Birds can be terrifying for someone with ornithophobia, and not just birds of prey like hawks and eagles. Seeing the shadows of tiny sparrows or finches can send a person who suffers from ornithophobia running to escape, despite the relative lack of harm that these birds can do. Some research suggests that the fear of birds ties into self-preservation instincts leftover from the caveman era, when birds were much more common predators. People with ornithophobia often describe a fear of wings, claws or beaks, and even thinking about birds can make them cringe in fear. Being too close to a bird can bring on a panic attack and intense feelings of fear.
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