Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Craven - 288 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 deglandi
 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 - 6 species 45 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 46 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
 47 Anna's HummingbirdCalypte anna
 48 Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliope
 49 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
 50 Broad-billed HummingbirdCynanthus latirostris
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 8 species 51 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
 52 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 53 SoraPorzana carolina
 54 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 55 American CootFulica americana
 56 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
 57 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
 58 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
Limpkin - 1 species 59 LimpkinAramus guarauna
Cranes - 1 species 60 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Stilts & Avocets - 2 species 61 Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
 62 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Oystercatchers - 1 species 63 American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus
Plovers - 4 species 64 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 65 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 66 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 67 Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
Sandpipers - 24 species 68 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 69 Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanus
 70 Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
 71 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
 72 Red KnotCalidris canutus
 73 Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
 74 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
 75 SanderlingCalidris alba
 76 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
 77 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 78 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 79 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
 80 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 81 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
 82 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 83 Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
 84 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 85 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 86 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 87 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 88 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 89 WilletTringa semipalmata
 90 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 91 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
Skuas & Jaegers - 1 species 92 Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus
Auks - 1 species 93 DovekieAlle alle
Gulls & Terns - 20 species 94 Sabine's GullXema sabini
 95 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 96 Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
 97 Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
 98 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 99 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 100 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 101 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
 102 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
 103 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 104 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
 105 Least TernSternula antillarum
 106 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
 107 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 108 Black TernChlidonias niger
 109 Common TernSterna hirundo
 110 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 111 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
 112 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
 113 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Loons - 3 species 114 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
 115 Pacific LoonGavia pacifica
 116 Common LoonGavia immer
Storm-Petrels - 1 species 117 Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
Petrels & Shearwaters - 2 species 118 Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
 119 Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
Boobies & Gannets - 1 species 120 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Darters - 1 species 121 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 2 species 122 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
 123 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 2 species 124 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
 125 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 10 species 126 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 127 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 128 Great EgretArdea alba
 129 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 130 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 131 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 132 Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens
 133 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 134 Green HeronButorides virescens
 135 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 136 White IbisEudocimus albus
 137 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 138 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 139 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 140 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 10 species 141 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 142 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 143 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 144 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 145 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 146 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 147 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 148 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 149 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 150 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 4 species 151 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 152 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 153 Barred OwlStrix varia
 154 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 155 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 156 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 157 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 158 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 159 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 160 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 161 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 162 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 163 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 2 species 164 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 165 MerlinFalco columbarius
Tyrant Flycatchers - 6 species 166 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
 167 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 168 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 169 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 170 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 171 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 5 species 172 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 173 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 174 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 175 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
 176 Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquus
Shrikes - 1 species 177 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 178 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 179 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 180 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 181 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 182 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 183 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 7 species 184 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 185 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 186 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 187 Purple MartinProgne subis
 188 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 189 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 190 Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
Kinglets - 2 species 191 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 192 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 193 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 194 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 195 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 196 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 197 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 198 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 5 species 199 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 200 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 201 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 202 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 203 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 204 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 205 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 206 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 207 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 7 species 208 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 209 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 210 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 211 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 212 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 213 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 214 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 215 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 216 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 4 species 217 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 218 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 219 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 220 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 18 species 221 Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalis
 222 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 223 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 224 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 225 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 226 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 227 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 228 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 229 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 230 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 231 LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
 232 Seaside SparrowAmmospiza maritima
 233 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 234 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 235 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 236 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 237 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 238 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 239 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 12 species 240 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 241 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 242 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 243 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
 244 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 245 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 246 Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
 247 Bronzed CowbirdMolothrus aeneus
 248 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 249 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 250 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
 251 Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major
Wood-Warblers - 30 species 252 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 253 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 254 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 255 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 256 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 257 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 258 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 259 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 260 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 261 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 262 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 263 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 264 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 265 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 266 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 267 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 268 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 269 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 270 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 271 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 272 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 273 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 274 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 275 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 276 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 277 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 278 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 279 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 280 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 281 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 7 species 282 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 283 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 284 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 285 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 286 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 287 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 288 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris