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Birds as Omens and Signs


For thousands of years, human beings have interpreted the outside world. Nature, the moon and animals have all been used as omens and signs. Out of the many symbols, one important omen was thought to be birds. Depending on the situation or the bird, the omen may be positive or negative. In cultures as diverse as the Celts and the Native Americans, birds have meant something unique. We will cover some of the most common birds as omens and signs.

Birds can be a sign or an important message from the universe. If you can, try to figure out what type of bird you saw. Then, compare the species to the different interpretations to figure out why.

Birds as Omens and Signs
First, we will look at different birds that are commonly seen as omens.

Blackbirds, Crows and Ravens: These birds might be dark in color, but it is said that they bring auspicious news about a good passage or protection.

Owls: Unfortunately, owls are considered birds of ill omens and portend negative changes.

Hummingbird: If you see a hummingbird hovering near you, it is a sign that you are able to achieve things that previously seemed impossible.

Hawks: Seeing a hawk shows that you are clear-sighted as you focus on your vision.

Dead Birds Seeing a dead bird is an omen of change or of metaphysical death.

When a bird flies into your house, it can mean a variety of different things depending on the kind of bird and how it behaves. If a bird is following you, it is said to be a sign that the bird is your guardian. When a bird flies through your window, it shows that you may be encountering an obstacle in your life in the near future. You can also use augury to understand the flight pattern of birds to answer major life questions.


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Hawks are known for being one of the most powerful birds of prey. They are also well known for having amazing eyesight. Because of this, hawks are said to be an omen of vision, wisdom and seeing the big picture. They represent clear-sightedness. If a hawk appears in your dreams, it is a sign that you are on the right path in life. The hawk is trying to take notice of this path and continue on it. Seeing a hawk is said to be a blessing.

Blackbirds, Crows and Ravens

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In Western society, there are a number of superstitions about black-colored birds that are not based in the truth. Black is a color associated, and black-colored birds were once thought to be a representation of the witch’s familiar. Because of this, many people thought that a black bird was an omen of death and bad things.

In reality, this superstition is probably not true. In most other cultures, these birds are actually a good sign. In Native American cultures, the black bird is a bringer of messages. While the message could be bad, it is normally an auspicious message. The crow or blackbird may have a reputation in Native American cultures as a trickster, but they are not bad at heart. They are typically benevolent and bring messages of protection or passage.


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This is one of the birds as omens and signs that is almost always good. These beautiful creatures are known for their exceptional strength and speed. They always seem to have an amazing level of energy and are naturally beautiful. When you see a hummingbird hovering near you, then it is bringing you a message of love and joy. This is especially true if it happens to land on you. In Native American culture, the hummingbird’s movement was believed to be a kind of dance that brought balance to the rest of the world.

Omens and Signs: White Birds

Believing that a black bird is bad is too simplistic. The same thing is true about white birds. It is too simplistic to believe that a white bird is a sign of good fortune. Different types of white birds have different meanings. While some cultures believe white is a color of emptiness or death, this is not always the case.

Ancient Hebrews believed that only white doves and pigeons were acceptable for sacrifices. Egrets have long been linked to prosperity. Meanwhile, white doves are thought to be a symbol of joy, peace and love. A white pigeon is said to be a guardian spirit or a sign of holiness.

Owls and Buzzards

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Owls can symbolize a variety of different things such as wisdom, death and mystery. Unfortunately, there are a number of cultures that believe that owls are an ill omen. While they might be gorgeous, majestic creatures, they are typically connected to death. Seeing an owl could be an indication of an impending death. The Native American medicine men believed that owls could work for evil forces in the world. They could perform evil tasks or be forced by evil to spy upon you. In Eastern Europe, there are similar superstitions about owls. If an owl landed on someone’s roof, it was said to be a sign of a death in the home in the future.

Meanwhile, the buzzard is said to represent a blockage or problem during future travels. It may indicate an aggravating, difficult circumstance.

