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GAP Analysis Predicted Distribution Map

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Species Code: PADO

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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

The House Sparrow is common in cities and farmlands throughout the state of Washington. In agricultural areas, this bird nests in trees or shrubs along fence rows and forages in fields. Abundant at cattle feed lots.

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Core breeding areas were those below Silver Fir (west side) and Su-balpine Fir (east side) zones. Development and agriculture were good habitats.

Washington breeders represent the nominate European subspecies P. d. domesticus. This species first came to North America in 1851 when they were introduced in Brooklyn, New York to help control caterpillar outbreaks. House Sparrows in Washington are very dependent on development and agriculture for both food and shelter. When they occur outside the modeled distribution, they are usually associated with isolated houses or unmapped farmlands and small communities.

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