How to Draw a Trumpeter Swan

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

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How to Draw a Trumpeter Swan - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a trumpeter swan! Draw a semi-circle for the head, without closing the end. That will be for the neck.

Step 2: Draw a small circle at the top of the head for the eye, and trace a line down to accent the face. Trace a short line along the front of the face, now, for the mouth.

Step 3: From the open end of the head, draw two long lines for the neck. Then, continue the bottom line and curl it up to create the belly. From the top line, make a short hump for the back.

Step 4: From the neck, trace a line going upward but make sure to angle it toward the front a little bit. At the end, trace some feathers for the wing, then trace the line back down again.

Step 5: From the back, draw the front wing by tracing two long lines alongside each other, angling them in the opposite direction of the first wing. Don't forget the feathers!

Step 6: At the back, draw the tail, making it short and bushy.

Step 7: Last, draw a small leg, angling it toward the back. There's your trumpeter swan! Did you know that trumpeter swans usually eat while they swim?

Interesting Facts about the Trumpeter Swan

The Trumpeter Swan is actually the bird that weighs the most in all of North America. It is also considered to be the largest waterfowl on the planet. The Trumpeter Swan likes to make its nest in areas that provide them with enough water from which they can take off. They also prefer areas that have plenty of food, clean water, and little to no people around. (Don’t we all – haha!)

Did you know?

  • Trumpeter Swans will usually eat while swimming, though during the winter they may eat what is left over from fall crops.
  • Plants are the majority of a Trumpeter Swan’s diet. They like to eat both the leaves and the stems of vegetation, and they will even dig into the mud sometimes to eat the roots.
  • Baby Trumpeter Swans eat fish, bugs, fish eggs, and small crustaceans, as well as plants. They eat these extra creatures to give them more protein that will help them grow and will end up switching completely to plants by the time they are a few months old.

The Trumpeter Swan has a very long lifespan. In the wild, it can live up to 24 years, while in captivity, it has been known to live up to 33. Though, when they’re babies, Trumpeter Swans are only given a 40% survival rate, due to the effects of humans, predators, flooding, or starvation.