Explore Bird Superstitions and Myths

Updated on November 4, 2015
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Pelican at Monkey Mia
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Bird Traditions and Stories

How many bird myths and superstitions do you know? 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 or bad luck. For example, a bird that flies into your house signifies that an important message is on its way, and if the flying bird happens to be white it means that there will be a death.

Since it is good luck that most of us wish for, it is widely regarded as being very lucky if a bird deposits it’s 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, lets have a look at some of that traditional bird folklore.

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 of London, that the kingdom will fall and disaster will ensue.

To this day, ravens are kept at the Tower, with their wings clipped to ensure that they don't leave. The birds are paid for by the British government and one of the Tower’s beefeaters are also appointed as Ravenmaster to care for the birds.

The Ravenmaster looks after the raven 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. When the Tower of London reopened to the visitors in 1946, the government ensured that a new generation of ravens had already been installed to reassure the public that the kingdom was safe.

Pelicans

Pelicans are regarded as birds that symbolise self-sacrifice and the love of a parent for their children. store food in their pouches and then retrieve the food for their chicks when they return to the nest. This simple action was misinterpreted in the past, and instead it believed that the pelican was making the ultimate sacrifice of tearing open its own chest to feed the youngsters on its own blood.

There are many variations 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.

These stories were used as allegories during the Middle Ages 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 superstition is not true!

Robins

Robins with their cheery red breasts adorn many of our 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. The precious drops of his 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.

The robin is another bird where it is believed that if they are seen tapping on the window or flying into a room that it then 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, note that if you see a robin singing in the open that 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!

Ravens in The Tower of London
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Peacock Feathers

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

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.

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.

They 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.

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.

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.

Albatrosses

Sailors used to believe that if an albatross flew around their ship in the middle of the voyage, that this meant bad weather and windy conditions 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.

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 it 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, it sank on the River Plate. Was the poor old albatross to blame for the fate of the Calpean Star, by bringing bad luck?

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!

Magpies

Magpies used to be believed as 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. 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 recognised him, and thereby preventing him from causing any mischief.

Another way to banish the evil demon was 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!"

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 because 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.

However, 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 divine the future and 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."

Blackbirds

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. Blackbirds are also regarded as the messengers of those who have died.

Eurasian Eagle-owl
Eurasian Eagle-owl | Source

Ravens at the Tower of London

Owls

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 the Athenians with 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 during the hours of 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 it 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.

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 surrounding birds used to be widely believed, but will you take off your hat and cross your fingers the next time that you see a magpie?

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        Leslie Jackson 12 days ago

        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?

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        wendy 2 weeks ago

        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

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        Angelica 5 weeks ago

        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

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        Vic 6 weeks ago

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

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        Elizabeth 7 weeks ago

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

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        Nowa 7 weeks ago

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

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        emsco 8 weeks ago

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

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        Mayra 2 months ago

        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.

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        cary 3 months ago

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

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        Robert 3 months ago

        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?

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        Dulces 3 months ago

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

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        Karen 5 months ago

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

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        Victoria 7 months ago

        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.

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        Jojo 7 months ago

        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??

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        Lovely 7 months ago

        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 ?

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        Linda mervin 7 months ago

        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.

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        Sarah 8 months ago

        I had a robin that landed on my hall today

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        CMHypno 8 months ago from Other Side of the Sun

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

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        cisprof@aol.com 8 months ago

        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?

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        Ava 8 months ago

        You should add cardinals

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        Anon 10 months ago

        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 :(

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        Swanky 11 months ago

        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..

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        Denise 11 months ago

        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 ?

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        Jamie gatewood 11 months ago

        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

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        Mira mcort 11 months ago

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

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        Janet 12 months ago

        A white pigeon type size bird keeps flying over my balcony

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        Sandra 12 months ago

        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.

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        Weda 12 months ago

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

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        Helps 13 months ago

        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

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        happyjack.thornton@gmail.com 13 months ago

        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!!!

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        Carlo 13 months ago

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

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        Marlenea Miller 14 months ago

        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.

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        Wendy Collins 14 months ago

        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.

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        clare beakhurst 14 months ago

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

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        Hathaway3@optonline.net 14 months ago

        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!

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        Carole Hugo 15 months ago

        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

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        Janine Kruger 16 months ago

        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?

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        Betsy 17 months ago

        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.

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        Joanne 19 months ago

        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.

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        John 19 months ago

        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!

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        TyIah brown 19 months ago

        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?

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        Spurwing Plover 19 months ago

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

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        Beanie 20 months ago

        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.

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        Mona 21 months ago

        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.

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        Phil 21 months ago

        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

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        Sandra 2 years ago

        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.

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        CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

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

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        CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        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

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        CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        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

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        CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        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

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        sandra 2 years ago

        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?

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        immy 2 years ago

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

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        Pollyanna Jones 3 years ago from United Kingdom

        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.

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        Sheila Roberson 3 years ago

        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.

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        CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        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

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        CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        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

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        Melissa 3 years ago

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

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        Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        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

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        CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        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

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        ltasha 3 years ago

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

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        CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Sorry about your comment going missing Kenneth, I never saw it, so don't know what happened to it. Thanks for coming back and making another one and hopefully this one will not disappear into the ether. Glad you enjoyed the hubs and thanks for the kind words

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        Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        I know that I left you a comment on this hub a day or two back. But tonight, Sept. 14, it is gone. What do you imagine happened to it? Well, at any rate, I loved this hub, the graphics and text were great.

        Keep up the great work.

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        CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Glad you found the hub interesting Anne. Thanks for reading and leaving a great comment. Remember, no peacock feathers in the house!

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        Anne Harrison 3 years ago from Australia

        What a fascinating hub. I have a friend who walks the other way whenever he sees a peacock; now I know why! Voted up

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        CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the hub Clovis, but can you clarify what you mean by mourning doves?

