How to Draw a Red-Headed Woodpecker

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Red Headed Woodpecker in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Red Headed Woodpecker.

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How to Draw a Red Headed Woodpecker - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the outline of the head and beak

Step 2: Next, draw the face and eye. Separate the beak and the beak parts with lines and draw a small dot for the eye

Step 3: Draw the bird's body by making two lines coming from each side of the neck

Step 4: Draw the wing with one curved line and one straight line that meet at a point

Step 5: Draw some straight lines clustered together to make feathers on the wing

Step 6: Draw the tail and the feather details. Draw a curved line to create a section under the wing. Draw some straight lines clustered together underneath that section to complete the tail

Step 7: To finish, draw the legs and feet. The legs are horizontal. Draw small lines coming from each toe to make claws

Interesting Facts about the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

The Red-Headed Woodpecker is a member of the bird family and the scientific term for them is Melanerpes erythrocephalus. Greek word erythro, means “red” and the word cephalus, means “head.” The body is black on the top and white on the bottom.

Did you know?

  • The animal was first documented in 1758.
  • They can reach up to almost 1 foot in length.
  • The bird can have a wingspan of up to almost 1.5 feet wide.
  • This species weighs up to almost 3/4 of a pound.
  • There are individuals that live to almost 10 years old.
  • They make nests up to over 80 feet from the ground.
  • This species was featured on a postage stamp for 10 years.
  • The bird inspired the comedic animated television show Woody Woodpecker for over 30 years.

These birds fly to catch insects in the air and walk on the ground find them crawling there, which they eat in abundance. This species is a medium size for a Woodpecker, and they live in temperate North America. They breed in southern Canada, and central or eastern United States. Since there are so few of these creatures, they are near threatened to extinction.