Redwing Blackbird

Redwing Blackbird Symbolism, Meaning, Totems, Dreams, and Messages
Only by admitting your true feelings to yourself right now can you move forward with love and respect for yourself.
-Redwing Blackbird

Meaning and Messages

In this case, Redwing Blackbird symbolism is letting you know that the forces of nature are at work. There are significant changes that are coming into your life right now. These changes have been slowly manifesting all around you and are now ready to burst forth and become a reality. Thus, if you pay close attention to where you receive the message from this spirit animal, you may be able to foresee what changes are coming.

Alternatively, the Redwing Blackbird meaning may be letting you know that you will be a participant of a close family emotional shift that is important to their personal growth. In other words, you need to stay grounded throughout this shift. You must also be sure that you allow them the space to make the changes necessary. Hence, you must be in a supportive role without inserting your intentions or propaganda. Thus the Redwing Blackbird meaning is prompting you to try to be the non-judgmental, unconditionally accepting force that provides balance, grounding, and a haven for those experiencing change. Do not participate in the drama – merely be there for them.

Similar to the Dragonfly, the Redwing Blackbird symbolism is about omens and mysticism. It will also reveal any fears that are ruling you. The bird will open your energy to receive new adventures and life experiences.

Occasionally, the Redwing Blackbird symbolism will be asking you if you have become too territorial. Thus, you may need to allow others into your space so that more collaboration can take place. You do not have to accomplish everything on your own.

Totem, Spirit Animal

People with the Redwing Blackbird totem have an awareness of all changes of perception as they unfold within them. Like the Angelfish, their psychic abilities bring forth latent gifts and creativity for those around them. Folks with the Redwing Blackbird totem show others how to move with determination, focus, and tenacity. These people know how to use their power to its fullest potential. They also bring forth the magic of the unseen worlds and balance it with the forces of nature and the earth. Thus they are a messenger of a new awakening.

People with this power animal also have a secure connection with Nature and use their intuition freely in support of her. They bring new surprises to those around them when they least expect it.

Dream Interpretation

When you have a Redwing Blackbird dream, it can signify a lack of motivation. In other words, you are not utilizing your full potential.

Alternatively, a Redwing Blackbird dream represents jealousy, lust, or temptation. If this bird is nesting or feeding young ones, then the vision foretells a future with close family bonds.

Redwing Blackbird – One of the Ten Animals Promoting Change

39 thoughts on “Redwing Blackbird”

  1. I have a Redwing blackbird nesting in my blackberry patch. She started out with 4 eggs. Today 3 of them had hatched. They are the cutest ugly baby’s ever. I wish I could post pics. The parents don’t bother us when we are in the patch. I think they are used to us being around. I feel like it may be my grandfather telling me everything is ok.

  2. There is one red winged blackbird that started “attacking” me recently. It’s a nesting season, and my way to work is obviously too close to his nest… Every morning and afternoon – when he sees me, he goes straight plunging into my head. He’s loud as well!

  3. I was in front of Costco once and there was a whole flock of red-winged blackbirds in the trees nearby, it totally made my day 😀

  4. Jolene K Van Wyhe-Haidle

    For about a week or so a red-winged black bird has been walking to and fro outside my sliding glass doors. At first it would peck on the window trying to get my attention. Lately it has been flying up and down almost the height of my doors against the glass. This happens several times a day.

    I have also been working on creating a new art studio space near my lower level walkout. Yesterday as I was working on the floor, I noticed the same bird was just outside on the slab watching me for the longest time.

    In the past I have had birds for pets–love them. When I have lost loved ones over the years, there is often a mystical appearance of hundreds of birds in one place as if that loved one is saying good bye through the birds. Birds are spiritual and I know this new visitor is trying to tell me something, but what?!

    Any ideas?


    1. This comment is in response to the person creating an art studio. I’m experiencing the same exact behavior from a red wing blackbird. He is not looking at the glass he is definitely looking at me. His calls and songs are especially loud. He is the first thing I hear in the morning and last I hear at night. This has continued for three days throughout the day.

      My daughter worked the entire Memorial Day weekend finding our ancestors and we have expressed to each other the overwhelming emotional and spiritual feelings we have each experienced regarding connection to our family and it’s connection to everything. I live in a cabin on a lake and love nature and do my best to care for and protect animals and native plants. I see our creator in them all and why shouldn’t the same be true for animals? I think the red bird knows what I have experiencing and is confirming and celebrating with me my realization of how wonderful it is to love and be loved and how beautiful and awesome the world is.

      I’m sure your red winged blackbird is expressing something similar to you about your new art studio and your connection to the world and us celebrating with you too. Maybe they are nature”s representatives.

  5. I was waiting for my food at the local McDonald’s and noticed the bird sitting on a sign. I said “that’s a cool looking bird’ and the next thing we knew it was literally about to fly into my car. It ended up landing on my mirror and just looked at us. It was really insane to witness.

    1. This bird sat on my car mirror two days in a row and chirped my rear view mirror. At first I was shocked because I didnt know wat kind of bird it is, but because im a lover of nature, i let it sit, then i googled it and found it is such a magnificent bird with powerful spiritual meaning.

  6. I always loved the RWBB and seen many of them while fishing at a lake in NE Ohio. I now live in Virginia and was thrilled when I saw one, it’s been a few years since I’d seen one. After reading it’s meaning I am a little concerned because I saw it flying through a cemetery as I was leaving the cemetery. Any ideas as to this meaning?

  7. maria mcallister

    One late, early spring morning on a sunny day there was 4 redwinged blackbirds in my crabapple tree chirping away. No other birds and then a male cardinal flew in the tree. They all sat there for about 20 minutes. Then they left. Never have I had a rwbb come to my yard/home. What if anything does this mean?


  8. When I was a little girl my mom and I always heard this bird singing never seen it. Till I went to visit my mom at her grave site i asked her to give me a sign that she is with me and my children. This beautiful bird came out of nowhere and flew right by me singing. And now seems like this georgous bird follows me everywhere. The other day I took my son to the park the bird noticed us flew on the fence staring at us and flew away over our heads singing so beautiful.

  9. I found an hit-by-car, young blackbird struggling to breath and get up. This was impossible because of his left wing and part of the body was injured.
    I gently picked it up and held it against my body giving it as much love as I could and he calmed down. Slowly I felt his spirit leaving his body. I burried it and felt this was a special bird and sign, maybe. What do you think? I thought this the ultimate sign of letting go.. I am planning to leave the estate that I am renting a little cottage on. But I love it here..
    Thanks , Renee

  10. Hi,

    In the last few months myself and my family has gone through a lot of huge changes. To the point of changing our lives and making me think about how to turn the experience into a new path that I have been drawing for years in my life. A path that drives me in almost all ways. I am really excited about the future and feel like this is a good path for me and for my family. My husband and I are closer and happier than ever and we are glowing in our partnership and how we can lift one another up. My sons are doing well and about to finish college. I do feel that my subconscious is still conflicted with some of the change. I have always worked hard and to the best of my ability. I have been independent in my finances and done my best to take care of my family. When my career change happened at the end of March, I was relieved and thankful. I loved what I was doing for education, but after 15 years, I wanted to finish my own education. Being layed off from my job opened a door I had been asking the universe to open for me for years. Of course, I immediately applied to go back to school for a botany degree and was accepted with financial aid for the fall semester. This is giving me the summer to just be me. We have traveled, I have spent time with family and friends. I have hiked into waterfalls and Canadian lakes and it is only mid-June! Tuesday of this week, I was taking a walk around a local lake and a red winged black bird touched down on my head twice. After the second time, I turned around and look at the small tree next to the trail and asked the bird to stop please. The bird looked at me and squaked me twice. I giggled and walked away. This seems like something I should pay attention to, due to all of the amazing changes in our lives. Do you have any insight you could provide please? Thank you!

