In 2010, I started befriending the crows in my neighborhood. Every year, there's at least one new baby crow to introduce myself to.
The Long History of Reading Birds as Omens & Signs
Since ancient times, people have looked to the heavens for signs, and since birds fly, it makes sense that people would perceive birds as messengers of the gods or fates. After all, a bird's-eye-view is significantly more omniscient than an earthbound perspective. Birds know what the world looks like from 30,000 feet high; they have seen the insides of clouds, so looking to birds for perspective makes an odd kind of sense.
Augury—the art of interpreting birds as omens—has been around since before the ancient Romans. An "auspice" is a Latin term for the messages birds might convey. An "augur" (a word that means both omen and one who sees an omen) would "take the auspices" by looking at "aves" (birds) and "reading" their appearance and behavior. Those auspices (bird-signs) were sometimes auspicious (lucky) and sometimes inauspicious.
If you say the words "auspices" and "auspicious" aloud, you can hear their relationship. Language emphasizes the long history of the belief that birds and luck are linked and that one might look to birds for guidance to know which steps to take in life.
But it wasn't just the ancient Romans who "read" birds. Ornithomancy, a modern term for augury, has been practiced all around the world, from the earliest recorded times. It's alluded to in many stories and legends of the indigenous people of the Americas and mentioned in the bible's old testament. Countless cultures have myths about clever, wise birds who talk to gods and deliver insight to humans.
Anyway, people have been reading birds for a very, very long time. If you'd like to begin practicing the ancient art of augury, this article will help you get started.
What Does It Mean If a Bird...
What does it mean if a bird taps at my window?
Birds do this all the time: They see their reflection and freak out, assuming it's some rival bird encroaching on their territory. Usually, it's the territorial types that do it, and usually in springtime when they're feeling really frisky, but tapping on the window is hard to ignore. It's easy to believe that the bird is trying to get your attention.
A bird pecking on a window is definitely an opportunity to stop and pay attention. What have you forgotten or neglected to attend to? What neglected duties need doing? Which loose ends need tying? Take this as an opportunity to sit down and pick your brain to figure out what or whom you've overlooked.
What does it mean if a bird poops on me... or my car?
Most of us would be upset if a bird pooped on us. It's hard not to take this kind of thing personally, especially if you have to clean it up (that's what I call adding insult to injury). You may wonder if this particular bird has a vendetta against you or an angry message from above. Maybe you've insulted the universe in some way, and this is its revenge. Maybe its an angry ancestor trying to express their unhappiness about some mess you're making in life.
On the other hand, you might choose to agree with all the happy optimists who insist that bird poop a lucky sign. This is probably the healthiest interpretation since, after all, s*** happens.
What if a bird smashes into my window?
The awful thud of a bird hitting your window is a sign you just can't ignore. What it might mean:
- Perhaps you're going to encounter an obstacle of some kind: emotional, mental, or physical.
- Maybe it's a sign that you're headed in the wrong direction in some aspect of your life: personal, professional, or interpersonal.
- Maybe you're moving too fast or too rashly and you need to slow down.
- It could be a reminder of the obstacles you face and a reminder that not all options are open, or that timing is everything.
- It might represent a rough transition, a trap, or a hidden pitfall.
- It could represent the end of one reality, relationship, or belief system, and the start of something new.
- Or it might just mean that the poor bird didn't see the glass. Consider putting up tape strips so it doesn't happen again.
What does it mean if a bird flies into my house?
Most cultures have superstitious beliefs that if a bird in your house, it is a message from above: God, fate, the universe, or your dead ancestors are trying to tell you something. Many believe that it is a bad omen, but many more believe that it is just a reminder to keep your eyes open (and your window shut!).
The other day, a blue jay flew into my house looking for food... and then forgot how to get out. It caused a terrifying ruckus flapping around and banging its head into the glass, trying to escape. I grabbed a towel, threw it over the bird, then brought it back outside again. I felt sorry for it because I know how it feels to stumble headlong, unwittingly into a trap you don't know how to escape from, like a dead-end job, a toxic relationship, or some other mistake. You think you're headed towards something great and then all of a sudden, you find yourself in a very wrong situation you can't back out of. I took this situation as a timely object lesson and was grateful for the reminder.
Auspices: Bird Signs and What They Might Mean
In ancient Italy, not all birds in the sky were viewed as meaningful signs or messages from gods. They observed two kinds of birds: oscines and alites.
- Oscines (ravens, crows, owls, and chickens), whose birdsongs conveyed larger meanings, could be interpreted as either favorable (lucky) or not, depending on where they sang from in relation to the augur.
- Alites (eagles, vultures, and others) were those whose actions and flight patterns were interpreted meaningfully.
Depending on what time of year the bird was heard or observed, every sound and movement made by these birds had a different interpretation.
Ex tripudiis—the dances of feeding birds—were often read to help guide military expeditions. The troops brought chickens with them to war just for this purpose and would sprinkle food on the ground and release the birds from their cages when guidance was needed. If the chickens didn't come out to eat, crowed, flapped, or flew off, these were seen as bad omens, but if even one came out and dropped some food on the ground, this was a very lucky sign.
So what does this mean for you?
Let the ancient Romans guide you. When reading the skies for omens, consider all of the following:
- What sounds does the bird make? Would you characterize the sound as mournful, happy, peeved, insistent, scared, sad, or haunting? What emotion or memory is evoked by that sound?
