Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Columbus - 155 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 - 9 species 40 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 41 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 42 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 43 Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
 44 Least TernSternula antillarum
 45 Black TernChlidonias niger
 46 Common TernSterna hirundo
 47 Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
 48 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
Loons - 1 species 49 Common LoonGavia immer
Petrels & Shearwaters - 2 species 50 Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitata
 51 Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
Storks - 1 species 52 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Cormorants - 1 species 53 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Darters - 1 species 54 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 8 species 55 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 56 Great EgretArdea alba
 57 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 58 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 59 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 60 Green HeronButorides virescens
 61 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 62 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 1 species 63 White IbisEudocimus albus
New World Vultures - 2 species 64 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 65 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 66 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 9 species 67 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 68 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 69 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 70 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 71 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 72 Snail KiteRostrhamus sociabilis
 73 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 74 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 75 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 3 species 76 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 77 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 78 Barred OwlStrix varia
Kingfishers - 1 species 79 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 80 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 81 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 82 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 83 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 84 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 85 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 86 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 87 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 1 species 88 American KestrelFalco sparverius
Tyrant Flycatchers - 5 species 89 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 90 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 91 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 92 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 93 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Shrikes - 1 species 94 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 3 species 95 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 96 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 97 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 98 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 99 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 100 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Swallows - 3 species 101 Purple MartinProgne subis
 102 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 103 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 104 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 105 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 2 species 106 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 107 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 108 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 1 species 109 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 110 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 111 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
 112 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 5 species 113 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 114 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 115 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 116 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 117 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 118 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 119 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 120 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 121 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 122 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 123 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 2 species 124 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 125 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 8 species 126 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
 127 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 128 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 129 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 130 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 131 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 132 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 133 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Blackbirds & Orioles - 6 species 134 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 135 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 136 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 137 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 138 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 139 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 12 species 140 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 141 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 142 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 143 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 144 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 145 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 146 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 147 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 148 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 149 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 150 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 151 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 4 species 152 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 153 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 154 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 155 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea