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GAP Analysis Predicted Distribution Map

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Species Code: RECA

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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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Other maps & Information:
  • Breeding Bird Atlas
  • NatureMapping observations
    during breeding season
  • NatureMapping observations
    throughout the year

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
Webpage designed by Dave Lester