Birds are a common symbol on gravestones.
The image of a hummingbird is often found on infants’ gravestones
An owl represents solitude; a warning of impending death; watchfulness; or wisdom.
A rooster often found on weather vanes indicates vigilance and was installed to guard against evil. On a gravestone, the rooster signifies the awakening and the resurrection.
An eagle is a recognized symbol of a military career, and is symbolic of courage and valor.
However, the most common bird images on gravestones is a dove, On Christian gravestones it represents the Holy Spirit. On Jewish gravestones the dove represents peace.
The white dove is symbolic of purity and spirituality.
A dove holding an Olive Sprig represents hope or a promise and is universally recognized as a symbol of peace.
Winged doves are recognized as a symbol of the soul of the deceased ascending to heaven, and therefore represents the resurrection and rebirth.