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Do Birds Flying Into A Home Equate To Death?

By: Chris Welsh - Updated: 24 Feb 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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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
I would like to no do I have a guardian angel if so I want to thank you very much help me a lot
Judy - 5-Jan-17 @ 4:50 PM
A bird flew in my housewhat does that mean
Joyce1969 - 3-Jan-17 @ 7:35 PM
I came home yesterday to find a bird had been in my house [I live in a static caravan], it had got in through a slightly opened window and it did it again just now, nothing odd about that but it had also managed to get back out through this same window which really surprised me, I mean most birds that fly in you have to open doors or fully open windows, not this one and its quite an aquward window just above the sink., I watched it as it scrambled its way out rather than the usual panic. Can I ask is this normal and why is it coming, its red breasted but I would say not a robin, its taller than a robin with more elongated neck. Thanks.
spud - 28-Dec-16 @ 12:00 PM
I came home yesterday to find a bird had been in my house [I live in a static caravan], it had got in through a slightly opened window and it did it again just now, nothing odd about that but it had also managed to get back out through this same window which really surprised me, I mean most birds that fly in you have to open doors or fully open windows, not this one and its quite an aquward window just above the sink., I watched it as it scrambled its way out rather than the usual panic. Can I ask is this normal and why is it coming, its red breasted but I would say not a robin, its taller than a robin with more elongated neck. Thanks.
spud - 28-Dec-16 @ 11:46 AM
A huge( NO LIE) gold/ brown with a white belly bird flew right in my face in 2014 going into 2015 This bird had to b at least 3-4ft tall with wings longer then my arms and i was 20 yrs old n 2 or 3 months prego at that time. I went through a lot of bad things in life n now things are finally okay and stable Today 12-18-2016 a bird flew in my friends room he is atleast 60 yrs or so and he was not his happy cheerful self today like he is sad or not feeling well Yesterday 12-17-2016 the boy in my life i like so much hit a tree with 4 other passengers in his car they are all ok! Only white birds or birds hitting window or dies after arriving in the house is the correct superstition!
Layla - 19-Dec-16 @ 12:33 AM
This just happened to me & it scared the shxt out of me. I'm not big on superstition but I've heard rumers of death n stuff. I have kids n a family I don't wanna lose to this bs. I hope n pray nothing bad happens to any of us.
MikeU - 11-Dec-16 @ 3:18 PM
on 12/7/16 a golden eagle came to visit me.I live on 14th floor of a high rise apt bldg. the eagle was perched on my air conditioner for about 45 min to one hour.I did not know eagles are in the city that is very populated, is this an omen?at one point in my life I had eagle plates and pictures of eagles every where in my home.My world came crashing down all around me.My youngest son was murdered, I had worked in one company for 30 yrs and got downsized, no job.Lost home because I couldn't afford it any more.When I fell in love with eagles was when I had nothing in my life & now I am at the end of my life and to see this eagle so close to me.Is it a OMEN?
teri - 9-Dec-16 @ 7:27 PM
Hi just had 2 encounters flying into the house separate days but also just missed 2 accidents in the period. Quite shocked.
Judz - 9-Dec-16 @ 10:27 AM
@concon I don't think this means anything - just that a bird lost its way. Many birds fly into glass windows thinking there is no window there and they often can die this way.
PetePPP - 5-Dec-16 @ 1:54 PM
Yesterday I was very tired just sleeping on a cauch after a sudden dream there comes a brown bird flying inside the door kitchen to the sitting room went out by the window of sitting room this morning I reiceved the call saying my cousin has passed away and in the last three months the bird brown one fly inside the house the next two days I lost my job this is hurting
Thandi - 5-Dec-16 @ 10:57 AM
Two pigions flew over my head. One hit my house the. Other one tried to fly in my house.What does this mean.
concon - 4-Dec-16 @ 11:17 PM
A bird just flew in my house. So scared of if and closed the bat groom door. What does it really mean when the bird is in the house
Nommies - 3-Dec-16 @ 12:23 PM
@Nan - ahhhhhhhh that's very sweet. It doesn' mean anything apart from it obviously lost its way. H.
Honey88 - 29-Nov-16 @ 12:50 PM
A small white bird got in my house thru the opening of the Hot water heater. It flew around my kitchen just for little bit so I Opened up the back door and it flew out immdently! What does that Mean? If it means anything at All.
