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Explore Bird Superstitions and Myths

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Cynthia is an author who has written a series of science fantasy books. She also writes short stories and is busy writing two more novels

Learn how to interpret birds, in life and in dreams.

Learn how to interpret birds, in life and in dreams.

Bird Myths, Superstitions, Folklore, and Stories

We tend to take the presence of our feathered friends very much for granted, so you may be surprised to find out just how many myths and superstitions there are around the world concerning birds. A lot of these superstitions involve luck, both good and bad.

  • For example, many cultures believe it is an important sign if a bird flies into your home. Some view it as good luck, but some think it's bad. Below, you'll find guidance in interpreting the bird in your home.
  • Since it is good luck that most of us wish for, it is widely regarded as being very lucky if a bird deposits its droppings on you—although you might not think so at the time! In my experience, it generally happens when you have a clean, ironed shirt on and are going somewhere fairly important.
  • Even the direction a bird calls from has a meaning. For example, a bird calling from the north means a tragedy is on the way, while a call from the west brings good luck, one from the south means the harvest will be plentiful, and a call from the east means that you will find true love.

So, let's have a look at some of that traditional bird folklore.

What Does a Bird in the House Mean?

Many cultures believe it is an important sign if a bird flies into your house. Here are some of the more common interpretations.

Is it bad luck if bird flies into your house?

Many believe it signifies that an important message is on its way. The bird is like a messenger from above, trying to get your attention and warn you to pay attention. Many people believe that it's a sign that someone is going to die soon, but others see it as a portent of some other kind of dramatic transformation.

What color and kind of bird is it?

If the bird happens to be white, it could mean that there will be a death of some kind, but perhaps not a literal death: a dramatic change, ending, or transformation might be in store. Scroll down to find out what other types and colors of birds might represent.

What if a bird is tapping on your window?

Some cultures believe that birds are the spirits of loved ones who have passed. Is this type of bird connected to someone you once knew? Could it be possible that one of your old friends or ancestors is trying to send you a message?

What if a bird flies into your window? What if it hits the window?

You may encounter an obstacle in your life soon. Keep your eyes open for hidden traps and barriers.

What if the bird dies?

If a wild bird flies into the glass and is killed or knocked unconscious, most cultures see this as a dramatic warning of things to come.

Is the bird trying to get out?

If the bird is struggling wildly to get out, flapping and bouncing against the glass, it could be a sign that you're trapped, too.

Ravens are not always bad luck. People are so superstitious about the lucky ravens in the Tower of London that they clip the birds' wings to make sure they never leave.

Ravens are not always bad luck. People are so superstitious about the lucky ravens in the Tower of London that they clip the birds' wings to make sure they never leave.

Raven Myths, Beliefs, and Superstitions

Ravens play large and important roles in many cultures' mythologies.

In Greek mythology, ravens are associated with Apollo, the god of prophecy. Apollo used ravens as watchmen, messengers, and spies to learn what was happening in the world.

The raven is the first species of bird mentioned in the Bible (after the flood, Noah releases a raven to find out if the waters have receded), and ravens are mentioned many times throughout, in both the old and new testaments.

In the Qur'an's story, a raven teaches Cain how to bury his murdered brother Abel.

During Viking times, the god Odin was closely associated with ravens. In Norse mythology, he had two that served as his eyes and ears: They would fly out over the world to look and listen, then come sit on his shoulders and tell him what they learned.

Ravens play important roles in the mythologies of the ancient Celts, Native Americans, Hindus, South Asians, and even Siberians.

Ravens in the Tower of London

Ravens have long been associated with the infamous Tower of London. It is believed that if the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall and disaster will ensue.

To this day, the ravens' wings are clipped to ensure that they don't leave the Tower. The care of the birds is paid for by the British government and one of the Tower’s beefeaters is appointed as Ravenmaster to care for the birds. The Ravenmaster looks after the fledglings in his home for about six weeks to build up a relationship with the growing birds. When they are fully grown, the ravens are comfortably lodged near the Wakefield Tower.

The most dangerous period for the ravens in the Tower of London was during the Second World War, when many of them died of shock during the German bombing raids. There was one survivor named Grip. Before the Tower of London reopened to visitors in 1946, the government made sure that a new generation of ravens had already been installed to reassure the public that the kingdom was safe.

Myths and Beliefs About Pelicans

Pelicans are regarded as birds that symbolise self-sacrifice and the love of a parent for their children. Perhaps this is because they store food in their pouches and then retrieve the food for their chicks when they return to the nest. This simple action may have been misinterpreted in the past . . . people thought that the pelican was making the ultimate sacrifice of tearing open its own chest to feed the youngsters on its own flesh and blood.

Many cultures' mythologies include some variation on the story of a male pelican whose young have died or been killed. It is said that after three days of mourning and wailing, the father pelican kills himself so that the young pelicans can rise from the dead, hale and hearty.

During the Middle Ages, these stories were used as allegories of the Christ’s passion and suffering, especially of the wound that he suffered when a lance pierced his side. Thomas Aquinas wrote of the "Pelican of Mercy, Jesus" and St. Gertrude had a vision of Jesus as a pelican feeding the hungry with his blood.

It was also thought that pelicans would only eat just enough food to keep themselves alive, so they also became associated with those who fasted and purified themselves for religious reasons. I have watched pelicans being fed, and I can assure you that this last pelican belief is not true!

Beliefs and Folklore About Robins

  • Robins, with their cheery red breasts, often adorn Christmas cards and decorations, and there are several stories as to how the robin acquired its red breast feathers. In the Christian tradition, it is thought that a robin tried to remove the thorns from Jesus’ head during the Crucifixion. His precious drops of blood fell onto the bird and stained his breast feathers red forever.
  • In another myth, the robin gained his red breast from flying into the fiery wastes of hell to carry water to the stricken sinners who were suffering there for all eternity.
  • It is believed that if they are seen tapping on the window or flying into a room, it signifies that a member of the household will die.
  • It is considered to be very unlucky to kill a robin. So, if you break a robin’s eggs, expect something important of yours to be broken very soon.
  • Make a wish when you see the first robin of the year for good luck.
  • Also, if you see a robin singing in the open, good weather is on its way. However, if the robin is seen sheltering among the branches of a tree, that means it will soon rain.
  • Lastly, if the first bird that you see on St. Valentine’s Day is a robin, it means that you are destined to marry a sailor!

Are Peacock Feathers Lucky or Unlucky?

It is often considered unlucky to bring the beautiful, iridescent feathers of the peacock into a house. This is because of the marking on the end of the feather that resembles an eye. It was thought that the eye on the peacock feather was a sign of the "evil eye" and that it would bring bad luck and ill fortune into your home.

According to Ovid's Metamorphoses, however, the feather is a commemoration to the memory of hundred-eyed Argus, Hera's faithful watchman. When Zeus had Argus killed, she honored him in the peacock's tail full of all-seeing eyes.

In the theatre, it is considered bad luck to have peacock feathers on the stage or comprising any part of a costume, prop, or scenery. Stories have been told of disasters occurring during a performance (such as scenery falling down) when peacock feathers have been present on the stage.

But peacock feathers are not always unlucky. Peacocks are the national bird of India. They are often interpreted as symbols of spirituality or the third eye and represent vigilance, awareness, and protection.

In many cultures, doves have been important religious and spiritual symbols.

In many cultures, doves have been important religious and spiritual symbols.

Stories and Beliefs About Doves

Doves have always been seen as significant religious and spiritual symbols.

  • They are believed to be the one bird that the Devil cannot change himself into, and the one bird that is immune to the Devil’s curses.
  • The dove is the Christian symbol for the Holy Spirit. Nowadays, it is also regarded as a symbol of international peace.
  • Doves are also very much associated with lovers, and some couples have white doves released when they celebrate their weddings. This maybe is because doves are supposed to mate for life and be devoted to each other.
  • Doves were regarded as the messengers of the Roman goddess of love Venus, and Indians regard killing a dove as unlucky, as doves are thought to hold within themselves the soul of a lover.
  • A dove was also the bird chosen by Noah to fly off from the ark and search for dry land, and legend has it that a kingfisher was also sent. The kingfisher flew so high into the sky that its feathers became coloured blue from the sky and vivid orange from the sun.

If I see a dove, what does it mean?

Having a dove flying around or tapping on the windows of a sick patient's house signifies that they will shortly die. Miners also regard seeing a dove near their mineshaft as an omen that there will be danger if they descend into the mine.

Pigeon Beliefs and Superstitions

  • Many people confuse doves and pigeons (same family, different species). They do look similar, after all, so many of a culture's ideas about doves might also apply to pigeons.
  • Because they live and multiply in so many places worldwide, and because they were once widely used to carry messages, pigeons have a firm place in the collective consciousness.
  • If a pigeon poops on you, many would call that bad luck, but many others would call it a blessing. Considering how often pigeons poop on people, the latter interpretation is probably wiser.

Albatrosses in Mythology and Superstition

Sailors used to believe that if an albatross flew around their ship in the middle of the voyage, this meant bad weather and windy conditions were to come. It was considered to be very bad luck to kill an albatross, as sailors used to think that albatrosses were really the souls of departed mariners that were still restlessly flying over the waves. However, some sailors obviously did not believe in the albatross bringing bad luck if they killed them, as some used to use the feet of the albatross to make tobacco pouches!

In 1959, the presence on board the cargo ship Calpean Star of a caged albatross destined for a zoo was blamed for the misfortunes that the ship had experienced on its voyage from the Antarctic. Many of the crew staged a strike because they felt that it was too risky and unlucky to continue the voyage. Then, on the Calpean Star’s return voyage to the Antarctic, she foundered off South Georgia after suffering engine failure. The ship was towed into Montevideo for repairs, but as she was setting off to resume her voyage, she sank on the River Plate. Was the poor old albatross to blame for the fate of the Calpean Star, by bringing bad luck?

The word "albatross" can be used metaphorically to refer to a psychological burden that feels like a curse, as in "Unacknowledged racism became a political albatross for the government."

Magpie Superstitions and Beliefs

Magpies used to be called the devil in disguise. It was said that if you saw a lone magpie around your home, it meant that the devil was trying to stir up trouble for you.

In Scotland, it was thought that magpies were so wicked that they concealed a drop of Satan's blood under their tongue.

Another reason why magpies have a reputation for wickedness is that they are said to have been the only birds who would not give Jesus solace as he was dying on the cross by singing for him. It was also thought that the magpie's black and white feathers meant that they refused to wear full mourning at the Crucifixion.

How can you ward off a magpie's bad luck?

  • If you live in the English county of Somerset, you could try carrying an onion around with you to ward off this trouble.
  • Everywhere else, you could try saying "Good morning, Mr. Magpie, how is your wife today?" showing the devil that you recognise him, and thereby preventing him from causing any mischief.
  • Another way to banish the evil demon is that if you spot a solitary magpie, doff your hat and cross your fingers.
  • Or you could spit three times over your right shoulder and chant "Devil, devil I defy thee!"

Are magpies ever lucky?

In Korea, the magpie has an entirely different reputation as it is their national bird and thought be a bringer of good luck.

Seeing groups of magpies is said to allow one to divine the future. Magpies are like messages from above, and the number of magpies you see helps you determine the nature of the message. This idea inspired the rhyme "One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, Three for a Girl, Four for a Boy, Five for Silver, Six for Gold, Seven for a Secret that is Never to be Told."

Blackbird Superstitions

The term "black birds" might include any bird that is black (like crows or ravens) or looks black from afar. Simplistic interpretations often call all black things bad omens. That is probably because humans can't see in darkness, so dark things are more mysterious and confusing and so they're automatically assumed to be bad. But if you dig deeper, you'll find that black birds play the part of wise, intelligent, helpful, powerful friends to humans in many cultures and mythologies.

Are blackbirds lucky or unlucky?

  • If you see two male blackbirds perched next to each other, this means good luck.
  • Also, if blackbirds nest near your house, you will be lucky enough to look forward to a whole year of good fortune.
  • Black birds are also regarded as the messengers of those who have died.
  • To find out more, read Birds as Omens and Signs.
Owls have played important roles in many myths and superstitions since ancient times.

Owls have played important roles in many myths and superstitions since ancient times.

Owl Myths and Superstitions

Owls have been featured in many myths and superstitions since ancient times. In some cultures, they are regarded as bringing good fortune while in others, they are thought of as harbingers of bad luck and even death.

  • In Ancient Greece, the owl was thought of as a wise bird who was closely associated with the goddess of wisdom Athena. Athena was adopted as the patron deity of the city of Athens as she won a contest with the god Poseidon to provide the city with the most useful gift. She gave the city the gift of the olive tree, which provided oil, wood, and food. Athena was often shown with an owl perched on her head, so the owl became one of the symbols of Athens. The species of owl associated with the goddess was the Little Owl. During antiquity, many of them lived protected and honoured lives on the Acropolis.
  • Birds generally are regarded as messengers between the world of spirit and our material world. So, because owls are nocturnal birds and fly in darkness, they have also been associated with witches and magic. It used to be thought that seeing an owl flying around your house portended a death in the family.
  • The Romans also thought that hearing an owl hoot at night foretold an impending death. They believed that the deaths of several prominent Romans such as Agrippa, Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar were predicted in this way.
  • The famous Roman historian Pliny noted in AD 77 that the appearance of screech owls was always a portent of bad news. Therefore, these nocturnal birds were "most execrable and accursed."
  • In Wales, hearing an owl hoot in the night was a sign that snow was coming or that one of the young girls in the village was going to take a lover and lose her chastity. Unfortunately for the poor owl, nailing the skin of one of these birds to a farm building is thought to bring good luck and protect from evil.
  • Owls were also once used in traditional medicine—owl broth was eaten in the belief that it could help alleviate the symptoms of whooping cough. Eating owl eggs was reputed to help improve eyesight, avert epileptic fits, and even sober you up if you were very drunk.

How to Interpret Birds

So, the next time that you hear a bird singing in your garden or tapping at the window, maybe you should check out what breed of bird it is. There is no doubt that these myths and superstitions were once widely believed, but will you take off your hat and cross your fingers the next time that you see a magpie?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 CMHypno

Comments

Strumming bird on July 29, 2020:

In Native American folklore, what is the significance/ symbology of a bird, resting in a Tipi?

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on June 18, 2020:

Sorry to hear about your grandmother Mohit. Maybe the black bird came to warn you? Thanks for the read and the comment

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on June 18, 2020:

It must be lovely to be able to watch a robin on her eggs and it's great you have gone to such lengths to protect her. I hope the eggs hatch and she raises her chicks successfully. There must have been something about your front door wreath that attracted her as a good nesting site. Thanks for reading the hub and leaving a comment

Mohit on May 23, 2020:

I black bird came into my room via window, after that within a week my grandmother died by natural death.

Meg on May 21, 2020:

2 weeks ago, a robin was building a nest in our front door wreath. Now she is laying eggs. We are trying to protect her and her eggs by closing our front door and we just use our garage and gate. I also cordoned off our entry. It is very unsual she nested right in our front door. We have 3 mature trees at the backyard.

Christy on May 18, 2020:

I was in my front yard and a little yellow chested finch looking bird fell dead at my feet. What does this mean? The last 2 birds that were in my house were followed by loved ones passing. Should i prepare for another devistation?

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on April 24, 2020:

If it is a budgie and you do not live in outback Australia then it is likely an escaped pet and looking for food/it's home

Madhuri on April 24, 2020:

Is it good that budgie bird coming in to our house

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on April 10, 2020:

Is something in the garden frightening the bird? or something attracting it to the door? Or maybe it has a message for you?

Phyllis on April 05, 2020:

What does it mean when a small gray bird tries to come into the house desperatly through a crack in the storm door?

Shane on March 10, 2020:

Came home this morning and a sparrow was in my kitchen what is this a sighn of

oozlefinch on March 09, 2020:

I once read that Grey Jays were thought to be the souls of c decased Lumberjacks

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on March 08, 2020:

Thanks for reading the hub and leaving a comment Heather. Maybe the black bird feels more confident now that your dog is sadly gone? Or do you feel it has a message for you?

Heather Milson on March 07, 2020:

a black bird has been pooing all over my house windows and car shortly after losing my dog is this a sign what does it mean.

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on January 25, 2020:

Probably the poor goose was panicking and crashed into your window by accident. What does it mean to you? Do you maybe feel there is a powerful, 'predatory' figure in your life coming after you/threatening you in some way?

Melissa on January 23, 2020:

A goose was being chased by an eagle and flew into my window frame and it died, i tried to help it but it was no use does that signify anything especialy since its my birthday today.

Antonio Brown on January 05, 2020:

I was having some what of a bad dream My pig woke me up and when I went to let him out I seen a brown bird in my house like a finch I’m wondering is this bad luck or good luck

Samanatha on January 04, 2020:

I had a red male cardinal bird fly in my house yesterday morning. It was flying around frantically and then found its way out . What does it mean?

Janice Milner on December 30, 2019:

I had a small brown bird fly in my house it flew all threw my house and landed in my bedroom just sat there for a few and flew out my back door i read it was a sign of good health

Thulie mbambo on December 16, 2019:

In my bed droom on my roof the birds have created their living place and im wacthing them like right now they sometime flies around my bedroom and leave their droops on my bed it sevarl time now and i triedto get them out but failing

Renee Shipwash on December 16, 2019:

I was sitting in my driveway and had my car door open and I walked into house for a few minutes and when I come back out there was a brown bird flying around in my car and then it flew out us this a sign of something or not

Jasmin Perez on December 11, 2019:

I just had the strangest thing happen.i heard something in my kitchen opened the door and saw a bird not sure how it got in or anything. Went back five mi Utes later and no sign of a bird

desirea on November 25, 2019:

I had recently a broken heart and cant get over him so , i ended up later finding a white dove stuck in my back porch, i caught it talked to it prayed , kised it showed grandma . Kissed its forehead then set em free

Brenda on July 19, 2019:

A cattle egret landed on the hood of my car and walked around on the driver's side in front of me for at least 20 minutes. I fed it some breakfast and it gobbled up some. I decided to drive off and it stayed on the hood of my car for quite a distance. I drove really slow to give it a chance to fly away. He seemed familiar and it was delightful to witness this. I have it on video and pictures just amazing. It felt like divine intervention but what is the message? Soooo Grateful!