Birds in the House

In the Ozarks and similar regions in the United States, seeing a bird in your house was said to be a bad omen. This was said to be especially true if the bird that broke into your home was a turtledove.

While it might potentially be a bad omen, it is not always the sign of something bad. It is important that you look at the type of bird and the circumstance to really figure out what it means. Before you do that though, make sure to help set the bird free.

If the bird is trying to get out of the home, it may indicate that you have placed yourself in a box in your life. You may need to set yourself free and give yourself room to grow if you want to become happy and accomplish your goals. Some cultures also believe that birds in the home are an ill omen. In reality, this should probably be interpreted like the death card in tarot cards. Death could be a sign of actual death, but it could also represent the end of one thing that makes way for the start of something new.

If a bird follows you home, it shows that this particular bird would like to be your friend. It may want to be your totem or your spiritual guide. This can happen with any type of bird, so be open-minded and accept your spiritual guide’s help.

If a wild bird flies into your house or car window and is knocked out, stop interpreting the omen and help the bird. It can die from the impact. Once you have helped the bird, take a look at your life. This occurrence may be an indication that you are currently getting somewhere in life, but you are about to hit an obstacle or a wall. It could also indicate that there will be family turmoil or disputes occurring in your near future. Relax though. When one door closes, a window of opportunity will open.

Discovering a Dead Bird

Finding a dead bird can be terrifying. You may have accidentally run over a bird or discovered a dead bird next to the roadway. While this can seem like a bad omen, it could also indicate that an end to your pain, suffering or turmoil is coming. It might not mean a physical death. Instead, it could be a metaphorical death for something in your life. You might be struggling to find a job or annoyed with a dead-end relationship. The dead bird could be a sign that the negative situation, influence or event will soon be coming to an end in order to make way for something new.


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A vulture tends to scare people away. This bird typically eats any dead animal they find as they scavenge around for potential food. While they might be a distasteful creature to some, they actually carry a powerful message. This bird shows that we have the power to make life from death. They show that we are always capable of making good things happen out of a bad situation.


Augery is a way of answering questions about your life and the world by analyzing the actions and flight patterns of birds. This type of technique was used by diverse cultures like the Celts and Native Americans. To perform augery, you have to listen and be receptive to the natural world. There are answers all around you, but you have to be open minded enough to use them.

Start by putting your mind into a relaxed state. You may want to meditate or sit in silence for a few moments. Then, sit and look up at the sky. You cannot force anything to happen. All you can do is wait for a bird or a flock of bird to fly by.

When you see some birds fly by, look at what they do. Where are they flying? Are they flying north, south, east or west? Do they seem to be swirling around, landing or flying in a single direction? Are there many birds or just a single bird? If a bird is flying on your right side, it is generally considered auspicious. Likewise, a bird flying across from your left to your right is considered auspicious as well.

If a bird flies straight toward you, it shows a windfall, blessings or good luck. A bird flying especially high shows a better outcome. If a bird or a group of birds suddenly changes their flying direction, it shows to be wary of a surprise attack or danger.

From that moment, use your interpretation to understand what the birds and their movements mean. You can also use different guides to understand their meaning. Your intuition can guide you. Go by what you feel the birds are trying to tell you. With practice, you will become better at using augury to understand the bids’ flight pattern and meaning.

Additional Birds as Omens and Signs

Gulls: A gull represents traveling and a happy journey.

Wren: This is a sign of good fortune.

Swallow: A wallow in early spring is a fortunate sign. If it builds its nest in your eaves, it shows happiness, success and good fortune for everyone who lives in the house.

Duck: A duck quaking is a good omen about coming prosperity. A flying duck is a positive sign for someone who is sad or troubled.

Rooster: If an individual girl hears a cock crowing while she is thinking about her sweetheart or crush, it is considered good luck.

Eagle: This is a lucky sign of power and might.

Cuckoo: hearing a cuckoo’s call from your right side shows coming prosperity.

