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Explore Bird Superstitions and Myths

Updated on November 4, 2015
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.

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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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      Denise 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

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

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      Janet 3 weeks ago

      A white pigeon type size bird keeps flying over my balcony

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      Sandra 5 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

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      Marlenea Miller 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 24 months 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 24 months 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 24 months 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 24 months 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 24 months 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 24 months 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

      The dove superstitions, do they apply to mourning doves?

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      CMHypno 3 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 3 years ago from West By God

      Very interesting stories about birds here.

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      CMHypno 3 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 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I knew only about the albatross and the dove.

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      CMHypno 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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

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      CMHypno 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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

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      Sammie946 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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

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      CMHypno 3 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 3 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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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for reading and commenting Mel. I agree with youthat we humans don't like competition - that's probably why a lot of aliens in sci-fi films are so ugly and evil. Magpies are incredible birds and are one of the few creatures on the planet except for humans who can recognise their own reflection in a mirror. I also think we don't like them because they eat carrion, but really we should acknowledge what a great service they are doing by cleaning up their environment.

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      If it's a baby bird, it has probably just got a bit lost and is panicking. Why don't you rescue it and put it outside where hopefully its mother can help it?

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Very interesting work. Birds are a fascinating subject for me. I believe that members of the Corvidae family, such as the Magpies and Ravens you mention here have a bad reputation because they seem to have an almost human-like awareness. We humans don't like competition, so we talk trash about the competition.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago

      A baby Cardinal just flew in my house,it's ran into everything,ok I've read lots of superstitions what does this mean ? It still in the house Help! am somewhat leary of superstitions already had 2 deaths in the family .

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for reading the hub and commenting Dolores. I don't know why there are so many bird superstitions. I suppose it is partly because there are so many birds and to our ancestors the fact that they can fly would have been regarded as miraculous. But a bird flying into the house foretelling a death seems to be a very widespread myth for some reason.

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I wonder why there are so many superstitions involving birds. My mother always said that if a wild bird comes into the house it means a death in the family. I used to always have wild birds flying around the house. It got so that we devised a system to get them out quickly. If it really meant a death in the family there would have been a mass extinction of us.

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Nisha, I think that what is going to happen is that the crow is going to hurt itself. Is there something hanging in the window that is attracting the crow that perhaps you could move? Or is there a mirror it can see through the window.

      Remember these are all superstitions and myths, so relax and let the worry go.

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      Nisha 4 years ago

      Everyday when I come home in the morning. I see the crow hitting my window and then when I go near my window I see that pulls his hair with his peek. He keeps on hitting from morning till evening.is it that something unusual is gonna happen. Please help.

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Glad that you enjoyed the bird myths Eddy. Thanks for the read and the comment

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I love anything on nature wildlife etc and this one was a treat.So well informed and interesting,thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for reading the hub whowas and leaving such a great, detailed comment. There were so many wonderful birds and myths out there, that I just decided to pick out a few and write about them. Maybe there needs to be a part 2! Sounds like you already have the basis of a great hub though on the importance of wrens in pagan mythology, and I will look forward to reading it.

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      whowas 4 years ago

      Hi CMHypno,

      Great article this about the symbolism and mythology of so many birds. I really enjoyed it although I was surprised not to see any mention of the Wren!

      The Wren, or 'King-bird' (it's name in almost every language has associations with royalty) is one of the most common and powerful mythological birds in western mythology.

      It was enormously significant to the ancient Celts, who regarded it as being imbued with mystical powers and wisdom and of course, until very recent times 'The Hunting Of The Wren' just after the winter solstice was still a very significant folk custom in many parts.

      There is far too much in the meaning of this little bird with the big voice, for me to detail here but it is well worth looking into for anyone interested in this subject. I'd start with The White Goddess by Graves.

      Great article and thanks for a top read!