- What is the bird doing? Is it flying, strutting, watching, flapping, swimming, hunting, or sleeping, and what meaning can you make from this action?
- What type of bird is it? Is it a waterbird, songbird, predatory bird, or scavenger? What significance can you derive from the type, and does it hold any special meaning for you?
- What color is the bird? Consult the table of color significance below.
- How many birds are there? Is it a flock, a family, or an individual bird? Again, what significance can you ascribe to this number?
Is Seeing a Black Bird Bad Luck?
Black creatures get a bad rap. Black sheep, black cats, and black birds (mainly crows and ravens) all have negative associations. Although many people assume black is bad, this consensus is no proof that these things are intrinsically malevolent or dangerous. Rather, the belief that black things are always bad is proof that people are lazy and want easy answers for things.
It would be very nice—and handy!—if all we had to do to find answers and guidance in life were to walk outside, look up at the sky, and "read" the birds flying overhead, especially if black meant always bad and white always meant good (and take a moment to notice the inherent racism of that remark). But of course, nothing is that simplistic.
Seeing a bird is not going to give you a clear answer. It's no magic 8-ball (and who thinks those are really magic?). A bird's color doesn't necessarily make any meaningful difference whatsoever. However, just as reading Tarot cards, studying astrology, and taking personality tests all give people ways to understand themselves more deeply, looking at nature can, too. Think of augury as just one more means of introspection and reflection.
With that in mind and from that angle, maybe a bird's color could be meaningful. Below you'll find a chart of different ways to interpret a bird's color.
What Could the Color of a Bird Symbolize?
|White Birds||Black Birds||Red Birds||Blue Birds||Yellow Birds|
peace, death, innocence, purity, kindness, forgiveness
The Shadow, secrets, dreams, the unconscious, death
passion, blood, danger, heat, a warning
happiness, sadness, truth, clarity, the unknown
happiness, a warning, joy, freedom (or lack of it)
Questions to Ask to Discover a Bird's Significance
There are two kinds of bird signs: impetrative (sought after, asked for, or requested) and oblative (unasked for; coming out of the blue like a bolt of lightning!). So ask yourself: Is the bird bringing you an unasked-for message from the universe? Or is it answering a question you asked—explicitly or implicitly?
Is the bird bringing you an unasked-for message from the universe? Or is it answering a question you asked—explicitly or implicitly?
What the Type of Bird You See Might Signify
|Type of Bird||Associations to Consider||Historical or Cultural Context|
Black birds (crows, ravens, blackbirds)
Black birds are most often associated with death. They are often believed to bring messages from our dead loved ones.
Odin, a Norse God, had two ravens who flew all over the world then returned to whisper what they'd seen into his ears.
White birds (doves, egrets, etc.)
Like black birds, white birds are often associated with ghosts, holy spirits, and the afterlife.
Doves are seen by many as symbols of peace or faith.
Owls are often associated with wisdom, knowledge, and insight. They're also sometimes associated with female power and fertility.
Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, was always pictured with an owl.
Predatory birds (hawks, falcons, owls, eagles, etc.)
Victory, strength, power, domination, perspective.
Many cultures associate predatory birds with war.
Scavengers (vultures, crows, etc.)
Tenacity, patience, observation, timing.
Most people know that scavengers linger near dead bodies.
Songbirds (finches, sparrows, starlings, etc.)
Domesticity, imprisonment, freedom, cheerfulness.
Miners used to take canaries down into mine shafts as an early warning system for lack of oxygen.
Lightheartedness, diligence, the importance of small things.
Aztecs saw them as messengers from the gods and ancestors. They were good luck symbols.
Questions & Answers
Question: What does it mean if a bird flies in a circle above you?
Answer: So it's like a bird is drawing a circle around you from above? If this happened to me it would be hard not to imagine myself not as "the center of the universe," but certainly as the center of something. I'd have to stop and ponder what, exactly.
Question: What does it mean if a blackbird lands on your shoulder, unafraid?
Answer: If a blackbird landed on my shoulder, I'd imagine that bird thought it knew me. I'd assume it was an old friend of mine or an ancestor trying to communicate or reach out for some reason. I'd ask myself which friend/family member was trying to connect with me, and I'd look at the details of the situation to try to guess who (and imagine what, exactly, they were trying to convey). Where you were and what you were doing and what you were thinking about right before the bird landed. Those are all important parts of the story. I'd also take it as a sign of my relationship with and connection to the environment/world/universe.
Question: What does a dead blackbird mean?
Answer: When you come across a dead creature, it's always a bit jarring. Being reminded of your mortality and vulnerability is always a bit of a shock. It's a little reminder that nobody—no living creature—can see their end; we can't predict or know or control it. The bird couldn't, and you can't either. It's good to be reminded of this fact of reality every once in a while, especially since we like to fool ourselves. If you see a dead bird, take a moment to pause and consider all those obvious, plain truths that you'd prefer to forget. Being reminded of your lack of control might be an opportunity to reassess what is really important now, at this moment, so that you can reassess how you are living and how you're spending your time.
Question: I saw a white bird (it looked decently large but I couldn't make out what it was, it moved in and out of sight so fast) in the middle of the night fly across the road just where my headlights could see it. Do you think this could be symbolic of anything or just coincidence?
