how to draw a kingfisher bird

Let’s Draw A Kingfisher Bird Step by Step

Strive to divide the body into smaller sections before you make the first pencil strokes. Both the head and the trunk are ellipses. Additionally, you’ll see that the back curve continues straight to the beak. Although it is obviously an imaginary line, it greatly aids in achieving balance and capturing the ideal proportions. When drawing a kingfisher bird, you must first carefully and accurately depict two basic body volumes. Those are the head and the trunk.

You can now start to improve the detailed drawings. Take note of how the body’s parts are all different colors.

  • The belly is of orange color.
  • The back and the wings are blue.
  • The throat area and area below cheeks is white.
  • The head is blue in general
  • Divide these areas. Outline the eyes.

Please make special attention when you draw the eye. Notice how close the eye actually is to the beak. It almost touches it. Nearly all birds have an eye that is situated near their beak. However, when we draw birds without actually seeing any, we usually draw the eye in the center of the head and ask ourselves why the bird appears so strange. You’ve just learned how to sketch a kingfisher bird using a secret technique.

Draw the eye. Draw it in detail if possible. When you prepare your eyes, the bird will appear to be more than just a sketch. Work out the beak as best as you can. The beak of a kingfisher is relatively large in relation to its body. Such beak needs a little detailed “make up”.

Lightly trace the feathers on the wings and back with a pencil. These faint lines will be crucial reference points for you when you color (with pencils or another medium) this bird. Make sure you have the eye done right. Notice that the eye is the darkest in the middle. On the top side of the eye, there are two tiny areas where light is reflected. Draw them—that is, make those highlight marks there with your pencil-shaped or kneaded eraser. Those light spots will make the bird look more realistic.

Now you can begin to put color. The easiest body parts to color are orange, which is why I started with them. Blue-colored feathers need a little detailed work. So work out the orange color first. Take note of how the pencil strokes are applied in varying intensities to create the feathers on the bird’s belly. Some parts are darker orange and some are very light.

Once the orange portion is nearly finished, you can start coloring the blue sections. It’s best to color everything with the same intensity and without pressing the pencil. Just blunt light blue color. But keep in mind that you should draw the pencil strokes simultaneously and in the same direction as the feathers. That will create a natural realistic look.

I want to show you what I just did because, despite being a human teaching you how to draw a bird, I am also a human and make mistakes. I made excessively strong wing feather contour outlines because I was “too much in a hurry.” I didn’t want to show you this error at first, but since everyone can learn from it, I thought it would be beneficial to show you so you wouldn’t take the same “quick step.”

Here I erased and softened these feather outlines. They are acceptable for now, but we will resolve them later.

Here comes a little difficult part. But only a little. The feathers on the head and neck (collar) of the Kingfisher bird They are combined with darker spots. These spots are an effect of layers of the feathers.

The head and the trunk are the two fundamental body parts that you must learn to draw in order to draw a bird, as I indicated in the opening paragraphs. Drawing a Kingfisher bird requires careful attention to detail because its beak is so unique. You don’t want to ruin your freshly drawn drawing. To get the best possible look for the beak, I used two colored pencils.

  • black color pencil (not graphite pencil!)
  • dark green color pencil

Combine these two colored pencils on separate paper first. Try to make the shades on the beak appear as natural as possible, leaving the bright line in the center.

Continue gradually adding darker blue to all blue areas as needed. On the back, you can occasionally use also orange. Use extreme caution when applying orange to blue areas as it can easily result in an undesirable green color. The green color actually is there, but very weak. Almost insignificant.

When drawing a kingfisher bird, it is best to add a background color that complements the drawing. If you are drawing on white paper, the background color should be the last color you use. Starting with colored paper drawings is a good idea. Kingfisher’s natural environment is water with greenery. I used this moss green backdrop to make the white portion of the throat stand out more.

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Step 1: To create the kingfisher’s head, draw a large circle close to the top of the paper. To measure the height and width of the circle, first make four marks. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you’re having trouble drawing the circle, try tracing the circumference of a coin or a lid. Check out this tutorial: Four easy ways to draw a circle for a more thorough explanation of the various methods.

Follow the video tutorial below to learn how to draw this Kingfisher step-by-step. You can pause the video after each step to work at your own pace. The detailed drawings below the video might be easier for you to follow. Each step’s new lines are indicated in red so you can see exactly what to draw next. You might want to use both drawing techniques and view the video in a new tab. Take your time and draw at your own pace.


What does a kingfisher represent?

In Indigenous art, Kingfisher represents the promise of abundance, new warmth, prosperity, and love. It’s seen as a spirit guide that can help improve mental and spiritual intuition while remaining grounded.

What are three lines about kingfishers?

Kingfishers are generally brightly colored birds that often fish for their food. There are about 90 kinds of kingfisher throughout the world. Most of these live in warm regions near rivers or lakes. Kingfishers have plump bodies that are about 4 to 18 inches (10 to 46 centimeters) long.