Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Hyde - 339 species

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Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 42 species 2 Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
- 1 species 3 Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
- 1 species 4 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
- 1 species 5 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
- 1 species 6 Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
- 1 species 7 BrantBranta bernicla
- 1 species 8 Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsis
- 1 species 9 Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
- 1 species 10 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
- 1 species 11 Mute SwanCygnus olor
- 1 species 12 Trumpeter SwanCygnus buccinator
- 1 species 13 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
- 1 species 14 Wood DuckAix sponsa
- 1 species 15 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
- 1 species 16 Cinnamon TealSpatula cyanoptera
- 1 species 17 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
- 1 species 18 GadwallMareca strepera
- 1 species 19 Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
- 1 species 20 American WigeonMareca americana
- 1 species 21 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
- 1 species 22 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
- 1 species 23 Mottled DuckAnas fulvigula
- 1 species 24 Northern PintailAnas acuta
- 1 species 25 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
- 1 species 26 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
- 1 species 27 RedheadAythya americana
- 1 species 28 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
- 1 species 29 Greater ScaupAythya marila
- 1 species 30 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
- 1 species 31 King EiderSomateria spectabilis
- 1 species 32 Common EiderSomateria mollissima
- 1 species 33 Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus
- 1 species 34 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
- 1 species 35 White-winged ScoterMelanitta deglandi
- 1 species 36 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
- 1 species 37 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
- 1 species 38 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
- 1 species 39 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
- 1 species 40 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
- 1 species 41 Common MerganserMergus merganser
- 1 species 42 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
- 1 species 43 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 44 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 2 species 45 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
- 1 species 46 Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicus
Grebes - 4 species 47 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
- 1 species 48 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
- 1 species 49 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
- 1 species 50 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
Doves - 4 species 51 Rock PigeonColumba livia
- 1 species 52 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
- 1 species 53 White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
- 1 species 54 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 1 species 55 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Goatsuckers - 2 species 56 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
- 1 species 57 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
Swifts - 1 species 58 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 2 species 59 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
- 1 species 60 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 9 species 61 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
- 1 species 62 King RailRallus elegans
- 1 species 63 Virginia RailRallus limicola
- 1 species 64 SoraPorzana carolina
- 1 species 65 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
- 1 species 66 American CootFulica americana
- 1 species 67 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
- 1 species 68 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
- 1 species 69 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
Cranes - 1 species 70 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Stilts & Avocets - 2 species 71 Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
- 1 species 72 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Oystercatchers - 1 species 73 American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus
Plovers - 7 species 74 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
- 1 species 75 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
- 1 species 76 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
- 1 species 77 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
- 1 species 78 Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
- 1 species 79 Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
- 1 species 80 Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosus
Sandpipers - 31 species 81 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
- 1 species 82 WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
- 1 species 83 Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanus
- 1 species 84 Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
- 1 species 85 Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
- 1 species 86 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
- 1 species 87 Red KnotCalidris canutus
- 1 species 88 RuffCalidris pugnax
- 1 species 89 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
- 1 species 90 SanderlingCalidris alba
- 1 species 91 DunlinCalidris alpina
- 1 species 92 Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
- 1 species 93 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
- 1 species 94 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
- 1 species 95 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
- 1 species 96 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
- 1 species 97 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
- 1 species 98 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
- 1 species 99 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
- 1 species 100 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
- 1 species 101 Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
- 1 species 102 American WoodcockScolopax minor
- 1 species 103 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
- 1 species 104 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
- 1 species 105 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
- 1 species 106 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
- 1 species 107 WilletTringa semipalmata
- 1 species 108 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
- 1 species 109 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
- 1 species 110 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
- 1 species 111 Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Skuas & Jaegers - 3 species 112 South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki
- 1 species 113 Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
- 1 species 114 Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Auks - 3 species 115 DovekieAlle alle
- 1 species 116 Thick-billed MurreUria lomvia
- 1 species 117 RazorbillAlca torda
Gulls & Terns - 25 species 118 Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
- 1 species 119 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
- 1 species 120 Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
- 1 species 121 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
- 1 species 122 Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
- 1 species 123 Common GullLarus canus
- 1 species 124 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
- 1 species 125 Herring GullLarus argentatus
- 1 species 126 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
- 1 species 127 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
- 1 species 128 Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
- 1 species 129 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
- 1 species 130 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
- 1 species 131 Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
- 1 species 132 Least TernSternula antillarum
- 1 species 133 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
- 1 species 134 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
- 1 species 135 Black TernChlidonias niger
- 1 species 136 Roseate TernSterna dougallii
- 1 species 137 Common TernSterna hirundo
- 1 species 138 Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
- 1 species 139 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
- 1 species 140 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
- 1 species 141 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
- 1 species 142 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Tropicbirds - 1 species 143 Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereus
Loons - 3 species 144 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
- 1 species 145 Pacific LoonGavia pacifica
- 1 species 146 Common LoonGavia immer
Storm-Petrels - 2 species 147 Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
- 1 species 148 Leach's Storm-PetrelHydrobates leucorhous
Petrels & Shearwaters - 7 species 149 Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
- 1 species 150 Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitata
- 1 species 151 Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
- 1 species 152 Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
- 1 species 153 Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
- 1 species 154 Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus
- 1 species 155 Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
Storks - 1 species 156 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Frigatebirds - 1 species 157 Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens
Boobies & Gannets - 3 species 158 Masked BoobySula dactylatra
- 1 species 159 Brown BoobySula leucogaster
- 1 species 160 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Darters - 1 species 161 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 2 species 162 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
- 1 species 163 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 2 species 164 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
- 1 species 165 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 13 species 166 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
- 1 species 167 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
- 1 species 168 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
- 1 species 169 Great EgretArdea alba
- 1 species 170 Little EgretEgretta garzetta
- 1 species 171 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
- 1 species 172 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
- 1 species 173 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