Answer: I think anything can be symbolic if you want it to be, and if it were me, I might definitely see a large, ghostlike bird revealing itself to me at night as a significant event. Perhaps it was an owl? Owls always seem important and significant to me.
Question: What does it mean when a bird flies into my house, lands, stares at me with its mouth open, and then flies out?
Answer: I have seen crows do this on hot days. When you see a bird "panting" like this, it usually means it's hot, thirsty, or its central nervous system is affected by heat or dehydration. It's almost as if this bird were begging you for help. Has it been very hot where you live? Maybe it hoped you'd put out a bowl of water?
Question: What does it mean if a crow or raven tapped on my window and then hovered there with its wings rubbing against the window?
Answer: Whenever a wild bird seems to be trying to get into one's house, whenever they even notice the glass that separates domesticity from the great outdoors, it is an unexpected and thrilling event. Why was the crow trying to get your attention? Why was it attempting to breach the barrier between you? That's a question only you can answer.
Question: What does it mean if a bluebird hits you in the head?
Answer: If any bird hit me in the head, I'd definitely have to wonder. Physical contact with a wild animal is very unusual, and wild animals seldom touch humans for no reason. I'd definitely think that the bird was trying to get my attention and warn me about something.
Question: My mom is always coming across injured birds, or abandoned baby birds. Songbirds and ducks mostly. What does this mean?
Answer: If I were her, I'd definitely wonder if the universe was trying to tell me something. It seems as though she is being asked to help or challenged to become emotionally and physically involved with nature and the environment. Maybe it's a skill she has or one she might consider working on.
Question: Three sparrows flew into my girlfriend's car. Does it have any meaning?
Answer: If your girlfriend doesn't already know why the number 3 is important to her now, she should pay attention—especially for the next three days, weeks, or month— to see what special importance the number 3 has for her.
Question: I work at a mortuary and yesterday I walked outside to find a dead sparrow with only the head skeletonized outside the door....what could this symbolize?
Answer: Do you mean that the sparrow's flesh and feathers were intact everywhere but on its head? What a macabre and bizarre sight that must have been! I'd definitely have to think about why the head (and all that a head represents: thinking, knowing, consciousness, etc.) and the body (and all it represents: mobility, flight, instinct, etc.) behaved or were treated differently. Why separate the two? I'd consider whether this vision helped explain some division or separation in my life, and I'd wonder why the contents of the head were revealed to me but not the body.
Question: What does a visit from a predatory bird mean?
Answer: As usual, the viewer has to look at the context of their life to know what it means. Do you feel aligned with the predator—is it a friendly visit from a friend—or do you feel threatened? Predators are known for their eyesight. The term "eagle eye" refers to extraordinary vision. An eagle's eyes are four to eight times more powerful than a human's. What perspective can you gain from a bird's eye view right now?
Question: We were eating breakfast and we saw a yellow bellied bird that for some reason just captured our attention. It just walked and strutted across our view. But it felt different and symbolic for some reason. What does this mean?
Answer: It's strange, isn't it, how you might see birds all the time but one particular bird seems more significant or important? It doesn't make sense but still, it does seem important (and certainly doesn't hurt) to notice and trust your intuition. As always, it's important to consider the circumstances. Who were you with when this happened? What were you talking about when the bird appeared? These answers will help guide you towards a particular, personal meaning.
Question: What does it mean if pigeons have been crying outside my window for almost a week?
Answer: Interesting that you interpret a pigeon's call as a cry—to me, the sound is more of a coo than a cry, and I imagine that the pigeons are especially chatty this time of year, which is likely mating season. I have seen male pigeons strutting and cooing up a storm, trying to get the females' attention. Could this be what you're hearing?
Question: What does it mean if a crow follows you?
Answer: It's likely that the crow recognizes you for some friendly reason. If a crow follows you, it feels a connection to and curiosity in you for some reason. Maybe you fed the crow once before (or you look like someone who did)?
Question: On two separate occasions at work, a raven appeared at my window. The second time, I went outside to see it and it wasn't afraid of me. He looked like he was telling me something by his beak motion. What does this mean?
Answer: If a wild animal ever seems unafraid of a person, this is something to pay attention to. It definitely seems like the bird was trying to tell you something. Either it was just the bird's interest in you (maybe you looked familiar to the bird—maybe the bird was hoping for food?) or perhaps it represents something else's interest in you-- a deceased loved one, an ancestor, or just the universe, trying to connect with you for some reason.
Question: I've seen 6 (maybe more) dead birds very close to where I live over the last two or three days. What's going on?
Answer: Although it might be tempting to look for spiritual reasons for this, I'd be inclined to worry about a physical threat in the neighborhood first. Before looking for supernatural reasons, I'd look around to see if there's some real danger or explanation. Is it spring? (Lots of newborn or fledgling birds don't make it.) Is there some poison? Is someone killing them? I'd answer these questions before looking for spiritual reasons.
What kind of bird did you see? What was it doing, and what do you think it means?
