I really like birds and i love to draw. So i drew me some birds.
To draw my birds i used a lot of short pencil strokes. This brings a nice texture to the feathers. If you want a more realistisch result you can draw more and finer strokes in many different colours on top of each other, for a more illustrated reslult you can use a less sharp pencil for harder and broader strokes, as you can see with the woodpecker.
Of course the most important thing is to have a lot of fun! Don't be affraid to make mistakes!