Nan - 29-Nov-16 @ 4:32 AM
This morning my daughter in law and grandchild were leaving, I was in my room getting dressed and heard something in my frontroom, went to c what it was, it was a small blackbird with red on it perched on my wall mirror,I opened the door and it flew out, didn't understand how the bird got in, it must had came in when she was leaving, pls respond so I'll know what to do
Luvlylady2 - 21-Nov-16 @ 7:49 PM
I found a red braested Robin in my house this morning and it is flying around and then all of a sudden there were 2 flying around..The same kind of bird with no way of entry..What is going on?Can someone tell me what this may mean?
PJ - 18-Nov-16 @ 5:29 PM
I lost my daughter 4 years ago.The day before her death anniversary,a bird flew in the house.I want to believe she was just paying me a visit, but I'm just worried it could be a sign of something worst.
J - 29-Oct-16 @ 5:32 PM
If a birds flies into your house close the window after you chase it out not a big deal no sign from God just a Lost bird
Dave - 26-Oct-16 @ 1:17 AM
okthis story is really starting to freak me right outon october 15th 20163 sparrows flew in my house2 days later4 sparrows flew in my house againthen 2 days after that3 more flewin my homemy Godhow can this happen thats soooo many sparrowsanyone help meWHAT DOES THIS MEAN ?????
none - 21-Oct-16 @ 4:00 PM
@Rini - it sounds like a magpie and it sounds like your bird may have become lost and was probably as terrified of the dog as the dog was of it. The fact it was breaking things too was obvious if it was flapping around and couldn't get out and the dog was barking. The crucifix was just a coincidence. I'd put it down to having a bad day and try to forget this incident. Jules.
JGD - 18-Oct-16 @ 10:52 AM
Just came home and a bird ( black and white not sure what kind of a bird it was ?but it was a larger bird, had a big bickhope it wasn't a crow didn't looklikeone and it wasn't all black ) it got in through an open door and my little dog must have been chasing it for hours, it had bought down photo's, broke light pulps, bird poo all over the place, even on my poor little dog, but the most disturbing part is that I had a crucifix on a ledge on top of my door and that was on the ground, don't know what to think, should I bring a Priest to bless the house? so confused, if anyone can give me their opinion I would so appreciate it .
Rini - 17-Oct-16 @ 9:25 AM
A bird just Flew into the house, (about 10 minutes ago or less;its 12:08 pacific time right now) Anyway , the door was open about 10 inches.It Flew In, saw me, and immediately Flew Back out. I'm a little concerned because I believe that birds tell us things. If it is True, that it also means a "Change"or "travel"... well... I HAVE been making plans to Move..so.... Who knows. Whatever happens... I will come back to UPDATE Everyone on what transpires Right now, I'm gonna call my mom, and let her know, that everyone in the family needs to be careful...
DallasJoe - 12-Oct-16 @ 8:10 PM
Oftentimes when I pray I ask God to bring names to mind that I need to pray for, and my uncle's name recently came up and I prayed for him. I had not even heard from him in years. I just found out about his death yesterday, and today I woke from a dream where a bird was trying to get inside my house (which is supposedly a sign of death), and i remembered recently praying for my uncle. I really felt God's presence afterwards, and I was literally shaking thinking "You really are there, God." I tried sleeping a few hours afterwards, and prayed for a peaceful sleep. This time just before waking I heard a song playing in my head.."Let it rock, Let it roll, let it go..." I know that sounds strange, but it got the point across. All the stuff we worry about won't matter in fifty years. Peace be with you all.
Lee - 5-Oct-16 @ 11:16 PM
My boyfriend left me last night and I been crying all morning. I sat down in my chair and I bird flew in the house and was trying to get back out. What does this mean.
Laylay - 2-Oct-16 @ 4:38 PM
The night of June 9th, 2016 about 10:30 pm a bird flew into my living room, circled around me once, then flew back out.I was watching tv in the dark, so no lights were on to attract it. Then a very sweet, flowery scent filled the room.June 12th my brother committed suicide.So, you tell me is it possible that a dead relative, was giving me for warning, and a message that he will live on and be ok?I'm thinking it was my mom, who also committed suicide, when we were little.
Pam58 - 1-Oct-16 @ 1:43 AM
@Cc - i think it was an accident it just lost its way.........
Her28 - 26-Sep-16 @ 3:04 PM
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