What does it mean to dream of birds?

Have you had a dream of birds? They are very common and are in many cases highly symbolic. Let’s take a look at what dream symbols mean for your waking life – specifically in this case – when you have a dream of birds.

Another night, another dream. Last night I was attacked by swooping cockatoos. These are gorgeous, crested Australian birds that have white plumage and a festive yellow crest. Everybody loves them. The problem was, in my dream, they were black…and giving me a very hard time too! Have you had a recent dream of birds?

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It is common to dream of birds

One of the best places online to get a comprehensive Dream Symbols guide is from the Dream Moods Dictionary: “Birds in your dream symbolize your goals, aspirations and hopes. To dream of chirping and/or flying birds represent joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love. It denotes a sunny outlook in life. You are experiencing spiritual freedom and psychological liberation. It is almost as if a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.”

Not so much for me. My birds were black and on the attack. What might this mean?

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Attacking birds

To dream of aggressive birds (if they were attacking you, or killing people, in your dream) is a warning to be careful with those around you. Take notice of who you know in your waking life that could remind you of a bird, or who has a name that sounds like a bird’s name – this is the person to watch out for. (source)

Bird attacking: Fear of ideas, ideals or opinions; verbal or mental (suggestions or suggestive behaviour) attack by others; fear of going beyond one’s narrow boundaries. Be daring and face the restraints that hold you back. (source)

I have also updated this post on Dreaming About Birds with some additional info that was sent in by two of my readers. Click to read Dreaming of Birds | What is the meaning of birds in your dream?

To dream of birds on the attack means that you are being pulled in too many directions. You are experiencing conflict with your spirituality. If the birds are trying to break into houses, then it implies that you are not following your desired path in life. Others are meddling in your life and interfering with your life path. (source)

What are the colours of the birds in the dream?

If the bird is white in the dream, it means that one’s work is clean, if his color is tanned in the dream, it means that one’s work is tainted. (source)

Birds represent physical and emotional freedom. They can also represent religious feelings. (source)

Experiencing conflict with my spirituality

I think this is what my dream means. My actions in life are often counter to my spiritual goals and pursuits. It’s hard knowing the right things to do, and finding yourself constantly hamstrung and not being able to do it.

As we have discovered, dreaming of birds is about your spirituality inside. They are a representation of your goals and highs. In this case, Lenora, you knew the bird’s name, and when you called it, it came to you. This is very interesting, because to hear your name being called in your dream indicates that you are in touch and in tune with your spirituality.


  • Chris says:

    In my dream, I was taking part in a survey studying wild birds that trusted humans, there were 3 of us that had a wild bird that would come to our hands, and in the dream the survey people decided to film and monitor reactions when they were brought indoors to treat for any mites and parasites, turned out my little female sparrow had mites attacking her eyes, would have been painful and led to blindness and death, she was a little nervous but had complete trust in me, got treated and released, the survey ultimately wanted to see if the trust would pass onto mates and young, hopefully slowly to control diseases such as avian flu in wild birds

    • Alyce Vayle says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Only you can truly interpret your dreams but I suggest doing some meditation on this one. Mites and bugs can symbolise things that are “bugging you”, bothering you and getting under your skin. Eyes are the windows to the soul, so if there is something in your eye – this means that you may have spiritual obstacles to overcome. Try to find out what the sparrow in your dream represented to you – is it yourself, someone else? Thanks for getting in touch.

  • Taylor says:

    So I’ve had a dream where a tsll black flightless has been roaming around and attacks anyone in sight. Usually there’s just one, thete was 4 this time.

    • Alyce Vayle says:

      Hi Taylor,

      Thanks for your email. Only you can truly interpret your dreams so I suggest that you meditate on this symbology. In terms of universal symbols – the number 4 means “creation”, “wholeness”, “completion”. Flightless birds like emus and ostriches can mean blockages or “putting your head in the sand”. Maybe you are “not facing reality” and need to be attacked by your subconscious in your dreams to make you take notice. What feelings are “pecking away at you”? Are you being attacked from various angles in your life? Birds also symbolise your inner spirituality so be aware that this dream may be your inner subconscious trying to contact you about something important.
      take care and sweet dreams.
      love, Alyce

  • Kaine Johnson says:

    I had this dream that left me troubled for some reason. I was on the backyard of my house when I saw a white, baby bird coming to me and it flipped its wings on my face, its wings were poisonous. After it, another bird, but this time bigger, flew to me attacking my face with its poisonous wings.

    I went into my house and called my partner, I asked her to call the ambulance as I was feeling ill. She couldn’t understand why; I tried to explain, but I couldn’t talk as my throat was getting blocked because of the bird’s poison. I fainted, fell and died while I saw my girlfriend screaming in horror.

    What could this mean? I woke up with an odd feeling from it.

    • Alyce Vayle says:

      Hi Kaine,

      This is a very interesting dream and I can understand that it must have been troubling for you. Dreaming of your throat might often symbolise the things that have been left unsaid, or the things you are having trouble expressing. Is there something you have been meaning to say to your partner that you are holding back? Is there some “poison” in your relationship that you want to address, but cannot out of fear?

      Only you can truly interpret your dreams, but when we wake up troubled, our dreams deserve deeper investigation, as they are often messages from our subconscious, or our Guides.

      Thanks for sharing this dream and I suggest you do some meditation on it. Try to go back to the feelings you experienced, live the dream again in your waking life, and see what clues you can find.

      All the strength,

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