"Owl Eyes was an excellent deputy while you and Lightning Tail were gone. Leaf and Gooseberry got into an argument aboout the nests in the warriors' den, and Owl Eyes figured out a solution every cat could live with. He managed so well that I didn't even know there was an argument until it was over."
Violet Dawn to Thunderstar, suggesting Owl Eyes as deputy in Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 8

Owl Eyes is a lean, lithe, sleek,[9] dark gray tom[8] with wide, brilliant, amber eyes,[2] and broad shoulders.[10]

Owl Eyes was the second deputy of ThunderClan. He was born to Turtle Tail and Tom, alongside Pebble Heart and Sparrow Fur. He grieves, along with his siblings, when Turtle Tail was hit by a monster and and the trio were raised on the moor by their adopted father, Gray Wing. After the groups split, he joined Clear Sky's camp in the forest, and eventually he followed Thunder after leaving his father's group to make a new camp. Thunder's camp later became ThunderClan, and Owl Eyes became a warrior under Thunder's leadership and gained an apprentice, Snail Shell. Owl Eyes soon succeeded Lightning Tail as deputy after the latter's death.


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Dawn of the Clans

"Though [Gray Wing] had never had his own kits, Pebble Heart, Sparrow Fur, and Owl Eyes had seemed like his, and he still missed them now that they’d left the moor to live among the pines and the oaks. Yet he was proud that they’d followed their instincts and chosen their own homes."
―Gray Wing on his adopted children Path of Stars, page 2
Owl Eyes and his siblings are born to Turtle Tail after she rejoins Tall Shadow's group, previously being a kittypet with their father, Tom. The kits are watched over by their adopted father, Gray Wing, though Owl Eyes frequently gets into trouble, on one occasion sneaking out of camp to hunt. When Tom wishes to see his kits, he is refused by Turtle Tail, but finds the kits even so. Before they are rescued, Turtle Tail is killed on the Thunderpath, leaving Owl Eyes devastated. As the First Battle breaks out shortly after, Owl Eyes wishes to fight, but is barred due to his age.
Upon the news that Tom is in Clear Sky's group, Owl Eyes is shocked at the negative reaction, worrying that it must mean the other cats don't like him either. After Tom is killed by One Eye, he becomes despondent, feeling guilt when Gray Wing disappears after admitting he wasn't his real father. After the group is ordered by the spirit-cats to separate, Owl Eyes and Sparrow Fur join Clear Sky in the forest. However, Owl Eyes eventually decides to follow Thunder when the forest camp splits, and the group is named ThunderClan by Silver Stripe.


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In Thunderstar's Echo, Owl Eyes has trained an apprentice, Snail Shell. He is assigned to look after the Clan as temporary deputy when Thunderstar and Lightning Tail search for the dogs, but becomes full deputy after Lightning Tail's death.

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Owl Eyes' deputy ceremony
Thunderstar: ThunderClan's new deputy will be Owl Eyes. He's proved himself more than deserving.
Reference: Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 10




Turtle Tail:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tom:[11] Deceased, residence unknown

Adopted father:

Gray Wing:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sparrow Fur:[11] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)


Pebble Heart:[11] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)



Gray Wing ♂Turtle Tail ♀Tom ♂
See MoreOwl Eyes ♂Pebble Heart ♂Sparrow Fur ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Gray Wing ♂
Owl Eyes ♂Pebble Heart ♂Sparrow Fur ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts

  • Owl Eyes was named for his owl-like eyes.[12]
  • Owl Eyes has the same lean, lithe shape as Turtle Tail.[9]


  • He has been mistakenly called Owl Eye.[13]


The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Owl Eyes learns night hunting by watching the technique of an owl, becoming the best hunter in ThunderClan. He becomes the second leader of ThunderClan after Thunderstar, having the name Owlstar.[14] He appears in StarClan at a meeting of cats discussing about Bluefur's situation involving her half-Clan kits.[15]
    • Owl Eyes is mistakenly called an apprentice.[16]


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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Path of Stars, pages 304-305
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 108
  3. Revealed in A Forest Divided, pages 48-49
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 181
  5. Revealed in The First Battle, chapter 15
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 10
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 1
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 56
  10. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 17
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 176
  12. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 192
  13. Revealed in The First Battle, page 38
  14. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 22
  15. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 76
  16. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 11
Logo-thunderclan.png Ancient ThunderClan cats
Leader Thunderstar
Deputy Owl Eyes
Medicine cat Cloud Spots (Shivering Rose)
Warriors (Hunters) Violet DawnPink EyesLeafMilkweedCloverThistleGooseberryYew TailApple BlossomSnail ShellBlue Whisker
Apprentices Hazel BurrowMorning FireShivering Rose
Queens N/A
Kits Patch PeltBeech Tail
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