Have you seen a Red Bird?
This is what it Really Means!

Many cultures around the globe symbolize words, objects, and even creatures. Thus, many people believe that different-colored birds can mean different things. So what does a red bird symbolize? Keep reading ahead to find out!

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David A. Swanson

October 30, 2021

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In many cultures across the globe, birds have a powerful symbolism. They’re considered to be the messengers from spiritual realms. In fact, it is believed that angels often appear in the form of birds. Even in media, angels are depicted to have wings just like birds. 

Generally, birds are known to symbolize freedom. They can walk the earth, swim in the water, and they have the ability to soar into the sky. They are free in every regard and thus, they also symbolize eternal life. They are thought to represent the link between earth and heaven. 

The symbolic significance of birds is great. The symbolism of red birds is no different. Red is the color of extremes thus, red birds symbolize love, passion, courage, violence, tradition, and culture. Although different red birds have different symbols, they have one common thing; their bold and passionate nature. 

If you have recently seen a red bird that you couldn’t take your eyes off of or are generally interested in birdwatching, this article will help you learn all about what a red bird symbolizes. 


When you keep seeing a certain kind of red bird, it is usually a heaven-sent messenger of love for you.

It is a widely accepted notion that red is the color of extremes. Thus, birds that bear this color on their bodies are not so different either. 

Firstly, red birds symbolize passion. People who resonate with red birds are passionate about everything they feel, be it love or hatred. They feel every feeling intensely and therefore, they are very expressive as well. 

Red-colored birds also symbolize health and well-being. The color of their plumage represents the color of blood, the life force of every living being on earth. Therefore, red birds are symbolic of good health. 

Additionally, red-colored birds are also symbolic of courage, violence, and war. It is because of their passionate nature that these birds can be aggressive if they’re provoked. 

Lastly, in every culture, the color red has a different significance making it a somewhat sacred color. Thus, red birds represent are symbolic of culture and tradition. 

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There is a different variety of red-colored birds across the globe. Of course, not all of them symbolize the same thing. Different bird species have different symbolisms and spiritual meanings owing to their appearance and behavior. 

We are now going to look at some of the common red birds you might come across and their symbolism!


When a cardinal appears in your yard, it’s a visitor from heaven.

The Northern Cardinals, commonly known as Red Cardinals, are the most remarkable members of the Cardinalis family found in southeastern Canada through the eastern United States. Male cardinals have a brilliant red plumage while the females are a bit paler in comparison.

These red birds are quite large in size by the standards of a songbird. Additionally, they’re also non-migratory, unlike most songbirds. They remain in the same place throughout the year withstanding harsh climates. This is the reason that cardinals are symbolic of courage, strength, and compassion. 

Seeing a red cardinal can inspire a person to take charge of their life and summon courage to take the difficult but necessary steps toward change and betterment. 


Keep an eye out!

Cardinals are typically the first bird to visit feeding stations in the morning and the last to visit in the evenings. 


Crimson Sunbirds resemble hummingbirds in appearance a lot. These are tiny birds with tubular tongues and bills curved slightly downwards. 

Much like hummingbirds, sunbirds also enjoy feeding on nectar as they’re primarily nectarivores. However, they also feed on insects. Essentially, the Crimson Sunbirds are symbolic of speed.

Thus, coming across a sunbird can serve as a reminder for people to not dwell on things too much and be quick to take action. It can also teach how overthinking can affect a person’s efficiency negatively, thus, to do great things, one must take small risks. 


The Scarlet Ibis is a bright red-colored member of the family of Ibises, a group of large wading birds found in South America and the Caribbean. 

They have a long and thin bill that is also curved downwards to help them forage in waters, mud, and grass. Thus, they are symbolic of balance of balance and flexibility. 

If you’re having difficulty with balancing work with pleasure and feel that it is hindering your growth in life, let the Scarlet Ibis be a reminder to you to be flexible and adapt to your environment. It is you who can be the agent of change in your life. 


The Scarlet Macaws are a large parrot species with a plumage covered in red for the most part with blue and yellow bits as well. They’re endemic to Central and North America. 

These birds are colorful and loud. Thus, their spirit is symbolic of boldness, confidence and, visibility. They serve as a reminder that you should be your truest self unapologetically. 

Let this be a lesson to you: if you’re talented, you should not waste your gift worrying about what others may think. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. It is not your job to please others, your job is to be your own person. 


The Crimson Finches inhabit most of Northern Australia. They’re very tiny birds that only weigh about 13 grams. 

Must like the cardinals, these birds are adored for their sweet and melodious songs. The finches are also well-known for their beautiful singing from morning until night which is why they’re also considered to be high-spirited. These birds are symbolic of music and energy, spreading joy around through their tunes.

Moreover, they’re also symbolic of compassion as they live in tight-knit communities and protect each other. So much so that a baby finch is taught the skills of a musician by its parent. Thus, they also teach us the lesson of strength in unity. 

