"We couldn't [leave you]. Not until we'd seen the wrongs put right."
— Birchbark to Tawnypelt in Darkest Night, page 301

Birchbark is a beige tom.[2]

Birchbark was a former apprentice under Rowanstar's leadership in the lake territories. Birchkit was born to Pinenose and Spikefur alongside his littermates, Lionkit, Slatekit, and Puddlekit, and had Violetkit as his foster sister. He soon became Birchpaw and stayed with Darktail and his rogues when they took over ShadowClan, eventually joining the newly formed Kin. However, Birchbark, Lioneye, and Mistcloud decided to leave the Kin after discovering Darktail's cruel nature, but disappeared when trying to escape. Birchbark later appeared as a ghost, along with some of his missing Clanmates, giving the Clans a message before ascending to StarClan.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Birchkit is a ShadowClan kit and the son of Spikefur and Pinenose along with his littermates, Lionkit, Slatekit and Puddlekit.

Thunder and Shadow

Birchkit is mentioned by Violetkit to be sleeping next to his siblings, Puddlekit and Slatekit. It is noted that his limbs are quivering, as though he was dreaming of hunting. Later that night, he dashes out of the den after Puddlekit when Grassheart begins her kitting, with Lionkit at his heels. When Violetkit sneaks out of the camp with Needlepaw, she recalls how Birchkit and Lionkit talk about owls that steal kits in the night.
Birchpaw and Lionpaw are present when Needlepaw, Juniperpaw, Yarrowpaw, Strikepaw, Sleekpaw, and Beepaw challenge Rowanstar about the warrior code and Clan ways. They hang back nervously as Needlepaw mocks her leader. Birchpaw and Lionpaw continue to ignore their foster-littermate. Violetpaw notes they hardly acknowledge her presence and only enter the apprentices' den to sleep.
Later, he and Lionpaw tug between a thrush. Tawnypelt growls at them to share the bird. Birchpaw glares at her before yanking the bird away from Lionpaw. Before he can get too far, Lionpaw pummels him, and the two littermates fight. Twigpaw sees Birchpaw's fur fly as he struggles to free himself from his littermate's grasp. Birchpaw gains the upper hand and rakes his claws along her flank, causing her to wail in pain. Twigpaw asks why no one is stopping them. Scorchfur replies they started it and to let them finish. Mistcloud adds if they hurt each other it's their own fault. Finally having enough, Twigpaw separates the two apprentices. Birchpaw and Lionpaw attack her instead until Tawnypelt breaks them up. Twigpaw is shocked why this is normal behavior for ShadowClan cats, and Flowerkit, along with Whorlkit, ask why she stopped them. Tawnypelt orders the two apprentices to fetch more moss for Puddleshine, but they decide to share the thrush before doing so.
When his mother, Pinenose, is delirious from yellowcough, she asks for him and Puddleshine. She is worried about his health, and Twigpaw replies he is out training. She continues to ask for her kits as Puddleshine arrives to comfort her, and Twigpaw realizes how much the stern queen loved her kits. When Violetpaw comes back, Twigpaw notes her sister isn't like Birchpaw and Lionpaw because she wants to help others. That night, Twigpaw sleeps in the apprentices' den with Violetpaw, Birchpaw and Lionpaw. She asks Violetpaw if their mother loved them as much as Pinenose loves Puddleshine, Birchpaw, and Lionpaw.
Two days later, Birchpaw and Lionpaw are woken up by the sound of Bramblestar's patrol coming to rescue Twigpaw. He is at first delirious from being woken up, but quickly realizes what's happening. He snarls at Twigpaw, and hisses that she's not leaving. He leaps and holds her down. Violetpaw drags him off and Birchpaw turns on her, snarling. Outside the den, he lines up with Scorchfur, Mistcloud, Sparrowtail, Rippletail, and Lionpaw to fight the invading ThunderClan cats. He along with the other ShadowClan cats aren't satisfied by their deputy's action to let Twigpaw leave.
When Pinenose begins to recover, Lionpaw mentions how she and Birchpaw could've helped their brother fetch the lungwort needed. As the Clan continues to recover, Tigerheart orders him on a hunting patrol with Scorchfur, Grassheart, Flowerpaw, and Sparrowtail. Birchpaw, along with the majority of the Clan, chooses to remain in ShadowClan under Darktail's leadership.

Shattered Sky

Violetpaw mentions that Birchbark, Lioneye, and Mistcloud have left the Kin, although no cat knows where Birchbark and the others have gone, due to them not turning up afterwards. Upon learning of Needletail being drowned by Darktail, Alderheart wonders if the same thing happened to Birchbark and the other missing ShadowClan cats.

Darkest Night

Tawnypelt: "It's good to see you once more."
Lioneye: "We never left you."
Birchbark: "We couldn't. Not until we'd seen the wrongs put right."
—Tawnypelt reuniting with Lioneye and Birchbark Darkest Night, page 301
At a Gathering, as ShadowClan recounts those missing or dead, Puddleshine calls out that Birchbark and Lioneye planned to leave the rogue camp. He adds that hasn't seen them ever since. Birchbark appears to the Clan cats as a spirit, along with the rest of ShadowClan's missing or dead cats. Tawnypelt brushes muzzles with him, and then Lioneye, another missing warrior. The tortoiseshell warrior says that it's nice to see the two again, and Birchbark replies he never could've left, not until things are put right. After Rowanclaw gives up his leadership, and name, Birchbark and the other spirits fade away.

River of Fire

He does not appear, however, when Needletail tells Alderheart that after she and the other ghost cats gave the Clans the message to find their missing Clanmates, they all went to StarClan.

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Pinenose:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Spikefur:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Lioneye:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Slatefur:[2] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Puddleshine:[2] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Weaselkit:[9] Deceased, residence unknown

Foster sister:

Violetshine:[10] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)



Pinenose ♀Spikefur ♂
WeaselkitBirchbark ♂Lioneye ♀Puddleshine ♂Slatefur ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Pinenose ♀
Violetshine ♀Birchbark ♂Lioneye ♀Puddleshine ♂Slatefur ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 23
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 299
  6. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 141
  7. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 23
  8. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 347
  9. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 272
  10. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, allegiances
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