How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 9

How to Draw a Woodpecker

Children can learn how to draw a woodpecker by following the photos in this easy lesson.

Kids will enjoy this simple step by step lesson for learning how to draw a woodpecker. This easy woodpecker lesson is perfect for younger kids looking to learn how to draw.

All drawing steps are included here which make it fun and easy to follow! Plan for this drawing to last about 30 minutes, but the creative process can actually take more time if a background is drawn in addition to the subject matter.

Enjoy the process of learning how to draw a woodpecker. Go beyond the lesson…don’t forget to add some personal details. Let’s get started.


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • How to Draw a Woodpecker Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
How To Draw A Woodpecker: All Steps

We will complete a drawing of a woodpecker by creating one part at a time. This project will take 9 steps in total as we continue to make each part which will get us closer to the finished drawing. The final work of art will be finalized with color resulting in a drawing you will want to share with friends!

Time Needed: 30 minutes

  1. Create The Body

    How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 1

    Using your pencil, outline a slightly tilted oval shape in the middle of the paper. That will become the basic shape for the woodpecker’s body.

  2. Add The Wing

    How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 2

    Then, draw the wings inside the body. It will overlap the body..

  3. Draw The Tail

    How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 3

    Just add the bird’s tail at the bottom of the body and the wing.

  4. Outline The Bird’s Head

    How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 4

    The woodpecker has a crowned head. Begin on the left side of the body and then make some wavy lines at the top then going down to the right side of the body.

  5. Draw The Beak

    How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 5

    This bird has a long, narrow beak. Most woodpeckers have long beaks that help them peck holes in trees and eat small insects!

  6. Add Details To The Head

    How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 6

    First draw circular eyes near the beak. Then add the zigzag lines along the neck and eyes, like in the demonstration. In this lesson we are drawing a pileated woodpecker. The pileated woodpecker’s characteristic features are its striped neck.

  7. Draw The Feet

    How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 7

    Draw the feet at the right side of the body. Our drawing will show the bird from the side.

  8. Add The Branch

    How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 8

    The woodpecker drawing will not be complete without a tree branch for its beak to peck on. Woodpeckers are commonly seen walking up tree trunks!

  9. Complete The Drawing

    How To Draw A Woodpecker: Step 9

    Using your crayons, color your drawing using black, white, gray, yellow and brown. Do not be afraid to practice shading and shadows so the woodpecker will stand out.

How to Draw a Woodpecker PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw a Woodpecker. 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!

What is that Drumming Sound?

Woodpeckers are a type of bird that is found in many different geographic locations and climates. They are known for their ability to peck and drill holes in trees and other hard surfaces.

Woodpeckers drum to mark their territory. They want to show other birds that they are around, and that the area belongs to them. They also use it as a mating call, and to scare away predators. They will drum on trees, telephone poles, metal structures, and sometimes even the siding of your house!

Woodpeckers come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors. There are even some woodpeckers that only have 3 toes on each foot!

Downy Woodpeckers

Downy woodpeckers are the smallest of North America’s woodpeckers and one’s you’ll likely see at your bird feeder. Full grown mail Downy Woodpeckers have a red spot on the backside of their head while juvenile birds display a red cap.

Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the largest woodpeckers you’ll see. They can be found around dead or dying trees in heavily wooded areas. When looking for ants, the Pileated Woodpecker digs rather large, rectangular holes in trees.

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