How to Draw a Painted Bunting

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Painted Bunting 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 Painted Bunting.

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How to Draw a Painted Bunting - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a curve. Draw a triangle with a line through the middle under one end of it, and another curve under the triangle. Draw a circle with a large black dot in it under the middle of the first curve.

Step 2: Draw a large curve under the head and a small curve from the top of the head.

Step 3: Draw a large V-shape that goes from the back and into the top of the chest.

Step 4: Between the wing and the rear, draw a long rectangle.

Step 5: Draw a long line with a line going backward from the end of it under the body. Repeat with a shorter line for the second leg.

Step 6: Add wavy and straight lines all over the body to define the feathers.

Step 7: Draw two long curves under the feet, with wavy and straight lines in between them, for a tree branch. Your painted bunting is done! You can color it with a dark blue head, green back, and red chest and underbelly.

Interesting Facts about Painted Buntings

Painted Buntings are brightly colored birds that live in Central America and the Caribbean Islands. They are a perching bird that looks like it got caught in a paint factory and knocked over all the jars, which left them with many colors in their feathers; including red, blue, green, yellow, and purple. Painted Buntings grow to be 4 to 5 inches long and an 8 to 9 inch wing span. They like to live in bushes and old tree groves. The main food they eat is seeds and bugs. Once a male Painted Bunting only mates with 1 female per season. The female chooses a territory to nest on and the male visits her to breed. Painted Buntings migrate to breed in the southwest of the United States.

Did you know?

  • Pet sellers in Mexico and the Caribbean trap the birds to sell, but it is against the law to do that.
  • There are 2 subspecies of Painted Bunting.
  • Natives in North America believed the Painted Bunting was one of the last birds to be colored. So The Great Spirit (or God) took all the left over dye and painted the Painted Bunting.
  • A nest of Painted Bunting eggs is 3 to 4.
  • The oldest recorded Painted Bunting was 11 years and 10 months.

Activity: Set out paints, crayons, markers, glitter, and colored pencils. Then give each student a drawing of the Painted Bunting. Ask them if they had painted the bird, what would it have looked like?