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Species Code: ACST
Breeding Range Map
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This species is an uncommon breeder throughout Washington in conifer forests. They are generally absent as a breeder in cities and open farmlands. They also are not found in the ancient lowland rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula. They are found throughout the Cascades, northeastern forests, and Blue Mountains, in the appropriate habitat. Many summer records elsewhere may be non-breeders, or early/late migrants.
Good habitat in the core areas of use included all conifer forests above the Columbia Basin ecoregion, but excluding the Sitka Spruce zone.
Unfortunately, Sharp-shinned Hawks are poorly sampled and hard to find throughout Washington during the breeding season. Nesting birds are scarce but widespread. These hawks prefer coniferous stands, whereas Cooper's Hawks prefer hardwood stands along rivers and streams throughout much of Washington.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester