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What Do Dreams About Hummingbirds Mean?

Spend any time investigating hummingbirds, and you will soon learn how incredible they are. They beat their wings more than 1000 times per second and can fly over 500 miles without stopping.

They have the largest brain-to-body ratio found in birds, giving them an impeccable memory. They lay the tiniest eggs in the bird world and build their nests out of spider webs.

beautiful green and blue hummingbird in flight drinking nectar from a purple flower.

All of this, and they are dazzlingly beautiful. Their feathers shimmer, giving them the nickname “flying jewels .”And maybe best of all, a group of hummingbirds is called a “charm.” 

So what does it mean when we dream of these fascinating birds?

Traditional hummingbird symbolism

The indigenous tribes of the Americas often saw the hummingbird as a symbol of healing, fertility, and gratitude for mother earth. Many traditional stories have the hummingbird healing people or aspects of nature.

As Christians encountered hummingbirds in the new world, they adopted the hummingbird as a symbol of joy and a message of God’s love.

When hummingbirds appear in our dreams

When a hummingbird shows up in your dreams, it’s time to consider the different meanings it may have for you.

A symbol of joy

A hummingbird zipping through your nighttime stories could symbolize pleasure and joy.

close up of colorful hummingbird perched on a branch.

This may confirm you are in a place in your life where you can experience true joy and satisfaction.

Or it could signify that you need to seek more joy in your life.

Related: What Does it Mean to Dream About Peacocks?

Time to get serious

Dreaming about this excitable bird could also indicate you need to take things a little more seriously. Maybe you have been ignoring your finances or flirting a bit too much with that cute co-worker.

Life is meant to be fun, but don’t forget your responsibilities.

Your energy is good

Finally, a hummingbird could confirm your energy and health is right where it needs to be. You have been pursuing your dreams and goals with the perfect amount of zeal.

a purple and blue hummingbird flying.

Don’t give up, and take care of yourself to stay focused and energized.

A hummingbird in the house

If you dream of a hummingbird in your house, you may be both a symbol of joy and a sign that a period of abundance may come your way. Be on the lookout for opportunities to increase feelings of abundance in your life.

Personal encounter

A dream in which a hummingbird lands on your arms or hands, or even one who talks, may indicate it is time to begin your spiritual journey.

an illustration of a ruby-throated hummingbird in flight.

Take some time to consider if that feels right for you and what spiritual practices you gravitate to.

Caged hummingbird

If you dream of a hummingbird in a cage, it can indicate you are feeling trapped in a specific area of your life. The hummingbird often migrates 1000s of miles; to see one caged is to see natural instinct stifled.

What is your natural instinct to do? Do you feel you are able to fly wherever you would like?

Catching a hummingbird

If you don’t see one in a cage but are instead trying to catch one, you may need to rethink something in your life. To capture the hummingbird may represent an attempt to make an essential change in your life.

The elusive hummingbird in your dream may inspire you to pursue new goals.

a hummingbird in flight in front of a red flower.

If you are lucky enough to see a hummingbird in your dreams, take some time to consider what the presence of this amazing animal means.

Their messages may intend to help you live your best life, just like these little flying jewels.