How to Draw a Military Macaw

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Military Macaw 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 Military Macaw.

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How to Draw a Military Macaw - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the outline of the head with the beak pointing downward. You can do this in one continuous line or section by section

Step 2: Draw the beak and the eye. Draw a line between the head and the beak, then draw two lines to separate the bottom beak from the top beak. Draw a small circle for the eye.

Step 3: Draw the body by making two curved lines

Step 4: Draw the wings and feathers. Draw one wing at a time

Step 5: Draw the details of the feathers as squiggly lines on the wings

Step 6: Draw the tail of the bird by drawing three straight lines that connect at a curve at the end. Make the line in the middle thicker

Step 7: Draw the legs and feet. Draw the legs first, then the feet, and then draw the claws by making small lines coming out of each toe

Interesting Facts about Military Macaws

When most people think of parrots, they think about Military Macaws. Military Macaws live in the rainforests of Mexico and South America. The ones that you buy at the pet store are bred in captivity. It’s illegal to buy a wild bird. Military Macaws are normally a bright lime green with red foreheads and black and white striped patches on their faces. Full grown birds reach 70 centimeters long with 99 to 110 centimeters in wingspan. Military Macaws eat seeds, berries, nuts, and fruit.

Did you know?

  • Military Macaws are known to visit riverbanks and eat the clay in the ground. Scientists think they eat the clay to clean out poisons they get from their food.
  • Military Macaws are considered vulnerable to extinction mostly because their habitat is going away. But the pet business also plays a part in it.
  • They live to 50 to 60 years old in the wild.
  • Military Macaws built their nests on cliff faces high about the ocean.
  • There are 3 subspecies of this bird; the only real difference is the colors of the feathers.

Activity: Parrots are known to be great talkers. Why not lead your children or students in a game of “Telephone?” Make a circle and whisper something to the child next to you. Then have the child whisper what they heard to the one next to them. Let the message go around and then the message gets back to you ask the student on the other side of you what they heard. Sometimes the answer can funny and sometimes the answer can be shocking so be prepared for anything!