Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Columbus - 159 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 16 species 1 Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
 2 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 3 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 4 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 5 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 6 GadwallMareca strepera
 7 American WigeonMareca americana
 8 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 9 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 10 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 11 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 12 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 13 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 14 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 15 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 16 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 17 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 18 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 4 species 19 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 20 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 21 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
 22 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
Doves - 2 species 23 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 24 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 1 species 25 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Goatsuckers - 1 species 26 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 27 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 1 species 28 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 1 species 29 American CootFulica americana
Limpkin - 1 species 30 LimpkinAramus guarauna
Plovers - 1 species 31 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 6 species 32 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 33 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 34 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 35 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 36 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
 37 Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Skuas & Jaegers - 2 species 38 South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki
 39 Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Gulls & Terns - 10 species 40 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 41 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 42 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 43 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
 44 Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
 45 Least TernSternula antillarum
 46 Black TernChlidonias niger
 47 Common TernSterna hirundo
 48 Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
 49 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
Loons - 1 species 50 Common LoonGavia immer
Storm-Petrels - 1 species 51 Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
Petrels & Shearwaters - 3 species 52 Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitata
 53 Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
 54 Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
Storks - 1 species 55 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Darters - 1 species 56 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 1 species 57 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 8 species 58 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 59 Great EgretArdea alba
 60 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 61 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 62 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 63 Green HeronButorides virescens
 64 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 65 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 66 White IbisEudocimus albus
 67 Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
New World Vultures - 2 species 68 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 69 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 70 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 9 species 71 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 72 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 73 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 74 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 75 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 76 Snail KiteRostrhamus sociabilis
 77 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 78 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 79 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 3 species 80 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 81 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 82 Barred OwlStrix varia
Kingfishers - 1 species 83 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 84 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 85 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 86 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 87 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 88 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 89 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 90 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 91 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 1 species 92 American KestrelFalco sparverius
Tyrant Flycatchers - 5 species 93 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 94 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 95 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 96 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 97 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 3 species 98 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 99 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 100 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 101 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 102 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 103 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 104 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 105 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 106 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Swallows - 3 species 107 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 108 Purple MartinProgne subis
 109 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Kinglets - 2 species 110 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 111 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 112 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 2 species 113 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 114 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 115 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 116 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 1 species 117 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 118 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 119 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 120 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 121 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 5 species 122 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 123 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 124 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 125 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 126 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 127 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 2 species 128 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 129 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 8 species 130 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 131 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 132 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 133 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 134 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 135 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 136 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 137 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Blackbirds & Orioles - 6 species 138 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 139 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 140 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 141 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 142 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 143 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 12 species 144 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 145 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 146 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 147 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 148 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 149 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 150 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 151 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 152 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 153 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 154 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 155 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 4 species 156 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 157 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 158 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 159 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea