"Kestrelflight, do something!"
— Swallowtail pleading to Kestrelflight when Antpelt is dying in Sign of the Moon, page 111

Swallowtail is a dark gray she-cat.[3]

Swallowtail was a WindClan warrior under Onestar's leadership in the lake territories. She was born as Swallowkit to Gorsetail and Beechfur of RiverClan alongside Thistlekit and Sedgekit. She and her littermates discover the tunnels and accidentally got lost. Heatherpaw, Breezepaw, Lionpaw, Hollypaw and Jaypaw rescue them and prevent a fight between WindClan, ThunderClan and RiverClan. She became an apprentice named Swallowpaw with Willowclaw as her mentor. She earned her warrior name, Swallowtail, and mourned the loss of her friend Antpelt. She died in the Great Battle fighting for her Clan.


In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

Swallowkit, along with her two siblings, Thistlekit and Sedgekit, are born into WindClan. Their mother is Gorsetail.

Dark River

Swallowkit, along with her siblings, Thistlekit and Sedgekit, wander into the secret tunnels under WindClan and ThunderClan, while their mother is absent from the nursery. They had followed Heatherpaw to one of her secret meetings with Lionpaw, and that is where the apprentices suspected they headed to. Lionpaw, Hollypaw, Jaypaw, Heatherpaw, and Breezepaw, find that they got trapped behind a boulder while they were exploring when they came to rescue them. Breezepaw is the one who carries her when they make their escape through the underground river.
The kits' disappearance almost causes WindClan to fight against RiverClan and ThunderClan, until the five apprentices bring them back to WindClan, and the three kits then promised not to tell anybody about the tunnels.

Long Shadows

Swallowpaw is now an apprentice under Willowclaw’s mentorship.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Swallowpaw has become a warrior known as Swallowtail.

Night Whispers

She asks where Whitetail is, and another cat tells Swallowtail that she was using Onestar's den for the night.

Sign of the Moon

When Dovewing accidentally uses her special senses, she ends up seeing WindClan's camp, where Antpelt is dying. Swallowtail is hysterical upon Antpelt's death and is seen screeching and yowling at Kestrelflight, wanting him to help Antpelt in any way. Kestrelflight tries to save Antpelt, but states that he has gone to hunt with his ancestors now and Swallowtail lets out a last, devastated cry. Dovewing then mentions that she remembered seeing her at the Gathering with Antpelt, and assumes that they had been mates.

In the Super Editions

Bramblestar's Storm

When the four Clans gather for their usual Gathering, Blackstar mentions their fallen Clanmates in a tribute. Swallowtail is among the fallen, alongside many of her WindClan allies.

In the Novellas arc

Hollyleaf's Story

Although unnamed, she and her sisters are mentioned by Hollyleaf, when the black she-cat remembers saving the WindClan kits from the flooding tunnel.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

Although not mentioned by name, Swallowtail and her sisters appear on Heathertail’s page. When three WindClan kits went missing, Onestar assumed that ThunderClan has stolen them. Heatherpaw and Lionpaw guessed that the kits went into the underground tunnels, and went looking for them with Jaypaw and Hollypaw. Torrential rain flooded the tunnels, washing all the cats out into the lake, all narrowly escaping with their lives.

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Gorsetail:[7] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Beechfur:[blog 1] Living (As of The Fourth Apprentice)


Sedgewhisker:[7] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Thistleheart:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Larkwing:[blog 2] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Featherpelt:[8] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Songpaw:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Whistlepaw:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Flutterpaw:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Gorsetail ♀Beechfur ♂
Emberfoot ♂Sedgewhisker ♀Thistleheart ♀Swallowtail ♀
Larkwing ♀Featherpelt ♀Oatclaw ♂
Flutterpaw ♂Songpaw ♀Whistlepaw ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Fading Echoes, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, chapter 4
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, allegiances
  6. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Dark River, page 273
  8. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, chapter 15
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances

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