Death of a bird signifies new beginnings

V&E Animal Omens: What it Means When You Find A Dead Bird

Dead Bird Omens are not as ominous as we might expect. Paradoxically, the death of a bird represents new beginnings. Spiritually death is not an end but a transition.
In that light, finding a dead bird might actually be a good omen. If you encounter one on your path or even if you accidentally hit one with your car (don’t do it on purpose!) it means you are about to experience a metaphysical death or change and the end of struggle or pain…



I have been wondering about this for awhile and then yesterday there was a fairly large bird next to my back door. She must’ve flown into the window and died, so sad! (not an actual picture of that bird)

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what kind of bird she was but couldn’t seem to identify her. I decided to look into what her death meant instead of what she would signify if she was alive. In doing so I found that while there is an overall significance to birds in general the type can help decipher the message specific to me.

Type of Bird

I eventually discovered that the bird I found was a cat bird.


The Catbird’s lessons are about communicating with tact, of opening up and allowing self-expression and sensitivity.

When you are carefree and open, you are better able to communicate the  thoughts, ideals and values that are essential parts of your being.


The cat bird wants you to speak your truth openly.  

As with all bird omens, it is important to look for hidden truth, and pay attention to your dreams.


As with any omen, for the specific meaning in your life, pay attention to the context of your encounter for clues.

For Example: I am moving out of my apartment at the end of the month and the decision to leave was a risky one. The bird I found had flown into my building, so for me, she was a sign that I made the right choice and though it is scary and I am feeling loss, there is something better at the other end of my decision. 


To Find a Dead Bird…

Traditionally, the death of a bird is a sign of new beginnings, an omen of renewal. But there are several different meanings depending on the context of your encounter:

If a bird flies into your window it might mean that you are about to encounter an obstacle in your life. But again, because it is a sign of renewal, that obstacle, once removed will reveal something newer and better in your life.

renewal, renewed, renew, words, vocabulary, etymology, definition, dictionary of renewal, language, communication, pink flower, flowers, spring  Beginnings come from endings and in that light, there is the suggestion of loss and sacrifice before starting anew.

You are about to be renewed in some way and some cycle of your life or pattern is coming to a close. 

This could mean that a relationship will end in order for another to start. Or that you will lose something else that was not right for you in order to make room for what is.

If you encounter a dead bird on your path,  there may be some misfortune or loss that follows, but the bird’s message is that better things are coming; the misfortune is a necessary evil and will bring about something new.

If you have been seeking or searching something, the dead bird is simply telling you that the search is over. 

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27 comments on “V&E Animal Omens: What it Means When You Find A Dead Bird”

  1. Did you see my freaking fb status about the dead dove infront of my yard yesterday??? I was also thinking omens and the message was pretty amazing, but I didn’t know what it meant to find the bird dead!! I can’t believe you posted this today! We are so freaking connected it’s scary!

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    1. Wow! that is some crazy synchronicity!
      The dove is a symbol of peace and harmony so when you find it dead it is a sign of disruption or disharmony. I think the negative aspect is sort of like the birthing vessel for whatever is coming, but at least good things are heading your way!

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  2. A week or 2 ago, the guys from the fencing company were at my house setting posts on the property. I’d walked down the driveway a few times: once, when they first arrived; second, when I had a question & third, after going inside to answer my house phone. I went out again; spoke briefly with the owner upon his arrival. This was when I noticed a little, brown bird laying on his side in the middle of my gravel/rock driveway. There was no blood; no missing feathers, nor any feathers in disarray. He was just laying there. I thought he looked kind of peaceful. Even so, I found it rather strange…and an odd place as his final resting spot.
    Then, yesterday afternoon, I was sitting out on my front deck when a black/charcoal gray colored moth dropped from (seemingly) out of nowhere- -onto my arm/sleeve of my sweatshirt. I waited & watched, to see what he’d do. He crawled around for a few seconds, then just sat there. A few minutes later when I was ready to go inside, I got a dead leaf from my plant & attempted to scoop him onto it. He wasn’t having it, so it took me a few times before I got the leaf ever-so-carefully pushed underneath him. As I did, he turned on his side. I thought maybe he was playing dead. I gently laid him at the base of my plant. He wasn’t playing dead. He’d died.
    Now I’m trying to figure out what this means; what the universe is trying to tell me. Both (happenings) are peculiar & uncommon, so there has to be some meaning behind it. Anybody willing/wanting to weigh in on this & share their perspective? Please! Any insight would be greatly appreciated! ☺ Thanks!


    1. That’s incredible, thank you for sharing! I’m interested to see what others have to say. My only thought was that incredible change is coming your way! I found it interesting that in both cases the initial perspective was that they were sleeping, signifying an almost imperceptible death, or a change that is happening.that you will not see or understand right away.


