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A hooded hawk is included in the sigil of House Fowler

Hawks are birds of prey similar to real-life hawks.


Known for their speed[1] and eyesight,[2] captive hawks and falcons can be used for hunting, a popular activity for noblemen[3][4] and noblewomen.[5][6][7] Willas Tyrell is said to have the finest hawks in the Seven Kingdoms,[8] and House Celtigar is believed have magnificent hawks at Claw Isle.[9] Merchants can sell hawks at markets.[10]

Maesters use ravens to send messages as they are better able than doves or pigeons to defend themselves from hawk attacks,[11] but many ravens are still brought down by the birds of prey.[12][1]

The arms of House Fowler depict a hooded hawk, and Lord Franklyn Fowler is called the Old Hawk.[13] Four hawks' heads are included in the arms of House Terrick.

Sphinxes are said to have the wings of a hawk.[14]

Skinchangers who have entered the minds of hawks can lose their connection to the earth and instead only want to fly.[15]

Cragorn has a great hawk tattooed on his chest.[16]


There are reports that Aegon Targaryen and his sister Visenya hawked at the Arbor with Lord Redwyne prior to Aegon's Conquest.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19]

Daemon Targaryen hawked with his niece, Rhaenyra Targaryen.[20] Daemon's wife, Lady Rhea Royce, died after falling from her horse while hawking.[20]

Prior to the Maiden's Day Cattle Show, Lucinda Penrose was attacked by outlaws while hawking along Blackwater Bay, and her bird was killed.[21]

"The Hawk" was the name for one of three rebels during the reign of King Aegon V Targaryen.[22]

Focusing his attention on the sky, Lord Luthor Tyrell rode off a cliff to his death while hawking.[23]

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.[1] 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.[24] Robert spent much of his time hawking during a visit to Greenstone.[25]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen watches a hawk circling above the Dothraki sea in search of prey.[26]

A Clash of Kings

Patrek Mallister and Theon Greyjoy share a fondness for hawking.[3]

Arya Stark observes a hawk lazily flying over the Gods Eye river.[27]

Renly Baratheon keeps a pair of red-tailed hunting hawks in his pavilion at Bitterbridge.[28]

A Storm of Swords

Sansa Stark goes hawking in the kingswood with Margaery Tyrell.[29]

A Feast for Crows

Arianne Martell spies a hawk when her party approaches the Greenblood.[30]

Ser Osmund Kettleblack informs Queen Regent Cersei Lannister that Queen Margaery often goes hawking with Janna Fossoway and Meredyth Crane.[25]

While bringing the Mountain's skull to Sunspear, Ser Balon Swann is delayed by House Wyl with eight days of hunting and hawking.[13]

A Dance with Dragons

Some of the Brazen Beasts wear hawk masks in Meereen.[31]


Outside, Dunk glimpsed a hawk soaring in wide circles through the bright blue sky. He envied him.[32]

—thoughts of Duncan the Tall


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
  2. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa IV.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
  7. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  10. The Hedge Knight.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
  14. A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
  15. A Dance with Dragons, Prologue.
  16. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
  17. Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  18. Fire & Blood, Three Heads Had the Dragon - Governance Under King Aegon I.
  19. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  21. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  22. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
  23. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
  24. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  25. 25.0 25.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 25, Brienne V.
  26. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  27. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 14, Arya IV.
  28. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  29. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 16, Sansa II.
  30. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  31. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 30, Daenerys V.
  32. The Mystery Knight.