Josh on July 10, 2019:

If you ate a bluebird's egg, it was believed you would want to ...

Hide, laugh, fly or wander? which one?

Opál on July 09, 2019:

What about a hummingbird? Had one in my house this morning.

Divina on June 12, 2019:

Found a pigeon egg on the carpeted floor in my balcony without nest, is that means something?

Confuse!

Katherine on March 23, 2019:

I had a Titmouse fly over and land on the top of my cell phone twice last summer. When I was sitting very still in a lounge chair, while waiting to snap a picture. I thought was sooooo amazing! It was hard not to smile a him. He was only about 10 inches from my face.

Tina on March 18, 2019:

I found two dead bird on my porch about five days apart what does that mean

Vilinda on September 24, 2018:

We had the Georgia State bird Thrasher fly in our home, not sure how he got in but I opened the front door and he left. He did circle around our house for a minute and took off.

Monica on September 14, 2018:

What do it mean that a gray and white bird flew in my house. And stood at my bedroom door.

Mag on June 29, 2018:

For days now I have been having birds zoom past my head. Any meaning to that?

Chase on June 26, 2018:

I had a bird today fly right into the driver door widow of my car although the window was cracked open 2"to 3" it did not make it in the strange thing was I caught sight of the bird when it was still some distance away and watched this all happen in slow moton it did not attempt to change course infact my car was moving at a slow pace and it seemed like it was trying to hit my car scared the beejeezes out of my and it was a small brown bird the kind I see hundreds of every day darting around parking lots and residential areas do you suppose this is more than just a couinsedance or mean something

Leslie Jackson on June 12, 2018:

Today as I was sitting on my back porch a female robin flew from the west and landed on the rail about 7 inches from my face and sat and stared at me into my eyes maybe ten seconds go by then I whispered what do you want to tell me then she cocked her head and stared for another few seconds then flew back to the west then was gone wow! What do you think?

wendy on June 07, 2018:

i was taking a walk today a black bird kept flies around my head or going around me it was scare to me too it happen to me before but the birds kept falling me around

Angelica on May 17, 2018:

Two days straight I had two birds fly into my home one day it came in from my back sliding door and flew back out the back door and today it came in my front door out the back sliding door the birds are the regular birds little dark grey birds what does that mean

Vic on May 09, 2018:

What's it mean when red bird is at your door or window it's happen twice

Elizabeth on May 04, 2018:

Yesterday a brown bird came flying in the classroom what does that mean

Nowa on April 30, 2018:

I seen a big white bird fly over the car one night. What does that mean?

emsco on April 29, 2018:

a blackbird flew into my house and out he went from front door straight through the back door.. what does this mean?

Mayra on April 02, 2018:

One day my mom was putting clothes away in the room and heard someone knocking on the window. When she looked up she saw a white dove and pigeon flying close to the window and then flew away across to our next door neighbor house. When my mom got near to the window to look better the dove and pigeon flew toward the window and started scratching the window and pecking. She scream and yelled to me saying what she saw. At this time I was in the other room and then when I looked toward the window from the room I was in I saw the white dove fly by and leave. I yelled to my mom telling her they were in the side where I was and when she came into the room and got near the window the white dove and pigeon started scratching and pecking the window. They looked desperate trying to get inside our house. They flew away and we heard them singing. I felt really scared and started crying. Then me and my mom spent like 30 min searching for what a pigeon and white dove meant. Then after a time we saw the dove and pigeon fly by again and this time the dove only stopped by the window. My mom open the window and the dove flew away. After a while it felt like there was peace in our home. We went outside and there was peace and being outside felt empty. Like something was missing. What does it mean when a pigeon and dove try to get inside the house.

cary on March 20, 2018:

what does it mean when one of those outside gray birds come in your home and its also badley injured

Robert on March 13, 2018:

Today a white dove flew straight into our conservatory and landed on the chair. I know the superstition that if a white dove lands on your ship you will get through any storm and we are going through some tough times. Do you think that has anything to do with it?

