How to Draw an Eider

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Eider in 9 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

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 Eider.

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How to Draw an Eider - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the head in a hook-like shape.

Step 2: Add the beak and an eye.

Step 3: Now, draw a curvy neck that extends down into the body.

Step 4: Draw the wing on the side of the body.

Step 5: Add some detailed feathers to the wing.

Step 6: Now add the tail, which is a roughly triangular shape.

Step 7: Draw a thin, short leg that ends with a webbed foot.

Step 8: Draw the second leg.

Step 9: Add markings to the face and your drawing is complete.

Interesting Facts about the Eider

Eiders have a different kind of family dynamic than other ducks. Instead of each mother raising their own ducklings, groups of mothers and non-breeding females often come together to form a group as large as one hundred fifty ducklings. This happens in order to protect them. Their habitats are ponds or lagoons with winter months being spent by marine shoals.

Did you know?

  • Eiders are the largest duck in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Oldest recorded Eider was a male – 22 years and 7 months
  • Diet includes small aquatic invertebrates, sea urchins, and crustaceans
  • Females lay one to fourteen eggs per clutch
  • They dive into the water to find food.

Lesson Plan Idea – Create a game where you have groups of children be “ducklings”, “protectors”, and “predators”. Have the predators “attack” the other two groups (protectors surrounding ducklings) to teach children how coming together as a group offers a larger chance at survival than just a momma and her ducklings alone.

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