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Species Code: RECA
Breeding Range Map
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This species is common in small forest openings, marshes, or swamps, at high elevations within dry forests of eastern Washington. It is locally uncommon at very high elevations in subalpine forests just west of the Cascade crest and the northeastern portion of the Olympic Mountains.
Good habitat in core zones included all conifer forests above the Interior Douglas-fir zone in eastern Washington, and above the Mountain Hemlock zone in western Washington. Conifer forests in the Interior Douglas-fir zone were included as peripheral. It also occurs peripherally and locally in the Mountain Hemlock zone along the Cascade crest and in the Olympics.
The breeding status of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the Olympics was unknown until l986, when apparently some were found in the Royal Creek area of the northeastern Olympics.
This species is a late migrant and quite vocal prior to migration. It may possibly breed at high elevations in dry forests on the east slopes of Mount Baker and Mount Rainier, although this is not confirmed. Records from northeastern Okanogan County may also be from migrants. Eastern Washington forests are drier than those in western Washington, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets may be found at lower elevations, even into the Ponderosa Pine zone in the Blue Mountains.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
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