Dulces on March 12, 2018:

I had a brown little bird fly into my house yesterday. It flew in a circle and out my door. What dose it mean???

Karen on January 22, 2018:

What does it mean when a red bird flies in your house and lands and looks around

Victoria on November 21, 2017:

I have a red cardinal that has been taping on my window with his feet for the last 2 year's. The last week or so he has been doing it a lot more. What does it mean? and why? How long does a cardinal live even seems like this has been going on a long time and I know it's more then him seeing himself in the glass. This is on an enclosed porch and it's a ground window.

Jojo on November 16, 2017:

A brownish white owl flew in to my windshield while I was driving at night, glass didn't shatter, and owl didn't die but hit pretty hard. What does this mean for me??

Lovely on November 14, 2017:

Today a brown bird flew in my aunts house almost into my face.It came throw the door and flew out through a window. What does that mean please ?

Linda mervin on November 11, 2017:

About a month ago i woke up to a bird flying around in my house.. there were no windows or doors open. Yesterday i awoke to two birds in my house with no windows or doors open. What does this mean. They flew out when i opened the doors.

Sarah on October 18, 2017:

I had a robin that landed on my hall today

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on October 15, 2017:

Birds inside usually mean a message. Maybe the message was only for your mother?

cisprof@aol.com on October 13, 2017:

Hi, my mother saw a little brown bird feeding on the carpet in the living-room right in front of the sofa where she was sitting. She called me and I looked, but I could not see anything. She kept insisting the bird was there, then admitted she did not see it any longer. What could this mean?

Ava on October 01, 2017:

You should add cardinals

Anon on July 30, 2017:

A Tui nonchalantly walked through our front door into our house which my mother then promptly freaked out thinking it was a bad omen and shoo'd it away. It came back in later, which my mum said she broke its wing "by accident" and then birds ate it :(

Swanky on July 28, 2017:

A bird (not sure of type) was pirched on a sign above my head. Apparently it was injured however, a drop of blood landed directly on mmy forehead. Not exactly sure how much luck this may be.. it does have me a bit concerned.. any suggestions..

Denise on July 03, 2017:

I have my computer under a window at work and everytime I go to my computer to work a bird starts hollering and I can never see it. What is the meaning of this ?

Jamie gatewood on July 02, 2017:

a finch flew into my sister's window today and hurt his self really bad didn't come in the house just hit the window and now he can't fly what does that mean

Mira mcort on June 30, 2017:

what sign is it when a sparrow fly and sit on your door

Janet on June 26, 2017:

A white pigeon type size bird keeps flying over my balcony

Sandra on June 11, 2017:

just had a bird flying around in the house, no doors or windows open all day don't know where it came from or where it has been. Got into the kitchen to open the back door to let it out. phew.

Weda on June 01, 2017:

I'm not devilish nor worship him but yes i am superstitious and believe in these and alot of myths! Some depending

Helps on May 30, 2017:

A bird has been coming knocking on my window. Only my window, I will add I have 20 windows in my house. He has been coming for 6 days straight already. Someone told me an old myth, I'm not to believing of myths but I'm neither completely a non believer of them. It might bet hat he sees a reflection of a tree or even himself but it's been almost a week already. He interrupts my babies sleep and he does it several times. Anyone believe the myths or anyone know of anything I can put on my window to steer him else where or stickers.. ect

happyjack.thornton@gmail.com on May 19, 2017:

Hi, I had a tiny little light brown bird perch in front of me while I was sitting outside on my porch and it looked at me and turned it's head to one side and flew away and each time I was by myself. And this morning I was sitting in my chair and saw a tear drop roll off the tip of my elephant ear plant onto the floor. I couldn't believe it!! But I have seen stranger things!!!

Carlo on May 19, 2017:

what does it mean when a sparrow is in your house?

Marlenea Miller on April 29, 2017:

Hi I was sitting on my couch this morning and the front door was open. A small Finch flew into the house and sat on my ceiling fan a few seconds and chirped then flew back out. What does this mean? Please help me.

Wendy Collins on April 25, 2017:

I have been having major problems with robins on my car, pooping and pecking at the windows. I read this information and my heart when into my toes.

clare beakhurst on April 10, 2017:

magpies have made a nest in a tree in my garden right next to my front window is it good or bad

Hathaway3@optonline.net on April 08, 2017:

Please help.....I was in the other room when I heard a thump hit my front window of my house.....I looked ouSo this is the last text I just got from her

I refuse to have regrets. Tomorrow is promised to nobody. Regardless, believe it or not, I love you and the kids. No need to respond or text me anymore.tside and saw a lightish brown bird fly out of my bush.....when I looked at my front window I saw 2 drops of blood on it.....but there was no dead bird....what could this mean?? I'm super nervous!

