Position your thumb upright and the rest of your fingers at right angles with the thumb. Spread the fingers apart.
Keeping your thumb and fingers in this position, carefully press your painted hand onto the sheet of construction paper. Press for several seconds before removing your hand.
Birds are a diverse group and there are details that you need to add to capture a particular bird's look. A chicken, for example, needs a comb on top of its head and a wattle under the beak. You can draw these features anytime before cutting out the bird in Step 10.
An upside-down handprint is a terrific way to make an owl, a peguin, or any other cute chubby bird. Note that the bird will be facing front as opposed to the side-facing birds in all the examples above.
Your handprint's four fingers correspond to the bird's body while the thumb makes up one wing. You will need to draw details like the owl's other wing and its pair of horns while making the bird's body outline in Step 9.