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi justin g, thanks for reading the hub and leaving a comment. Well, you have a poor little brown bird with a sore head, so you might want to check that it is alright under the porch. Birds flying around houses are thought to be bringing messages or even to be the spirits of departed loved ones coming for a visit

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      justin g 4 years ago

      What happens when a bird brown in color flys into ur window and bounced of went under the pourch lean to but never entered the house

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I would say that you were just really lucky to have witnessed two beautiful owls having a drink. These are just old wives tales and myths, and while interesting, I wouldn't take any of them too seriously. Thanks for reading the article and leaving a comment

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      Jen 5 years ago

      So what does it mean when you see two owls drinking water? Is it a symbol of two deaths or just luck and beauty in nature?

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Probably means that you have a cat that's good at hunting in the area or the poor bird had an accident. Thanks for reading and asking the question

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      Denis 5 years ago

      What dos finding a severed bird wing symbolize?

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for reading the hub Kar and for leaving such a detailed comment. If birds and animals are dying on your property in unusual numbers, I would search to see if there are any local environmental problems. Are any of your neighbours using pesticides or putting out poison to kill vermin like rats and mice? Are there any electricity pylons, mobile phone masts, or wind turbines just been built in the area? Was there any signs on the bodies that they had been mauled by a cat or a dog? Maybe it is just the case that there have been a spate of natural deaths and because you are so familiar with the wildlife on your property that you have noticed?

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      Kar 5 years ago

      Question, I can't find answers anywhere. I live in the city but lots of tress and shrubs. I love the wild life and enjoy watching. We always have same cardinals for years, set of mourning doves for years and many other birds, and rabbit for years as well as many others. I have noticed the last year and this year(spring summer fall months) we have lots of animal die on our property!! Tons of birds and in the past 4 days I found an adult mourning dove out back ( so peaceful and looked as if it landed on ground and fell asleep) few days later a small woodpecker hit my front window and fell and passes. Then 2 days after that a baby mourning dove alive on front lawn...looked good hopped and tried flying..(we still have another 2 doves) so I let baby go, thinking parents around and next morning it passed. End of last summer a baby cardinal passed right before our eyes! What's this mean? I have 3 young kids I'm married and I love this amazing world and the creatures that we have here. What does this all mean? Help and with thanks and appreciation!

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Narendra, thanks for reading the hub. I think that the important thing to remember is that these are just superstitions and old wives tales. Birds coming into a house, according to the old tales, means an important message, but the reality is that some unfortunate dove just happened to die in your friend's flat. It is entirely up to your friend as to whether they want to move or not, but it should be their decision.

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      Narendra 5 years ago

      i want to know that....few days ago at my friends place dove died in his kitchen...he is so confusing that he dont understand its good sign or bad sign...all religious people saying to left that flat where d dove died.....help me with ur view

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Looks like it was a good luck bird for you then wadahey, and a blessed day to you tp

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      wadahey 5 years ago

      hadn't thought of bugs, my light was on so that's possible. no seeds, screen is rather clean. after waking today we found in yesterdays mail from the IRS a paper to send in for earned income credit, more money, and a call from social security for more help on medicare part b. so far there's two things of good news. thank you. have a blessed day.

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for reading the hub wadahey. Was there anything on the screen like insects, seeds that the bird wanted to eat? In the old wives tales a bird coming to your house or tapping on you window was an indication that the family was soon going to receive an important message

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      wadahey 5 years ago

      a male cardinal came to my window and hung on the screen at 1 am. think it means anything?

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      It seems to be generally believed that a bird flying into a home means that they are bringing an important message. White doves are usually symbols of peace, so does this have any relevance for this family? Thanks for reading the hub and leaving a message.

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      james a 5 years ago

      my friend told me a white dove flew into there home set onto a table look around at them a flew back outside, does this have any meaning

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for reading the hub Nell. It was an interesting one to research as we seem to have beliefs and superstitions around most of the wildlife and objects we encounter in our daily lives and there are certainly plenty about birds. I think that it emphasises how deeply insecure our ancestors felt about daily survival. Life was a precarious thing back then and any little thing that could be used to possibly weight the odds more in your favour was used.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I never realised there were so many myths and legends about birds, I love the Dove, such a beautiful bird, I can see why its been used as a symbol of peace, and even Venus loved it too, great hub, really interesting!

