Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Forsyth - 294 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 33 species 1 Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
 2 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 3 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 4 Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
 5 Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
 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 Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
 22 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 23 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 24 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
 25 White-winged ScoterMelanitta deglandi
 26 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
 27 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
 28 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 29 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
 30 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 31 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 32 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 33 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 34 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 2 species 35 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
 36 Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellus
Grebes - 4 species 37 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 38 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 39 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
 40 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
Doves - 3 species 41 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 42 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 43 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 44 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 45 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 46 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 47 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 48 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 49 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 5 species 50 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 51 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
 52 Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliope
 53 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
 54 Buff-bellied HummingbirdAmazilia yucatanensis
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 6 species 55 King RailRallus elegans
 56 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 57 SoraPorzana carolina
 58 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 59 American CootFulica americana
 60 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
Cranes - 1 species 61 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Stilts & Avocets - 2 species 62 Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
 63 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Plovers - 5 species 64 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 65 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
 66 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 67 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 68 Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
Sandpipers - 25 species 69 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 70 WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
 71 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
 72 Red KnotCalidris canutus
 73 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
 74 SanderlingCalidris alba
 75 DunlinCalidris alpina
 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 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
 83 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 84 Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
 85 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 86 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 87 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 88 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 89 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 90 WilletTringa semipalmata
 91 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 92 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
 93 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Gulls & Terns - 12 species 94 Sabine's GullXema sabini
 95 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 96 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 97 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 98 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 99 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 100 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
 101 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 102 Black TernChlidonias niger
 103 Common TernSterna hirundo
 104 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 105 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
Loons - 2 species 106 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
 107 Common LoonGavia immer
Darters - 1 species 108 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 1 species 109 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 110 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 111 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 112 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 113 Great EgretArdea alba
 114 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 115 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 116 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 117 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 118 Green HeronButorides virescens
 119 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 120 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 121 White IbisEudocimus albus
 122 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 123 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 124 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 125 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 10 species 126 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 127 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 128 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 129 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 130 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 131 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 132 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 133 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 134 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 135 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 136 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 137 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 138 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 139 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
 140 Barred OwlStrix varia
 141 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 142 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 143 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 144 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 145 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 146 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 147 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 148 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 149 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 150 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 151 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 152 MerlinFalco columbarius
 153 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 12 species 154 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
 155 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 156 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
 157 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 158 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 159 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 160 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 161 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 162 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
 163 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 164 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 165 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
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
Shrikes - 1 species 172 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 173 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 174 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 175 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 176 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 177 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 178 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 179 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 180 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 181 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 182 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 183 Purple MartinProgne subis
 184 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 185 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 186 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 187 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 188 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
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
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 193 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 6 species 194 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 195 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 196 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 197 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 198 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
 199 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 200 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 201 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 202 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 203 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 7 species 204 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 205 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 206 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 207 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 208 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 209 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 210 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 211 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 212 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 9 species 213 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 214 Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
 215 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 216 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 217 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
 218 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 219 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 220 Lesser GoldfinchSpinus psaltria
 221 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 16 species 222 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 223 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 224 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 225 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 226 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 227 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 228 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 229 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 230 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 231 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 232 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 233 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 234 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 235 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 236 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 237 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 238 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 239 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 240 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 241 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 242 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 243 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 244 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 245 Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
 246 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 247 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 248 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 249 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 36 species 250 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 251 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 252 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 253 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 254 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 255 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 256 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 257 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 258 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 259 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 260 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 261 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 262 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 263 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 264 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 265 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 266 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 267 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 268 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 269 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 270 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 271 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 272 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 273 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 274 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 275 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 276 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 277 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 278 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 279 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 280 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 281 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 282 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 283 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 284 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 285 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 9 species 286 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 287 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 288 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
 289 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 290 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 291 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
 292 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 293 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 294 DickcisselSpiza americana