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Do Birds Flying Into A Home Equate To Death?

By: Chris Welsh - Updated: 9 Dec 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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I had two small birds fly into our home this evening. Took some time to get them out but did so safely. Anyone have thoughts or comments?
Vinny - 9-Dec-18 @ 6:55 AM
A crow came down our chimney , it took a while for us to get it out , the next day we got news my dad had terminal stage 4 cancer .. It was devastating news.Only today a magpie came down the chimney .... Hopefully I will get good news not bad ????
Butterfly - 8-Dec-18 @ 4:24 PM
Today a small bird flew into my house and landed on top of the Angel's head on our Christmas tree what could this mean???
Give Gi - 6-Dec-18 @ 5:59 AM
A bird was in my master bathroom today, flew into the hallway, up to the ceiling light. I went in my bedroom & shut the door. I stayed in my room about 20 minutes. I opened my room door, not knowing where the bird went. I shut all the room doors, remai ing un the hallway. I dont know where the bird went. A friend came over looked in the rooms & couldn't locate the bird. He said maybe it was a sign. I then googled this site. I keep having dreams of my husband dying. We've been seperated for 2-1/2 years.
Tabby63 - 17-Nov-18 @ 10:46 PM
Today a young Blue Bird flew into the Bedroom, he was not upset but stayed a while and left. Last time a Bird flew in like that it was a Blackbird and it sat on the Taps in the Kitchen, my Mother had died and Dad said that has Mum come back to say she is happy!I am very Spiritual and rather than Bad Luck I think Birds come to us to let us know family on the other side are happy.We do have 3 rather sick friends and family around at the moment but if it happens then I KNOW they will be Free.
Heyoka - 9-Nov-18 @ 3:39 PM
A magpie was trying to get in my house this morning I've had a stillborn baby on the 13 of October and the magpie started to sing I'm really anxious about this
Klaw - 30-Oct-18 @ 1:27 PM
Hi a little starling flew into my car on my way to work via a open window and sat there still too I opened the doors to let it out. I was shocked as I thought it had hit the car and flew away, can someone please tell me the meaning of this
Gladys - 26-Sep-18 @ 3:51 PM
Hello so today a magpie flew through my back door into my kitchen window then flew back out all is fine.... So I told my bestfriend and she messages back saying that half hour before hand she had a parrot in her lounge room. Never happened before. Anyone know what it could mean?
Stace n nae - 7-Aug-18 @ 7:23 AM
@KM - so sorry to hear this. It must be awful for you. Some people see it as a sign of a spirit visiting to say their goodbyes too like @Wing's hummingbird below :(
Ames - 6-Aug-18 @ 3:10 PM
My son died of an overdose. We were at the hospital nonstop 4 days as the doctors waited to be 100% certain he was brain dead before they turned life support off. When they did, we arranged to have his organs donated. That night when we got home, before bed we let our dog out. When the front door was opened, a bird flew in. The timing of the bird about matches the time when they would have finished harvesting his organs. I 100% believe that it was a message that his soul was free.
KM - 4-Aug-18 @ 7:39 PM
A small, golden-brown bird just flew into my living room and the flew out again. I have bird art and bird statues and photos all over my living room. I have a tattoo of a hummingbird on my shoulder. Whenever I go outdoors, hummingbirds always swoop and hover around me. Yesterday a hummingbird hovered outside my window.I don't feel the bird in my house is bad luck. It feels more like a greeting. It wasn't until after I got my tattoo that someone told me hummingbirds are considered messengers from the Dead.Go figure...
Wings - 22-Jul-18 @ 7:06 PM
So this morning I woke up to aloud noise. My first reaction was to say “what the ****” but then again I’m 17. This woke my sister. So I yell for my mom in the next room and she said it indicates death....which would make sense since my 19 year old brother and father work in the log woods and my nearly 70 year old grandfather are in the hospital...just a little worried.
