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GAP Analysis Predicted Distribution Map

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Species Code: ACST

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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 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