Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Durham - 306 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 31 species 1 Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
 2 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 3 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 4 Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
 5 BrantBranta bernicla
 6 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 7 Mute SwanCygnus olor
 8 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 9 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 10 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 11 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 12 GadwallMareca strepera
 13 American WigeonMareca americana
 14 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 15 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 16 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 17 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 18 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 19 RedheadAythya americana
 20 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 21 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 22 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 23 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
 24 White-winged ScoterMelanitta deglandi
 25 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
 26 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 27 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
 28 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 29 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 30 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 31 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 32 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 33 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 4 species 34 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 35 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 36 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
 37 Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis
Doves - 4 species 38 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 39 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 40 White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
 41 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 42 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 43 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 44 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 45 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 46 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 47 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 1 species 48 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 6 species 49 King RailRallus elegans
 50 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 51 SoraPorzana carolina
 52 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 53 American CootFulica americana
 54 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
Cranes - 1 species 55 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Stilts & Avocets - 1 species 56 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Oystercatchers - 1 species 57 American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus
Plovers - 5 species 58 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 59 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
 60 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 61 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 62 Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
Sandpipers - 28 species 63 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 64 Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
 65 Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
 66 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
 67 Red KnotCalidris canutus
 68 RuffCalidris pugnax
 69 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
 70 SanderlingCalidris alba
 71 DunlinCalidris alpina
 72 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
 73 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 74 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 75 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
 76 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 77 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
 78 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
 79 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 80 Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
 81 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 82 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 83 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 84 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 85 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 86 WilletTringa semipalmata
 87 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 88 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
 89 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
 90 Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Skuas & Jaegers - 2 species 91 Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
 92 Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Gulls & Terns - 19 species 93 Sabine's GullXema sabini
 94 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 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 Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
 102 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 103 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
 104 Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
 105 Least TernSternula antillarum
 106 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 107 Black TernChlidonias niger
 108 Common TernSterna hirundo
 109 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 110 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
 111 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Loons - 2 species 112 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
 113 Common LoonGavia immer
Petrels & Shearwaters - 1 species 114 Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
Storks - 1 species 115 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Frigatebirds - 1 species 116 Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens
Boobies & Gannets - 1 species 117 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Darters - 1 species 118 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 2 species 119 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
 120 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 2 species 121 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
 122 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 123 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 124 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 125 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 126 Great EgretArdea alba
 127 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 128 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 129 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 130 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 131 Green HeronButorides virescens
 132 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 133 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 3 species 134 White IbisEudocimus albus
 135 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
 136 Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
New World Vultures - 2 species 137 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 138 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 139 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 11 species 140 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 141 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 142 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 143 Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
 144 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 145 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 146 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 147 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 148 Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
 149 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 150 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 151 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 152 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 153 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 154 Barred OwlStrix varia
 155 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
 156 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 157 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 158 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 159 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 160 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 161 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 162 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 163 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 164 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 165 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 166 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 167 MerlinFalco columbarius
 168 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 10 species 169 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 170 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 171 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 172 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 173 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 174 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 175 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
 176 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 177 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 178 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 6 species 179 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 180 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 181 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 182 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
 183 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 184 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 185 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 186 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 187 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 188 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 189 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 190 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 191 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 192 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 193 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 194 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 195 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 196 Purple MartinProgne subis
 197 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 198 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 199 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 200 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 201 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 202 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 203 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 204 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 205 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 206 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 5 species 207 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 208 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 209 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 210 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 211 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 212 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 213 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 214 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 215 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 8 species 216 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 217 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 218 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 219 Bicknell's ThrushCatharus bicknelli
 220 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 221 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 222 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 223 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 224 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 225 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 8 species 226 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 227 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 228 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 229 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
 230 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 231 White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucoptera
 232 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 233 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 19 species 234 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 235 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 236 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 237 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 238 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 239 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 240 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 241 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 242 Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querula
 243 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 244 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 245 LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
 246 Seaside SparrowAmmospiza maritima
 247 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 248 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 249 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 250 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 251 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 252 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 253 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 9 species 254 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 255 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 256 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 257 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 258 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 259 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 260 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 261 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 262 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 35 species 263 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 264 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 265 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 266 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 267 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 268 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 269 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 270 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 271 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 272 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 273 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 274 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 275 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 276 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 277 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 278 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 279 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 280 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 281 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 282 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 283 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 284 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 285 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 286 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 287 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 288 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 289 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 290 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 291 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 292 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 293 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 294 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 295 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 296 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 297 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 9 species 298 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 299 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 300 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
 301 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 302 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 303 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 304 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 305 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris
 306 DickcisselSpiza americana