Carole Hugo on March 04, 2017:

I parked my car at this gym this morning and a white and black bird with long tail feathers and red to the sides of the head and chest sat on my car window after I open it, It chirped and sat for about 20 seconds then chirped and flew away. I felt a profound sense of peace.

Can anyone give me an answer for this? Saturday morning 9.30am 3rd March 2017

Janine Kruger on February 05, 2017:

We were driving the other day & a small black & white bird with longtail feathers came and sat on my window, i have never seen a bird do this on a moving car, even when I moved the bird didnt budge it sat there for over a minute I couldnt believe what I was seeing. Any ideas on the meaning of this?

Betsy on January 07, 2017:

I'm having the strangest things happening in my garden, in one day: black cat, a robin and a lone magpie..

Either I have the best food for them or something's trying to tell me something.

Joanne on December 01, 2016:

I dreamed there were several birds surrounding me out in my yard. They were friendly, but in the dream I had bird poop all over my T-shirt. The birds were gray and white, some babies; not certain if they were seagulls. Been bothering me all day.

John on November 22, 2016:

July 3rd 2013 4pm I'm alone at my apartment when I saw a white dove come to my apartment. I made noises, waved my hands, stared at the dove ... nothing happened, the dove didn't move. LATER, I looked out the window and the white dove was still on the front steps, at 5pm. A little later, I looked outside and the dove was on its back, like it was dead. I went outside and the dove was upright and the dove's eyes were red and so bright. I cried and prayed. Early the next morning (6 am) I woke up and walked back outside. The sun was streaming through the clouds shining on the dove. The, the dove flew into the light shining through the clouds. It was powerful!

TyIah brown on November 20, 2016:

I heard a bird knocking on my door earlier and I opened the door and it was there just looking at me then flew away it was a Carolina wren what does this mean?

Spurwing Plover on November 02, 2016:

The Eagle reprisented St John the Envangelist and theres a painting showing the christ child with a goldfinch in his hand

Beanie on October 09, 2016:

Hi from past 3 years I have been going through lot of problems health issues operation had accidents lost my mom sis lost job but I have been fighting my battle and been very positive. Also I had a heart break and he got married and have a child now. From past few months there have been 2 white pigeon and 1 white pigeon with black spot sitting in my window day and night. Can you please advise what does it symbolise. Other than that my boy friend who left me and got married is chasing me to get back to him. I am trying to figure out what is going on with me and why is the pigeons sitting in the window and staring inside my house.

Mona on September 25, 2016:

Recently, a pair of pigeons (or doves?) has been flocking around the house and may have built a nest nearby. We see them together in the front or back yard but not in the house. We have lived in this house for 10 years and this is the first time. Could this mean anything? My mother-in-law came to live with us last month and will be here for another 4 months.

Phil on September 19, 2016:

Hi, last night I went for a walk near an old chapel, it was quite dark so wasnt sure if I saw a dove or a pigeon but he was just sat on the arm of a bench all alone. He seemed quite peaceful, not in pain and when I went closer to him, he didnt show any signs of flying away. I was only about 6ft away and we looked at each other for a few minutes and I made a small noise and he was moving his head with interest. I think we shared a connection – it felt like it. After a few minutes I walked away and left the bird sat still on the bench. The area by the chapel is very peaceful and was used to be run by monks in around the 13th C. In the last year I have got significantly more spiritual and wondering would anyone have any idea what the significance of this was or could be? It certainly felt positive and it was only by chance that I felt the need to go for a spontaneous walk (so wondering if that was meant to happen?)

Many thanks in advance to you all

Ripalace on April 29, 2016:

2 birds flew into my room. 1 bird stood at the door, but when it saw me it flew back outside, that bird was at least 15-20 feet away from me...A second bird entered my room, and when it saw me it flew up, flapping its wings at me before finding a window to fly out from. The second bird was less than 10-15 cm away from me. Very close I'm sure I could have touched it with my hands without reaching to touch it. Does this mean anything or not?

Thomas on January 18, 2016:

Today I was doing a job and and I left my camper open when I went into the building and Icame back out there was a bird uinthe back of my truck and it was trying to getit out but it wouldn't leave for about an hour then it finally flew out is that a bad thing or is it a sign for good luck

Tina Marie on October 18, 2015:

2 weeks ago a little red bird began chirping and pecking at my bedroom window at 7:15am. He did this every day for a week almost like he is slamming his head into the window. Now he is going all around my house to every window all day if I go outside he flies away butbut comes right back. Some are saysaying there is good luck coming my way (which righright now I really need) and others say it is someone who has passed that is trying to contacthe me. Can you help me understand why he will not leave.

Roberta Manning on September 28, 2015:

What i would like to know is last Year about Sept i heard alot of birds chirping and look out my Victorian doors which have beautiful wundows and their wereabout five hundre or more birds just chirping inour parking lot and all covering all side of the aspts where the sides has grass. And they just grase their like a abunch of turkeys on a turkey farm. Was there forabout five mins. I cyeled for my college daughter to come and look and she did but they flew away. I live in Central Kentucky and they lok like they were wrens but im not sure. What do you think they were doing? As no food the berrie bushes hadNothimg on them. Ive never experience seeing this. Only in a movie

Curtis Edgerton on August 21, 2015:

A bird landed on my hat yesterday and tonight a bat did ! What does this mean?

Belinda on August 14, 2015:

Actually on august 13 in the morning I was sitting on my bed and a light gray bird landed on my outside screen of my window and tried to open it to get in it couldn't so flew away and about ten minutes later came back did the same thing again it left but this time never returned. What does this mean and is it good luck or bad luck thank you in advance

Rachael on July 31, 2015:

What does it mean when a bird attacks your head? Twice in a row

Sandra on July 27, 2015:

Hi CMHypno!

Nothing has changed in the roof. No blocks. We are having minor renovation, but this is not the first time. We had renovation done few months ago too, but the birds were still there. So now they are no longer there, it seems funny as they were staying here for long time.

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on July 26, 2015:

Hi Sandra, has something changed up in your roof? Has a hole been blocked up or their access denied in some way?

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on July 26, 2015:

Thanks for reading the hub immy. As I have said previously, birds coming into a home were thought to mean there was an important message on the way or something significant would be happening

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on July 26, 2015:

Hi Pollyanna, thanks for reading the hub and leaving a great comment. Poor old magpies get a really bad press here in the UK and there seem to be a lot of them around at the moment. If I see a single magpie, I still look around to see if I can see another one! I have heard of the robin legend and shortly after my father passed away at Christmas I kept seeing one in some bushes as I walked to work. It didn't fly away as I approached, but would just sit there looking at me

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on July 26, 2015:

Thanks for reading the hub Sheila and leaving a comment. If you have doves nesting on your porch it means they have decided it is a secure and cosy place to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. Traditionally birds tapping on the window siginifies an important message of some kind is on its way

sandra on July 25, 2015:

Pigeons used to live in our house roof for years now. But lately (few days ago), they are all gone. Is this a sign about something?

immy on July 08, 2015:

Last night a small bird entered in my house and settled waking up in the morning it was missing. What does that mean?

Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on June 14, 2015:

A really interesting read, and a good summary of many superstitions; a lot of which I hadn't heard of. So thank you! In the UK there is another superstition with birds. If a bird flies into a room, or if a magpie lands on a windowsill, it is said to be a portent of a death in that house. A friend of mine described how she worries about the latter more than ever now. A magpie landed on the windowsill of her house, and sadly that day her dad passed away from a heart attack. There's another one with robins that describes they are deceased family members or ancestors come to say hello.

Sheila Roberson on June 08, 2015:

I have two Doves on my frontt porch in a basket with two eggs as well.I also have one pecking on my kitchen window.What do You think about that?They are Mourning Doves.

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on April 26, 2015:

I think it means you must have a very nice kitchen window and that the mother bird feels safe and secure enough to build her nest there. What a privilege to be able to watch two fledglings grow and develop. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on April 26, 2015:

Thanks for visiting again and your very kind comments. Have not had much time for writing this winter, but hopefully will start again now the spring is here. Hope all is well with you and that your writing is going well. Cynthia

Melissa on April 21, 2015:

Hi I have a wild Bird living in My kitchen window she had 2 babies what for you think this means. Ty

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 13, 2015:

Dear CMHypno,

Today is April 13 around 2:40 p.m., CDST, and I was swinging by to see your hub again and there it was . . .the last comment I left. Now I am leaving this one for you.

You are a very talented writer with a lot of insight into your subjects. Talent and insight are the two key ingredients in making a great writer.

I am honored to know you.

Kenneth

CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on April 13, 2015:

Birds were often regarded as messengers, so maybe there will be a message arriving for your family? White is a colour of peace, so maybe there will be reconciliation. Thanks for reading and commenting

ltasha on April 07, 2015:

Hi me and my family walked out of our front door and this beautiful white bird was just sitting there what does this mean!!!