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi James, thanks for reading the hub. We are lucky to live in a world that is so full of mythology and folklore. All these bird superstitions must have started somewhere, being built up around what people observed or experienced, but how long ago was it?

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      This Hub is awesome! I had never heard any of these things about birds. Fascinating! Brilliant writing!

      I was glad to read "it is widely regarded as being very lucky if a bird deposits it’s droppings on you."

      I was most surprised to read about the ravens in the Tower of London.

      Thank you very much for this treasure of a Hub. I could not have enjoyed it more.

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I haven't come across any toucan superstitions so far Leanna. Maybe you could do some research and then write a hub? Thanks for the read and the comment

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      Leanna 5 years ago

      where are the toucan superstitions??

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi jamiesweeney, thanks for reading about bird myths and leaving a comment. I agree with you, I think that there is probably a superstition about nearly everything if you research hard enough

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      jamiesweeney 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Hmmm.. People always have superstitions in everything and this is which we lay our daily lives. Fascinating and fun article. Thanks.

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      lisa 6 years ago

      I have had this bird sitting above my doorstep for several days. Last night it was just sitting on the ledge

      above my doorstep. The bird comes and goes it is not sick or anything. What does this mean if anything?

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      Mrs V.M 6 years ago

      Please could you help me? I noticed that lately, when I am driving, birds are flying right into my front window, but not actually hitting it. It feels as if they are sitting on a tree waiting for me to pass them and then fly in front of the car really close, but never hitting it. Could you tell me what it means please? It's really freaking me out now. Thakns. V

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      BLOW ME AWAY!!!! How did you know? My husband abuses me verbally, mentally, emotionally, financially and physically........

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Owls have been associated with the afterlife, witchcraft and clairvoyance since antiquity, so maybe you just need to accept that the images are coming for a reason. Owls are cool, so go with the flow.

      I am no marriage counsellor, but do you have a local service where you could go and take to someone about your marital difficulties - we have something called Relate over here in the UK

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      I started putting my totem together about 2 weeks ago and the the Owl came up.. I could not understand why. It is not a bird or fowl I ever thought about. So I left it alone, but within 3 days the white owl flew out of the tree that I have been visiting for over 2 years..which by the way is in a graveyard... SIGH... I am not stupid as to the afterworld but why did this Owl show themselves to me?? Yes I did get a message which I would have to talk to you about in private which involves my Husband.. No not cheating but mortgage related....I am cool calm open minded to anything and everything but DECEIT

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Mrs JB, wonder why the owl was out during the day? In ancient cultures the owl was regarded by being very wise, so is there a message there for you? When it comes to windows, sometimes birds don't see the glass properly or don't recognise their reflection so view it as a threat. Birds flying into a house has been interpreted as there is a message coming

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      You know what is so strange is that on Saturday at a place I go to almost every day, a willow tree I always hang around all of a sudden just shook and this huge white flat face owl flew out!!! I was shocked.. The wingspan was enormous. So of course when I got home, I told my husband and he told me that while I was gone a sparrow flew into the house, hit its head on our bay window, recovered from the daze and flew right back out the slider!!! So finding out what this means has me on a mission.. Can you help?

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Glad that you enjoyed the bird superstitions Mrs J B. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      I truly enjoyed reading your hub. I love and appreciate learning new things.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Sorry that your mother in law did not get the opportunity to read this hub, charmstotreasure. There are so many interesting tales and legends about birds around the world that there is enough information for several more bird myths hubs!

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      charmstotreasure 7 years ago

      My mother in law would have loved this Hub. She's deceased now, but loved birds. Nice theme you have for this Hub!

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Jarrod1240, birds have featured in myths and superstitions since ancient times, and many ancient gods were depicted as birds. The British Government does indeed go to great lengths to ensure the ravens stay in the Tower - it would be very bad PR is they left - and they all have their flight feathers clipped. Thanks for reading the Hub and leaving a comment.

