How to Draw an Eastern Kingbird

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Eastern Kingbird in 6 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 Eastern Kingbird.

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How to Draw an Eastern Kingbird - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the round head of your bird with a small pointed beak.

Step 2: Next, give your bird a face by drawing a circle for its eye and a line for the opening of its beak.

Step 3: The body requires just three simple lines. Draw two curved lines for the back and belly of your bird and one down the middle for the outline of its wing.

Step 4: Draw the feathers that make up your bird's wing by making long U shapes that overlap one another.

Step 5: Now, draw the skinny tail by making a slim U shape that has two very small U shapes inside of it.

Step 6: Put your bird on its feet by drawing two lines that connect in an upside down boomerand shape which acts as its toes. Great job! Your Eastern Kingbird is now complete.

Interesting Facts about the Eastern Kingbird

The upper body of an eastern king bird is dark grey in color while the bottom part is white in color. They have long feathers on either side and have a dark grey tail with white tip. They have a big head and a short bill compared to the rest of their body. Breeding can take place in grasslands, lawns, wetlands or fields.They weight 33-55g. They feed on insects, fruits, berries etc. Their predators include American kestrels and squirrels, blue jays, crows and snakes often attack their nests.

Did you know?

  • They catch their prey during flight!
  • They are usually seen sitting on top of fences or tree branches
  • During winters, they migrate to South American forests.
  • It is said that Eastern Kingbirds look like birds that are ‘suited up’ due to their grey and white appearance.
  • They protect their nests violently against any intruders including big birds.
  • Eastern kingbird is a songbird. Their song lasts for about 1.5s!
  • It is found that male eastern kingbird sits on top of perches and makes complicated sounds in the evening or before dawn

Lesson plan note: Let children suit up for a day! Make them draw professional looking birds with a tie, tiepin, suit, shoes, spectacles etc. This will help children broaden their creative areas.