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GAP Analysis Predicted Distribution Map

Boreal Chickadee (Parus hudsonicus)

Species Code: PAHU

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= Core Habitat
= Marginal Habitat

Breeding Range Map
The green area shows the predicted habitats for breeding only. The habitats were identified using 1991 satellite imagery, Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA), other datasets and experts throughout the state, as part of the Washington Gap Analysis Project. Habitats used during non-breeding months and migratory rest-stops were not mapped.

Metadata (Data about data or how the map was made)

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Map with Breeding Bird Atlas records

Other maps & Information:
  • Breeding Bird Atlas
  • NatureMapping observations
    during breeding season
  • NatureMapping observations
    throughout the year

This chickadee is locally common in high elevation forests of the North Cascades, Kettle, and Selkirk Mountains. Breeding-season records are only known from Whatcom, Okanogan, Ferry, and Pend Oreille Counties.

Good habitat in core zones included all conifer forests in the Subalpine Fir and Alpine/Parkland zones in the areas mentioned above.

It is probable that two subspecies of the Boreal Chickadee breed in Washington: P.h. cascadensis in the Cascades, is extremely limited and occurs only in the cascade range of northern Okanogan County in Washington and southern British Columbia. The second species, P.h.columbianus, in the Kettle Range and Selkirks, is more widespread through "Columbian" wet forests at high elevations. In Washington, the Boreal Chickadee is closely tied to the presence of Engelmann Spruce, which is limited to high elevations here.

Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester