13 Bird Superstitions

In honor of Friday the 13th, here are 13 bird superstitions. Have you heard of any others?

  1. If a bird poops on your head it is a sign of good luck.

  2. Don't become a sailor if you kill an albatross, as superstition states you will get lost at sea (we just think you shouldn't on principle).

  3. It is good luck if a blackbird makes a nest on your house.

  4. If you see 5 crows, sickness will follow; see 6 crows and death will follow.

  5. To avoid bad luck tip your hat if you see a magpie.

  6. Whatever you do to a robin will happen to you, so be nice!

  7. It is bad luck to see an owl during the day.

  8. A kingfisher is a very lucky bird.

  9. Three seagulls flying together, directly overhead, are a warning of death soon to come.

  10. Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it's unlucky to kill one (again, we think killing any birds is wrong).

  11. When a swan lays its head and neck back over its body during the daytime it means a storm is coming.

  12. Having a wren around will prevent one from drowning.

  13. A bird that flies into a house foretells an important message. However, if the bird dies, or is white, this foretells death.


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