Discover the Meaning & Symbolism of a Bird Trying to Get Into Your House

Unicolored Blackbird (Agelasticus cyanopus)
Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE / CC BY-SA 2.0

Written by Sammi Caramela

Updated: September 6, 2023

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Witnessing a bird trying to get into your home might be disturbing or even concerning, but often, it’s a sign of something much deeper. Across various cultures and in literature, birds have different meanings and carry omens — both good and bad. If you recently had a bird attempt to enter your home, here’s what you should know about the symbolism.

If a bird is trying to get into your house, you could be receiving a message that you are free.

What Do Birds Symbolize?

Different birds symbolize different things, but overall, birds represent freedom, hope, and a connection to the spiritual realm, like heaven or the universe. They’re typically associated with positive themes. However, depending on the bird or the circumstance (for example, seeing a dead bird on the ground versus seeing a cheery bird on your windowsill), they might hold different meanings and omens.

Because of their ties to the spiritual world, many also believe birds act as messengers from deceased loved ones or guardian angels. In this case, depending on the situation, you might be getting good or bad news, guidance, support, or other warnings when you come into contact with a bird.

White banded Mockingbird,Mimus triurus,eating wild fruits Calden Forest, La Pampa , Argentina

Many birds will create nests on or around your home, such as in a wreath on your porch.

The Meaning of Seeing a Bird Trying to Get Into Your House

Here are some specific interpretations of a bird attempting to break into your home.

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Birds symbolize various meanings, and it’s up to you to decide which are fitting to your life.

You Have an Urgent Message From the Spiritual Realm

Birds are highly spiritual creatures. If a bird chooses to roam your house or attempts its entrance, it might be trying to communicate with you. Consider this: your loved one recently passed away, and you’ve been mourning them deeply. If you notice a bird tapping on your window or trying to force its way in, it might be a message from that person that they’re watching over you. You can view this as reassurance when you’re missing them or feeling overwhelmed by grief.

Another possible meaning is the bird is carrying an omen — good or bad. Sometimes, birds provide gentle warnings to humans. For instance, seeing a dead bird might act as a bad omen, deterring you from continuing on your current path. Or perhaps it’s a sign you should check in on loved ones to ensure they’re healthy and in good spirits. 

Because a bird breaking into your home is a bit invasive — especially if it seems frantic — it might represent an urgent message from your guardian angels or the spiritual realm. In this case, don’t be afraid; just be more aware, introspective, and open-minded to potential meanings.

Good Luck and Prosperity Are on Their Way

While it might be alarming to notice a bird searching for a way into your house, it’s not always a negative sign. In fact, this can often represent good luck. Especially in Indian and Irish cultures, a bird visiting your home often means you’re about to experience success and achieve prosperity.

For example, when you embark on a new career and feel insecure about your first steps, seeing a bird around your home can be an encouraging sign to trust in your endeavors. Luck is on your side. If you believe things will work out and are willing to put in the work, you can expect good things to come your way. Stay positive and passionate about your pursuits.

Your Home Is Filled With Strong Energy

Birds (and many animals) are sensitive to energy. Some birds will naturally sense energetic shifts and gravitate toward strong energy. If a bird just won’t leave your house alone, you might have a spirit in your home. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s evil, so don’t panic. Often, good spirits, like those of deceased loved ones, will live in your home to keep you safe and protected. Reflect on the energy you yourself are feeling to determine what this might mean for you. If you feel threatened or intimidated by the energy, consider practicing caution and connecting with your spirituality to cleanse your space of negativity. 

Love Will Soon Find You

Some birds represent love, romance, and new beginnings. Depending on the type of bird trying to enter your home, you might expect a new relationship or love interest to enter your life in the near future. This is especially true if you catch a bird flying back and forth around your windows or doors. Similar to how your heart flutters when you’re falling in love, a bird fluttering its wings can signify love and connection.

If you’re already committed to someone, take this as a sign you might deepen your relationship soon. This might look like moving in with your partner, getting engaged, or marrying the love of your life.

If you’re single, on the other hand, keep an open mind when it comes to dating. Your soulmate might walk into your life at any second. Be confident, loving, and genuine, and you’ll have no issues attracting new love.

You Are Free

Birds are associated with freedom, so if a bird is willingly trying to get into your home, it might represent your need or desire for freedom. Perhaps you feel stuck in a rut or unable to shed the baggage that is holding you down. Birds can serve as reminders that you are inherently free. You get to make your own choices, create your own life, and follow your own dreams. You don’t have to live up to someone else’s standards or take your family’s advice. Honor and listen to your inner voice, embrace your freedom, and hold your independence near and dear to your heart. 

