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"My family were Covey, first and last. Not district, not Capitol, not rebel, not Peacekeeper, just us."
Lucy Gray Baird to Coriolanus Snow[src]

The Covey were a group of nomads in Panem, famous for their musical talent and performance skills. They made their money by performing at places like The Hob.

A Covey individual's first name was taken from one of the group's traditional ballads, while their second name related to a color and their third name was the family name. The one exception to this rule was Lucy Gray Baird, whose first and second name both came from the same ballad.

Since they were not tied to a specific location, the Covey remained neutral during the First Rebellion, siding with neither the districts nor the Capitol. After the war, they were forced to settle in the districts, with one group ending up in District 12.[1] At the time when Coriolanus Snow was in Peacekeeper training, The Covey lived by The Seam, near the forest.[2] During their wandering days, they typically stuck to the east of Panem, but also claimed to be familiar with lands to the north, beyond the control of the Capitol.[3]

After Lucy Gray's parents died and only six Covey kids remained, an old man took them in for a fee. He died the year before the 10th Hunger Games took place, but a few members of the Covey were already old enough to manage things.[4]

Known Covey


  • Covey is a term used to refer to a mature bird or pair of birds with a brood of young, as well as to a small flock of birds.
  • The covey manner of speech is considered odd and old-fashioned by many in Panem, and they have a tendency to use many of their own idioms.
  • With their nomadic lifestyle, colorful clothing, and love of music/performing, the Covey appear to be inspired by the Romani people- often referred to as "gypsies", although that term has taken on derogatory connotations.


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 24
  3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 25
  4. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 6
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 23