • Outside of mating season, the birds usually can be found in groups of 5 or 6, but groups of up to 40 have been seen. During mating season, they are typically alone with their breeding mate.

Lesson plan note: Discuss the mating habits of male kori bustards and why they are driven to mate with multiple females during a breeding season.