You Are Divinely Supported

Reflect on how you felt when the bird was trying to get into your home. Was there a sense of peace and calmness? Did you feel like a loved one was visiting you and checking in? Our intuitions can tell us a lot about the signs we receive and their associated meanings for us. This depends on the person, of course, but if you feel relieved or less overwhelmed in its presence, the bird is likely showing you that you are divinely supported and guided. It might even be a deceased loved one or guardian angel expressing their love for you, reminding you that they’re always by your side. 

It’s Time to Start a New Chapter

Many birds represent fresh starts. If a bird is forcing its way into your home, it’s likely sending you a message you’ve been avoiding: it’s time for a change. Maybe you need to let go of a person who is no longer serving you or treating you the way you deserve, or perhaps you’re ready to take that career leap you’ve been too afraid to take. Whatever the case, this is a sign you’re ready to start anew. Don’t put it off; just go for it. You never know what you can accomplish and who you can meet when you’re willing to turn the page.

You Must Reconnect with Nature

It’s easy to assume a bird continuously tapping on your window or attempting to come into your home is one that wants your attention. This might be an urgent message from the universe or spiritual realm that you need to get back in touch with nature. You can do this by grounding yourself, ensuring you’re more present in your body and, in turn, your day-to-day life. Additionally, the meaning of a bird trying to enter your home might be to get outside more often, go for walks, take hikes, dance in the rain, open your windows to let in fresh air, etc. View the bird as a visitor reminding you to get out of your head and into your life — and all of the world’s natural beauty.

Meaning and Symbolism of Different Species of Birds

Now that you know what to expect (metaphorically speaking) when a bird is trying to break into your home, let’s take a look at the different bird species and the messages they carry. If one of the following birds has attempted to get inside your house, you should consider their associations in relation to the above meanings, helping you narrow down the specific message for you/your situation.

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Cardinals are known for flying into glass windows and sliding doors.

White Birds

In many Western cultures and religions, such as Christianity, white birds represent peace and purity. If a white bird is trying to break into your home, you can likely associate it with one of the more positive meanings listed above. This bird symbolizes good luck, hope, and new beginnings.

Finches

Spiritually, finches represent ascension and growth. If you’re feeling confused about a certain issue in your life, seeing a finch flying outside or around your home can signal that you need to trust yourself more. We are all on our own journeys, and you don’t need to have it all figured out today. In other words, trust the steps you are taking and the direction you’re headed as you progress along your spiritual path.

Crows

Many view crows as bad omens, but this isn’t necessarily true. Crows simply represent change. This might mean you’re undergoing a transformative period in your life and have many blessings waiting for you on the other side of fear. In this case, you’ll likely relate most to the meanings listed above that encourage starting the next chapter.

Blue Jays

Blue jays are the bird of communication. If it’s a blue jay that’s been obsessing over your house, you can rest assured it is trying to tell you something. Often a sign of encouragement and love, you’re more willing to resonate with the above meanings that deal with romance and connections with others. Make an effort to develop lasting, meaningful relationships and fuel your current bonds with loved ones.

Cardinals

Cardinals often represent loved ones who have passed away. When you see a cardinal, it’s often a sign your loved one is visiting you or wants you to know they’re always with you. If a cardinal is trying to get into your home, they’re likely being persistent with this message — meaning maybe you haven’t been extremely open to the idea of the spiritual realm. Take this as a token of comfort and support during hard times.

Sparrows

One of Aphrodite’s sacred birds, the sparrow embodies love, luck, and prosperity. You can associate this bird with the positive messages listed above, especially those that deal with romance, joy, and success. 

Doves

The dove is another of Aphrodite’s symbols. As the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite and her sacred birds represent deep connection, fertility, and attraction. If a dove is forcing its way into your home or won’t seem to leave your doorstep, open your heart to love and practice vulnerability with those in your life. 

Owls

Owls are the birds of wisdom and insight. If an owl is close by, it usually means you’re about to reap the benefits of wealth, prosperity, and fortune. In this instance, trust how your life is unfolding and in your own capabilities. You have all the answers.


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About the Author

Sammi is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering cats, nature, symbolism, and spirituality. Sammi is a published author and has been writing professionally for six+ years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Writing Arts and double minors in Journalism and Psychology. A proud New Jersey resident, Sammi loves reading, traveling, and doing yoga with her little black cat, Poe.

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