Good: A good honking shows danger or secret enemies.

Quail: Hearing a quails call or seeing it is thought to be auspicious.

Dove: A dove is a representation of wedded bliss, love and happiness.

Robin: Seeing a robin near your home or in the garden shows good fortune for everyone who lives in the house.

Peacock: This is a bird connected to Juno and Jupiter. It is considered a positive omen. If the peacock spreads its tail, it shows prosperity and happiness. If you bring a peacock’s tail feathers into the house, it shows bad luck because it is thought to represent the evil eye.

Stork: This auspicious bird is encouraged to nest on the roof in many countries.

Pigeon: A white pigeon that flies around your home shows a coming engagement or marriage for someone in the house.

Woodpecker: This auspicious bird foretells success in your future.

Raven: A raven flying to the right or perched on your right is said to be auspicious. If it does not, some people say that it is a bird of ill omens.

Wagtail: A wagtail is said to be a good omen. This is especially true if the bird is approaching you from the left.


    • The specific meaning of birds may be found in this article. Look back on this experience and the emotions that you felt at that time. If you felt that this was a sign, then allow it to influence your actions. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Willie!

  1. I was sitting in the garage with all doors open threwout the house because i had just arrived home from a trip and was airing it out. The only thing open upstairs was my east bedroom window. I suddenly saw from the garage “something run by” from my bedroom to another at the upper level. I went upstairs and couldn’t find anything. I opened the door to my balcony off the master bdrm in case it was a bird and then would have a way out. When i went back downstairs i found a cedar waxwing at my kitchen bay window wanting to get out. At ground level, it fluttered to the right then came back to the left and waited for me to pick it up which I did . It did not struggle in my hands. I let it go in the back yard and it kept fluttering from branch to branch and flying towards me and then back into the trees. I went back inside when it started to rain. What does all this mean?

    • The specific meaning of birds may be found by reading this article. Your experience with the bird was one of kindness and compassion. You found it struggling and in need of support. You made the decision to help the bird, and it trusted you. Think back on this experience, and you may find a specific meaning jump out in your mind. You will find great benefit in continuing to share your positive energy with the world. Have a great day, Natalia!

  2. I was sitting on my usual bench by the beach 2 days ago and a sparrow fell from above my head and bounced upside down and fell on the ground on its back then got back up and flew away.

    • Understanding the specific meanings of birds may be found in this article. Your experience with the bird was entirely unique. Take this time to remember your feelings at that time. Your personal feelings regarding omens and signs at the moment of your interaction with the bird will help guide your understanding. Introspection will bring you great benefit. Ensure that this experience guides you to support those in need by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Agnes!

  3. I was gardening and discovered a beautiful dead red (male) cardinal on the lawn near a lounge chair. What is the significance of this incident?

    • The specific meaning of birds may be best understood by reading this article. Take this time to look back on the experience. When you discovered the cardinal, think about the feelings that you had at that time. If you felt that something was important was indicated to you when you saw the bird, then allow it to influence your actions in a positive direction. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Barbara!

    • The specific meaning of birds may be best understood by reading this article. When you saw the pigeon in your life, there may have been a emotion or thought that welled up inside of you. Look inward and think about the experience. Let the memory of this experience guide you action. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Godbod!

  4. Basically I went to my window to listen to some music that was coming from the green (which I live near) and well there was a pigeon on brick wall we have (I do like pigeons) and I started to stare at it, it looked back a few times and after a couple of minutes it flew to the little bird pond we have (it didn’t go into it/drink any water but instead looked at me and then turned it’s but towards me, bearing in mind this bird bath is around 2 feet away from the window) Once it done this it flew back to the brick wall. There was also another bird there but they were later to arrive and disappeared sooner. Anywho, even when I moved, the bird didn’t seem startled which is uncommon for most pigeons. I kinda just felt at one with the pigeon , y’know? After a while I went to the kitchen to get some water and when I came back the pigeon was gone. Don’t know if I’m just being weird or, well..what..?

    • It is clear that you shared a strong connection with the pigeon. This is a sign that you are a kind and compassionate person. Ensure that this dream guides you in a positive direction. Continue to be a good person. Continue to try to communicate with the pigeon. Sharing your positive energy will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Haley!

  5. A little brown bird was just in our house today and on August the 20th a other little brown bird was in our basemnt too we let birds out of course but i wonder exactly that could mean we’re also in the progress of moving.

    • The specific meaning of birds may be best understood by reading this article. They are often manifestations of change and freedom. The presence of both birds may be related to the items or experiences that were in the rooms where the birds appeared. Ensure that this experience guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Deidra!

  6. a brown bird flew through my warehouse door at work up the stairs and into my office. My son saw it and came down to tell me. i tried for a long time to catch the bird to let him out but it was immposible and feathers where flying evrywhere. Eventually i had to remove the fly screen and the bird flew out the window. my office was covered in feathers.
    a few days later another bird was pecking on my car window as i was driving with my daughter in the car. it was flying and kept on pecking on my window, almost like he was trying to get into the car.
    two birds in one week what could it mean?

    • The specific meaning of birds may be best understood by reading this article. The birds interacted with your son and with your daughter. This may give you insight into the purpose of these experiences. Birds may be symbols for freedom and change, and you may be aware that your children are entering into new phases of their life. Have a great day, Nes!

  7. I was inside my house today and a yellowish bird with white fur like neck came to my Varendar and was calling and I opened my curtain and saw it and it was still there and I came out and opened my door, it was still there and we were just starring at each other for a while and he flew away.
    I have not seen such type of bird before, it was so beautiful.

    • This unknown bird may be an indication of your desire for something new. The specific meaning of birds may be find by reading this article. Think back to the experience, and determine which emotional and thoughts appeared at that time. You may be interested in a change at this time. Make a decision about what you want for your future, and take whatever action that you feel is appropriate. Have a great day, Divine!

  8. I black pigeon entered my house and was staying quite.
    He entered from the window and when i found it it has pooped into my house.
    Then my dad make it go away and when dad was at the door he fly direct to my dad and wanted to come inside my house again from the door not from window.
    What does this mean? I didn’t let him in beacuse i was afraid of the poop

    • A pigeon often symbolizes freedom, but black pigeon are often a melancholy sign. The appearance of this pigeon may mean that you are learning to navigate the good and bad aspects of your freedom–and, if he was an omen, it may be a sign that there will be something hindering your freedom in the future.

  9. I have now had 6 different kinda birds fly down my chimney into the wood stove, we open the stove and after a couple of minutes we get it to leave… What the heck is going on? I did read a couple things that could mean something like “ I’m in a box’ my husband passed 4 1/2 months ago, an important message is coming “I’m still waiting to hear about life insurance” or change is coming because I just don’t know what I’m doing anymore without him so my life is truly changed forever…. what do y’all think? Think I hear number 7 getting ready to come in lol

    • I think that all of those sound like fair interpretations of the bird omen appearing in your life. Try spending some time in meditation to think about which interpretation makes the most sense for your situation. Good luck!

  10. Yesterday morning, I discovered about half a dozen buzzards perching in a dead tree only 50 feet from my house, roughly 40 feet above ground, and they didn’t appear to be startled easily. There was another two or three in another tree just a few yards away. I’ve rarely seen them settle so closely to a home, especially near the home’s entrance. I felt as though it represented an opportunity to turn a loss into a gain. I was preparing to go do a job for a new customer. They did leave as I loaded the vehicle for work. Do you have an interpretation or intuition on this? By the way, bless you for sharing your gift, time, and energy with us! Sincerely, a Native American Wiccan.

    • Sometimes, the appearance of buzzards is a sign to pay attention to the things you have learned in the past because your past experiences can give you insight into the present. You are probably the best person for understanding what the experience meant since you were actually there, so meditate or pray on it. Thanks for commenting!

