How to Draw a Turkey

How to Draw a Turkey

Turkeys are large birds native to the Americas. The turkey was first domesticated in Mexico around 800 BC. and has been raised for its meat and feathers.

When European settlers found the animal, they returned it to the Eurasian mainland.

Merchant ships traveled through the nation of Turkey, and the bird began to breed there. This is probably how the turkey got its name.

Domesticated turkeys are now found on farms worldwide, but smaller wild turkeys can still be seen in their natural habitat.

In the United States, for example, it is not uncommon to see small flocks of a few individuals strolling through backyards and neighborhood parks. In rural areas, a single flock can include hundreds of individuals.

Male turkeys dance and use their brightly colored tails and wattles to attract mates.

The turkey has been featured in works of art for a long time. Their feathers (learn how to draw bird feathers) were used by Native Americans to make blankets, robes, and ceremonial attire. It is one of the birds that appear in the famous Birds of America by John James Audubon.

Today, the turkey is perhaps best known for its role in Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners (see all Thanksgiving and Christmas drawing tutorials). As such, turkeys figure prominently in decorations for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In 2010, turkeys starred in the animated film Free Birds, in which a time-traveling turkey attempts to change history by making pizza the official Thanksgiving meal.

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Would you like to draw your turkey? 

Doing so is easier than ever with this easy step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will require is a pencil, an eraser, and a detail of paper. You can also use paints, crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished drawing.

At each step, follow the written instructions and the accompanying illustration. New lines are highlight in blue.

Step-by-step instructions for drawing a turkey.

Step 1

Start by drawing a small spiral and a large oval. The ring will form the turkey’s chair, while the oval will form the wing.

Step 2

Connect the head and the wing using a long curved line and a short curved line. The closed shape forms the neck and body of the turkey.

Step 3

Add feathers to the wing. Do this by drawing several curved scalloped lines along the edge.

Step 4

Draw the visor using curved pipes, forming a round triangle. Draw a circle to indicate the eye and a smaller circle inside it. Shade, the smaller circle.

step 5

Erase the beak and wing guidelines.

step 6

Draw the turkey’s beard, the fleshy ornament around its beak. Do this by enclosing irregular shapes using curved lines. Then draw the feet. For each foot, extend two parallel curved lines from the body, forming the legs. Then, use a series of curved lines in a “U” shape to enclose the toes.

step 7

Erase the guidelines for the legs and chin.

step 8

Draw the fan-shaped tail of the turkey. Draw a long scalloped line and a line of short curved lines connected.

step 9

Add details to the tail. Draw a straight line from the base of the tail to each point down along the scalloped line, indicating the individual feathers.


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