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Do Birds Flying Into A Home Equate To Death?

By: Chris Welsh - Updated: 17 Jun 2017 | 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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@laur - was your window open? It's obviously found its way in without knowing.
Missy - 20-Jun-17 @ 11:01 AM
I got woken up to a bird behind my curtains that came from out side what does that mean ?
laur - 17-Jun-17 @ 6:26 AM
A pair of brown doves made their nest on an unused flowerpot in our balcony about 2 months ago and then they made an egg. We didn't disturb them at all, so they were flying in and out of balcony. Two chicks came out the eggs and now they are mature enough to fly. But lately two doves(not sure if they're the same pair) come inside my room every day whenever iforget to close the window. They fly away when i shoo them ofcourse but they keep coming. Why are they so determined? (Btw my middle name means dove- which was my late granny's name) thanx in advance
Mira - 8-Jun-17 @ 10:08 AM
My mom died on 15 May.The day before a blackbird crashed into the window right next to her favorite recliner.I cannot explain it other than it happened exactly that way.
Brad - 30-May-17 @ 11:59 PM
@Indra - let the bird make its nest and have its chicks. It has found a nice home and you should be pleased :)
Hattv - 26-May-17 @ 2:23 PM
My home entrance bird make nest. And I think its going to make egg. people saying birds coming good . what your comment this matter.
Indra - 26-May-17 @ 1:57 PM
I live in Atlanta ,Georgia and a baby brown thrasher flew in my window I want to no do anyone no what that mean thanks
shay - 16-May-17 @ 3:50 PM
My friend has just passed away there has been a lot of friction with herself family and myself, a bird has just flown in my house, why ?
Mart - 15-May-17 @ 5:38 PM
@Not superstitious - I don't believe it, a bird can't make a person die. I've had birds fly into my house and no one I know has died so how do you explain that?
JoJO - 15-May-17 @ 2:29 PM
I'm not one to be superstitious but for me this is not just an Old Wives tale to be easily dismissed. Because before my brother died a bird flew into the house and we had a hard time getting it out. When my mother died a bird kept flying into her bedroom window trying to get in. And when my husband died a bird set on the window ledge looking in.
Not superstitious - 15-May-17 @ 4:36 AM
A little house Wren is determined to build her nest on my shelf. I quite offend prop door open so my little dog can go in and out. I actually love hearing the bird come in and sing. But don't want her to lay eggs on my shelf, she would need access to her nest. Not sure if omen of death but not scared I am old anyway
Carolyn - 11-May-17 @ 4:47 PM
@kris - it might be that the sparrows just like you and where you live. The fact they are singing away is really nice - suck it up, it's a beautiful part of life. Aidy.
AAA - 11-May-17 @ 11:51 AM
About 2 mths ago I was walking my trails at my past down 5gens ky land. As I do almost daily. It's very peaceful. There are a lot of Indian artifacts that can be found here. FYI.Anyways I kept seeing from a distance something big and dark colored following me everywhere finally after 2 weeks I walked back to it closed my eyes and opened in fear even tho I felt it was no fear to me. I could have swore it was a buffalo I took several pics and you can clearly see what looked like a buffalo. Well about a mth ago it stopped then a sparrow flew into my utility room I raised the window it flew out. Then About 2 Weeks Ago I Had One Fly So Fast It Took Me By Suppise Right By My Head.I've noticed sparrows everywhere I go just singing away.Close to me almost like following me.I also noticed on my front porch they have nested right by my door. This morning I was doing laundry in my utility room and under it was a dead sparrow but it looked as if the head is missing.... what could all this mean plz. It's driving me nuts. Thx
kris - 10-May-17 @ 2:39 PM
It is not a myth a orange cardinal tapped on my daughters window for three days my son got killed a couple of days later.
Lee - 7-May-17 @ 7:49 AM
@Worried me - it doesn't mean anything - the bird just got lost or flew into the wrong place. It happens all the time and nothing happens as a result. It's a silly nonsence old wives tale. So, you have no need to worry at all.
