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Widowbird

Are your thought process are getting interrupted by an image of the Widowbird? The Widowbird in your thoughts means that you are nursing a hurt about some sad occurrence in recent the past of your real life.

A widowbird is a long tailed nocturnal bird found almost all over the world. It has a short bill and is black or brownish in color depending on the region where it lives.

  

The American variety is the largest of all nocturnal birds with a wing span up to twenty-six inches and lengths reaching thirty-three inches.

The symbol of a Widowbird stands for:

  • Protection.
  • Adoption.
  • Beauty.
  • Courtship.
  • Aggression.
  • Open spaces.
  • Night.
  • Emotion.

The Widowbird rests quietly on the ground or on the branches of a tree in the day time. It comes out during dusk as the night has started to fall. It remains active during the night and retreats to its perch at the break of dawn. Its eyes shine with a red glow when light falls on the Widowbird sitting on the ground at night.

The Widowbird does not have a proper nest to call its home and rests mainly on the ground or low branches out in the open.

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As the Widowbird uses the ground or low branches to rest in the daytime, it is very vulnerable to dogs, cats and other predators. Because of its vulnerability to attack, the numbers of the Widowbird is decreasing day by day.

The Widowbird feasts on insects which come out at night, especially moths and beetles. It also swallows whole small birds and bats for food. The female Widowbird lays its eggs on the ground as it does not build any nest.

The eggs on the ground out in the open become very easily accessible to poaching dogs and cats. The Widowbird have been seen to shift their eggs from one place to another when they have felt threatened by anybody man or beast.

The dark brown or the black color of the Widowbird makes it look like a widow dressed in black mourning and together with its sad song makes the atmosphere very depressing.

It seems that unable to keep hold of the grief for someone very dear, the widow is letting her inner feelings out by lamenting her loss under the cover of darkness.

The Widowbird keeps calling throughout the night continuously in a very low note. The note of the call sounds like a widow mourning the death of her spouse. The call consists of two short notes with a vibration in the middle with an even pitch throughout.

The call sounds like sobs accompanied by wails in quick succession. Seeing this Widowbird in your thoughts, it reminds you of some painful memory which you are carrying around in your sub-conscious mind.  

The Widowbird in your thoughts asks you to let go of this sad memory and forge ahead with new energy in the journey of life.

A Widowbird can appear in your thoughts when….

  • You are unhappy.
  • You are depressed.
  • You are feeling let down.
  • Your surroundings are depressing.
  • You are thinking of some loss.

You can call upon the Widowbird symbol when…

  • You want to share your pent-up sadness with others to lighten the load you are feeling.
  • When you feel you getting cramped in a small place and need open spaces.
  • You are craving for some aggression in your character so that you can take on others.
  • You want to be free of the sadness of some loss in your real life that is making you miserable.
  • You are feeling vulnerable without a proper home and want to have one which can remove this threat.

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