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Species Code: PECA
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This Jay is common in moderate and high elevation conifer forests throughout the state and locally at lower elevations in western Washington in coastal rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula, Willapa Hills, and the Fort Lewis area (Pierce/Thurston Counties). Gray Jays require mid-to late-seral coniferous forests.
Core zones on the west side included parts of all forested zones (except the Willamette valley zone), plus Alpine/Parkland, but the Gray Jay was excluded by range limits from most of the Puget-Willamette Trough. Core zones on the east side were those above the Ponderosa Pine zone along the east Cascades and in northeastern Washington and the Sub-alpine Fir zone of the Blue Mountains.
Three subspecies of the Gray Jay are known to breed in Washington: on the Olympic Peninsula, the Cascades, in northeastern Washington and the Blue Mountains. For the most part, this species does not breed below 2000 feet, and generally is found from 3000 feet up to the treeline throughout the state.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
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