How to Draw an Andean Condor

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Andean Condor in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Andean Condor.

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How to Draw an Andean Condor - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a large curve over a smaller one, whose ends meet in a sharp point.

Step 2: In the point, draw a line with a dot over the end. Draw a larger dot with a curve over it near the top of the head, and two curves closing off the ends of the head.

Step 3: Draw a large curve from the back of the head, and two smaller curves from the bottom of the head. Add another curve below the head that connects these lines.

Step 4: Starting at the top of the back, draw a large curve that goes down, back, up, and returns to the back. Draw wavy lines in the top and straight lines in the bottom of this shape for feathers. Add a small curve that connects the lower side of the wing to the chest.

Step 5: Draw a rectangle with lines in it closing off the rear end.

Step 6: In the gap between the chest and bottom of the wing, draw a downward-pointing curve. From the point, draw two lines straight down, that end in an L-shape. Add sharp curves to the back, front, and bottom of this shape. Draw a small curve behind and above the foot for a second foot. Done!

Interesting Facts about Andean Condors

Andean Condors live in the Andes Mountains of South America. They are found in Columbia and Venezuela. Like all vultures, the Andean Condor is a clean-up crew. They eat dead animals and smaller live animals. Andean Condors are all black with white wings and they have a fuzzy white collar around their neck. They measure to 100 to 130 centimeters long with a wingspan of 320 centimeters.

Did you know?

  • An Andean Condor can live up to 50 years!
  • The only vulture found in the Andes Mountains.
  • An Andean Condor has to wait 11 years before it can mate.
  • It takes 2 months for a mother Andean Condor to hatch an egg.
  • Andean Condor moms and dads store food in a pouch in their throats for their chicks. When they get back to the nest, they throw the food back up for the chicks to eat.

Lesson Plan Notes: Andean Condors are the perfect choice for a study of the ecosystem of the Andes Mountains. Take a week to explore the natural world of the Andes Mountains. Don’t be afraid to dive into the culture as well. The Andes Mountains is home to some of the most interesting South American cultures.