Animals in dreams are often symbols for behaviors, attitude and thinking patterns we have based the one characteristic of the animal that stands out most. Birds in dreams usually represent transcendence and freedom as we overcome issues. Unusual or rare birds often symbolize very specific behaviors, attitudes, and thinking patterns we have. Like animals, bird symbolism is usually based the one characteristic of the bird that stands out most. Birds in dreams are symbols for transcendence and liberation. Escaping boundaries and limitations. A symbol for progress towards wholeness and harmony. They are your goals, aspirations, and hopes. The type and color of the bird is very important in decoding the meaning (e.g. black birds or vultures are not positive symbols).