  11. I was recently at a park and saw a beautiful red winged blackbird. Later in the afternoon in a different area of the park on the island, I happened to be on the phone with my husband when out of nowhere I felt something land on my head and when I looked up the redwing Blackbird was flying away. I have neve had this happen to me before and it really startled me. Curious to hear what that mean when it lands on you directly

  12. Hi, can you tell me if scarlet red tanager would have a similar spirit message to cardinals? I cannot find any information on spirit meaning of scarlet tanagers and one visited my backyard (I had never seen this bird before but we always have cardinals)

  13. After attempting to bring my dog back inside the house after doing his business in the backyard, a small bird (dark in color, orangish-red tint on wings) was just sitting there on my front porch directly in front of the front door. Not only was he not intimidated by my golden retriever, he remained there, calmly, and my dog went right up to him…and still, the bird did not move! I finally scooted him away with a newspaper, and he quickly scampered into our front bushes. He didn’t appear injured in any way. A few minutes later, he was gone. I have been praying a lot lately for my younger daughter to find a teaching job and my older daughter to meet someone after an ugly divorce two summers ago. My wife and I are also stressed over the fact that we coach a high school softball team who possesses a lot of talent, but who each seem to have their own selfish agendas. Can you see any meaning to this strange bird appearance?

  14. With my two children we were standing on our back porch and a red bird Cardinal is my mother that passed away recently and we’ve been seeing that a lot this morning and then I don’t know where a red bird comes by and flies right in front of us so I put my hand out I could probably touched it was that close and I just passing by us at chirps and then Lands 2 on a tree to the right of us and just sits there and watches us about two hours later I come back to my back porch and I got to shut my back door and it flies up at me like I was trying to get my attention can you please help me understand a little bit more exactly what it is is it somebody trying to reach out to me or is it trying to let me know that changes are coming our way is it a good omen or a bad omen

  15. I found a baby rwbb while at work ( pizza delivery). Couldn’t find nest so I left under a tree.. I knew he wouldn’t survive the cold night so I went back after work and found him right where I left him.. a bit cold but perked up then.. I have a good history of raising baby birds and I am prepared to do so…
    I am also currently trying to figure out how to deal with my mother who recently developed health issues and now wants to live with me. We don’t get along and I’m the only child.. I am wondering if there’s a message in this? My mother has done me wrong so many times and ways all my life and at 52 I’m tired of it and finally starting to live without a need for her approval. Far too complicated for a quick post but any wisdom would be great!

  16. Visited by a RWBB

    Last month May for 3 straight days when I pulled into to my place of employment and praked my car a RWBB flew and sat on my back windshield wiper. He just sat there. I took a picture because I didn’t think anyone would believe me. The next day same bird and as soon as I pulled in and parked he landed on my back windshield
    Wiper, but this time he flew on top of my roof and walked around d as if to tell me do you see me. The 3rd day same thing, but when I got out of my car the bird circled and flew past me. He landed on a post and started signing. I never saw him again. About a week later I lost my job. Not sure what the message was.

    1. They can be a omen for changes, not necessarily bad but simply…changes! Good luck for your new chapter!

    2. I have just come from walking at the lake, and I see a RWBB sitting on my mirror. My instant thought was How great thou art! So I quickly tried to take a picture of the bird I was unsuccessful in doing so I get in my car and he flies on the hood of my car and sits there singing. Wow! I thought I called my husband and he says it is a Spirit animal and it is a good thing. The bird was like playing hide n go seek with me cause I kept trying to take a picture…. The best day!

