- "One hearing's all my cousin Maude Ivory needs. That child never forgets anything with a tune."
- ―Lucy Gray Baird about Maude Ivory's remarkable ability[src]
Maude Ivory Baird was a member of the Covey singing group, said to have found their way to District 12. Maude Ivory was also the cousin of Lucy Gray Baird and Barb Azure Baird. She performed in the Hob with the rest of the Covey and was said to have an amazing singing voice. After her performance, she would step off the stage to accept spare money and other donations from the audience. Maude Ivory made her appearance in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes at no more than eight or nine years of age.
Maude Ivory was said to be able to remember anything with a tune after only hearing it once. She also played the drums, sang, and usually introduced the Covey at the start of their performances.
Maude Ivory grew up in District 12 with the Covey, performing around the district to make a profit and stay alive. During the Covey's first performance in the Hob after Lucy Gray returned from the Capitol, Maude Ivory wore a pink dress and curtsied before introducing her fellow Covey members behind the microphone, later singing a darkly funny song about a miner's daughter who drowned and inviting audience members to join the chorus. When it had ended, Maude Ivory passed around a basket for the audience to make donations, and was delighted when Coriolanus Snow gave her some of Mrs. Plinth's homemade popcorn balls. She pointed Coriolanus out to Lucy Gray, who was joyful that he had arrived.
When Billy Taupe showed up after the performance, Maude Ivory defended Lucy Gray and ordered him to leave. Later, when Coriolanus Snow and Sejanus Plinth visited the Covey at their home, they heard Maude Ivory singing while cracking nuts outdoors in an old dress. She fetched Barb Azure Baird and led the boys to The Meadow to meet Lucy Gray, then headed back to the house with Sejanus and the bread he handed her. However, they encountered Billy Taupe again, and Maude Ivory was irritated that Sejanus hadn't helped her shell nuts. She took him out to milk Shamus, the Covey's goat, going inside again to eat when they had finished.
The next time the Covey performed in the Hob, Maude Ivory was again gifted popcorn balls by Coriolanus, and she sang him Lucy Gray's ballad because of it. Not long later, Coriolanus and Sejanus went to visit the Covey again, this time accompanying them to the lake. During the walk, Maude Ivory complained of pain caused by the shoes she was wearing, and was carried by the others while she sang and theorized about Lucy Gray's fate in the ballad. When they arrived at the lake, Maude Ivory took Sejanus to pick berries and explained the Covey's unique names to him and Coriolanus. While she napped, Clerk Carmine, another member of the Covey, gifted her a blue feather to put in her hair. She and Tam Amber later went to the Hob to trade berries for new shoes.
Maude Ivory had the entire audience caught up in a sing-along during a performance when Mayfair Lipp and Billy Taupe's murders took place in the shed. She was the one to find the bodies, screaming hysterically and shaken up by the discovery. The next weekend, at Commander Hoff's birthday party in the mess hall at the Peacekeeper base, Maude Ivory wore a buttercup yellow dress during their performance and led the audience in singing a birthday song for him.
Personality and traits
Maude Ivory was confident, as she was the one to introduce the rest of the Covey at the start of their performances, and also quite sweet. She was a crowd favorite in the Hob.
Maude Ivory was a short, little girl with a wispy frame. During performances, she was seen wearing fancy, colorful dresses and she often curtsied or pirouetted to show thanks. Maude Ivory was also said to have a sweet, squeaky voice.
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 24
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 23
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 12
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 25
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 26
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 27
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 28
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 29