Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Buncombe - 279 species

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