Crystal on September 19, 2020:
I was at a car dealership, back from a test drive. We just parked and the dealer and myself were sitting in the car chatting, and a black raven swooped up from the ground and flew up to the top of the moonroof. I said that has to be an Omen!! But what does it mean.... buy the vehicle or not?? Lol
may on September 18, 2020:
what does it mean if while having breakfast suddenly pigeon fly and fall on my breakfast plate..it black colour pigeon
Tory on September 15, 2020:
What about finding / helping injured birds? week 1 - Gull with badly broken wing. Week 2, in row - animal attack wounded Pigeon
Chana on September 15, 2020:
A sparrow flew and hot my leg as i was about to get in the car. The bird landing on the floorboard of the car. It walked under the seat for a few minutes. Walked back out, and just stared at me. I asked it if it was hurt., and it just flew away. Doea this man anything?
Vanitha Moodley on September 14, 2020:
Every morning for a week now a light grey tiny bird sits on the porch looking away from the home, in the north direction. This between 4:00 to 5:00. It makes this repetitive sound continuously for that time. it is not perturbed by the dogs. it then flies away only to return the next morning.
Becky Kilpatrick on September 11, 2020:
What does it mean when you are driving and a black colored bird swoops down right in front of almost as if he just to take a look in your front windshield?
Crow on September 11, 2020:
In the morning crowing on the power linr or whatever they do but I feel as though they al do that to me alot! I think it's my dad! Actually il know is
P Johnson on September 09, 2020:
There was a regular pidgeon like bird just staring at my door when I returned from the store early this morning. It didn't move or fly away until I threw some water on it,I would like to know does this symbolize anything?
Suppu on August 27, 2020:
I saw a bird (it was a white pigeon) and every time I'd close my eyes i would see myself freeing that bird and it had, i think a message attached to it's legs and i keep getting that vision
What does it mean?
BeYoutifully Younique on August 18, 2020:
So, today after sungazing and talking to my ancestors, the Universe, Gaia and Most High Source and Creator. A red beautiful bird flew from behind me and stood in a tree directly across from each other. We admired one another and it flew two houses down which is my childhood home I own it's 333 . I requested a visit but I can't decode the answer. My dad passed in the house. I want to sale bc it's so much work needed noones living there because it's a sadness associated with it. It's 3bedroom I need at least 5. My family is still expanding at 4 and counting. Here's the thing. I own it no mortgage. I don't want the money I just want to upgrade with no outrageous cost almost an equal lateral move. They deserve it. Children have been the real troopers an angel on earth. What do you think?
Spades on August 16, 2020:
I woke up to water my plants on my balcony this morning like any other day and a lil yellow Spanish Canary flew in to the apartment right beside my Kitchen sink, my boyfriend and I quickly helped it back outside, the bird stayed on the balcony and was clearly not afraid, he seemed to be looking for a cage or enclosure I knew that because it kept landing on things that resembled the bars on a bird cage and things that had a kind of enclosed space , so I just let it be..... just left a few seeds n some water incase it was lost or scared.... when I went back inside it followed me n started to chirp n fly near me in a non threatening way, I think someone maybe lost their pet n it was looking for safety, he was flying balcony to balcony until he came to mine, going to take it to the vet tomorrow and see if he’s a home birdie or a wild one, I doubt a wild one would fly inside a cage repeatedly with no direction if he wasn’t a pet.... I think it came for help.... this isn’t the first time an animal has come to me and showed affection, people around me think it’s so strange...I think they just look for people who notice they noticed you... and when they try to communicate u try to understand and communicate right back.
journey717 on August 14, 2020:
one tiny brown bird coming in my house just flying and stay at the top of my open door, meaning
jamie on August 03, 2020:
Both a young hawk and a pigeon flew in through our back door. We managed to sway the hawk outside though the living-room window but the pigeon stumbled down stairs. It took us nearly 20 mins to find the pigeon and bring it outside.
I was drawing a griffin before this all happened too, which was the strangest part for me.
Joan on July 30, 2020:
What does it mean if a bird flys into you as your walking and it hits you in the head
Maéva on July 29, 2020:
I saw a brown bird falling from a tree violently on the ground, he had a piece of wood stuck in his throat and immediatly died.
Kookaburra on July 24, 2020:
Knocking on bedroom window
Daniella on July 17, 2020:
So I was outside looking at the sky. It was about pm freezing cold. I was making a prayer and 4 white birds flew in the sky past me. I have never seen white birds at night or in the cold. Weird because I was praying when this happened. What could this mean? (I had a really stressful week and was praying)
Victoria davis on July 13, 2020:
Black bird singing in my garage
DIANA on July 06, 2020:
What is the meaning for the Cardinal. I have seen one for a couple
weeks in my front yard and sitting on my window ledge. Never seen
cardinals like this. They were few and far between.
Lara on July 04, 2020:
A grey dove landed on my balcony. She appeared to be totally confident, so I went out: she looked at me and then we both stared at the big fool moon in front of us. I generally feel very happy and in peace when there is a fool moon. I got a feeling that this meant that I've fully reached my feminine power and I'm ready to host new lives. COuld that be the case?
Sam on July 03, 2020:
A dove landed on my shoulder today as I was working on my carport then preceded to follow me around the carport getting on my shoulder every chance it could have it some water and food but don’t know what to do I don’t want the other birds to hurt it because it smells of human
ncorona07 on June 29, 2020:
My ex and i were driving and a brown bird fell from the sky what does that mean?
Brittany on June 29, 2020:
I saw 3 black birds together twice in one day. First time was on my way to work then again after work. Then I saw 3 white birds today on my way into work. Any idea what this would mean?