- 1 species 174 Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens
- 1 species 175 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
- 1 species 176 Green HeronButorides virescens
- 1 species 177 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
- 1 species 178 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 4 species 179 White IbisEudocimus albus
- 1 species 180 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
- 1 species 181 White-faced IbisPlegadis chihi
- 1 species 182 Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
New World Vultures - 2 species 183 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
- 1 species 184 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 185 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 12 species 186 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
- 1 species 187 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
- 1 species 188 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
- 1 species 189 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
- 1 species 190 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
- 1 species 191 Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
- 1 species 192 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
- 1 species 193 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
- 1 species 194 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
- 1 species 195 Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
- 1 species 196 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
- 1 species 197 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 198 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 199 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
- 1 species 200 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
- 1 species 201 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
- 1 species 202 Barred OwlStrix varia
- 1 species 203 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Kingfishers - 1 species 204 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 205 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
- 1 species 206 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
- 1 species 207 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
- 1 species 208 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
- 1 species 209 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
- 1 species 210 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
- 1 species 211 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
- 1 species 212 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 213 American KestrelFalco sparverius
- 1 species 214 MerlinFalco columbarius
- 1 species 215 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 13 species 216 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
- 1 species 217 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
- 1 species 218 Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicus
- 1 species 219 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
- 1 species 220 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
- 1 species 221 Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
- 1 species 222 Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
- 1 species 223 Fork-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus savana
- 1 species 224 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
- 1 species 225 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
- 1 species 226 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
- 1 species 227 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
- 1 species 228 Say's PhoebeSayornis saya
Vireos - 5 species 229 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
- 1 species 230 Bell's VireoVireo bellii
- 1 species 231 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
- 1 species 232 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
- 1 species 233 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 234 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 235 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
- 1 species 236 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
- 1 species 237 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
- 1 species 238 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 239 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
- 1 species 240 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 241 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 7 species 242 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
- 1 species 243 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
- 1 species 244 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
- 1 species 245 Purple MartinProgne subis
- 1 species 246 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
- 1 species 247 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
- 1 species 248 Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
Kinglets - 2 species 249 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
- 1 species 250 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 251 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 252 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
- 1 species 253 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
- 1 species 254 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 255 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 256 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 5 species 257 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
- 1 species 258 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
- 1 species 259 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
- 1 species 260 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
- 1 species 261 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 262 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
- 1 species 263 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
- 1 species 264 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 265 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 6 species 266 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
- 1 species 267 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
- 1 species 268 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
- 1 species 269 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
- 1 species 270 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
- 1 species 271 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Flycatchers - 1 species 272 Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 273 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 274 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 275 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
- 1 species 276 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
- 1 species 277 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
- 1 species 278 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
- 1 species 279 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 18 species 280 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
- 1 species 281 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
- 1 species 282 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
- 1 species 283 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
- 1 species 284 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
- 1 species 285 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
- 1 species 286 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
- 1 species 287 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
- 1 species 288 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
- 1 species 289 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
- 1 species 290 Seaside SparrowAmmospiza maritima
- 1 species 291 Nelson's SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
- 1 species 292 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
- 1 species 293 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
- 1 species 294 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
- 1 species 295 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
- 1 species 296 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
- 1 species 297 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 298 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 299 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
- 1 species 300 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
- 1 species 301 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
- 1 species 302 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
- 1 species 303 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
- 1 species 304 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
- 1 species 305 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
- 1 species 306 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
- 1 species 307 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
- 1 species 308 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
- 1 species 309 Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major
Wood-Warblers - 24 species 310 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
- 1 species 311 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
- 1 species 312 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
- 1 species 313 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
- 1 species 314 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
- 1 species 315 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
- 1 species 316 MacGillivray's WarblerGeothlypis tolmiei
- 1 species 317 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
- 1 species 318 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
- 1 species 319 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
- 1 species 320 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
- 1 species 321 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
- 1 species 322 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
- 1 species 323 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
- 1 species 324 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
- 1 species 325 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
- 1 species 326 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
- 1 species 327 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
- 1 species 328 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
- 1 species 329 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
- 1 species 330 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
- 1 species 331 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
- 1 species 332 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
- 1 species 333 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 6 species 334 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
- 1 species 335 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
- 1 species 336 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
- 1 species 337 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
- 1 species 338 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
- 1 species 339 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris