Bird Coloring Pages - Songbirds, Birds of Prey, Waterbirds and More

We've searched high and low for free bird coloring pages. Some we found were free, but were not very realistic or good for coloring. So we've gathered all the good ones (at least by our standards) all in one place.

We've categorized the coloring pages by bird orders:

Waterfowl/Seabirds/Wading Birds Coloring Pages

Arctic Tern, Blue-footed Booby, BrownPenguin bird coloring page Pelican, Canada Goose, Flamingo, Heron, Nene (Hawaiian Goose), Penguin with chick, Atlantic Puffin, Wood Stork

Eagle Free Bird Coloring PagesBirds of Prey Coloring Pages

Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Great-horned Owl, Osprey, Turkey Vulture

Gallinaceous - Fowl-like Birds

Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Ringed-necked Pheasant, Peacock. Rhode Island Red Chicken

Columbiformes, Cuculiformes, Apodiformes

Hummingbird, Roadrunner, Mourning Dove

Songbirds (Passerine)/Nonpasserine

Cornell has an excellent free bird coloring book that includes 48 species of common feeder birds.

It is Bird Coloring Pagesa student workbook that includes questions on each bird coloring page.

Most of the bird pictures in the coloring book were drawn by the noted bird artist and ornithologist, Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1872-1927). Fuertes, a native of Ithaca, New York and a Cornell University graduate, is known for his realistic bird art. The other drawings are by William Montagna. 

Species included in Cornell's Bird Coloring Book:

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter coperii)

Rock Dove (Pigeon) (Columba livia)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) and Stellar?s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)

Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorurm)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) or White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)

Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Order: Galliformes - Grouse, Quails, Pheasants, Turkeys, Chahalacas, etc.

Common features:

  • Short, rounded wings

  • Short, powerful flight

  • Strong feet - for running & scratching

  • Usually non-migratory

  • Includes game birds

  • Precocial young (hatches out covered with down, legs well-developed, eyes open and alert, and is soon able to feed itself)

Gallinaceous or Fowl-like Birds

Peacock (male peafowl)

Wild Turkey

Peacock bird coloring pictures

Ringed-neck Pheasant

Ruffed Grouse

Rhode Island Red Chicken

Nonpasserine and Songbird Species

Below are printable bird coloring pages of songbirds, passerines (perching birds) and nonpasserine species.

Order: Columbiformes - Pigeons, Doves, Dodos (extinct since 1700)

Mourning Dove Printable Coloring Page

Common features:

  • Short, slender bill with cere (soft skin) at base

  • Short neck

  • Short legs

  • Crop produces "pigeons milk" to feed young

Order: Cuculiformes - Turacos, Cuckoos, Coucals, Roadrunners, Anis

Roadrunner Bird Coloring Page

Common features:

  • Toes, 2 front and 2 rear

  • Outer hind toe reversible

  • Many Old and some New World cuckoos are brood parasites

Order: Apodiformes - Swifts, Hummingbirds

Hummingbird Coloring Page

Common features:

  • Small birds with short legs and small feet

  • bill either small and weak (swifts), or long and slender with tubular or brushy tonge (hummingbirds)

  • Wings pointed and having extremely short, stout humeri

Order: Passeriformes - Numerous species, largest order of birdsNorthern Cardinal Printable Coloring Pages

Common features:

  • Feet adapted to perching on stems or twigs

  • Toes unwebbed, 3 in front, 2 behind

  • Wing with 9 or 10 primary feathers

  • Tail usually with 12 feathers

  • Worldwide in all habitat types

  • Many insectivores, fruit and seed eater

  • Many highly migratory

  • Altricial young ( hatched naked, blind, and helpless, able to gape, and reared in the nest)

The bird coloring book above by Cornell has the best pages for in the Passeriformes Order.

Waterfowl, Seabirds and Wading Birds

We have found realistic bird coloring page for various waterfowl, seabirds and wading bird species.

Order: Sphenisciformes - Penguins

Penguins with chicksPenguin bird coloring page

Common features:

  • Web-footed marine swimmers

  • Wing modified into a thin, powerful paddle

  • Large keel

  • Scale-like feathers

Order: Pelecaniformes - Tropic Birds, Pelicans, Boobies, Gannets, Cormorants, Anhingas, Frigatebirds

Blue-footed Booby, Brown Pelican

Common features:

  • Four toes united in one web

  • Long beak

  • Nostrils rudimentary or absent

  • Possess a throat pouch (except tropic birds)

  • Fish-eating birds that often nest in large colonies

Order: Anseriformes - Ducks, Geese, Swans

Canada Goose, Nene (Hawaiian Goose)

Common Features:

  • Broadened bills containing many tacktel nerve endings and filtering ridges or "teeth" at margains

  • Short legs with webged feet

  • Body well supplied with down and oily feathers

  • Unspotted eggs

  • Precocial young (hatches out covered with down, legs well-developed, eyes open and alert, and is soon able to feed itself)

Order: Ciconiformes - Herons, Egrets, Storks (deep-water waders)

Flamingo, Great Blue Heron, Wood Stork

Common Features:

  • Long-necked and long-legged waders

  • Toes not webbed (except flamingos)

  • Often nest in colonies along shores or in marshes

Order: Charadriiformes - Shorebirds, Gulls, Terns, Auks, Puffins, etc.

Arctic Tern, Atlantic Puffin

Common Features:

  • Toes usually webbed

  • Compact plumage

  • Strong fliers

  • Often colonial

  • Precocial young in most species

Birds of Prey

Below are some free bird coloring pages of BirdsEagle Free Bird Coloring Pages of Prey. If you follow the links at the bottom of the page, they will take you to other types of birds.

Order: Falconiformes - Diurnal (active during the day) Birds of Prey (Accipiters, Buteos, Eagles, Falcons) and Vultures

Click on each species for free bird coloring pages:

Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Turkey Vulture

Common features:

  • Strong bill - fleshy cere (soft skin) at base, hooked at tip & sharp on edges

  • Feet with sharp curved talons - opposable hind toe

  • Keen vision

  • Strong fliers as a rule

  • Relatively small clutches of eggs

  • Live almost entirely on meat; some are carrion feeders

Order: Strigiformes - Nocturnal* Birds of Prey (Owls)

Great-horned Owl

Common features:

  • Large, rounded head

  • Large, forward-directed eyes set in feathered disks, excellent night vision

  • Large External ear-openings with flaps

  • Short, powerful, hooked beak

  • Strong feet, sharp talons

  • Soft, fluffy plumage allows silent flight (leading primaries have serrated edge to decrease sound - view owl feathers

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