Question on June 23, 2020:
I’ve had many encounters of birds over the past couple of months. First it started with feathers randomly falling onto me then a dead bird was outside my window. A couple weeks later at least 2 birds flew into the same window and last of all somehow a bird got into my house (pigeon) and I don’t know how. The dead bird was a small bird not to sure what type though. It just seems very strange and I can’t lie over the last couple of weeks I’ve been worried for my life because of a situation that is happening. Is this a sign of anything? Please let me know, thanks.
fluffy on June 21, 2020:
I saw a small bird with a red beak flying since night, it was on the light wires..then it flew away, came back flew away again, again and again...then it never came back... I thought to myself, whats his message.
Marie on June 21, 2020:
I grate cheese and leave it on my chopping block in my kitchen. I have birds fly in to feed all day. The birds also fly around my house. Fiscal fly catchers, robins and wag tails. Today one of the fiscal fly catchers landed on my head.
Diane on June 19, 2020:
What does it mean when I keep seeing a black Bird with a white breast and white in its wings.
Queenie on June 19, 2020:
As I was walking outside there was a small black bird with a red circle on its wings. The bird flew past me once and it was kinda close; which I thought was odd at first. Then it flew really fast close to my head a second time making a aggressive sound. I instantly thought “ what did I do wrong for the bird to want to attack me?”
Sunshyne on June 17, 2020:
What does it mean when a bird lands outside your apartment window at the bottom of it, then flies to the top of it, then flies away?
An Orange and black bird on June 15, 2020:
Is it a bad or good sign
Aman on June 14, 2020:
What does it mean if I find 30-40 birds perching on my door in the morning? Never seen that many birds together in this bird species before. I didn't sleep that night and I was really learning weird but true stuff about the spirit
David lewis on June 11, 2020:
I wonder can you help me I have been visited by 2 birds one a pigion the other a blackbird both were injured in the wing
Priscilla on June 09, 2020:
What does it mean for birds to live and chirp all day inside of the fire place. Dominant orange red color 1 0r 2 lives outside the window daily. It seems as if 1 or 2 is looking for food. Is there a message or birds just nesting in the fireplace?
Stenie on June 05, 2020:
This is the 2nd time A white Bird came to me in front as if she want to tell me something i was freaking out i scream i was so scared.
Old Fart on June 02, 2020:
The question about baby birds on ground. Ive seen that before. It seemed to be same bird multi days. Another time may have been multi birds hatched from same nest.
I think these are birds not adapting correctly. I actually have put worms in front of them in case food was an issue.
Could also be ground nesters at times just starting their cycle as grow. I'm not a bird expert, but i love nice animals.
Old Fart on June 02, 2020:
I don't believe in weird stuff. However; weird people keep telling me I'm a star child. I looked it up; & i am similar. I like to joke; but honestly ive had about 80-100 birds land on me in my life. My wife thought i made this stuff up; but she's seen it.
Is it normal to have birds land on you. Is my total normal. And why does it happen.
In addition; before i got real sick, a lot of birds would whistle at me, if i whistled back we'd start talking (i don't speak bird. I'd copy them; they'd copy me. Even patterns. Is that normal). My lungs are too hurt to do it anymore; but it used to tickle my wife.
I never thought about all this weird stuff; because I'm autistic & only believe what i can prove. I could prove this; but thr why i don't know.
After near death a raven landed right beside me & would not leave no matter what. My wife still remembers that. So weird. It just landed; set in front, & looked in my eyes. I was in an area you wouldnt even expect a bird. No offense; i don't want to hear all the hocus pocus stuff; because my brain will not accept that. I need a science answer. Do i release pharamones that attracts animals that sense me as safe?
Baiba Baika on June 01, 2020:
A bird landed on my foot and wouldn't go. What does that mean??
Brandon Dougherty on May 28, 2020:
What does it mean if I keep finding injured birds three days in a row literally picked them up and they flew away
Carolyn on May 23, 2020:
I woke this morning to the sound of a bird in my bedroom. Doors and widows were both shut. It was a little sparrow so I opened the window and let it out., I am So puzzled as I can’t see how it got into my room?
What does this mean?
ColorfulChristy26 on May 18, 2020:
What does it mean when a yellow chested finch(esk) bird fell from the tree dead at my feet?
Vanessa on May 05, 2020:
Nidhi priya sharma - I just looked came to this site ( a mere four hours after you) looking for the same answer. It was a few years ago (I happened to retell the story today), but it was a Grey Francolin in Hawaii. And not all that small -- the size of a pigeon. It landed on my bare leg while I was laying in a beach chair and the feeling of its claws trying to hang on to my skin scared the life out of me, so I screamed. Then it hung out a few feet away for a while. It was during a very, very hard time in my life. I liked the suggestion above (paraphrased) "I'd imagine that bird thought it knew me. I'd assume it was an old friend of mine or an ancestor trying to communicate or reach out for some reason. I'd ask myself which friend/family member was trying to connect with me, and I'd look at the details of the situation to try to guess who." Having just read that, I now feel like it might have been a musician I knew who had died of a sudden heart attack a few days earlier. I didn't know him well, so while his passing was sad, it wasn't personal. However, he'd been a very spiritual person, very tied to the land and (according to him) the spirits that roamed the islands. He could see them everywhere. In hindsight, I think it was his spirit somehow, and he landed on me to try to send a message, likely of comfort or to remember that life can be terrible, but also magical, and all at once. No matter what, I've never heard of such a thing happening to anyone else until now (or not without offering the bird food or what have you), so no matter what it means, I think we're pretty special that a wild animal chose to land on us (plus Mark Turner, who I now see had it happen a month ago). Even at the time, I felt it had to be a good omen.
Nidhi priya sharma on May 05, 2020:
I got a small dove come and sit on my head while I was doing prayer..i got scared and flew it away..but after getting off my head it looked me again n then flew.wat does this symbolise..happened to me for the first tym in my life..
Abena on May 03, 2020:
I dreamt of a pigeon watching me while I slept
Adebayo Joshua on May 02, 2020:
A two small singing bird with two colours chest is white and their back is black flew in to my verrander,rest on line and later flew away.this is the second the two birds came visiting.what does it mean
Samuel Ntiamoah Baah on May 01, 2020:
Almost every morning, a bird with yellowish beak, yellowish oval shape around its eyes, red feathers on it's chest and black feathers on its back, comes to knock on my window at 5:50 am there about. Its not a singing bird for sure. The amazing thing is that, it first started knocking on the window of my prayer room, then later i stopped sitting in that room, then it located me in my bed room. This morning after knocking at the bedroom window, i moved out to the prayer room and it located me there also before it left. What can this mean? Please
JEAN KEOUGH on April 29, 2020:
HELLO AT MY APT COMPLEX BEEN THERE 2YRS NOW HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO FEED BIRDS FROM BALCONY SO I GO OUTSIDE THE OTHER DAY AND HERE IS 2 SWEET MOURNING DOVES WHO HAVE BUILT A NEST ON MY AIR CONDITIONER ! THE COVER IS STILL ON IT AND I DONT WANT TO DISTURB THEM BUT MANAGEMENT WILL BE SOON COLLECTING THE COVERS FOR THE WARMER WEATHER BY JUNE WHAT SHOULD I DO ? AND ARE THESE MOURNING DOVES A GOOD SIGN OR DO THEY HAVE SOME SIGNIFICANCE TO ME....THANK YOU!
Bixzcyd on April 29, 2020:
Around midnight I noticed a big white bird flying weird circles near my house, I noticed at least 4 different circles he flew. I didn't expect to see it doing the same circles about two hours later. In my town there usually aren't any or many white birds.
Mia on April 26, 2020:
Found an injured black bird on my property. Trying to help it heal before letting it go.
MommysPunky on April 23, 2020:
What does it mean to be driving and hit a red cardinal twice in the same week?
Gaynor Ayers on April 16, 2020:
Yesterday there was a young pigeon tapping on my bedroom window. Then today the bird flew into my house, landed on my windowsill I was able to catch it and gently take it outside. It stayed in my hands and I asked it to go now. It is now in my garden with its mum. What does this signify?
Mark Turner on April 05, 2020:
A bird landed in my hand and will not leave my hand now what is that mean or sign off
D on April 04, 2020:
I saw 1 bird ar my window ans later on two birds side by side on a wire
Kisha1982 on March 30, 2020:
I have had several crazy things going on with birds around me lately....to start a few months ago one was inside the trailor when we got home I had to help find its way out...another I thought wow a birds gonna just sit on top of my truck and listen to me as I sing and for a few diff songs lol only to find after a while they flew off and left crap...the next would be gettingwoke up to them beating on my window and now in the midst of all this corona stuff they have been singing loudly in the trees and by the bunches I felt immediantly afraid and videoed and would love to send to you..I think this instance Tuesday was tryna warn me to get inside n whats about to come...………...I also love birds ..my kitchen is done in them ..I believe them to be prolific by nature n such
Jay on March 28, 2020:
Birds where flying all around me on my balcony today and singing the louder then I ever heard a bird in my 34 years I loveeee birds but this was amazingly scary now that I read on I love you Lord you Know that
TomPerry on March 25, 2020:
When I got home today to take out the garbage, I saw some white feathers, a few with a little blood on them. On the fence, I saw some kind of hawk or falcon perched on the fence. It had a reddish breast, with a dark grey back and head. On the ground below it was a dead white pigeon or dove, with a yellow plastic band around its leg, with the number 91 on it. I watched it for a minute and got a few pics. It looked like it might be trying to recovered its dropped prey, but flew off.
In browsing bird symbolisms, encountering a dead bird or other animal seems to anticipate change, but I'm not sure what it might mean. Any insights?
Empress on March 25, 2020:
A crow with a missing "foot" keeps flying to my window with food in its mouth everyday about the same time , looks at me, then flies off .
Everyday it comes twice or three times around the same time.
Is there something I'm missing?
Beejay on March 24, 2020:
I heard a woodpecker tapping on a tree early cold morning
Padma Priya on March 17, 2020:
Pigeon flew from up n came n touched my leg and again flew away
Jessi on March 12, 2020:
Today, sitting at the bus stop with my kids, I saw what looked to be a sparrow fall dead from the electrical wire over head.........
Maria on March 03, 2020:
I found a gray turtle duve on the railing in my bedroom staring at my bed what does it mean
Mariska on February 25, 2020:
The first bird that came into my office and tried getting out the closed window was a cross i guess between a sparrow and a black rhino bird. the second one was a little glass eye. and this was within 2 weeks.
