How to Draw a Pigeon

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Pigeon in 9 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 Pigeon.

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

Step 1: First, draw the head. A pigeon has a long head and neck that bobs back and forth when it walks.

Step 2: Coming down from the bottom of the neck, draw two lines for the body. Leave the bottom open for the wing and tail.

Step 3: Now let's give your pigeon a little detail. Draw the wing, which is large and covers almost the whole body. If you're having trouble, think of a teardrop turned on its side.

Step 4: Next, draw the tail feathers. The tail is short, and your curved line should touch the wing in the middle.

Step 5: Now draw the first foot. Pigeons have three toes pointing forward and one pointing backward.

Step 6: Draw the other foot. Since it is peeking out from behind the first foot, some of it will be hidden.

Step 7: Next, draw the claws. They are sharp and pointy.

Step 8: Draw the beak and the eyes. The beak has an extra line on the top for detail.

Step 9: Last, give the wing a little more detail by adding a few lines going across the bottom half.

Interesting Facts about Pigeons

Pigeons are birds that have been around for millions of years. They are members of the family Columbidae, along with doves. Pigeons live in the United States and Canada. They also live in Asia, Europe, and North Africa. Pigeons are closely related to doves.

Did you know?

  • Pigeons build nests usually on building ledges. Female pigeons typically lay two eggs at a time, and the females and males take turns keeping the eggs warm.
  • The feathers on a pigeon’s neck are called a hackle.
  • Pigeons have sensitive hearing. They can hear thunderstorms that are far in the distance from them.
  • Pigeons are sometimes called “rock doves.”
  • There are 12 subspecies of pigeons.
  • Homing or carrier pigeons are known for their ability to fly far away and find their way back home.
  • When pigeons walk or run, they bob their head back and forth.
  • People have the misconception that pigeons carry diseases that can make humans sick. Although they do carry diseases, they rarely transmit them to humans.

For thousands of years, pigeons have been domesticated by humans. Pigeons throughout American and British history have received medals and awards for their acts of bravery in World War I and World War II.

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