How to Draw a Marbled Murrelet

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Marbled Murrelet 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 Marbled Murrelet.

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How to Draw a Marbled Murrelet - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The first step of drawing a Marbled Murrelet is to draw its head. It has a rounded head with a short beak.

Step 2: Then we are going to give it a face but drawing an oval for an eye.

Step 3: The next step is to draw the body. Think of the body like a penguin’s body and then add the feather details.

Step 4: Next, we are going to draw the tail, which is small and square looking.

Step 5: Now, draw the legs. The legs are flat to the ground and have webbed toes.

Step 6: The last step is to draw the wing. The wing is high on the shoulder and has lots of feather details.

Interesting Facts about the Marbled Murrelet

The marbled murrelet is a small seabird. They grow to a length of about 25 centimeters. It is found along the western coast of the United States and Canada. This bird prefers coastal water habitats and frequents bays and mountains. It builds its nest at high elevations in old-growth forests. The marbled murrelet feeds on fish and invertebrates. This bird is a fast flier and has short wings. Females usually only lay one egg per year. Threats to the marbled murrelet include: loss of habitat, oil spills, marine pollution, disease, and gill-net fishing operations.

Did you know?

  • Marbled murrelet eggs are yellow and spotted.
  • Incubation lasts about 30 days for the marbled murrelet eggs. Both males and females participate in the incubation process.
  • The marbled murrelet is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
  • The marbled murrelet belongs to the Family Alcidae.
  • Common ravens and Stellar’s jays prey on marbled murrelet chicks and eggs.

Lesson plan note: Draw a large picture of the marbled murrelet. Make copies and distribute to each child. Have the children use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to color their bird. Write the name of each child on the back of their bird. Then, hang each marbled murrelet on the bulletin board for everyone to see.