White raven

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A white raven. © Fantasy Flight Games
A white raven approaching Dragonstone. © Fantasy Flight Games
A maester and a white raven. © Fantasy Flight Games

White ravens are a species of bird rarer than black ravens. They are reared at the Citadel in Oldtown.


See also: Images of White ravens

White ravens are not albino, but a separate species from black ravens. This is known because their eyes are black. They are larger and more intelligent than their black counterparts.[1]

They are sent by the maesters of the Citadel exclusively to announce the changing of the seasons.[2] White ravens and black ravens are kept in separate rookeries, otherwise they fight each other.[3] The white raven rookery is located in the west tower on the Isle of Ravens, at the Citadel in Oldtown.[3] The white ravens are Archmaester Walgrave's pride, and he wants them to eat him when he dies.[4]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

A white raven arrives at Dragonstone from the Citadel with a message declaring the end of this 10-year-long summer (ten years, two turns and sixteen days, the longest in living memory).[1]

A white raven brings word of autumn to Winterfell.[5]

A Feast for Crows

The Citadel novice Pate helps tend the ravens as an assistant to Archmaester Walgrave. The white ravens know Pate's name, and often mutter it to each other whenever they see him.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

Kevan Lannister arrives at Grand Maester Pycelle's chambers and finds a white raven sitting on the window ledge, a sign from the Citadel that winter has come.[6]


There has been a white raven from the Citadel. Winter has come.[7]

The white ravens fly only from the Citadel.[1]