How to Draw a Toucan

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

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

Step 1: Let's draw a toucan! Draw the body by tracing an oval, adding a little bump at the top for the neck. Here's a hint: the body should look like a potato chip!

Step 2: From the neck, trace another oval like shape but this time, adding a point to one side for the beak. Add a large dot in the middle of the face for the eye.

Step 3: Starting from that point you made, trace a long line across the page. Making a point at the end, trace your line back to finish the beak. There's your pointy beak! Trace a line through the middle to make the mouth.

Step 4: Draw the wing by tracing a semi-circle on the back, making sure that it comes out a bit at the end. Here's a tip: make a wavy line at the end of the wing to show off the feathers!

Step 5: Trace the tail making only half of a semi-circle this time, and much like the wing, make wavy lines at the end for the feathers.

Step 6: Add tiny circles to the bottom of your toucan for the feet. There's your toucan! Did you know that, rather than fly, toucans usually hop to get from one place to another?

Interesting Facts about Toucans

Toucans are birds that are famous for their long, colorful bills. They live in the rainforests of South and Central America, and can also be found in southern Mexico. There are about 40 different species of toucans.

Did you know?

  • The average length of a toucan’s bill is eight inches. Toucans use their bills to dig for food. Some scientists also think that their bills are used to attract other toucans, or to keep them cool in warm temperatures.
  • Toucans eat bird eggs, insects, reptiles, rodents, fruit, and even other birds.
  • Toucans can live to be about 20 years old.
  • Toucans live in groups of up to 12, which are called flocks.
  • When baby toucans, called chicks, hatch, they live in their nests for about six to eight weeks.
  • After about three weeks from hatching, chicks begin to grow feathers.
  • Rather than flying, toucans usually hop to get from one place to another.

One of the most famous toucans is Toucan Sam, which is used in advertisements for Fruit Loops, and is pictured on the cereal box. Some people keep toucans as pet birds. Toucans enjoy being pet on their bills.

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