Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Craven - 285 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 28 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 3 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 4 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 5 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 6 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 7 GadwallMareca strepera
 8 Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
 9 American WigeonMareca americana
 10 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 11 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 12 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 13 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 14 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 15 RedheadAythya americana
 16 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 17 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 18 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 19 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
 20 White-winged ScoterMelanitta fusca
 21 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
 22 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 23 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
 24 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 25 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 26 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 27 Masked DuckNomonyx dominicus
 28 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 29 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 30 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 4 species 31 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 32 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 33 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
 34 Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis
Doves - 4 species 35 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 36 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 37 White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
 38 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 39 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 40 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 41 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 42 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 43 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 44 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 5 species 45 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 46 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
 47 Anna's HummingbirdCalypte anna
 48 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
 49 Broad-billed HummingbirdCynanthus latirostris
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 8 species 50 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
 51 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
 52 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
 53 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 54 SoraPorzana carolina
 55 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
 56 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 57 American CootFulica americana
Limpkin - 1 species 58 LimpkinAramus guarauna
Cranes - 1 species 59 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Stilts & Avocets - 2 species 60 Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
 61 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Oystercatchers - 1 species 62 American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus
Plovers - 4 species 63 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 64 Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
 65 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 66 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 24 species 67 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 68 Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanus
 69 Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
 70 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
 71 Red KnotCalidris canutus
 72 Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
 73 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
 74 SanderlingCalidris alba
 75 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
 76 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 77 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 78 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
 79 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 80 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
 81 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 82 Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
 83 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 84 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 85 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 86 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 87 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 88 WilletTringa semipalmata
 89 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 90 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
Skuas & Jaegers - 1 species 91 Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus
Auks - 1 species 92 DovekieAlle alle
Gulls & Terns - 19 species 93 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 94 Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
 95 Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
 96 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 97 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 98 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 99 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
 100 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
 101 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 102 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
 103 Least TernSternula antillarum
 104 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
 105 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 106 Black TernChlidonias niger
 107 Common TernSterna hirundo
 108 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 109 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
 110 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
 111 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Loons - 3 species 112 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
 113 Pacific LoonGavia pacifica
 114 Common LoonGavia immer
Storm-Petrels - 1 species 115 Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
Petrels & Shearwaters - 2 species 116 Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
 117 Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
Boobies & Gannets - 1 species 118 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Cormorants - 2 species 119 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
 120 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Darters - 1 species 121 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Pelicans - 2 species 122 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
 123 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 10 species 124 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 125 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 126 Great EgretArdea alba
 127 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 128 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 129 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 130 Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens
 131 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 132 Green HeronButorides virescens
 133 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 134 White IbisEudocimus albus
 135 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 136 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 137 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 138 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 10 species 139 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 140 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 141 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 142 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 143 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 144 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 145 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 146 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 147 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 148 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 4 species 149 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 150 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 151 Barred OwlStrix varia
 152 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 153 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 154 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 155 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 156 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 157 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 158 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 159 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 160 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 161 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 2 species 162 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 163 MerlinFalco columbarius
Tyrant Flycatchers - 6 species 164 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
 165 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 166 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 167 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 168 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 169 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Shrikes - 1 species 170 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 5 species 171 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 172 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 173 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 174 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
 175 Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 176 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 177 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 178 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Larks - 1 species 179 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 7 species 180 Purple MartinProgne subis
 181 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 182 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 183 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 184 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 185 Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
 186 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 187 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 188 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 189 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 190 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 191 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 192 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 5 species 193 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 194 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 195 Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
 196 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 197 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 198 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 199 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
 200 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 7 species 201 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 202 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 203 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 204 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 205 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 206 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 207 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 208 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 209 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 210 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 211 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 212 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 213 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 214 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 4 species 215 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 216 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 217 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 218 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 18 species 219 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
 220 Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalis
 221 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 222 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 223 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 224 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 225 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 226 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 227 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 228 LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
 229 Seaside SparrowAmmospiza maritima
 230 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 231 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 232 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 233 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 234 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 235 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 236 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 237 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 238 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 239 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 240 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 241 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
 242 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 243 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 244 Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
 245 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 246 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 247 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
 248 Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major
Wood-Warblers - 30 species 249 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 250 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 251 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 252 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 253 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 254 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 255 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 256 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 257 Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
 258 Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
 259 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 260 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 261 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 262 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 263 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 264 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 265 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 266 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 267 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 268 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 269 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 270 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 271 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 272 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 273 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 274 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 275 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 276 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 277 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 278 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 7 species 279 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 280 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 281 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 282 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 283 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 284 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 285 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris