Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Buncombe - 276 species

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