how to draw a pelican

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Pelican in 6 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of the simple Pelican.

Before we begin the How To Draw a Pelican drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about pelicans you might find interesting, especially for kids.

  • Pelicans are large water birds known for their distinctive long beaks and large throat pouches, which they use to scoop up fish from the water.
  • There are eight different species of pelicans found all over the world, primarily near coastlines and on inland lakes.
  • Pelicans have a wingspan that can reach up to 12 feet, making them one of the largest flying birds.
  • These birds are excellent swimmers with webbed feet that help them navigate through water with ease.
  • Pelicans often work together when hunting fish, forming a line to herd their prey into shallow water before scooping them up in their pouches.
  • Unlike most birds, pelicans have air sacs under their skin on their breasts, which help protect them from injury when they dive into the water.
  • The brown pelican is known for its dramatic feeding technique, plunging from the air headfirst into the water to catch fish.
  • Pelicans are social birds and typically live in large colonies, which provide protection from predators and opportunities to breed.
  • These birds can consume up to 4 pounds of fish per day, depending on the species and their size.
  • Pelicans are known for their graceful flight, often gliding in long lines or V formations, taking advantage of air currents to conserve energy.

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You can follow along with the video or use the simple drawing steps below the video as a guide!

How To Draw a Pelican – Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Guide

Step 1: Begin by drawing the head of the pelican.

how to draw a pelican

Step 2: Draw the very long pelican bill.

how to draw a pelican

Step 3: Now you can draw the entire main body of the bird.

how to draw a pelican

Step 4: Draw the pelican’s bill pouch, tail and first leg.

how to draw a pelican

Step 5: Sketch more of the tail and add some foot detail.

how to draw a pelican

Step 6: Finally, draw in the wing, eye, and 2nd leg/foot!

how to draw a pelican

Well Done, now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Pelican, considering adding some shading or coloring to make your pelican look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your pelican drawing.

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You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Pelican! Your first try may not have gone as perfectly as you had hoped, but I’m sure after another attempt or two you will see a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a Pelican. is with practice…practice…practice!

Are you looking for another bird to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw an OWL?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw an Owl

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