Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Buncombe - 287 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 32 species 1 Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
 2 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 3 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 4 Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
 5 Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
 6 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 7 Trumpeter SwanCygnus buccinator
 8 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 9 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 10 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 11 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 12 GadwallMareca strepera
 13 American WigeonMareca americana
 14 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 15 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 16 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 17 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 18 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 19 RedheadAythya americana
 20 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 21 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 22 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 23 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
 24 White-winged ScoterMelanitta deglandi
 25 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
 26 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
 27 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 28 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
 29 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 30 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 31 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 32 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 33 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 2 species 34 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
 35 Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellus
Grebes - 5 species 36 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 37 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 38 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
 39 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
 40 Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis
Doves - 5 species 41 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 42 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 43 Passenger PigeonEctopistes migratorius
 44 Common Ground DoveColumbina passerina
 45 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 46 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 47 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 48 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 49 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 50 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 51 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 3 species 52 Mexican VioletearColibri thalassinus
 53 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 54 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 7 species 55 King RailRallus elegans
 56 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 57 SoraPorzana carolina
 58 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 59 American CootFulica americana
 60 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
 61 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
Limpkin - 1 species 62 LimpkinAramus guarauna
Cranes - 1 species 63 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Stilts & Avocets - 1 species 64 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Plovers - 3 species 65 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
 66 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 67 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Sandpipers - 18 species 68 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 69 Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
 70 SanderlingCalidris alba
 71 DunlinCalidris alpina
 72 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
 73 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 74 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 75 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
 76 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
 77 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 78 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 79 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 80 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 81 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 82 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 83 WilletTringa semipalmata
 84 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 85 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Gulls & Terns - 11 species 86 Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
 87 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 88 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 89 Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
 90 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 91 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 92 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
 93 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 94 Black TernChlidonias niger
 95 Common TernSterna hirundo
 96 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
Loons - 3 species 97 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
 98 Pacific LoonGavia pacifica
 99 Common LoonGavia immer
Storks - 1 species 100 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Darters - 1 species 101 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 1 species 102 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 1 species 103 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 10 species 104 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 105 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 106 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 107 Great EgretArdea alba
 108 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 109 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 110 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 111 Green HeronButorides virescens
 112 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 113 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 114 White IbisEudocimus albus
 115 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 116 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 117 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 118 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 12 species 119 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 120 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 121 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 122 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 123 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 124 Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
 125 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 126 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 127 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 128 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 129 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 130 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 131 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 7 species 132 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 133 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 134 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
 135 Barred OwlStrix varia
 136 Long-eared OwlAsio otus
 137 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
 138 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 139 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 7 species 140 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 141 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 142 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 143 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 144 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 145 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 146 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 147 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 148 MerlinFalco columbarius
 149 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Parrots - 1 species 150 Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 12 species 151 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 152 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
 153 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 154 Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
 155 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 156 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 157 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 158 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 159 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
 160 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 161 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 162 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 7 species 163 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 164 Bell's VireoVireo bellii
 165 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 166 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 167 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
 168 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 169 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 170 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 171 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 172 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 173 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 3 species 174 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 175 Black-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillus
 176 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Swallows - 6 species 177 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 178 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 179 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 180 Purple MartinProgne subis
 181 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 182 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 183 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 184 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 185 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 186 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 187 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 188 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 189 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 190 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 5 species 191 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 192 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 193 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 194 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
 195 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 4 species 196 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 197 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 198 Sage ThrasherOreoscoptes montanus
 199 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 200 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 8 species 201 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 202 Mountain BluebirdSialia currucoides
 203 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 204 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 205 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 206 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 207 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 208 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 209 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 210 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 6 species 211 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 212 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 213 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 214 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 215 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 216 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 19 species 217 Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalis
 218 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 219 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 220 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 221 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 222 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 223 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 224 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 225 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 226 Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querula
 227 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 228 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 229 Nelson's SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
 230 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 231 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 232 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 233 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 234 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 235 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 236 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 9 species 237 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 238 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 239 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 240 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 241 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 242 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 243 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 244 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 245 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 35 species 246 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 247 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 248 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 249 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 250 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 251 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 252 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 253 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 254 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 255 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 256 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 257 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 258 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 259 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 260 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 261 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 262 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 263 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 264 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 265 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 266 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 267 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 268 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 269 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 270 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 271 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 272 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 273 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 274 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 275 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 276 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 277 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 278 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 279 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 280 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 7 species 281 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 282 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 283 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 284 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 285 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 286 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 287 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris