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Do Birds Flying Into A Home Equate To Death?

By: Chris Welsh - Updated: 22 Apr 2018 | comments*Discuss
Do Birds Flying Into A Home Equate To Death?

Birds have long thought to be associated with otherworldly powers - not other planetary but other worldly, as in the spirit world. Their ability to fly far and high in ages gone by gave them a mystical quality that many looked to for signs and portents, and one of the most common 'bird omen wives tale' was that if a bird flew into your house through an opened door or window, death was not far behind.

The Bird Omen Wives Tale

In a home lies a sickly person, with family members standing vigil nearby. The health of the ill is in question and everyone is concerned that things could take a turn for the worse. A sudden rapping at the window of the sick room causes a start and those in the room turn to see a black crow sitting on the sill, tap, tap, tapping at the glass. Its insistence is unnerving - what does it want? Eventually the crow flies off, but not before leaving the concerned family members with a chilling superstition that their loved one is doomed to die.

The variations on this theme are many, but all fairly consistent; a bird tries or succeeds to get into a home, and this is considered a sign of imminent death. In some versions the bird strikes the window in flight (sometimes getting up and doing it again) or lands on the sill and strikes the window with its beak. Other versions have the bird enter the home through an open window or door. Should a bird get access to the interior of a home with no visible means of entry, the superstition is that it is equivocal to an intruder alarm tuned to sense death itself going off.

The Origin of the Bird Omen Wives Tale

There is no one source of the 'bird flying into house equals death' wives' tale, but it is a common enough superstition nonetheless. In days gone by people were prone to look for many superstitious or mystical answers to every day questions, and some questions that were not so run of the mill (such as “why must my loved one die?”). When something out of the ordinary happened people were quick to ascribe to it some mystical significance, whether or not there was a logical, natural explanation to it.

Any time a bird flies into a house it certainly is an unusual experience. Birds, being creatures of the outdoors and mainly shy of man to boot, do not typically try to get inside a dwelling. Some may get confused, thanks to an expertly cleaned glass window and give itself a braining on a house. Others may land on a handy window ledge and peck at its own reflection out of curiosity. As for a bird flying in through an open window, taking a break on a chair back, and then leaving, who knows? But it certainly is behaviour convenient to attach a sense of a message being delivered.

No Birds In My House!

The idea of birds being associated with death is very strong in some people, to the point that they won’t have decorations of birds in their home. One famous report has actress Lucile Ball tearing wallpaper out of a new home because she discovered little birds in the pattern that she didn’t notice before.

Carrying on with the bird theme why not take a look at our superstitious article about Saluting Magpies.

