how to draw a woodpecker

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Woodpecker in 8 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of a woodpecker. Simply follow along with each step, drawing the portion shown in red for each step. Then, in just a few minutes you’ll have a final and easy bird drawing!

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

  • Woodpeckers have strong bill tips and zig-zagged tongues that extend to probe insect tunnels in trees and wood.
  • Their zygodactyl feet have two toes pointing forward and two back for grasping tree trunks at all angles while climbing.
  • Woodpeckers use their stiff tail feathers as support when climbing and pecking vertically on trees.
  • Drumming woodpeckers make rhythmic sounds by rapidly pecking to attract mates and mark territories.
  • Feathers, muscles, and skull structures help protect their brains from impacts of repeated pecking.
  • Species range in size from small downy woodpeckers to large ivory-billed woodpeckers over 16 inches long.
  • Most woodpeckers create new cavities each year for nesting and roosting, providing homes for other animals.
  • Their barbed tongues help extract beetle larvae, ants, and other insects pried from wood.
  • Woodpeckers play an important role in forests by consuming pests and creating habitat.
  • Though most seen alone, some species like flickers form small flocks outside breeding seasons.

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

Step 1: Begin by drawing the crest of the woodpecker.

how to draw a woodpecker

Step 2: Draw the back of the head.

how to draw a woodpecker

Step 3: Now you can draw the top portion of the beak.

how to draw a woodpecker

Step 4: Finish drawing the beak and add the red crest area.

how to draw a woodpecker

Step 5: Sketch the woodpecker’s body.

how to draw a woodpecker

Step 6: Draw the wing and foot.

how to draw a woodpecker

Step 7: Add a tree for the woodpecker to perch on.

how to draw a woodpecker

Step 8: Draw in the final eye and wing detail, along with the claws on the toes.

how to draw a woodpecker

Well done! Now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Woodpecker, consider adding some shading or coloring to make your feathery friend look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your woodpecker drawing – look at that red mohawk!

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Congratulations!

You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Woodpecker! Your first try may not have gone as smoothly 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 woodpecker is with practice…practice…practice!

Are you looking for another cool bird to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a TOUCAN?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Toucan.

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