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How to Draw a Parrot

Once you learn how to draw a parrot, you can go on to finish it with any color combination that you want. The variations they come in seem to be endless.

Parrot drawing finished with marker and crayons

Did you know that parrots are believed to be some of the smartest creatures around? Turns out that they have large brains, along with large beaks, which help them imitate voices, and even use simple tools.

This tutorial will walk students through drawing not only the basic bird shape, but also the features necessary to make a bird look like a parrot. The large eye, beak, and colorful wing all add up a bird that looks like no other!

Preview of the step by step Parrot drawing tutorial

Parrot Coloring Page
Time lapse of Parrot drawing tutorial
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Parrot

  1. Draw the bird head and body.

  2. Add the branch touching below.

  3. Draw a tail under the branch.

  4. Draw the beak.

  5. Erase the gray line, and draw the eye.

  6. Add a wing to the body.

  7. Erase the gray line and add details.

  8. Add branch details and fill with leaves.

  9. Trace with a marker and color with crayons.

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