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      Jarrod1240 7 years ago

      Watching and writing about birds has always been a kind of fun avenue of writing. i never knew that so many birds were present in superstitions. Moreover, I knew about the ravens in the Tower of London story, but did not know that the British government went to such lengths to ensure that the Tower always had its ravens.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Glad that you enjoyed the Hub on bird myths and superstitions jasper420. Lots of people associate birds with freedom, but I also know a lot of people who are very scared of birds

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      jasper420 7 years ago

      very informative i have this thing with birds i love birds i see them as a represention of freedom i think this is the most interesting hub i have read today!!!

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      Slainia 7 years ago from Goderich Ontario

      It was scary, but Honey - that's her name - is doing well now. in fact that was...3-4 years ago approximately. Birds are amazing animals - so resilient, yet it's such a treasure if they give you their trust. Even just the slightest amount. Looking forward to reading some of your other stuff once my computers up and running again. stupid keyloggers.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Sex change budgie? Hope she is not too traumatised after hitting the wall! Definitely will do some more research on birds

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      Slainia 7 years ago from Goderich Ontario

      lol yes it could be. Depends on how indepth you want to go. I'd say personally just stick either with the ones you already know the myths to, or...hmm. l'm not sure. As for budgies & their ceres, I had a female that got a sex change after a run in with the wall. it's not fully reliable. haha. Good luck with it, Cm. :)

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Slainia, glad that you enjoyed reading about bird superstitions and myths. There are enough bird myths to write at least one more Hub, and hundreds of animal myths. I don't know too much about bird gender colourings apart from sparrows, blackbirds and the different colour on the top of the beak for budgies! But it could be a Hub in its own right, so why not give it a go?

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      Slainia 7 years ago

      I love this. Being a bird lover myself - I have six budgies - I've always felt a special sort of fondness for birds of any sort. Oddly enough, I hadn't heard of any of these but the myth regarding the albatross one. Anyway, excellent writing. Dyou intend to do any posts on other animal myths by chance?

      As I said, I really did like this. The only thing I could think to mention would be the possibility of adding if a bird can be identified gender-wise by a color? I realize anything too in depth would be moving away from the topic, but that would add another layer to this.

      ~Slainia

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Glad you enjoyed reading about superstitions surrounding birds katiem2 - there are enough bird myths for a part 2 Hub!

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Sandyspider, it's amazing how many stories and traditions about birds there are when you start researching them. Glad you enjoyed reading about birds old wives tales

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      CMHypno, Fab hub on bird myths superstitions about birds I had no ideas about these interesting facts. Peace :)

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Glad you found the bird myths and superstitions interesting Hello, hello. Thanks for the read and the great comment

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hey Sidney, Thanks for the kind comments on Bird Superstitions and Myths. I have never seen the pelican feeding at the Entrance, but they have a similar pelican feeding at Kalbarri every morning. Not planning to be in Sydney anytime soon, but will be in Cairns in July, if you can recommend any bird activities up there!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I learned something new about birds and superstitions.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That is a lovely and interesting news. I never knew most of them. Thank you.

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      SidneyMorgan 7 years ago from Australia

      Wow this is a great selection of interesting facts and myths about birds. Will have to remember some of those tips for warding off Magpies the next time I go for a walk, as they are always ready for some mischief around the suburbs of Sydney. I know one of your favourite spots of travel is Australia, if you find yourself anywhere near the Entrance in New south Wales in the future you should stop in for the daily pelican feeding were a hundred or so pelicans mingle amongst the crowed everyday at about 3pm for a few tasty fish.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Peggy W, I was amazed too when I started researching about how many myths and superstitions there are about birds - have more than enough material for part 2!

      Hey efeyas, glad that you enjoyed reading about bird myths and superstitions

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      efeyas 7 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Interesting hub as always...keep up the good work!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Amazing! I had no idea that there were so many superstitions regarding birds. When we lived in Wisconsin and saw the first robins of the season, it always meant that winter was over and the warmer days of summer would soon be enjoyed...so always a welcomed sight. Interesting hub!

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