Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Forsyth - 296 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 - 13 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 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
 100 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 101 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
 102 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 103 Black TernChlidonias niger
 104 Common TernSterna hirundo
 105 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 106 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
Loons - 2 species 107 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
 108 Common LoonGavia immer
Darters - 1 species 109 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 1 species 110 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 111 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 112 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 113 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 114 Great EgretArdea alba
 115 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 116 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 117 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 118 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 119 Green HeronButorides virescens
 120 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 121 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 122 White IbisEudocimus albus
 123 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 124 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 125 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 126 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 11 species 127 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 128 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 129 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 130 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 131 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 132 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 133 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 134 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 135 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 136 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 137 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 138 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 139 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 140 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 141 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
 142 Barred OwlStrix varia
 143 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 144 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 145 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 146 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 147 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 148 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 149 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 150 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 151 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 152 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 153 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 154 MerlinFalco columbarius
 155 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 12 species 156 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
 157 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 158 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
 159 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 160 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 161 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 162 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 163 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 164 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
 165 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 166 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 167 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 6 species 168 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 169 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 170 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 171 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
 172 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 173 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 174 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 175 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 176 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 177 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 178 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 179 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 180 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 181 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 182 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 183 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 184 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 185 Purple MartinProgne subis
 186 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 187 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 188 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 189 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 190 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 191 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 192 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 193 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 194 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 195 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 6 species 196 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 197 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 198 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 199 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 200 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
 201 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 202 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 203 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 204 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 205 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 7 species 206 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 207 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 208 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 209 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 210 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 211 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 212 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 213 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 214 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 9 species 215 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 216 Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
 217 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 218 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 219 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
 220 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 221 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 222 Lesser GoldfinchSpinus psaltria
 223 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 16 species 224 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 225 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 226 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 227 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 228 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 229 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 230 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 231 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 232 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 233 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 234 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 235 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 236 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 237 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 238 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 239 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 240 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 241 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 242 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 243 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 244 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 245 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 246 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 247 Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
 248 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 249 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 250 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 251 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 36 species 252 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 253 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 254 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 255 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 256 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 257 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 258 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 259 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 260 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 261 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 262 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 263 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 264 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 265 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 266 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 267 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 268 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 269 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 270 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 271 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 272 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 273 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 274 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 275 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 276 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 277 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 278 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 279 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 280 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 281 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 282 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 283 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 284 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 285 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 286 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 287 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 9 species 288 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 289 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 290 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
 291 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 292 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 293 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
 294 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 295 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 296 DickcisselSpiza americana