I have a 10 k race coming up and I have been telling myself to go run in the afternoons. And I have been having some sort of anger issues and feel irritated at home the whole time. Do you think this means I need to get out more because my home and everything around me makes me feel caged?
Lee D on February 15, 2020:
Sitting on my deck discussing with a friend my new relationship with a guy when a hummingbird flew Right in my face. Interpretation please ??
Mary Webster on February 09, 2020:
I am trying to figure out how a little green bird got into my car. All my windows were up tight it pooped all over I opened the door and it flew out it is bothering me to know how it got there. I did lose to loved ones last years
Sibu on February 02, 2020:
I am being followed by black birds. They constantly stare at me, and I would Chase them away as they make me feel scared.
Ronald Spearman on February 01, 2020:
Blacks birds in back yard
Meghan Scydick on January 30, 2020:
Does anyone know what it means when about 20 to 30 black birds are constantly following me wherever I go if I'm outside
Teniah on January 28, 2020:
2 day a bird flew into a house I was painting it flew from room to room finally Landing in a windowsill allowing me to catch it and let it go outside over the last week I didn't see the birds with two separate occasions a bird kept flying into the bedroom window and then at work today when the bird was there prior to that there was something in the house that turn a shower on any ideas Insight please
Jeani on January 22, 2020:
On my birthday last week. My friend and I were having coffee, and 2 white doves came to sit next to us. Then casually walked into my house. Walked around and then walked back towards us and sat down. What is the meaning? Thanks.
Becky on January 18, 2020:
I had sent a inquiry about if there is a meaning behind having a coopers hawk land on my hand.
But over the last year i have had many bird encounters. I almost had an owl land on me while i was out hunting. I had another encounter with an owl on the side of the road. I stopped cause it was on side of road and thought maybe it was injured. It let me stand right next to it. It just looked at me. I was able to pet it (with thick leather gloves on)
It looked at me and then flew away. It was not injured. It was the strangest thing.
Doris Rivera on January 14, 2020:
It was 1 blue little bird and it flew in the window flew on my back and pooped
Monica on January 11, 2020:
There is a grey small bird with a black head and black beak knocking on our window every morning around 6h00 and 6h30 then returns again around 8am ,it knocks with its beak so aggresively and flickers its wings on the window.my concern is its the same bird everyday. There are other birds that land on the window but not at the same time but they dont do similar action
It disappeared for about a month and came back and same place same time. I m worried what this can mean ,pls help
Alexa on January 02, 2020:
A dark blue/indigo bird flew to my house through an open balcony door. I tried to help it find its way out but it keeps on flying in circles so I let it be.. when I try to call my family members to show it to them, it disappeared..
Janice on December 30, 2019:
Small brown bird flew in livingroom door flew threw the house into my bedroom set a few and flew out my back door
Nicole on December 29, 2019:
What does it mean when a yellow weaver keeps pecking at my window
Country on December 29, 2019:
I have two blue woodpeckers that set outside pecking on a tree about half the day, and a ton of black birds flying in circles overhead, one will set on the branch outside singing to me. This has been going on for a while now. What significant does it have?
Bonny on December 29, 2019:
On many different occasions at work I have had a cardinal Fly into my cabin windows repeatedly, then proceed to the other side of the cabin and fly into those windows as well. It happened at two different cabins for just about 2 weeks give or take, straight, about every other day. It flew into the window so much i was surprised it didn't fall over dead. What does this mean?
Charlotte on December 21, 2019:
I saw high above coming through a narrow window pre ceded by flimsy white clouds a white dove which then began to radiate. Below I was trying
to balance a bon bon plant and had to look up. I think it was a perfectly balanced moment of the brain which key allowed a spiritual influence. I don t know. U think. So later i was very upset here in my apt balcony that the crows I d always befriended chased a dove and her mate so that she flew in between the railings, mouth full of blood and died. I took it to the garbage and then her beautiful mate showed up sitting on the railing looking down where she had been before flying away sadly. I was so mad at the crows. I tolerate but am not as defendent of them as i once was.
One time I didn t get a rental cause I showed friendliness to crows and the caretaker hated them. But a hummingbird flew in recently and landed on my 6ft Fern tree before coolly finding its way back out. I do notice appreciation for little things lately. Just straightening up the sagging corner on the bag on the recycle bin was pointed out by an observer. We have a snow owl too last winter that is supposed to live further north. My native girlfriend said an elder called me snowy owl. I said ok I m snowy owl and I live now in the village 91 suites mingled with natives.
I m norweigian but we intermingled with natives in one of Bc inlets as they gave arriving immigrants land as it was similiar to Norway. Anyways, the neighbours roared with laughing so hard I heard they fell off their chairs.
Maybe the crows were too. Peace fun.
email@example.com on December 21, 2019:
What does it mean if a white pigeon flies on to your hand.what do pigeons mean.
Marita on December 18, 2019:
A gray bird comes yo the door of my sick mother in laws home everyday whats this a sign of
Sue on December 14, 2019:
A Lesser Yellowlegs was feeding in my yard in a swampy area. immediately after sighting it. I fell down and injured my hand, arm and knee. What is the significance?
Guadalupe JR Sanchez on December 13, 2019:
What does it mean when 1 mockingbird shows up to my second story apt (balcony) every morning, throughout the day and in the evening before dark? It allows me to get close! I feel a connection to this bird somehow!
