Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Forsyth - 295 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 - 10 species 127 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 128 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 129 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 130 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 131 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 132 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 133 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 134 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 135 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 136 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 137 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 138 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 139 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 140 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
 141 Barred OwlStrix varia
 142 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 143 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 144 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 145 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 146 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 147 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 148 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 149 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 150 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 151 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 152 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 153 MerlinFalco columbarius
 154 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 12 species 155 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
 156 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 157 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
 158 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 159 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 160 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 161 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 162 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 163 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
 164 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 165 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 166 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 6 species 167 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 168 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 169 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 170 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
 171 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 172 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 173 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 174 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 175 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 176 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 177 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 178 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 179 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 180 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 181 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 182 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 183 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 184 Purple MartinProgne subis
 185 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 186 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 187 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 188 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 189 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 190 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 191 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 192 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 193 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 194 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 6 species 195 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 196 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 197 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 198 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 199 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
 200 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 201 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 202 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 203 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 204 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 7 species 205 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 206 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 207 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 208 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 209 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 210 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 211 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 212 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 213 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 9 species 214 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 215 Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
 216 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 217 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 218 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
 219 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 220 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 221 Lesser GoldfinchSpinus psaltria
 222 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 16 species 223 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 224 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 225 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 226 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 227 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 228 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 229 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 230 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 231 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 232 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 233 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 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 - 11 species 240 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 241 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 242 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 243 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 244 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 245 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 246 Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
 247 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 248 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 249 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 250 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 36 species 251 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 252 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 253 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 254 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 255 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 256 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 257 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 258 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 259 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 260 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 261 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 262 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 263 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 264 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 265 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 266 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 267 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 268 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 269 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 270 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 271 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 272 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 273 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 274 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 275 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 276 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 277 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 278 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 279 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 280 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 281 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 282 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 283 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 284 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 285 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 286 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 9 species 287 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 288 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 289 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
 290 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 291 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 292 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
 293 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 294 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 295 DickcisselSpiza americana