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Species: Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Gender: Female
Family and Relatives: Unnamed family
Book Appearances
Appears in: The Journey, The Rescue, The Siege, The Shattering, The Burning, The Outcast, The Golden Tree, The River of Wind
Member of Chaw of Chaws
"I'll never learn all this history. There are so many clans and so many islands that I can't keep straight what's in the Kielian League and what's in the league of the Ice Talons. It's just too much."
―Ruby to Soren, The Siege

Ruby is a female short-eared owl, or Asio flammeus. She is a guardian of the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, as well as a member of the Chaw of Chaws. She is a very skilled flyer, considered a legend in the Great Ga'Hoole Tree because of her extraordinary flight skills. 

Ruby is the ryb of a Chaw course named 'Winds and Things'. She is also the ryb of two advanced chaw courses: 'Fire and Ice Weapons', which she and Twilight jointly teach, and 'Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Other Weather Phenomena'. 


Before the Books

Ruby lived in a nest on the prairie with her family. She was immensely bored by how everything was the same, never changing. One day, she tried to fly before she was ready, and was found by the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, repeating, "They'll never find me here." No one ever knew who "they" were, and she never told what happened to her.

The Journey

Ruby was first introduced as an excellent flyer, but not very profound when it comes to reading or studying. Soren and Gylfie helped her to overcome this weakness.

The Rescue

Ruby took part in flights with the rest of the weather interpretation chaw. Later, Ruby joined the Band and Otulissa in their mission to rescue Ezylryb and fight the Pure Ones.

The Siege

Ruby, along with the Chaw of Chaws, was asked to go to St. Aggie's to see if the Pure Ones had sent spies there and report to the Great Tree. She was assigned as a broody and discovered the Pure Ones turnfeather in the hatchery. As a part of the Band's plan, she and Twilight reveal the existence of the Pure Ones double agents with an 'accidental' comment, thus causing a fight between the turnfeathers and loyal Pure Ones agents, so that the Band can escape during the confusion.

During the war with the Pure Ones, she became part of the Strix Struma Strikers along with Otulissa and took part in the battle where Strix Struma was killed.

The Shattering

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The Burning

Ruby is partnered with Martin to find the Keilian snake Hoke on their part of the mission in the Northern Kingdoms with the Chaw of Chaws.

The Outcast

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The Golden Tree

Ruby appears as a member of the parliament.

The River of Wind

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Ruby is a brave, spirited owl and very loyal to her friends. She enjoys flying more than anything, and is the best flyer in the tree, however, she has trouble with reading and writing. She is extremely bold, and will not tolerate the whining of owlets. She sticks to her opinions, and won't let anyone else change her mind.

Her greatest fear is crown fire, but she seems to lose this fear as she becomes more and more comfortable with colliering, to the point of loving it. Ruby also likes to sleep in, but whenever the sky is perfect, Ruby is out flying, either night or day.