Mysterious_girl - 13-Jul-18 @ 1:45 PM
On the 4th ot July a Black Pigeon flew down from a tree and flew right to my husband he was looking on his phone, the bird went and looked at the light on his phone and walked away. Walked back to him and just stood there. It then flew and landed on my 2 year olds head. She screamed and it flew to a tree. A few mins later it flew back to my husband and it stood there for about an hour just walking on the table. We do not have black pigeons in colorado. We thought it was weird and had a weird scared feeling it seemed not right. Well 3 days later our family dog was run over by a motorcycle in bloody massacre style.. meaning blood everywhere (driver was fine not his bike though). She was like a child to us she was an english bulldog. We feel this bird was a symbol of her death. My mom actually kept the dang bird as a pet.
Kris - 13-Jul-18 @ 7:09 AM
My mom die in May of 2018 a couple days beforemy birthday, after her death which she were staying with my aunt. Then after the funeraland days went by my aunt say a bird were flying in her house just want to know the meaning of that. Is it good luck or is it bad luck. Just want to know
NA - 7-Jul-18 @ 6:19 AM
Tonight I came into my home and went to my bedroom. When I pulled back the covers there was a brown bird. It flew around my room and tried to hide. I then closed my doors and opened my windows. I feel such a Amazing Overwhelming sensation of Great Spirits in my home. I believe that if you put the energy out into the universe about death then it will come. Adventully we all are going to die or know someone that has passed so Create Positivity and stop looking for the worst when you can look for New Ventures and Blessings.
Psalms23 - 7-Jul-18 @ 4:32 AM
It has happened twice before the first time a bird flew in my home , my mother passed away the second time my father passed away , today a magpie flew in I am terrified, oh God
Pat - 31-May-18 @ 4:29 PM
@SpiritualOcean- I think crows live in cemetries because of the particular mature trees found in cemetries and you can't really connect a death four months later. A bird came into my house a year ago and no one ever died. I think it's just coincidence and if you look for a coincidental pattern you will find one anywhere.
Finn - 31-May-18 @ 11:39 AM
Ok hi everyone Well I do believe that birds in the home is a sign from spirit. That's why you find black crows in cemeteries. It was the summer of 1999 living at home We where all special in the sense that we all had a gift of seeing spirit even the fact I was the youngest and didn't want to know or believe. Anyway it was summer I was in the kitchen with the door open my mother was there also I turn only for a second and looked round to see this huge black crows come walking in. My mother said oh god you know what that means there is going to be a death in the family. Well only four months later my nan became sick and had to move back to our house. And she had my bed and I slept on the floor Well she died Now years later. I been ill for the last five years live on my own. Anyway sitting watching tv and a sparrow walks in I scared it because if my dogs saw it they would have had it for breakfast. I was only thinking today wondering how long I will have to suffer. My asking of God's help seems to fall on death ears I have a friend who wants to date me. And or be friends. I said that he could find a woman who is in good health. As I said I don't think am going to be around for long. Birds are spirit a message to bring normally family members
SpiritualOcean - 30-May-18 @ 8:36 PM
Back in 2006 my daughter woke up in the middle of the night with a to Brown sparrows in her daughter's bedroom my son went into the room and there was no birds in the room it was no birds in the house whatsoever but we saw him this was on a Friday and that Saturday my husband died and two days later my son was killed so I do believe in the myths because other than that why would they both died two days apart there was two birds in her room and then two people closed on my husband was never sick and neither was my son so I do believe in the myth my great-great-grandmother was at t-reader and she used to tell us everything so people please believe what you want to believe but till this day I believe that's what happened God just decided to take him to his land and here it is 11 years later
Doll - 30-May-18 @ 2:25 PM
@Pebbles - the bird probably just lost its bearings for a second.
RN - 11-May-18 @ 10:42 AM
I went outside to put water in the bird bath and I had the garage door open.After shutting the garage door and came in the house a bird had flown in and I always feed the birds and give them water.Was the bird thanking me for giving them water.
Pebbles - 10-May-18 @ 12:27 PM
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
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