  17. I’ve always had a deep connection with the red-winged blackbird. My grandpa taught a song with the title “red-winged blackbird” on guitar, one of the first songs I ever learned. Looking at this definition of the spiritual meaning, I can see how he was my red-winged blackbird, and that I am now the red-winged blackbird to those I love. Always helping others with my intuition, but not getting too caught up with the problem at hand (and staying out of the drama of it all). I have also just seen this symbol twice on a recent field trip, and big changes ARE coming. I am a senior with graduation just around the corner, and I am soon to be on my own. I am not one of those that blindly believes in all this bullshit, but I always try to have an open mind. I’ve always found these coincidences in my life insightful, and I DO plan on getting a red-winged blackbird tattoo soon, for myself and my grandpa.

    1. Always listen to your intuition and be open to the things you cannot see. You already have the gift of perception which is an advantage may do not have.

    2. Yesterday I had a firat encounter of a RWBB, in a place I have been many times before. And today I find this website and find it remarkable. I have been consumed with work and family and had lost myself. My TCM doc prescribed Qi Gong. And I believe the RWBB is a sign that I am connecting bacl to the natural world and coming back to center.

  18. A young RWBB flew into our birdbath today. He appears to have some minor wing/feather injuries. I have been leaving food, seeds etc. out back for him. He came here for healing and to heal me, and I feel a connection to him.

  19. I feed the birds seed every day. This morning was the first time I seen the black birds with red shoulders. Do they have a message for me eating in my back yard?

  20. I’m sitting here, in my home that I’ve been in for a few years now, and not seen one Red Wing Black Bird. They have always been my favorite. I had several that visited my porch at my old house. I was sitting on my porch today and started wishing I had some that would visit my feeders. 2 hours later, my trees are filled with them and under my feeder are even more. I’ve never felt this bird is my totem. I’ve always felt led by the bear. I’ve read what is at the top and yes, great changes are happening in my home. All positive ones but still life changing.

    I’ve always had a way with animals, whether it’s calming them or finding a lost pet for a neighbor. They always end up in my yard.

  21. What is the saying regarding hearing your first red winged black bird of the year? Does it mean 6 weeks to going barefoot? Or, six weeks until Spring?

  22. I’ve been working for my company as a driver for 2 years, for 20 months there was a redwing that would be at a mirror that was on a truck that would just tap away and peck and flutter at its reflection every morning at 7 am. I always kept watch and always expected his presence in the morning, but I was on the road one day heading back from a delivery and I spied a redwing on the side of the road walking instead of flying and I knew it was the same one and that it was his time to leave. I still keep looking at the truck expecting him to be there, but find nothing. I understand that it was guiding me on my way to fulfil my destiny. Thank you so much for the post.

  23. I stumbled upon this website researching about the tired winged black bird meaning. My mother was recently visiting my grandmothers grave and came across a red winged black bird that was nestled up at the base of my grandfather’s side of the plot (he is still alive) and it flew up and perched on my grandmothers head stone and was staring at my mother! It even let her pet its wings, head and belly until she had to leave and then flew right back down to where it was previously curled up. We are going through a hard time in the family right now and it seems like my grandmother is sending us a message.

  24. I live in Europe (France). Blackbirds are pure black for the male and a brownish tone for the female. The male is a luminous obsidian black with yellow rimmed eyes and an orange or dark yellow beak. The female is brown with a brownish orange beak and black rimmed eyes. I see these birds practically every day, especially as I live in a small country town. Many times I’m able to walk by very close without frightening them. They would stop what they are doing, briefly look directly at me, then continue on their way. I would imagine the totem meanings/representations are the same, maybe a little more intense in a mystical/magical sense because of the bird’s luminous black color. For many years the same blackbird couple has been making their home in our back yard laurel bushes. A few years ago the next door neighbor got two big dogs, thus keeping neighboring cats away. We hope the blackbird couple will return again this spring.

  25. I dreamt of finding a red wing blackbird dead in a cloth in a house I just bought in my dream. I kept trying to move it somewhere then my daughter came and touched it and I was worried we were both going to catch something from it. I dreamt of a blue heron before a few years ago and now another bird. What does this mean ?

  26. i love your site very helpful—-the redwing has shown up a lot lately and after reading your info i feel back on track so thank you!!! :mrgreen:

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