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Easy Draw a Woodpecker Tutorial and Woodpecker Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Woodpecker and a Woodpecker Coloring Page. That red cap of feathers says exactly who he is.

Here’s a tutorial for how to draw a woodpecker that combines some of my favorite elements for animal drawing projects. It’s always good, of course to learn what a particular animal, or bird, really looks like. A good dose of realistic details is always useful, which is why this bird does have the red cap and patterned wing and pointy beak. But after that, why not have a little fun with the face, particularly the eye? Swap out the average bird eye for human-looking one, and you suddenly have a bird that seems very relatable, and who wouldn’t want to draw one like that. If you mix a little of those two worlds – realism and fantasy – you just might engage a few more students, and that’s always a good thing.

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Woodpecker Coloring Page


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  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
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Step by Step Directions

Time needed: 45 minutes

Easy Woodpecker Drawing

  1. Draw an oval and large wing shape for the body.

  2. Connect the two shapes with curved lines.

  3. Erase the extra lines and add a curved body line. Add feathers on the head.

  4. Add a tail and feather tips to the wing.

  5. Draw an eye with an iris, pupil and a small circle for a white spot.

  6. Add a beak and a pattern on the wing.

  7. Draw a foot with pointy claws.

  8. Add a tree, include a hole that the bird is pecking.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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