Mira - 2-May-17 @ 10:13 AM
Tonight as I let my 2 little dogs outside in the backyard! A little bird fly in our house flying everywhere! It looked like a kinglet bird ! My grandma used to say if a red bird flyes in your home it means death !What does this ? My dad finally got the little bird out but I was wondering what it means? Would you please let me know if it means something! Thank you
Worried me - 1-May-17 @ 4:37 AM
@TK - That's got to be a nice omen. Robins are lucky.
Patsy - 27-Apr-17 @ 10:50 AM
I robin was sitting on window ledge this morning came through a very little opening of my window. Would not leave my room until I eventually opened my large window Was just sitting waiting for me what does this mean
TK - 26-Apr-17 @ 1:42 PM
I believe birds getting into the home is a sign of good fortune. Nothing to fear about death, except may be deceased loved ones visiting ...
JackS - 25-Apr-17 @ 2:10 PM
My sister.called me today about a bird hitting her window very hard.as she went for a walk with her Friend.a ?? went in between them and hit her friends hand.my brother has cancer back again.and has traveled to his respiratory gland.and my youngest son.needs open heart surgery.i pray to God.its not an omen .I just lossed a son.and a brother in-law.
Peewee - 23-Apr-17 @ 3:22 PM
My sister has had a bird hot here window.very hard yesterday.my brother has cancer and it has traveled to his respiratory gland.and while on a walk with her friend.a bird went in between them and hit her friends hand.shs called to tell me. I've noticed myself when a ?? would hit my window a death would happen.its so scary.
Peewee - 23-Apr-17 @ 3:17 PM
Today a crow flew into my back room where the Jacuzzi is, I leave the door open to the back yard so my dog can get shade an she sleeps back there. The crow didn't come into the house because of other door that separates house to the back room. Anyway it started cawing then stopped, looked around. Jumped or walked around looking at everything an then noticed me, it turned and started at me. I walked away cause I got freaked out.I came back after 10 mins or so and the bird is trying to get out but it's hitting the glass and can't get out. The room has 10 huge Windows and a door that is opened, yet it won't go to the door. It keeps trying to go through the windows but falls and stops looks around then attempts again. Is this a good sign??!!Or bad??
Stina - 20-Apr-17 @ 3:00 AM
I found dead sparrow bird in my house. What it Symbolize ?Plz give me advice . shall i remove there Nest from my home?
Sid - 9-Apr-17 @ 3:08 AM
@Cami - that's a lovely thought. I agree with YOU - birds can be wonderful omens, what special little creatures they are.
Alice. - 21-Mar-17 @ 12:19 PM
I believe it is those we love that have passed. Coming to visit.And remind us they are with us. Remembering us.Always.And not To forget or be forgotten. My mother passed some time ago.March 17. In flies a robin to my home. Sits a moment.Flies out. Again today. Not an omen I would say.A blessing and some gentle angelic feathers to whisper memories and love to us through their wings.
Cami - 20-Mar-17 @ 4:16 PM
Uhm, our house is pretty open (between wall and roof) and we are located nearby in a rice field. Everyday, 10-20 birds came inside out house to taking some rice/food lol
Kroo - 18-Mar-17 @ 11:31 AM
Yes a bird flying and entering into the home is a bad omen. I say it from my own person experience. We always such omen stories from people until when it became my own experience. My father was not keeping well and suddenly one night the bat/owl what it seemed like flew into our house for a fraction of second and left. After few days my father collapsed and it was the end. Since then i strongly believe in such omens .
Jntp - 24-Feb-17 @ 5:37 PM
A bird flew in the house today. It trapped itself in the window between the blinds and the screen. Eventually it found it's way back out the door. I pray my MRI shows no tumor day after tomorrow. I guess if I don't keep you posted.......
Pea - 15-Feb-17 @ 4:13 AM
@Jenndjenn ............more like a hungry crow seeing taking the opportunity to snaffle some food :) They know no boundaries..
JackDaw - 18-Jan-17 @ 12:48 PM
The other day a black Crow flew into my kitchen from open garage door and I was in my bedroom.I thought the neighborhood puppies were walking in the door, so I went to investigate. I was surprised to see that a black Crow had been in my house.He was feeding himself leftover dog food my dog had been ignoring for days.I'm sick to my stomach now if this means someone in my family will now pass away.Will let you know but crossing my fingers it was just a hungry and smart crow finding a food source.
Jenndjenn - 17-Jan-17 @ 11:09 PM
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