  11. 2 grey pigeons flew into my house 2 days in a row. The door and windows were closed but I assume it might have came through a small opening from the straw roof. What does this mean?

  12. Glad I found this but it doesn’t have the bird I found just chilling on my dryer real calm it was a western meadowlark a yellow and tan or grey bird which is really cool cause its also our state bird he very calmly flew out window I opened for him this happened yesterday just mystery how he got in cause nothing had been opened yet very cool tho

    • That sounds like a very cool experience. I’m not sure what that bird is supposed to mean. Perhaps you could try meditating for a while and see what kind of feeling you get when you think about the bird. Good luck!

  13. Today was a difficult anniversary of a major event that happened a year ago, and caused me to have ptsd… I had support in place and was going out with my social worker. She was driving, I was a passenger. A white bird flew from the side of the road in front of the car, we breaked but still hit it. It is unlikely that it died, but will have been knocked unconscious and injured. The bird was quite large, and white- possibly an owl… what does this mean and why did it happen on the hardest day of my life so far?

    • Perhaps it is a sign of the spiritual growth and development you are going through. I think the more interesting question is what kind of meaning do you assign to the bird on this milestone day?

  14. Can someone maybe answer this? I saw a black bird electrocuted on a power line. So sad. Slumped his body over and feel like a rock to the ground.

  15. I was on a first date with someone and after we had been done eating we walked around. I was feeling happy, until this bird (a pigeon) flew into a building we were walking by and it fell right in front of us, it had broken its neck and we left it there because we didn’t know what to do. Two months later it didn’t end good. Could that have been a sign?

    • Possibly. Anything can be a sign if you let it be, so often what matters most is your own interpretation of an omen or situation–after all, the universe would only be able to convey a message accurately if you are capable of understanding it.

    • The meaning of birds may be found in this article. Your house is an indication of your intimate life. There may be something that you are dealing with in your life.

  16. Hi one night a came home I left the door open I walked outside … my little girl screaming mommy look I looked it was a little grayish bird just flying around so I open both door just to see if it would go out … I grabbed the broom to see if I could push him out but I didnt want to hurt him .. .. so den i put the droom down close the side door and had the front door open & while the front door was open he was sitting on the of the door & I turned off all the light and turt the porch light he seen it and flew out I notice the bird liked the light!

    • That is an interesting experience. Could you tell what kind of bird it was? If you know what bird type it was, you could find the corresponding species on the list. It is also entirely possible that it was just a terribly unlucky bird who ended up inside rather than outside the house.

  17. Hi today I just got home from a walk and seen a collared dove sitting on my porch rail as I walked near it to enter my home it just sat there and watched me and after I was already in my house I noticed it was still there for at least 5 minutes then finally flew away is there any significance to this?

    • The specific meaning of birds may be found within this article. However, when interpreting signs, it is important to consider the moment when you saw the bird. At that time, think about the emotions or thoughts that overcame you. This will help you understand the specific meaning of this sign and how it may be applied to your life.

  18. A black Bird was sat in the road yesterday no visible injuries not moving,but when I touched him/ her it moved so I took it to the hedge out of harm’s way
    What does this mean

    • You cared for the bird, which is a sign that you are a positive person. If you felt that there was an omen when you had the experience with the bird, then that is what it meant. If there was no feeling of a sign of message, then the experience may not have meant anything. However, it is clear that you are a kind and compassion person, so ensure that this experience continues to guide you in this direction.

  19. Ok so I had a brownish bird come to my door that was cracked for air if I had notice it would have came right in. It made me feel warm that the bird trusted my apt to try and come in.

    • The specific meaning of birds as omens may be found within this article. It is clear that you felt a connection with this bird. Ensure that this experience guides you in a positive direction. If you see this bird in the future, then interact with it in a friendly manner. You will find that this will bring you many benefits in the future.


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