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Do Birds Flying Into A Home Equate To Death?

By: Chris Welsh - Updated: 26 Apr 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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@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
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
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