If you ever come across a finch, let it be a reminder for you to seek out joy in life and stay connected with your loved ones. 



In some cultures, the finch's prolonged singing was not considered to be a good omen. Instead, they interpreted it as a sign of rain or misfortune. 

However, a person’s beliefs determine their luck so if you think positively, good things will find their way to you!


The Scarlet Flycatchers, also known as Vermilion Flycatchers, are found in parts of South America. 

These birds are symbolic of the little things in life because they are highly aware of everything going on in their surroundings, no matter how insignificant they may seem.

Scarlet Flycatchers teach us that everything that happens, even the smallest things, are part of a bigger plan and that we should pay attention to the details because if we do, it’d help us analyze appreciate the smaller things in life.


The Pine Grosbeaks are the only species in their genus. They have been named after their favorite habitat, the pine trees.

These birds are symbolic of wanderlust. The reason for this is that these birds do not follow regular routes like all other migratory birds during migration. Instead, they often take de-routes to explore.

The Pine Grosbeaks teach us the lesson that we must be unafraid in pursuit of the things we want. We should take risks and seek what makes us happy. 


Summer Tanagers are medium-sized songbirds that belong to the tanager family. They are most popular for their Robin-like songs.

In the world of spiritualism, these birds are symbolic of patience. They remind us that the universe is working in mysterious ways to lead us to the path we are meant to be on.

Thus, one must have patience and persist through difficult situations so that one can achieve greater things in life!



Serve foods that tanagers like best such as mealworms, grape jelly, and oranges. Follow their Robin-like song to see if you can find them in a canopy as they don't move around much while singing. Lastly, keep an eye on the weather. Tanagers usually come out after a storm.


A cardinal lives in a tree of hope and love. He is the guardian of all our wishes and dreams.

The appearance of a red bird in a person’s dreams is a common phenomenon. In many cultures across the world, it is believed the a red bird’s appearance in a dream contains a hidden meaning or message. 

Just as seeing different red birds in real life can be symbolic of different things, the appearance of different red birds in dreams can signify different things as well.

It is often believed that to dream of a red bird is symbolic of a romantic endeavor in your life. If you have such a dream, it may be a sign that you will soon start a new romantic chapter in your life, and chances are that this relationship would be long-lasting. 

Similarly, dreaming of a pair of redbirds can have multiple interpretations. If you’re in a relationship or on the verge of getting married, a dream like this could be symbolic of wedding bells. However, for a married couple, this dream could mean that both the partners need to balance their household responsibilities and be equally present for each other.

In other instances, it is believed that if you dream of a flying red bird, it is an indication of the arrival of challenges in your life. However, these challenges will only make you stronger and just like a red bird soaring through the sky, you will overcome them with flying colors. On the other hand, dreaming of a red bird flying directly towards you is a sign of major improvements in your life. 

It is also believed that if you see a red bird foraging for food in your dream, it indicates that you will soon make a huge purchase such as property or a car. It will act as an occasion to bring your loved ones together and celebrate your success. 

However, it is important to note that dreams are the result of a person’s subconsciousness. The idea that birds or dreams can bring good or bad luck in your life is a personal belief and is not backed by science. 



Some people admire red-colored birds for their beauty, boldness, and their singing. Thus, many Canadians and Native Americans believe that these birds bring good luck into their lives. They firmly believe that if you spot a redbird, it is symbolic of good things coming into your life. This is also because birds are seen as messengers of God coming from other realms. 

However, none of this is backed by science but that does not disregard that a lot of people can feel inspired by red birds to take charge and action in their lives. Some people may learn patience and perseverance from these birds. Thus, spotting a red bird soaring through the sky or singing on a canopy is a beautiful thing to witness for all!


In this article, we have done our best to sum up the symbolism and meaning of red birds. Although many red birds have the same plumes, they can have varied symbols and meanings. However, all of them symbolize passion and high-spirited energy. 

Similarly, dream interpretation of red birds is a whole another field of study. Red-colored birds can also serve as the spirit animal that comes to your dreams to guide you out of troubles and teach you courage and strength. 

The symbolism behind red birds is certainly powerful and ensures that you feel soothed if you ever come across these crimson-colored birds. Hopefully, you understand now what it means when you see a red bird. 

If you’re interested in learning more about symbolism and what it means to see different colored birds, check out our post on what it means to see a yellow bird!

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By David A. Swanson

Bird Watching USA

My name is David and I'm the the founder of Bird Watching USA! I started Bird Watching with My father-in-law many years ago, and I've become an addict to watching these beautiful creatures. I've learnt so much over about bird watching over the years that I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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David A. Swanson

Bird Watching USA

My name is David and I'm the the founder of Bird Watching USA! I started Bird Watching with My father-in-law many years ago, and I've become an addict to watching these beautiful creatures. I've learnt so much over about bird watching over the years that I want to share with the world everything I know about them!



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