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Species Code: BOCE
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The Cedar Waxwing is common and widespread throughout the lowlands in forested areas of Washington. Generally, it breeds below 1500 feet on the Olympic Peninsula and below 3000 feet east of Puget Sounds. In eastern Washington, this waxwing breeds throughout forested areas at lower elevations and down into riparian habitats in steppe zones.
Core zones were all those below the Silver Fir zone (west side) and below the Sub-alpine Fir zone (east side). Peripherally, the waxwings occur in the Silver Fir and Sub-alpine Fir zones, except in the Blue Mountains, where the Sub-alpine Fir zone was excluded. In core forest zones, all habitats were good, with the following exceptions: bare ground, estuarine mud flats, and high-density development (all excluded); and mid-density development (adequate). In steppe zones, only wetlands, forest patches, and low-density developments were good.
Cedar Waxwings inhabit a wide variety of habitats; they require small, generally deciduous trees for nesting and suitable foraging areas that supply berries and insects. This species is probably increasing in residential areas in stands of the introduced Russian Olive as nesting habitat. There are few records of nesting habitat from above 4000 feet, and most are below 3000 feet.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
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