How to Draw a Swift

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

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

Step 1: Draw a small, slightly curved line.

Step 2: Add a very tiny beak and an eye to the face.

Step 3: Now draw a wing extending from one side of the body.

Step 4: Add a second wing that is slightly longer than the first one, toward the front of the bird's body.

Step 5: Now draw the tail. It resembles the letter "M."

Step 6: Finish up by adding details to the wings' feathers.

Interesting Facts about the Swift

Consisting of more than seventy-five different varieties, the Swift specie can be found throughout the world. – that is except polar regions and some countries in the Southern Hemisphere. They are closely related to hummingbirds. Depending upon the variety. Some Swifts are considered endangered. The swift spends a majority of its life in the air – it eats, mates, sleeps, and drinks while flying.

Did you know?

  • The Swift belongs to the Apodidae family
  • They have bristles above their eyes that act as sunglasses
  • Diet includes spiders, mosquitoes, beetles, and flies
  • Can fly at heights of ten thousand feet
  • Their predators include hobbies, falcons, and kestrels

Lesson Plan Idea – Using diagrams, migration patterns, maps, and facts – compare and contrast the hummingbird to the Swift. What are the major differences? Do they cross paths during any migrations? What about their diets?

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