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Species Code: TATH
Breeding Range Map
Metadata (Data about data or how the map was made)Map with Breeding Bird Atlas records
This species is common in young forests, cuts, prairies, wetlands, open water, and cities throughout forested areas of Washington, and locally in some cities and wetlands in the Columbia Basin. It often occurs at fairly high elevations; nests in cavities in trees, nest boxes, cliffs, or buildings.
Core zones were all forested zones below the Mountain Hemlock zone (west side) and below the Su-balpine Fir zone (east side), as were steppe zones at the edge of the Columbia Basin. All levels of development were good.
Although atlas data are scarce, several sources report Violet-green Swallows nesting at fairly high locations in montane forests. Sharpe (l993) documents a pair investigating nest sites at Hurricane Ridge at 5000 feet. Pairs have also been noted nesting at Snoqualmie Pass ski area in Kittitas County in l989 and l992. Violet-green swallows are not generally deep within contiguous forest, but often occur at the edges of old forests where there are suitable large old trees with cavities for nesting.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
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