"RiverClan says the same. We should have never driven you out. I felt compassion for you, but I did nothing - and that makes my actions worse. I am sorry."

— Birchstar apologizing to Cloudstar in Firestar's Quest, page 492


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Birchstar is a light brown tabby she-cat[1] with a glossy pelt.[2]


Birchstar is politely talking with Redstar, ThunderClan's leader, before a Gathering. She asks Cloudstar why he brought his whole Clan to the Gathering. She then states that she would like to help SkyClan, but that the river is very low, and that it is harder than ever to catch any fish. She also says that SkyClan doesn't know how to catch fish.


Much later, Birchstar appears during Leafstar's leadership ceremony with the other leaders at the time of SkyClan's departure: Redstar of ThunderClan, Swiftstar of WindClan, and Dawnstar of ShadowClan. Firestar notes that she looks like Heavystep from RiverClan and a bit like Clovertail. She tells Cloudstar that RiverClan feels the same as ThunderClan, admitting that they should never have driven SkyClan out. Birchstar admits her feelings of compassion, although she did nothing. Birchstar gives Leafstar a life for sympathy and understanding, to use for the weakest in SkyClan, and for all the others who need help and protection.

When she talks to Firestar with the other leaders, she admits that there should always have been five Clans in the forest. She stands close to the other leaders, Skywatcher, Spottedleaf, and Leafstar's mother for the rest of the leadership ceremony.

Although unnamed, Birchstar is mentioned by Firestar, when the old ThunderClan leader is talking to Bramblestar about SkyClan. He says that the leaders of ThunderClan, WindClan, ShadowClan, and RiverClan had to deal with the consequences of their actions after being responsible for driving out SkyClan. Firestar goes on to tell Bramblestar that each of these leaders had come to visit Leafstar during her leadership ceremony, and in turn, gave her a life. Firestar says that this served as not only an apology, but a reminder that one Clan is not able to survive alone.


  • She has been noted to look very similar to Heavystep and Clovertail,[3] and Vicky thinks Birchstar is related to both.[4]

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 1
  2. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 6
  3. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 492
  4. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook