Ornithophobia:- fear of birds
Ornithophobia is a type of specific phobia, an abnormal, irrational fear of birds.
Causes of Ornithophobia:
v Young children can develop Ornithophobia if they have felt threatened by aggressive birds like vultures, hawks or geese.
v In some cases, the birds might not have shown any violence, but their mere presence at traumatic events such as funerals or accidents can be enough to trigger a phobia in a young child.
v Birds flying inside the homes through an open window and causing upheaval might have made the parents nervous and this can trigger anxiety attack in the child.
v Ornithophobia can also be instigated by folklore or movies. Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds, or Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘The Raven’ also portray birds in negative light or as killing machines.
v Images of carnivorous birds attacking small prey like rabbits seen on TV shows can sometimes develop a fear of birds in young minds.
Symptoms of Ornithophobia:
v The symptoms of ornithophobia will vary according to its severity. You might fear only large birds, or only wild birds. You might be afraid of specimens that have undergone taxidermy, such as those in natural history museums. You may fear all representations of birds, including photos.
v When forced to confront a bird, you might shake, cry or even freeze in place. You may run away or attempt to hide. You might also experience anticipatory anxiety in the days before a likely confrontation with birds.
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