Barn Owl Drawing: Step 9

Barn Owl Drawing

Eager to discover how to design a barn owl drawing?

Grab some art supplies and follow along with these simple 9 drawing steps. You will learn the basics for drawing a barn owl.

This lesson only takes about 30 minutes and includes a pdf you can easily print or download. The pdf packet even contains a coloring book page with just the line art. This accompanies perfectly with crayons or colored pencils. This is useful for very young kids requiring extra guidance and are looking to fill in a barn owl.

Finally learn to draw birds by following this lesson at your own leisure. Enjoy the creative process!


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • Barn Owl Drawing Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
Barn Owl Drawing: All Steps

By the end of this lesson we will arrive at a finished drawing of a barn owl by drawing one part at a time. It will take 9 steps in total as we continue to create each part which will get us closer to the finished drawing. The finished work of art will be beautified with color making it a work of art you will be proud to show off!

Time Needed: 30 minutes

  1. Outline The Body

    Barn Owl Drawing: Step 1

    Using your pencil, draw a slightly tilted oval shape in the middle of your paper. This will be your base for the body.

  2. Add The Wings

    Barn Owl Drawing: Step 2

    Draw the wings on the right side of the body. It will overlap on the shape you created on the first step.

  3. Draw The Wing Extension And The Tail

    Barn Owl Drawing: Step 3

    Then, extend the wings and draw the tail under step 2, just like in the demonstration. The barn owl has a long tail.

  4. Outline The Head

    Barn Owl Drawing: Step 4

    Next, draw the owl’s head above the body and wings, similar to your thumb in shape.

  5. Draw The Face

    Barn Owl Drawing: Step 5

    Inside the head, draw a rounded-heart shape for the owl’s face.

  6. Add Eyes And Beak

    Barn Owl Drawing: Step 6

    The barn owl has a V-shape beak and eyes in between.

  7. Draw The Right Foot

    Barn Owl Drawing: Step 7

    Draw the owl’s feet underneath the body. The barn owl has large legs and claws.

  8. Add The Left Foot

    Barn Owl Drawing: Step 8

    Do not forget to add the left foot beside the right foot you drew.

  9. Complete Your Drawing

    Barn Owl Drawing: Step 9

    The barn owl has white and brown colors. Do not be afraid to add some shadows and feathery textures!

Barn Owl Drawing PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for Barn Owl Drawing. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

The Amazing Barn Owl

Barn owls are a type of owl that live in many different parts of the world. They have a wide variety of habitats and tend to live near humans. These owls have a lot of different adaptations that allow them to thrive in these habitats, such as their razor-sharp talons and a keen eyesight that allows them to see in low light.

The barn owl is a medium sized bird with brown feathers, with most having some white on their wings. The name “barn” comes from the fact that they often make homes near humans, most often in barns or other abandoned buildings.

Eating at Night

Barn owls are primarily carnivores. They hunt mostly small mammals like mice and voles, but will also eat other birds, reptiles and frogs.

Barn owls are well-known for their amazing hunting skills. They don’t need to migrate in search of food because they can find enough prey in the barns and fields where they live.

Barn owls feed on a wide variety of animals and birds, which is why they can be found in both permanent and temporary habitats.

One of the reasons why the barn owl has such a high success rate when feeding is because it hunts at night when other animals cannot see it coming.

The barn owl can even hunt its prey in total darkness relying on it’s amazing sense of sound!

The Elusive Barn Owl

With shades of ghostly white, the barn owl sweeps over its prey at night. These birds sleep in quiet places during the day and silently hunt in the dead of night. You can easily distinguish when a barn owl is nearby thanks to its call that is rather raspy as compared to other owls that normally hoot.

a barn owl

These birds hunt primarily during the night because they are nocturnal. With their heightened sense of hearing, they can easily locate the positioning of prey around them even in the dark. These birds prefer to hunt mammals like mice, small rats, and young rabbits. Albeit seldom, they also feed on small birds, lizards, frogs, and fish.

Barn owl flying

Where do Barn Owls Live?

Barn owls are the most abundant species of owl. Because of their capability to adapt and survive, the barn owl successfully inhabits almost all continents around the globe. They however do not inhabit some parts of Asia and the polar regions.

barn owl on a log

Barn owls are found to nest in the hollows of trees and caves. They can also be found nesting in man-made establishments like barn lofts, abandoned houses, and spaces under bridges, just to name a few. When these birds can’t find a place to nest, they will dig small holes where they will tend to their young.

barn owls in mad made structures

What’s So Cool about Barn Owls?

These birds have super high sensitive eyesight which comes in really handy because of the fact that they hunt in almost complete darkness. Their eyesight goes hand in hand with their really good hearing when sensing movement in almost pitch black.

barn owl in the dark

The barn owl has super soft feathers meant for hunting! Its feathers help it fly silently allowing it to sneak up on its prey.

barn owl hunting

In England, barn owls are associated with superstition because of their eerie, ghost-like color, and their screeching sounds. They are also associated with superstition as they are commonly found near graveyards and similar locations.

barn owl on a stone

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