How to Draw a Wild Turkey

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

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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 Wild Turkey.

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How to Draw a Wild Turkey - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start with the head. Make sure to make a triangle for the beak, add a bump on top of the head, and leave a small line to continue the body later.

Step 2: Use a large dot for the eye, and make a tiny mark on the beak.

Step 3: Use two large and wavy lines heading down and two the left for the body. On the bottom part of the body have two more lines come from the body and meet at a point.

Step 4: Draw the wings, making sure to add lines for all of the feathers, with a lot being bunched up near the middle. Have them star near the top and bottom of the body.

Step 5: Draw the tail in a straight line from the top of the body, and then add lines for feathers. Have one more feather right near the end of the wings, and use straight lines here throughout.

Step 6: Use two lines heading down with a slight angle from the body, and add a few bumps for the feet.

Step 7: Draw the other leg much like the first, except have the foot facing to the left. Your Wild Turkey is now done!

Interesting Facts about Wild Turkeys

Wild turkeys are native to North America. They live in wooded habitats. Wild turkeys have dark-colored feathers that help them to blend into their surroundings. Wild turkeys are not the same turkeys that you eat for Thanksgiving. There are domesticated versions of wild turkeys are bred for human food.

Did you know?

  • The scientific name for wild turkey is Meleagris gallopavo.
  • Wild turkeys fly and they sleep in trees.
  • Wild turkeys can fly as fast as 55 miles per hour, but they do not fly for very long.
  • Wild turkeys can run as fast as 25 miles per hour.
  • Wild turkeys are about three to four feet tall. Male wild turkeys weigh between 16 to 24 pounds, and females weigh 8 to 10 pounds.
  • Male wild turkeys are called toms or gobblers. Female wild turkeys are called hens. Young male wild turkeys are called jakes, and females are called jenneys.

The head of a wild turkey is bald, but their bodies are covered in more than 5,000 feathers. Similar to peacocks, male wild turkeys use their feathers to attract mates. You can tell the difference between a male and a female wild turkey by the color of their feathers. Tom turkeys are more colorful than hens.