Just like in real life there’s a huge and diverse amount of origami birds from all kinds of different species. This post has an assortment of different origami birds from all kinds of species and designers.

Satoshi Kamiya’s rooster is probably the most famous paper rooster out there and it looks excellent.

White Rooster
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ynitami/9546518218/

Rooster, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Yuki.N.

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 19th Convention Book

 

Here’s a really awesome pelican with a great colour change in the design.

Pelican
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/15179038805/

Pelican, Designed by Julio Eduardo and Folded by Eyal R

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #121

 

This next bird is called a Curlew. It’s got a fantastic design especially the legs and feet and looks kind of cute.

Curlew
https://www.flickr.com/photos/verduiveld/4601382236/

Curlew, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available

 

There are a lot of really great paper eagles such as this one designed by Hoang Trung Thanh.

Eagle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/8087801165/

Eagle, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Video instructions available from Tuan Dao’s YouTube channel

 

This is a really awesome photograph of a cute little origami mocking bird in the wild.

Mocking Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/16981872308/

Merle Moqueur, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Here is a beautiful and simple papercraft duck.

Duck
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethorigami/14271231743/

Duck, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available

 

Everyone knows about the traditional origami crane but there are also much more realistic looking origami cranes like this amazing design from Robert J. Lang.

Crane
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/20894100274/

Dancing Crane, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets: Second Edition

 

This is a pretty awesome origami kingfisher although I believe the fish is a second sheet of paper. Nevertheless it still looks fantastic.

Kingfisher
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/14785699613/

Kingfisher, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

 

Vietnamese origami designers tend to have a very unique style with their designs often using a lot of curved lines and shapes like you see with these origami doves.

Vietnamese Doves
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackscorpion/16555731655/

Doves, Designed and Folded by Nguyễn Hùng Cường

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a great peacock that uses a sort of tessellation pattern for all the feathers.

Peacock
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/18150675026/

Peacock, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

 

This is another much more complex origami eagle. I especially love those claws.

Eagle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/9511246882/

Eagle, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a beautiful little origami hummingbird.

Hummingbird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/26365971531/

Hummingbird, Designed and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Instructions not available

 

This is probably the fanciest looking origami duck I’ve ever seen.

Mandarin Duck
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/9764110963/

Mandarin Duck, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

If you use the proper toucan coloured paper this origami toucan looks amazing.

Toucan
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/23294209552/

Toucan, Designed by Angel Morollón and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #124

 

This is a great looking origami heron designed by Sebastien Limet.

Heron
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6893208879/

Heron, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #118

 

Here’s another beautiful Vietnamese style design for an origami swan.

Swan
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/22755448430/

Swan, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

This is a great and cute looking paper sparrow designed by Alfredo Giunta.

Sparrow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8049920318/

Sparrow, Designed by Alfredo Giunta and Folded by Gonzalo

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a fantastic mocking bird design that makes excellent use of two-coloured paper for a different coloured beak and feet.

Mocking Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6893203697/

Mocking Bird, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in #3 Origami Essence

 

Satoshi Kamiya designed a great looking Japanese white eye bird and published the diagrams in the Origami Tanteidan magazine. The design was super popular and tons of people took a shot at folding it. Here’s the model expertly folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Japanese White Eye
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/27724197976/

Japanese White Eye, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #153

 

Roman Diaz has designed a really awesome looking paper cardinal. It’s especially awesome looking if you use red and black paper like Pierre-andré did here.

Cardinal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierre-andre/5491854366/

Cardinal, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Pierre-andré

Diagrams available in #3 Origami Essence

 

This next model blows my mind. It’s a full skeleton of a bird which I believe is folded from one sheet of paper. Not only is the model itself so impressive but so is the fact that Xu Daniel managed to fold one so small.

Bone of Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/27798536773/

Bone of Bird, Designed by Kei Watanabe and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

Here’s an extinct bird which is just plain awesome.

Extinct Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/27294411842/

Extinct Bird, Designed and Folded by TERRY Nicolas

Diagrams available free from origami-shop.com

 

I couldn’t make a post about origami birds without including Brian Chan’s amazing origami crow. My favourite part of this model is the claws on the toes.

Crow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/5781478544/

Crow, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #113

 

I’m not completely sure what species of bird this is but it is absolutely amazing. I love how you can see so many individual feathers.

Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/8699333768/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

This final image is one of my all time favourite images from Flickr. Not only is this paper crane folded so well but the photograph is absolutely fantastic too.

Dancing Crane
https://www.flickr.com/photos/emraya/3043088482/

Crane, Designed by Roman Diaz and Daniel Naranjo and Folded by Emre Ayaroglu

Diagrams available in #1 Origami for Interpreters

 

We’ve barely scratched the service when it comes to origami birds so you can definitely count on many more bird themed posts in the future.

Some of these birds aren’t too difficult to fold so if you give them a try post a photo in the comments so we can take a look.

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