Hawks are birds of prey similar to real-life hawks.
Known for their speed and eyesight, captive hawks and falcons can be used for hunting, a popular activity for noblemen and noblewomen. Willas Tyrell is said to have the finest hawks in the Seven Kingdoms, and House Celtigar is believed have magnificent hawks at Claw Isle. Merchants can sell hawks at markets.
There are reports that Aegon Targaryen and his sister Visenya hawked at the Arbor with Lord Redwyne prior to Aegon's Conquest. After he became king, many lords of the Seven Kingdoms tried to impress Aegon I with feasting, balls, hunting, and hawking during his royal progresses.
Saera Targaryen was able to persuade her father, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, to give her a variety of animals, including a hawk. The princess often hunted and hawked with her friends, Perianne Moore and Alys Turnberry.
Young Stannis Baratheon cared for a goshawk he named Proudwing, but the bird was never the equal of Thunderclap, the gyrfalcon of his elder brother, Robert. After becoming king, Robert I prefers to hunt and hawk and leave the tedium of governing to Lord Jon Arryn, his Hand of the King. Robert spent much of his time hawking during a visit to Greenstone.
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Outside, Dunk glimpsed a hawk soaring in wide circles through the bright blue sky. He envied him.—thoughts of Duncan the Tall
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
- Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
- The Hedge Knight.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
- A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
- A Dance with Dragons, Prologue.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
- Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
- Fire & Blood, Three Heads Had the Dragon - Governance Under King Aegon I.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 25, Brienne V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 14, Arya IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 16, Sansa II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 30, Daenerys V.
- The Mystery Knight.