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        Clovis 3 years ago

        The dove superstitions, do they apply to mourning doves?

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks Lady Guinevere and glad you enjoyed reading some of the myths of surrounding our feathered friends

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        Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

        Very interesting stories about birds here.

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the hub cmoneyspinner1tf. There are many superstitions concerning birds around the world - probably every species has a story about it somewhere

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        Treathyl FOX 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

        I knew only about the albatross and the dove.

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks Eddy for the kind compliments on the hub and for the vote up and share

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        Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

        Wow a brilliant hub and your obvious hard work certainly paid off; voted up and shared.

        Eddy.

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks heidithorne. The research on birds being descendants of the dinosaurs is fascinating, especially that some dinosaurs probably had feathers.

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        Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

        What I find most interesting about birds is that there is speculation that they descended from dinosaurs, making them very ancient indeed. So it's no wonder we have such a fascination with them. Beautiful hub!

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the hub Dolores and the vote and share. Birds do indeed get a lot of blame for our misfortunes. I suppose all it took was someone to remember that a bird had tapped on the window around the time a family member died for a connection to have been made and the superstition to have taken root.

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        Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

        Poor birds, getting blamed for so much misfortune! My mother used to say that any wild bird coming into the house was a harbinger of death. I remember back in the 70's, peacock feathers were a popular decorative item. Guess they didn't know that those feathers were a bad omen. (voted up and tweeted)

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hi David, I don't know about the geese. But it must have been wonderful to watch, so you are very lucky. Thanks for reading the article.

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hi Sheila thanks for reading the hub. Maybe this bird has a message for you? Or maybe it is hungry? Do you have a bird feeder in your garden?

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the hub Wiccan Saga and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think a lot of old superstitions were based on something our ancestors observed in their daily lives, so maybe in ancient times bringing peacock feathers into a house increased the chance of disease or something.

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        Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

        Really, really cool. I love reading about different superstitions and beliefs like that. I love peacock feathers, who'd have ever thought they were such 'bad luck'. I must admit I do get a little nervous when a raven does something odd around me, I always worry about the disaster omen. I don't know if any is true but it's always interesting reading. Great hub.

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        shelia 4 years ago

        What does it mean when a red bird comes to your door and sits there for a while and chirps at the door? It has been doing it for 3 days now.

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        david 4 years ago

        What does it mean when three sets of flying v In prefect form flew over me geese and it not even cold out

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hi Jade thanks for reading the hub and leaving a comment. Is there something on the door attracting the woodpecker? Is it wood, or does it have places where insects can hide?

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        Jade 4 years ago

        My dad had a woodpecker knock on his front door what's that mean.

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the hub Brittany. Were the birds gathering because of the time of year? Was there a food source in your garden that was attracting them? Maybe a bush that had fruited or had berries on it? Bird superstitions are interesting, but I think it is wise to look for answers in nature first.

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        brittany 4 years ago

        So had a question i looked out my front door and saw eight cardinal birds and one blue jay in my front yard.. thought it was really strange, ive never seen that many at once.. just wondering if that means anything?

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hi Liz, Sammie946 and Aki - thanks for reading the hub on bird superstitions. Birds coming to a house are thought to be messengers in folklore, but in the natural world it is more likely that there is something in the vicinity of your houses that is attracting the birds there - food, good nesting sites etc. Of course in the case of being brought in by a cat, the poor bird was just unlucky to be caught! It might be hanging around because it does have an injury or is there a good food supply?

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        Aki 4 years ago

        There has been a bunch of black birds flying around my home lately. Does that mean anything?

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        Sammie946 4 years ago

        today my cat brought a small black and white bird into my house. I thought it was dead so I made the cat drop it, when she released the bird it began to fly around my house. It found a nice perch on my furnace but then noticed the door and hit the window. Its alive so I put it in a blanket and let it calm down before letting it out now it is sitting out side my house. I am not a superstitious person but my nana is. What could this mean?

        thanks

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        liz 4 years ago

        Today my sons and I were sitting in our living room when a beige pigeon flew into our window, seemed like it "bounced" off and flew away. Is this normal?

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading and leaving a comment klarissa. A bird flying at a window might find it easier to scratch than peck? Perhaps it could see something in the room that was attracting it. In the old wives tales, a bird scratching at a window is thought to be a messenger of some kind

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        klarissa 4 years ago

        In the night I was in my room minding my own bisnes when a small black looking bird scrached at my window not pecked but scrached does this mean enything?

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the hub Cindy. The bird could be sending a message or it maybe that something just attracted it into your space like food etc. Do you live in Hawaii or is it unusual for a Hawaiian bird to be in your area?

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        cindy 4 years ago

        I'm trying to fine about bird that came to me the other day. He is small and light green with white around his eyes. He is a bird from Hawaii.

        could he be sending me a message?

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the hub Alex. Was it a young bird still learning to fly or could it have been sick? Just remember these are old wives tales, so as with everything at bird behaviour and what could have caused it to fly at you first. But you could ask yourself if the bird brought anyone into your mind, was it trying to give you a message?

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        Alex 4 years ago

        I was sitting outside and a bird flew into my leg. Is there a meaning to that?

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the hub SamitaJassi and glad you found it useful

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        Samita Sharma 4 years ago from Chandigarh

        I very much enjoyed your hub and learned something new!

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        CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading about bird superstitions Penelopee and sorry to hear about hitting some many birds while driving lately. Like most things, it is probably just a coincidence or something to do with the season. But maybe there is something you are not looking at in your life that is trying to attract your attention?

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        Penelopee 4 years ago

        I have hit 4 birds while driving my car this month I don't try to I'm actually an animal lover but is that a symbol for something?

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