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Species Code: PEPE
Breeding Range Map
Metadata (Data about data or how the map was made)
This species is locally common in shrub-steppe and dryland wheat areas throughout eastern Washington, mostly below the Ponderosa Pine zone, but extending into this zone in Spokane and Lincoln Counties. This is a Eurasian species introduced as a game bird. It needs shrubby cover nearby for nesting.
Good habitat in the core areas of use included all steppe and agricultural habitat in steppe zones and locally in the Ponderosa Pine zone.
Introductions sometimes make a species' range limits difficult to determine. Furthermore, introductions are continually occurring, which causes changes in range limits. Gray Partridges are known to have sustained breeding populations throughout the area above, though numbers can vary because of habitat and introduction history. Gray Partridges are rare in the very hot and arid lower Columbia Basin. In southeastern Washington there is apparently high mortality in hatch-year birds during years with cool springtime weather.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester