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Species Code: BUJA
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This species is common in most habitats throughout the state. Generally they are only absent from dense coastal rain forests, sub-alpine and alpine forests and parkland, dense inner cities, and permanent ice and snow. Elsewhere they are found in a variety of habitats including agricultural areas, steppe, open forests, managed forests, low-density residential areas, wetlands, and coastal areas.
All zones were core areas of use, except Alpine/Parkland which was excluded. All habitats were good except bare ground in high zones (excluded), high-density development (adequate), and mid- to late-seral west-side conifer forest (adequate).
A large amount of geographic data exists for this species and its habitat preferences are fairly well known. A study of western Washington nest sites revealed all were in hardwood trees, primarily Black Cottonwood or Red Alder. In dense ancient forests, Red-tailed Hawks are absent except at large clearings such as roadsides. In developed areas, Red-tailed Hawks can be surprisingly common, as in Seattle, where they nest along the Interstate-5 corridor, despite constant traffic noise and human disturbance.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
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