Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Hyde - 335 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 fusca
- 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 Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicus
- 1 species 46 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
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 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
- 1 species 62 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
- 1 species 63 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
- 1 species 64 King RailRallus elegans
- 1 species 65 Virginia RailRallus limicola
- 1 species 66 SoraPorzana carolina
- 1 species 67 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
- 1 species 68 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
- 1 species 69 American CootFulica americana
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 Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosus
- 1 species 77 Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
- 1 species 78 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
- 1 species 79 Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
- 1 species 80 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
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 - 24 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 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
- 1 species 124 Herring GullLarus argentatus
- 1 species 125 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
- 1 species 126 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
- 1 species 127 Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
- 1 species 128 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
- 1 species 129 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
- 1 species 130 Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
- 1 species 131 Least TernSternula antillarum
- 1 species 132 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
- 1 species 133 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
- 1 species 134 Black TernChlidonias niger
- 1 species 135 Roseate TernSterna dougallii
- 1 species 136 Common TernSterna hirundo
- 1 species 137 Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
- 1 species 138 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
- 1 species 139 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
- 1 species 140 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
- 1 species 141 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Tropicbirds - 1 species 142 Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereus
Loons - 3 species 143 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
- 1 species 144 Pacific LoonGavia pacifica
- 1 species 145 Common LoonGavia immer
Storm-Petrels - 2 species 146 Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
- 1 species 147 Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa
Petrels & Shearwaters - 7 species 148 Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
- 1 species 149 Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitata
- 1 species 150 Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
- 1 species 151 Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
- 1 species 152 Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
- 1 species 153 Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus
- 1 species 154 Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
Storks - 1 species 155 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Frigatebirds - 1 species 156 Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens
Boobies & Gannets - 3 species 157 Masked BoobySula dactylatra
- 1 species 158 Brown BoobySula leucogaster
- 1 species 159 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Cormorants - 2 species 160 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
- 1 species 161 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Darters - 1 species 162 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Pelicans - 2 species 163 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
- 1 species 164 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 13 species 165 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
- 1 species 166 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
- 1 species 167 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
- 1 species 168 Great EgretArdea alba
- 1 species 169 Little EgretEgretta garzetta
- 1 species 170 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
- 1 species 171 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
- 1 species 172 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
- 1 species 173 Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens
- 1 species 174 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
- 1 species 175 Green HeronButorides virescens
- 1 species 176 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
- 1 species 177 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 3 species 178 White IbisEudocimus albus
- 1 species 179 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
- 1 species 180 White-faced IbisPlegadis chihi
New World Vultures - 2 species 181 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
- 1 species 182 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 183 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 12 species 184 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
- 1 species 185 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
- 1 species 186 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
- 1 species 187 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
- 1 species 188 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
- 1 species 189 Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
- 1 species 190 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
- 1 species 191 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
- 1 species 192 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
- 1 species 193 Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
- 1 species 194 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
- 1 species 195 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 196 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 197 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
- 1 species 198 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
- 1 species 199 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
- 1 species 200 Barred OwlStrix varia
- 1 species 201 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Kingfishers - 1 species 202 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 203 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
- 1 species 204 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
- 1 species 205 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
- 1 species 206 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
- 1 species 207 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
- 1 species 208 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
- 1 species 209 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
- 1 species 210 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 211 American KestrelFalco sparverius
- 1 species 212 MerlinFalco columbarius
- 1 species 213 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 12 species 214 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
- 1 species 215 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
- 1 species 216 Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicus
- 1 species 217 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
- 1 species 218 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
- 1 species 219 Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
- 1 species 220 Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
- 1 species 221 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
- 1 species 222 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
- 1 species 223 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
- 1 species 224 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
- 1 species 225 Say's PhoebeSayornis saya
Shrikes - 1 species 226 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 5 species 227 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
- 1 species 228 Bell's VireoVireo bellii
- 1 species 229 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
- 1 species 230 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
- 1 species 231 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 232 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
- 1 species 233 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
- 1 species 234 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
- 1 species 235 Common RavenCorvus corax
Larks - 1 species 236 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 7 species 237 Purple MartinProgne subis
- 1 species 238 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
- 1 species 239 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
- 1 species 240 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
- 1 species 241 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
- 1 species 242 Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
- 1 species 243 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 244 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
- 1 species 245 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 246 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
- 1 species 247 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
- 1 species 248 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 249 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 5 species 250 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
- 1 species 251 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
- 1 species 252 Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
- 1 species 253 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
- 1 species 254 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 255 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 256 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
- 1 species 257 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Old World Flycatchers - 1 species 258 Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe
Thrushes - 6 species 259 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
- 1 species 260 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
- 1 species 261 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
- 1 species 262 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
- 1 species 263 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
- 1 species 264 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 265 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
- 1 species 266 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
- 1 species 267 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 268 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 269 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 270 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 271 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 4 species 272 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
- 1 species 273 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
- 1 species 274 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
- 1 species 275 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 18 species 276 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
- 1 species 277 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
- 1 species 278 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
- 1 species 279 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
- 1 species 280 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
- 1 species 281 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
- 1 species 282 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
- 1 species 283 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
- 1 species 284 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
- 1 species 285 Seaside SparrowAmmospiza maritima
- 1 species 286 Nelson's SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
- 1 species 287 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
- 1 species 288 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
- 1 species 289 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
- 1 species 290 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
- 1 species 291 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
- 1 species 292 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
- 1 species 293 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 294 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 295 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
- 1 species 296 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
- 1 species 297 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
- 1 species 298 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
- 1 species 299 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
- 1 species 300 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
- 1 species 301 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
- 1 species 302 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
- 1 species 303 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
- 1 species 304 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
- 1 species 305 Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major
Wood-Warblers - 24 species 306 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
- 1 species 307 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
- 1 species 308 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
- 1 species 309 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
- 1 species 310 Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
- 1 species 311 Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
- 1 species 312 MacGillivray's WarblerGeothlypis tolmiei
- 1 species 313 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
- 1 species 314 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
- 1 species 315 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
- 1 species 316 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
- 1 species 317 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
- 1 species 318 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
- 1 species 319 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
- 1 species 320 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
- 1 species 321 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
- 1 species 322 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
- 1 species 323 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
- 1 species 324 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
- 1 species 325 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
- 1 species 326 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
- 1 species 327 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
- 1 species 328 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
- 1 species 329 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 6 species 330 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
- 1 species 331 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
- 1 species 332 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
- 1 species 333 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
- 1 species 334 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
- 1 species 335 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris