Bird tattoos and their meanings can be as varied as the species and often have unique significance to the wearer, but certain birds are used as symbols for certain traits in various cultures. For example, ravens are often thought to be harbingers of death, and the owl is widely recognized as a symbol of wisdom. In general, birds are used to symbolize overcoming obstacles and freedom.
Doves and eagles are also common tattoo designs, with doves normally representing peace and tranquility and eagles indicating great inner strength or pride. Swans may be used to symbolize beauty or self-acceptance, while colorful peacock tattoos could symbolize maturity and pride.