I have some more time to work on the site again so I’m going to try to get some more regular posts going up again.

In this post we’re going to take a look at a whole bunch of really great origami birds. All of these are really awesome but a few of these are definitely something exceptional.

First up is this beautiful cardinal designed by Roman Diaz. This is a pretty famous bird design and Roman Diaz is a master of origami animals.

This design looks especially great if you have paper that’s red on one side and black on the other side.

Cardinal by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/25839043787/

Cardinal, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Origami Essence


Here’s another beautiful bird with a really nice colour change in the design. Yuta Katsuzaki spent a whole month designing this model.

Japanese Crested Ibis
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131815212@N05/20078138972/

Japanese Crested Ibis, Designed and Folded by Yuta Katsuzaki

Instructions not available


Beth Johnson has an adorable owl design and here’s one of them out in the wild.

Beth Johnson's Owl
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/praisepratajev/37121942303/

Hex Owl, Designed by Beth Johnson and Folded by Robin Scholz

Photo diagrams available from Robin Scholz’s Flickr


Here’s a great little paper cockatiel. I love how it can stand there balanced with the tail hanging down off the platform.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/35651396305/

Cockatiel, Designed and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available


This fantastic looking toucan is folded from two sheets of paper so you can get the extra colour in there.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92471729@N03/35394111471/

Toucan, Designed and Folded by Ynon Toledano

Instructions not available


Satoshi Kamiya designed this really cute little bird.

Little Bird
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami66/13038117114/

Little Bird, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Rokuya

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009


Here’s an amazing looking mythological bird. I love the powerful looking pose this one is folded and photographed in.

Roc by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/guillermo_rodriguez/25513548524/

Roc, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Guillermo R. Parrondo

Diagrams available in Origami Essence


Here’s an excellent little bluejay, another design with a fantastic colour change that looks perfect with blue and white paper.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/34164738453/

Bluejay, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Rui Roda

Video instructions available from Seth Friedman’s YouTube channel


Kei Watanabe designed this beautiful Kingfisher and that wood in the background is quite nice as well. It goes really well with that paper used here.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/34778214582/

Kingfisher, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available


Here’s another excellent design from Ynon Toledano that again uses two sheets of paper to get the extra colours in. One for the body and one for the beak.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92471729@N03/33821478965/

Puffin, Designed and Folded by Ynon Toledano

Instructions not available


Here’s an absolutely beautiful image of an origami pelican. The water is Photoshopped in and is a very nice touch.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blunek/13250493593/

Pelican, Designed Hoang Tien Quyet and Folded by Blanka P (blunek)

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn


Sebastien Limet designed these adorable little birds. The incredible thing about this model is that both birds and the branch are folded from one sheet of paper starting with a Windmill Base.

Two Birds
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/15072309111/

Cuddly Evening, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available


This beautiful looking bird is called a Crested Oropendola. I really like the colour change here too.

Crested Oropendola
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/8149424475/

Crested Oropendola, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2012


Brian Chan designed a really great crow. I especially like how sharp its claws look in this photo.

Crow by Brian Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/5281012390/

Crow, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #113


Here’s a really awesome chicken designed by a Korean artist. Eyal changed the tail a little bit to give it a nice little bit of colour and stuffed the model with cotton to give it a bit more volume.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/15783944012/

Rooster, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in the Bogota 2015 Convention book


This next chicken is absolutely mind blowing! I’m pretty sure that’s all folded from a single sheet of paper and it must have taken forever to make.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/39866093975/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available


Here’s quite a cute little sparrow. I love how the beak and feet are different colours.

Java Sparrow
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/57567842@N08/5536055061/

Java Sparrow, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Matthew Groves

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #114


Here’s another beautiful and really elegant looking design from Roman Diaz. I really like how it’s folded here and looks like it’s walking.

Secretary Bird
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6926612609/

Secretary Bird, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Luc Marnat

Diagrams available in Origami for Interpreters


Yoshimasa Tsuruta designed this cute little bird called a Japanese White Eye. If you use paper that’s white on one side the model does indeed have a white eye.

Japanese White Eye
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/29353336063/

Japanese White Eye, Designed by Yoshimasa Tsuruta and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available in ORCA Works


João Charrua has a really neat, unique and slightly creepy style with his designs that always looks really cool.

Dr. Crow
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/28892064976/

Dr. Crow, Designed and Folded by João Charrua

Instructions not available


This eagle is one of my favourite origami bird designs and this one looks absolutely incredible in this photo. This of course is folded from a single square of paper.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/29483744184/

Eagle, Designed by Nguyen Hung Cuong and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Licence to Fold


I thought this next model was really cute so I had to include it. The nest itself is folded from a tessellation pattern and the eggs are simply regular origami water bombs.

Beth Johnson has a rather unique ability to incorporate tessellation patterns into all kinds of different designs.

Bird's Nest
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethorigami/6156578653/

Bird’s Nest, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available


Here’s another really awesome bird of prey. My favourite parts here are the face and definitely the feet.

Cooper's Hawk
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34452409@N07/4021754911/

Cooper’s Hawk, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by rhplus

Diagrams available in the 13th Tanteidan Convention book


Seth Friedman also designed one of the best origami ducks I’ve seen. It looks absolutely perfect when you use white and yellow paper like you see here.

Duck by Seth Friedman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/25120711782/

Pekin Duck, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #129


Here’s another excellent chicken design, this time one that’s native to Korea. This was designed for the New Year of the Chicken in 2017.

Korean Chicken
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/31631291600/

Korean Native Chicken, Designed and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available


The design of these next two birds isn’t super complex but I really love how elegant they look and the photo of them together is awesome.

Harmony Birds
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/25388099202/

Harmony Birds, Designed by Stephan Weber and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Video instructions available from Stephan Weber’s YouTube channel


Our final model for this post is this absolutely incredible Crested Serpent Eagle from Kei Watanabe. Words cannot describe how amazing this model is!

Crested Serpent Eagle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/30076028096/

Crested Serpent Eagle, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available


What did you think of these incredible origami birds? Let us know in the comments!

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