19 Bird Drawing Ideas and References

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Practice drawing birds with these bird drawing ideas. I’m sharing a variety of bird drawings for all skill levels.

So whether you’re a bigger or advanced artist, you’re going to find a reference to match your skill level. If you see an art style that you like, make sure you check out the artist and like and comment on their work.

1. Pheasant

The pheasant family is large, with over 30 species in all. Pheasants are found on every continent except Antarctica. This drawing of a pheasant looks amazing. Consider using different types of paper when drawing your bird.

PEASANT BIRD
Artist Credit: sarahebutler_illustrator

2. Tree Sparrow

Tree sparrows are small birds with reddish-brown upperparts and gray underparts. Here’s a wonderful drawing of a tree sparrow. The artist did a great job drawing the texture of the feathers.

TREE SPARROW BIRD DRAWING IDEAS
Artist Credit: artbyrun

3. Finch Trio

This trio of garden birds is actually available as an art print on Etsy. It features a colored pencil hand-drawn chaffinch, blue tit, and bullfinch.

BIRD TRIO
Artist Credit: alexhindleart

4. Barn Swallow

I love drawing small birds like this barn swallow. This bird drawing is so detailed and well done. These adaptable little birds have even been known to build their nests inside man-made structures, like barns and bridges.

BARN SWALLOW
Artist Credit: gigi.weston

5. Snowy Owl

The snowy owl is a large, white owl of the typical owl family. Snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia. What I love about this snowy owl drawing is that it makes a great bird reference for beginners.

SNOWY OWL
Artist Credit: chatrasene

6. Owl Sketches

Did you know that owls are nocturnal birds? This means that they are most active at night. If you want to get better at drawing owls, practice makes perfect, which is why it’s a good idea to do a few quick sketches daily.

OWL SKETCHES
Artist Credit: noir_draw

7. Three Little Birdies

Here’s another trio of birds that you can use for reference. These three little birdies would look great on a handmade greeting card.

THREE BIRDS ON BRANCH
Artist Credit: whatcathydrewnext

8. Brown Flycatcher

The artist of this brown flycatcher will actually be painting this bird using watercolor. Consider doing the same for your own drawing.

BROWN FLYCATCHER
Artist Credit: birdsuzume

9. Work in Progress

This work in progress is absolutely stunning. Advanced artists will be inspired by this art piece. Color always adds a special touch to any drawing.

BIRD IN PROGRESS
Artist Credit: myfineart.ie

10. Sparrow on Branch

Drawing wildlife is such a relaxing and rewarding experience. Further improve your skills by making your bird stand on a branch.

SPARROW ON BRANCH
Artist Credit: diebianca.bb_art

11. Lovebirds

Who doesn’t love a pair of lovebirds? They are known for being very affectionate birds, and they often pair up with one specific partner. A lovebird drawing would make a great wedding gift.

LOVEBIRDS DRAWING IDEA
Artist Credit: uliaevabacon

12. Bird In Motion Sketches

This drawing study showcases the back of a bird. As you can see, it shows the bird in different flying positions. This study is a great way to practice drawing birds.

BIRD FLYING SKETCHES
Artist Credit: kayoko9070

13. Hummingbird Doodle

The hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. It is also one of the fastest, and can fly up to 60 miles per hour. If you’re looking for a quick drawing idea, consider doing a simple hummingbird doodle.

EASY HUMMINGBIRD DRAWING
Artist Credit: monatree.art

14. Easy Bird Drawing

Even if you’ve never drawn a bird before, it’s easy to get started with the right reference. Here’s a drawing that beginners can use as a reference. To switch things up a bit, consider adding color.

EASY BIRD DRAWING
Artist Credit: art_supplies_and_pain

15. Bird Standing on Moon

I like how this bird is standing on a moon with flowers. This drawing of a bird standing on the moon is both whimsical and charming. I would definitely add some color to a cute drawing like this.

BIRD ON MOON
Artist Credit: arlandria_art

16. Forest Painting

I just love the style of this artist. I recommend checking them out to see more creative works of art. If you enjoy drawing illustrations, let this piece inspire you.

BIRD IN FOREST WITH MOUSE
Artist Credit: harena_artwork

17. Realistic Bird Drawing

I’m always amazed at artists that can make their drawings look so realistic. This beautiful bird was drawn by a talented tattoo artist.

REALISTIC BIRD DRAWING
Artist Credit: silentkw

18. Two Hummingbirds

You can see that the artist used their own creative vision to draw these two hummingbirds and it turned out beautiful. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.

CREATIVE HUMMINGBIRD DRAWING
Artist Credit: sketch_girl

19. Puffin Sketch

This puffin sketch is the result of the artist trying out different drawing styles. Make sure you check them out to see more animal drawings.

PUFFIN DRAWING
Artist Credit: nat_morgs_art

Drawing birds can be a fun and rewarding experience, no matter your skill level. With these bird drawing ideas, you can explore different techniques until you find the one that works best for you.

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