Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Gaston - 212 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 25 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 3 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 4 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 5 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 6 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 7 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 8 GadwallMareca strepera
 9 American WigeonMareca americana
 10 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 11 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 12 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 13 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 14 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 15 RedheadAythya americana
 16 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 17 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 18 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 19 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
 20 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
 21 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 22 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 23 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 24 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 25 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 26 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 27 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 2 species 28 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 29 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Doves - 3 species 30 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 31 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 32 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 1 species 33 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 34 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 35 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 36 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 37 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 4 species 38 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 39 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
 40 Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliope
 41 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 1 species 42 American CootFulica americana
Plovers - 2 species 43 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 44 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Sandpipers - 13 species 45 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
 46 DunlinCalidris alpina
 47 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
 48 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 49 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 50 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
 51 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
 52 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
 53 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 54 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 55 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 56 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 57 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Gulls & Terns - 6 species 58 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 59 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 60 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 61 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 62 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 63 Black TernChlidonias niger
Loons - 1 species 64 Common LoonGavia immer
Darters - 1 species 65 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 1 species 66 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 1 species 67 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 4 species 68 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 69 Great EgretArdea alba
 70 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 71 Green HeronButorides virescens
Ibises & Spoonbills - 1 species 72 White IbisEudocimus albus
New World Vultures - 2 species 73 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 74 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 75 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 8 species 76 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 77 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 78 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 79 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 80 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 81 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 82 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 83 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 4 species 84 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 85 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 86 Barred OwlStrix varia
 87 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 88 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 7 species 89 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 90 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 91 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 92 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 93 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 94 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 95 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 2 species 96 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 97 MerlinFalco columbarius
Tyrant Flycatchers - 7 species 98 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 99 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 100 Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
 101 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 102 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 103 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 104 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 6 species 105 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 106 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 107 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 108 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
 109 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 110 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 111 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 112 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 113 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 114 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 115 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 116 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 117 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Swallows - 5 species 118 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 119 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 120 Purple MartinProgne subis
 121 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 122 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 123 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 124 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 125 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 126 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 127 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 128 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 129 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 130 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 4 species 131 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 132 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 133 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 134 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 135 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 136 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 137 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 138 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 7 species 139 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 140 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 141 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 142 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 143 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 144 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 145 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 146 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 147 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 4 species 148 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 149 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 150 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 151 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 15 species 152 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 153 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 154 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 155 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 156 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 157 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 158 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 159 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 160 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 161 LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
 162 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 163 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 164 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 165 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 166 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 167 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 9 species 168 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 169 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 170 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 171 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
 172 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 173 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 174 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 175 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 176 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 29 species 177 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 178 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 179 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 180 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 181 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 182 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 183 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 184 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 185 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 186 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 187 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 188 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 189 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 190 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 191 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 192 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 193 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 194 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 195 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 196 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 197 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 198 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 199 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 200 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 201 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 202 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 203 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 204 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 205 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 7 species 206 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 207 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 208 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 209 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 210 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 211 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 212 DickcisselSpiza americana