Bird Meaning of the Finch

Animal Symbolism and Bird Meaning of the Finch


I talk about bird meaning a lot on this website because I think their wisdom is unique, and often profound when we pay attention to the messages they wing our way.

I fell off my roof this morning (while cleaning 2nd story windows). This was another opportunity for birds to make their meanings profound.

Why? Because I'd been asked to write about the symbolic meaning of finch, but until now, the inspirational well was dry. From meditation pillow to keyboard, to communing with nature - no finch song would come to lift my awareness in symbolic revelation of the finch.

However, in that slow fall from the roof (quit laughing), my vision was inundated by a slew of bright yellow finches. The first (and early to boot) of this spring season.

As I lay in my shrubbery (thick and soft as hay bales, thank Zeus - or else I'd not be writing this article on bird meaning) after the fall - I closed my eyes to really emulsify the image of those bright, bounding yellow beauties.

Here are some lessons they shared with me, but first, a quick-list of symbolic bird meaning related to the finch...

Symbolic Bird Meaning of the Finch

  • Joy
  • Simplicity
  • Variety
  • Diversity
  • Appreciation
  • Happiness
  • High Energy
  • Honoring Resources
  • Healthful Diet
  • Enjoying the Journey

When finches come into our awareness it is a sure sign of ebullient times ahead. Finches are a sparkly omen of high energy and bright days on the horizon.

Consider their flight pattern. In the same way you can pick up on a person's character by his/her gait, we can do the same with a bird's flight. And, in the realm of symbolic interpretation, flight can give us a lot to work with in bird meaning.

Finches are never satisfied to just go from point A to point B. They seem to boogie from place to place. Bouncing and bobbing through air currents is big fun for these birds. Observing them just gives you a feeling of freedom and happiness.

Indeed, Native People of North America held the finch as a bird of happiness. They observed their variety and colors and considered this bird to be favored because they were painted in shades of bright joy. Furthermore, joyful dispositions and their obviously freedom-loving behaviors are admirable qualities much revered by our wise ancestors.

If that weren't enough, Native wisdom holds the finch as an oracle of celebration and upcoming festivities. These are song birds, and their music heralds the bounty of spring.

Indeed, the song of the finch is holds a great deal of symbolism. When the finch sings to our awareness it is a beckoning to unleash our own song. If we've been concealing our brilliance from the world - the finch is a sign to start making our value more audible and available to others.

The finch will sing lightly to your heart, and guide you on a bouncy path of creativity.

Its bird meaning deals with sociability too, and if the finch comes into your life it may be a signal to get more involved with social activities.

To summarize our bird meaning of the finch, consider these quick-tips to finch bird meanings...

Tips to Symbolic Finch Meaning

  • Flight:
    Full of zeal and zest. The message here is "Enjoy the journey!"

  • Color:
    Derived from food source (finches don't produce their own pigment. The quality of their food determines their brightness. Better food, better color). Message: "You are what you eat!" Feed your body good stuff, and let it flourish brightly. Check out my color meanings pages to help identify deeper symbolic meaning of your finch sightings.

  • Diet:
    Finches feed their young plant matter (not meaty worms and such like most birds). Another message "Nourish your body!" with good greens from the earth.

  • Feathers:
    Did you know finches have, on the average, 12 tail feathers? Twelve is symbolic of structure, particularly in matters of time (our 24 day is halved by 12, twelve signs of the western zodiac, twelve months in most calendars). Tail feathers are the rudders, so the finch may be telling us to "Navigate time wisely!"

  • Habitat:
    Finches are happy to nest anywhere. They are extremely opportunistic (even using discarded nests from other birds) and seemingly easy to please. The message "Appreciate what you have, and make the most of it!"

Neat Educational Video on Finches


I hope you have enjoyed these bird meanings that came due to a short fall from my roof. I'm grateful the finches chose to finally speak...although, I'm hoping for less traumatic methods of learning in the future!

If you enjoyed this article on the finch meaning, be sure to click on the links to other articles on bird symbolism listed at the end of this page.

Thans for reading, and may your day be bright - just as the finch would encourage!

Thanks to Thanks to ShudrBug on Flickr for us of gold finch photo.

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An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.

This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."

Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happing to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive it! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)

As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!



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