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GAP Analysis Predicted Distribution Map

Cassin's Finch (Carpoducus cassinii)

Species Code: CACAS

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

Common and widespread in conifer forests throughout eastern Washington, especially in dry, open forests. Uncommon in western Washington near the Cascade crest.

Core breeding areas were forested zones and Alpine/Parkland east of the Cascade crest except Interior Western Hemlock and Oak zones, which were peripheral. In all zones above steppe and Oak, conifer forests were good habitat, and other habitats likely to have scattered conifer trees or hardwood trees were adequate. In steppe and Oak zones, only conifer forests were good; all others were excluded.

The CassinŐs Finch is the widespread Carpodacus species in conifer forests of eastern Washington. As the low elevations areas become urbanized or converted to agriculture, House Finches tend to out-compete CassinŐs Finches. CassinŐs Finch is most common in cool, dry, open forests, such as those at the top of the Ponderosa Pine zone, much of the Interior Douglas-fir zone, and in the high, dry subalpine zones.

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