thrush bird symbolism

Thrush Bird Symbolism

Last Updated on September 30, 2020 by Avia

Getting a Rush with Thrush Bird Symbolism

The thrush is a surprising bird. For such a little creature, it can be extremely fierce when it comes to protecting its babies and territories. There is a big symbolic lesson in this for us. Also, thrush sing beautiful, complex songs. This too is a lesson. Check out thrush bird symbolism to get the full meaning of this great bird.

This article about thrush symbolic meaning comes from a question I got from a reader of this website. Her question goes like this:…

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A question about wood thrush bird meaning

“The other day a wood thrush swooped down and landed right beside me on a bench I was sitting on.

It sat there and stared at me for a couple minutes just looking at me. I moved to get my phone, and it didn’t fly away as expected. It just kept looking at me! I’ve never had anything like this happen before. Do you know the symbolic meaning of the thrush? I would really like to know. Thank you, ~D.”

Avia’s Response: When looking into potential symbolism of animal encounters, we can get help with our interpretations by breaking down animals into simple classifications. We can do this with basic elements: Fire, Earth, Air Water.

Understandably, bird symbolism is linked with the element of air.

Air is an element that is primarily associated with realms of the mind (intellect, perception, awareness, focus, thoughts).

So, when a bird comes to pay me a visit, I get the idea the message has something to do with perception (thought patterns, awareness, etc).

To learn more about what this bird-messenger wants to share with me, I meditate and/or do research about the bird. I also take into account the environment and setting the bird chose to show itself to me.

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About Wood Thrush Bird Symbolism

“Nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain.”


With all this stuff in mind…we could formulate a kind of symbolic narrative…a story that serves as a deeper message the thrush might have to share with you.

You’re right, the thrush is a songbird, and its lyrical voice is an utter delight. In fact, its song is what I would consider an outstanding feature of the bird…so here we might gain our first clue as to its appearance to you.

It’s presence might ask something like: “Am I being mindful of my own song?” Meaning, am I thinking (as birds are linked to Air, and Air is symbolic of the mind) about what comes out of my mouth? Are my words reflecting the truth? Do I need to focus my attention on the beauty of my own song/speech?

As far as your thrush spending so much time staring at you on the bench…well, maybe it was simply to get you to ask your question. Very often, creatures and things in nature show up for a reason, and that reason is to give us a lesson or a message. The thrush may very well have a message for you – and learning about thrush bird symbolism might be just the thing you need to get a big break through of insight.

thrush bird symbolism
Thrush bird symbolism

Thrush bird symbolism also deals with relationships. Did you know they mate with one partner through their lifetime? Yep, they’re monogamous. This speaks to me about reflecting upon partnerships. How devoted are we? How committed are we in our long-term relationships?

Thrush’s, like many other birds, can be tremendously defensive about protecting their home. They have large’ish territories, and make rounds to be sure their areas are secure. They employ chest-puffing, raucous vocalizations, nose-diving and other aggressive tacts to protect that which is sacred to them.

This propensity could be symbolic too. Have thoughts of protection and defense been on your mind lately? If so, perhaps the thrush is a prompt to examine those thoughts.

These are just a few ideas about thrush bird symbolism to help you interpret your thrush encounter.

I hope this helps with your personal interpretation.  And I also hope this post helps other people who are seeking the same insight about the thrush. As always, thanks to everybody for reading!


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