      1. Thanks so much for your feedback! You bring up an interesting point; one that went completely unseen by me & that is: thinking both were asleep. I didn’t realize this, so I’m very glad I posted… & even more, that you responded.😃 I love your analogy. It’s insightful & makes perfect sense to me!
        Thought I’d share this, too (hope ya don’t mind)…
        Last night after posting, I got to thinking more about both scenarios. I came to the realization there was a 2wk time lapse between the two events. This makes me think the moth encounter was to insure I got the message. After all, there was absolutely no way I could miss a moth suddenly dropping on my arm! I feel like it was saying, “Hey! I’m talking to you. Are you listening?” Ha!
        Additionally, I’m thinking maybe the moth was presented because I haven’t responded or reacted in the way I should- -after receipt of the first message, via the bird. I don’t know. Just a thought. Either way, I do believe it was intentional that I get a clear & direct message.
        Last, I’ve had a pretty tough time the past few years. This includes: moving 4hrs from previous 20+yr residency (unexpected I’d mourn this); inability to get medical care/meds for ongoing conditions (hypothyroidism, sleep disorder, depression)…to name a few. With that, I welcome positive change with arms wide open! 🙆‍♀️🙋‍♀️
        Thanks again for your feedback. You’ve given me perspective as well as a resurgence of hope & inspiration. For this, I hope it comes back to you Sooner than later. Bless your heart.🤗


      2. Thank you so much, it’s amazing what we discover when we reflect, it sounds like the meaning has revealed itself to you! The moral of the story for all of us has to be: Keep listening🙏🌿


  3. As I was leaving my house this morning 4/24/2018 @ 11:11am found a bird that was deceased as I was leaving for work. I went to fetch a piece of plastic and a pan to pick up the bird. I dung a hole in the soil next to some bulbs that was sprouting out the soil and covered the bird with soil . I thanked the bird for service it’s purpose and I said I was giving the bird back to mother Gaia and the Source. Just to think every morning their outside the window chirping but this day I was on ground level and sounds of the others chirping was extra loud like as if they were talking to me. I felt so good that I gave this bird proper resting place back home to Mother Gaia. I’m so happy to share my experience and testimony with so many others today . Ty for listening 🌎💫❤️

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  4. we found a dead owl in ours bathroom this morning .is it a bad omen or good omen ?
    what is considered if an owl is seen dead ?


    1. That’s so intense! You have been sent a powerful message. The omen is neither good nor bad, if there is an ending or change it is a necessary one! Owls represent wisdom and they are the keepers of the knowledge of all worlds. Ultimately the meaning is determined by your relationship to the owl and what it represents.


  5. Today I watched a red cardinal in my front yard bathing happily in my birthday. I read cardinals are from spirits of the dead visiting. Later on walking the dog in my front yard found a dead heron or egret. Looked alive but had passed. Buried him close by blessing him to bird heaven. Since seeing someone die yesterday I hope that it’s a sign that he’s in a good place. Any suggestions?


  6. I found a dead bird faced up in my back yard. An hour later, I found a black, blue and white feather in the front yard. The feather was from a Blue Jay. The dead bird wasn’t a Blue Jay? Hopefully, it means a legal issue is coming to an end in my favor.


  7. I found a dead crow stuffed into the downspout of my home. I am already in the midst of major life transitions as I’ve ended a relationship, my mother has died, and I’m seeking a healing and spiritual path. Does anyone have information on the significance of the crow? It appears as though another animal has put it inthe downspout perhaps to eat it later or something. Thank you for your time!


    1. I’m sorry I did not reply right away! Frankly I was so stumped I didn’t know what to say… The crow represents death and like all birds is a messenger for the otherworld. The bird being stuck and hidden might be symbolic of the grief or mourning process. I think this message is a very strong one and I would encourage you to go back and remember how you felt when you discovered it. The clues are there.


  8. Hi! I was walking my dog and saw a cardinal hot by a car, I tried to save him but ended up laying him to rest with a seashell and did a little Reiki on him (not sure why he was definitely dead). I am confused what this signifies… I am going through many changes and having to alter my ways of being so that more growth can happen for me. I want to relate this to a current love situation that I am not sure if I should be patient with or let go of. Any outside insight would be appreciated.


  9. I’m currently in escrow. This morning I found a dead dove close the the listing post. It looked so peaceful ad is if it where sleeping. What do you think this means?


  10. Hello. This site has popped up for me before, thank you. I haven’t written before. Early this summer I found a dead owl under my tree where they lived. The body was intact, but the head was gone. I was beyond moved by this and talked to someone. I was beginning a new project and we talked about how it may have been related to that and it was all a very spiritual experience for me. I gave thanks to the owl for the giving of life and then another owl joined me at the tree I was doing the ceremony at. Today I started a new project and left my barn (where my office is) and saw a bird standing next to another bird that was dead. My initial reaction (they were the same type of bird) was that the bird was trying to save the bird. The bird just looked at me and then finally flew away. He wasn’t by any window so I wondered if he had dragged him, when I got closer the bird was missing his head. I have the same feeling of it being an omen as I had when I found the owl. I would love any insight on this. Thank you!


    1. No sign is every truly ‘bad’ if you believe that everything happens as it should. To answer your question, you will have to answer that question! What were the circumstances surrounding that discovery? Have you been thinking about making a big change? Perhaps you are making a change in your relationship or are thinking of moving? A dead bird signifies the death of one way of being and the beginning of another, what is your new beginning!?


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