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One morning 5 years ago, I was woken by a robin tapping on my window. I was caring for my best friend who was dying of cancer in the next room.I felt it was warning me,so I ran to his room to check on him.He was still with us, but passed a few weeks later.Today a brown bird was in my kitchen.Now after reading the possible meaning I'm starting worry.
Dee - 22-Apr-18 @ 5:29 AM
@Kay - you will be able to prove it again, or not, to see whether it's just coincidence.
YN - 29-Mar-18 @ 3:38 PM
I've had several bird's get in my house over the years someone I knows has always died but some have only been people I knew and not close to a bird just got in my house 2 days ago that's why I googled this
Kay - 29-Mar-18 @ 1:34 AM
@Jangs - I don't know why people still believe in such silly superstitions because that's all they are. I live on a farm and we are always getting birds flying into the house. No one has ever died. You should all stop worrying and get on with your own lives and ignore such claptrap. JG
Anonymous - 19-Mar-18 @ 1:00 PM
A bird flew in my apt today no open windows and i was brought up with the wives tale that it means death im terrified i have 2 sons a daughter in law and the most wibderful grandson 16 mos old also it is the anniversary of my mothers death today im terrified
Jangs - 17-Mar-18 @ 10:46 PM
Two days in row a bird flew in my house ,why ? What's it mean ?
malisa self - 5-Mar-18 @ 6:34 PM
Ok I used to take DMT this is found in the pineal gland and other chemical and I used to experience astral flight just like a bird I could visualizer flight As such as a bird spirit . Anyway people thought I was crazy I recently read a book By Carlos castandaneda called the teachings of don juana yaqui way of knowledge Don juan from the yaqui tribe of native Indians was one of the last custodians of native Shamens experimented with payote and mescaline and various other naturally growing Mushrooms etc anyway don juan confirmed the shamans took on the forms of black crows In this way they were able to determine events happening elsewhere Anyway was reading this on bus home and I though wow I reminisced about my own experience Of my bird spirit and flight so I got home and their was a blackbird in my house needless to say This had a profound impact on me this had to mean something although I never google till today Last week I stood by a railway contemplating suicide as I had a bad bout of depression and today I Google this and it says it means death needless to say again I'm thinking wow kind scary actually I've always been spiritual and some things happen in life you can't explain and simply could not explain To anyone else
Blackbird - 14-Feb-18 @ 3:29 AM
@Caz - no meaning, just very sad. She'd obviously become disorientated and become confused. Perhaps she'd become concussed or something and lost her way.
Feathers - 13-Feb-18 @ 3:56 PM
Yesterday afternoon a turtle dove flew into the house and sat on the TV.She looked traumatised and out of breath. She came down onto the unit and I left bread and some water there. This morning I see she's dead. Is there any meaning to this?
Caz - 13-Feb-18 @ 11:11 AM
OK. It is winter and the house is buttoned up. I came downstairs to get a cup of tea and looked in the living room to find a small brown/grey bird in an arrangement of twigs. I decided to get my camera from upstairs and noticed a second in the dining room on the floor in the corner which flew towards the living room, though I did not see where he ended up as I was going for my camera. When I got back downstairs 30 seconds later there was no sign of any birds. On the floor in front of the little TV in the dining room were two dried roses which always sat on the TV...they are each from my respective parents funerals whom both died this year, in the house. Everything else was in place, even Christmas Cards delicately sitting on the same buffet the TV sits. How did they get in and where did they go? What does this mean? If anything.
Wayne - 1-Jan-18 @ 12:09 AM
After I pulled into my driveway, I opened my car door to get out. Suddenly a sparrow flew into the car near my feet, then into the back seat.It wanted to exit out the rear window.I rolled down the windows, hoping it would give up trying to get out the rear window.It took some time but eventually it flew out the open window.
Duby - 26-Dec-17 @ 10:13 PM
@Nanny - robins are beautiful birds. They couldn't possibly signify bad luck.
Rainbow - 22-Dec-17 @ 10:12 AM
The other day while it was quite nice weather for Dec I had my back door open suddenlyThis Robin flew in went up stairs to my bedroom then flew in to the bathroom I managed to open the bathroom window and let it out I knowblack birds and crows they say means illness or death but about a robin
Nanny - 21-Dec-17 @ 4:34 PM
Two weeks ago I had a bird in my house. Today a bird was sitting outside my kitchen window so I tapped on the window so it could fly away. How about when I walked into my kids room the bird was in there room. They window wasn’t open but I’m still trying to figure out how it got in??????
Keda - 11-Dec-17 @ 8:18 PM
Today past seven in the even a bird come inside my house and flys only in the kitchengoing around, what does that mean it's was a ordinary bird
Sandy - 6-Dec-17 @ 6:24 PM
A bird flew in my house at 6:30 thus morning but it came through a hole under my front door. What does that mean or is it a coincidence?
Lisa - 2-Dec-17 @ 1:23 PM
@Linda - you may just live in houses that have a lot of crows around. But it's certainly unusual.
GafB - 20-Nov-17 @ 3:51 PM
A couple of months ago I was in my living room when I heard a strange noise I opened my door to find a black crow trying to get out of my front door, I became startled and the bird just turned round and flew back out to my kitchen and out the back door this is the second time this has happened to me but in two different houses I have lived in.
Linda - 18-Nov-17 @ 6:14 PM
If a black bird with white belly long tail flew inside your house what do this mean.
Karen - 2-Nov-17 @ 6:59 PM
@Sal - I hope he wasn't looking after it for a friend LOL.
AmyG - 31-Oct-17 @ 2:58 PM
i go round and clean my son house once a week as he works away he had a yellow tit in his bedroom there's no way it could have got in I opened the window and it fly out after a while don't want to mention anything to him but what do you think it means and how did it get there
Sal - 27-Oct-17 @ 3:09 PM
@aggiemay - so sorry to hear this. Have birds ever flown into your house before? A magpie flew into my house, but nothing happened, thankfully.
USA - 17-Oct-17 @ 3:54 PM
2 birds flew into house 1 in kitchen 1 in lounge room about 4pm 28th July, husband died unexpectedly on 3rd August birds were not from the same species.I'm a believer now.
aggiemay - 17-Oct-17 @ 12:14 AM
I have just visited my cousin who's father was given a matter if weeks to live and he told me about something strange that happened Saturday just past 7/10/17. His dad is still mobile but fading,but when he called up to visit his dad, his dad was insisting there was a rat scratching in the wall , my cousin could also hear the noise. So to help put his dad at ease he moved furniture to get closer to the noise and broke a hole in the plaster board wall but could see nothing. He went to his dad's shed and got a jigsaw and made the opening much larger and what was at the bottom between the timber ! A bird. He then told me that his sister then said to him that this is a sign of death....he nor I have ever heard of this previous to this incident...freaky.
Donaldo - 11-Oct-17 @ 11:27 PM
@Andrea - Wow.... that's pretty amazing!
Shura - 9-Oct-17 @ 1:45 PM
A big brown bird flew inside my house with a nest in her hand yesterday and she turned around and flew outside again I felt blessed I was so impressed I need to know the meaning!ty
Andrea - 8-Oct-17 @ 7:37 PM
@Liesa Lake - I imagine it was pretty happy to be free. A bird flew into my house six months ago, a little sparrow. I let it out through the patio doors. Nothing has happened and no one has died.
Mandy66 - 3-Oct-17 @ 12:23 PM
September 29,2017 a bird flew in my front door after a few tries it went out the same door.Than on October 1,2017 a bird got trapped between my back screen door and main door.I don't know how it even got there.There is a small hole in my screen door.When I opened the door the bird flew into my kitchen.After several times it found its way out.Once it was outside the bird tweeted and tweeted.
Liesa Lake - 2-Oct-17 @ 6:25 PM
The day before yesterday a yellow and black bird flew in my house and was hanging Out on my Martha Washington plant, the next day my dog died.
GailNY - 24-Sep-17 @ 4:23 PM
So I come home today and open the doors and fall asleep .and I awake to wings flapping and a little brown bird is in my bed room
Stall - 10-Sep-17 @ 2:22 AM
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