How to Draw an American Black Duck

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an American Black Duck 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 American Black Duck.

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How to Draw an American Black Duck - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's begin with the American black duck's head and beak. Draw a rounded line for the head, and into a long pointy beak, leaving a gap for the body.

Step 2: Let's add detail to the duck's face. Draw a circle for the eye and a line to separate the beak.

Step 3: Now we can draw the body - round the line at the front and make it turn sharply then slope down at the back. Leave a gap.

Step 4: Continue both body lines into a point for the tail.

Step 5: Draw the wing - draw a wavy line with a separation line in the middle. Make sure the wing sticks out at the back!

Step 6: Draw the small duck legs with three webbed digits. Ducks' feet are webbed to help them swin faster!

Step 7: Let's pattern the wing - draw some curved lines!

Interesting Facts about the American Black Duck

American black ducks (Anas rubripes) are large ducks that are very similar to mallards. They often flock with mallards and hide among them in shallow wetlands, tipping up water into their beaks to eat plants, worms and small fish.

Did you know?

  • These ducks live mostly on the Eastern side of North America, in freshwater and salt marshes.
  • The American black duck is similar to the mallard, but told apart by its dark brown body, grey face and olive-yellow bill.
  • Due to their natural habitats being destroyed, the numbers of American black ducks has decreased.
  • Because of the threat on their habitats, American black ducks can often be found feeding and socializing with mallards. Breeding with mallards has also occurred, and is another reason their population numbers have suffered.
  • American black ducks lay between nine and ten eggs per season, and while males typically remain with their mates through some of the incubation, it is unknown whether or not they are involved with the rearing of the young.

Lesson plan note: Discuss how the destruction of natural habitats has driven the American black duck into the mallard habitat, and how that has led to the breeding in between species.