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