How to Draw a Magpie

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Magpie in 8 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 Magpie.

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

Step 1: To start drawing the Magpie, draw the pointy beak on by making two small triangles with a bit of space open on the bottom right. This bird is considered to be good luck in China and Korea.

Step 2: Draw the head by making a curve shape from the beak, and add another small curved line form the bottom of the beak.

Step 3: Add the eye by drawing a small circle for the eye and another small circle inside for the pupil.

Step 4: To draw the body, draw a smooth line down the back. For the front, also make smooth curve going downward, but then bring it in to close the bottom. Magpies can grow to be only 50 cm long!

Step 5: To draw the wings, make small curved lines within the body with round wing tips. Add another small curved line at the base of the wing for the feather pattern.

Step 6: Add the feet my drawing two lines down at an angle. Add some small pointy toes at the bottom.

Step 7: Add another leg just behind the front. Remember the long pointy talons!

Step 8: Add two lines going down at an angle for the tail with a rounded end. Color your Magpie black and white!

Interesting Facts about the Magpie

The Magpie is black and white bird that can be found in many places all across the globe. Scientists think that there are around 15 different types of magpie across Asia, and Europe as well as some areas of Australia and Africa. Magpies like to avoid long flights and stay close to home in their trees and thick bushes.

Did you know?

  • These birds are around 50cm long but can vary in size depending on the type of magpie, and their wingspan is around that same size
  • In Korea and China, the magpie is often looked at as a symbol of good fortune
  • In the United Kingdom the magpie is considered to be a sign bad luck if there is only one present but good luck if there are two
  • European magpies are known to be little thieves, as they like to steal small shiny objects such as ladies jewelry, and then store them in their nests! Maybe they enjoy some interior decoration!
  • Magpies mate for life and usually stay with that one partner for all of their life.
  • Magpies are considered to be surprisingly intelligent birds and are known to be able to sense when there is danger impending

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