Bobbie jean on December 10, 2019:
At night for the past few months I have been driving to meet a friend of mine. Our relationship has seemed to evolved into more than I expected but the thing is I am married. It’s about a 24 mile drive & I have recently taken notice to small like, maybe a sparrow type of bird swooping down, Clyde to my car, in front of my headlights. Or I noticed birds chirping slit at night time when we’re together. What is this mean what could it mean
Sam on December 06, 2019:
What does it mean when a flock of birds that sound cheerful fly outside around your house - back and forth. They appear to being trying to tell me something. These birds are the Maryland State bird - Orioles.
R. silver on November 29, 2019:
we keep getting sparrows and starlings either in our basement or the main floor. What do think it means?
BlackPearl on November 28, 2019:
I have a black bird with a yellow beak at my office. It sit at my door or walk by my door but I see it at my office and my house. I don't think its the same bird but Im not sure what it means.
desirea on November 25, 2019:
I had a white dove stuck in our back porch so i caught it kissed its had , talked o it showed granma kissed forehead . Set em free ..
About month before i as spraying black widows. After that shortly went to smoke a cig then was attacked by mybe over or about a hundred bites from head to toes . Black widows
Darleneream1967 on November 24, 2019:
Me and my daughter and friend was walking and talking coming from the park and then we heard a noise sound like something hit something so we look up and seen and blue and white with no head and it was flying throw us and the wings was still moving and the feather was flying around us so we started screaming ran as fast as could it was every scary
Darlene on November 24, 2019:
Me and my daughter and friend walking from park then we all hear a noise like something hit up again something so we look up and the bird head was gone but it still flew us it was a blue and white bird and wings was still moving and feathers flow around and the bird on more hit us it was very scary we started screaming and ran
Keisha on November 23, 2019:
What does it mean when a bird run unto my kitchen window
Brenda on November 20, 2019:
Last night when I was driving home a bird flew right in front of my car me and my kids were a little shocked my son said it looked like an owl I was tryna make a u-turn to look at the bird but instead idk if something fell in our car we heard a tap idk if it was that bird who did that or if it was something that fell from the tree it was so strange!
Kimberly Weatherford on November 19, 2019:
There is a brown bird that keeps appearing in our home. My son says it’s a finch, I don’t know. I did not see it until today, it flew in my sons room, it seems to disappear, now it’s in my room. Seems to want to stay here not sure. It just does what it wants. What in the world is going on? I am a spiritualist and I love the bird, but I cannot pinpoint why it is here. Off and on 3 weeks. Can you let me know something?
Star on November 19, 2019:
The bird is color black and white and it seems unfamiliar to me. His on the mango leaves and with a glimpse he simply dissapeared. What does it mean?
Nora razonado on November 16, 2019:
I was shock when i opened our cr i saw a black bird (asean glossy starling bird) a black w/ red eyes small bird floating in a pale w/ water but the bird alive... Only 1 bird... What does it means
April on November 10, 2019:
I was walking in the park with a friend and a small bird almost flew into my head, I had to duck. Then, a black & white magpie lark flew directly towards me and landed right beside where my friend and I were sitting, looking at us. Barely two minutes later, two brown birds flew so close next to us that my friend reached out and touched one of their wings! It was so strange, and they were all different types of birds. What could it mean?
Sylvia on November 09, 2019:
A beautiful, big crow flew into the building I work in. It hit the window several times and eventually flew out. Then I was advised it was lying on the curb and wasn't moving. I went to the crow and brought it back into the building and called the wild bird sanctuary to come and get it and try to nurse it back to health. But, the lovely crow had blood coming out of its mouth and then died. I believe it had internal injuries. I felt so sad and put it under a beautiful cedar tree. Is there any special meaning to the experience that happened to me at the beginning of this week?
Merlin on October 31, 2019:
I had a visit from a sparrow today It came in flew around then went under my streo and records then I found out it came hopping out of my bathroom so I went into the bathroom and it flew out through the living room and out the glass door I had opened the strang thing is that after it flew out it landed on my front porch and stayed there for 20 min then after I gave it bread that it didnt ttouch it left
Nikki81 on October 28, 2019:
In a parking lot, a crow was staring at me.. was strange not only because I have never been so close to a crow before but it was just standing there looking at me.. so I said hello to it lol. Then I walked around my car to get into the driver side, got in the car, did my seatbelt up and the crow jumped onto the hood of my car and continued to stare at me! Was quite unnerving!
Gail Lynch on October 27, 2019:
I had an Ibis [acing on my front verandah looking at me through the window.
Jeff Page on October 26, 2019:
I have had a black and white bird walk into my home when I left the door open. Does this have any significance?
Jeffrey Marshall on October 26, 2019:
A wood Pigeon was sitting outside my window about 30 feet (9 meters) away pecking at some things on the ground , we made eye contact and both carried on doing what we were doing, I made a pot of coffee the pigeon pecked at the ground. I looked at the pigeon again as I tried to figure out how old it was and if it might be a cross breed. The pigeon looked up and flew straight at my head, I know this as I could see directly down its nostrils/beak and into its eyes and along its body! Obviously it hit the window of the kitchen, then turned as it bounced back and flew up into a tree opposite, the pigeon was not stunned but it left an imprint of its body and wings on the window. Looked for meanings and not figured one out of many possibles!