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.

Origami Rooster

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

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 19th Convention Book

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Pelican

Pelican, Designed by Julio Eduardo and Folded by Eyal R

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #121

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Curlew

Curlew, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Eagle

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

Video instructions available from Tuan Dao’s YouTube channel

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Mocking Bird

Merle Moqueur, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here is a beautiful and simple papercraft duck.

Origami Duck

Duck, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

Origami Crane

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

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets: Second Edition

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Kingfisher

Kingfisher, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

Origami Doves

Doves, Designed and Folded by Nguyễn Hùng Cường

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Peacock

Peacock, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Eagle

Eagle, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s a beautiful little origami hummingbird.

Origami Hummingbird

Hummingbird, Designed and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Toucan

Toucan, Designed by Angel Morollón and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #124

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Heron

Heron, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #118

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Swan

Swan, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Sparrow

Sparrow, Designed by Alfredo Giunta and Folded by Gonzalo

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Mocking Bird

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

Diagrams available in #3 Origami Essence

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

Origami Japanese White Eye

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

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #153

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

Origami Cardinal

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

Diagrams available in #3 Origami Essence

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

Origami Bone of Bird

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

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Origami Extinct Bird

Extinct Bird, Designed and Folded by TERRY Nicolas

Diagrams available free from origami-shop.com

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

Origami Crow

Crow, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #113

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

Origami Bird

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

Origami Crane

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

Diagrams available in #1 Origami for Interpreters

Original image on Flickr

 

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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