Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Forsyth - 293 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 32 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 3 Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
 4 Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
 5 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 6 Mute SwanCygnus olor
 7 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 8 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 9 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 10 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 11 GadwallMareca strepera
 12 American WigeonMareca americana
 13 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 14 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 15 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 16 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 17 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 18 RedheadAythya americana
 19 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 20 Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
 21 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 22 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 23 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
 24 White-winged ScoterMelanitta fusca
 25 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
 26 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
 27 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 28 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
 29 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 30 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 31 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 32 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 33 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 2 species 34 Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellus
 35 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 4 species 36 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 37 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 38 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
 39 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
Doves - 3 species 40 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 41 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 42 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 43 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 44 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 45 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 46 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 47 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 48 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 5 species 49 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 50 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
 51 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
 52 Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliope
 53 Buff-bellied HummingbirdAmazilia yucatanensis
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 6 species 54 King RailRallus elegans
 55 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 56 SoraPorzana carolina
 57 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
 58 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 59 American CootFulica americana
Cranes - 1 species 60 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Stilts & Avocets - 2 species 61 Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
 62 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Plovers - 5 species 63 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 64 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
 65 Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
 66 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 67 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 25 species 68 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 69 WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
 70 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
 71 Red KnotCalidris canutus
 72 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
 73 SanderlingCalidris alba
 74 DunlinCalidris alpina
 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 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
 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
 92 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Gulls & Terns - 12 species 93 Sabine's GullXema sabini
 94 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 95 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 96 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 97 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 98 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 99 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
 100 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 101 Black TernChlidonias niger
 102 Common TernSterna hirundo
 103 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 104 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
Loons - 2 species 105 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
 106 Common LoonGavia immer
Cormorants - 1 species 107 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Darters - 1 species 108 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 109 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 110 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 111 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 112 Great EgretArdea alba
 113 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 114 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 115 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 116 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 117 Green HeronButorides virescens
 118 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 119 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 120 White IbisEudocimus albus
 121 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 122 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 123 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 124 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 10 species 125 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 126 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 127 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 128 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 129 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 130 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 131 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 132 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 133 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
 134 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Barn-Owls - 1 species 135 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 136 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 137 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 138 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
 139 Barred OwlStrix varia
 140 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 141 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 142 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 143 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 144 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 145 Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescens
 146 Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
 147 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerPicoides borealis
 148 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 149 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 150 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 151 MerlinFalco columbarius
 152 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 12 species 153 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 154 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 155 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 156 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 157 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
 158 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 159 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 160 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
 161 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
 162 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 163 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
 164 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
Shrikes - 1 species 165 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 6 species 166 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 167 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 168 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 169 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
 170 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 171 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 172 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 173 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 174 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 175 Common RavenCorvus corax
Larks - 1 species 176 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 177 Purple MartinProgne subis
 178 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 179 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 180 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 181 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 182 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 183 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 184 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 185 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 186 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 187 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 188 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 6 species 189 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 190 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 191 Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
 192 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 193 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
 194 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 195 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 196 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
 197 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 7 species 198 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 199 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 200 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 201 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 202 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 203 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 204 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 205 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 206 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 207 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 208 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 209 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 210 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 211 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 9 species 212 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 213 Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
 214 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 215 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 216 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
 217 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 218 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 219 Lesser GoldfinchSpinus psaltria
 220 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 16 species 221 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
 222 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 223 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 224 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 225 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 226 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 227 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 228 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 229 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 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 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 239 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 240 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 241 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 242 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 243 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 244 Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
 245 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 246 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 247 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 248 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 36 species 249 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 250 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 251 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 252 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 253 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 254 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 255 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 256 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 257 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 258 Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
 259 Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
 260 Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
 261 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 262 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 263 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 264 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 265 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 266 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 267 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 268 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 269 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 270 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 271 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 272 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 273 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 274 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 275 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 276 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 277 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 278 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 279 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 280 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 281 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 282 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 283 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 284 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 9 species 285 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 286 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 287 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
 288 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 289 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 290 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
 291 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 292 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 293 DickcisselSpiza americana