Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Gates - 217 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 24 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 3 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 4 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 5 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 6 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 7 GadwallMareca strepera
 8 Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
 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 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 20 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
 21 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 22 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 23 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 24 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 25 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 26 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 3 species 27 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 28 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 29 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Doves - 2 species 30 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 31 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 32 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 33 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
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 - 1 species 38 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 7 species 39 King RailRallus elegans
 40 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 41 SoraPorzana carolina
 42 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 43 American CootFulica americana
 44 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
 45 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
Plovers - 1 species 46 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 6 species 47 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 48 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 49 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 50 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 51 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 52 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
Gulls & Terns - 6 species 53 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 54 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 55 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 56 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
 57 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 58 Black TernChlidonias niger
Loons - 1 species 59 Common LoonGavia immer
Darters - 1 species 60 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 1 species 61 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 1 species 62 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 63 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 64 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 65 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 66 Great EgretArdea alba
 67 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 68 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 69 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 70 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 71 Green HeronButorides virescens
 72 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 73 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 74 White IbisEudocimus albus
 75 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 76 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 77 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 78 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 9 species 79 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 80 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 81 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 82 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 83 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 84 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 85 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 86 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 87 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 88 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 3 species 89 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 90 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 91 Barred OwlStrix varia
Kingfishers - 1 species 92 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 93 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 94 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 95 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 96 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 97 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 98 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 99 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 100 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 101 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 102 MerlinFalco columbarius
 103 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 6 species 104 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 105 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 106 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 107 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 108 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 109 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 6 species 110 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 111 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 112 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 113 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
 114 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 115 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 116 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 117 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 118 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 119 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 120 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 121 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 122 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 5 species 123 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 124 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 125 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 126 Purple MartinProgne subis
 127 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Kinglets - 2 species 128 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 129 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 130 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 131 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 132 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 133 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 134 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 135 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 3 species 136 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 137 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 138 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 139 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 140 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 141 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 142 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 7 species 143 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 144 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 145 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 146 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 147 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 148 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 149 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 150 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 151 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 152 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 153 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 154 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 155 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 12 species 156 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 157 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 158 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 159 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 160 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 161 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 162 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 163 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 164 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 165 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 166 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 167 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 168 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 8 species 169 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 170 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 171 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 172 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 173 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 174 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 175 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 176 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 34 species 177 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 178 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 179 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 180 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 181 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 182 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 183 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 184 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 185 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 186 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 187 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 188 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 189 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 190 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 191 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 192 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 193 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 194 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 195 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 196 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 197 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 198 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 199 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 200 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 201 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 202 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 203 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 204 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 205 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 206 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 207 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 208 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 209 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 210 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 7 species 211 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 212 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 213 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 214 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 215 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 216 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 217 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris