Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Madison - 180 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 10 species 1 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 2 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 3 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 4 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 5 American WigeonMareca americana
 6 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 7 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 8 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 9 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 10 Common MerganserMergus merganser
New World Quails - 1 species 11 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 2 species 12 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
 13 Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellus
Grebes - 2 species 14 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 15 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Doves - 3 species 16 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 17 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 18 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 19 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 20 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 21 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 22 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 23 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 24 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 2 species 25 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 26 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Cranes - 1 species 27 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Plovers - 1 species 28 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 2 species 29 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 30 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Loons - 1 species 31 Common LoonGavia immer
Cormorants - 1 species 32 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 8 species 33 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 34 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 35 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 36 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 37 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 38 Green HeronButorides virescens
 39 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 40 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 1 species 41 White IbisEudocimus albus
New World Vultures - 2 species 42 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 43 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 44 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 8 species 45 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 46 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 47 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 48 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 49 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 50 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 51 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 52 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Barn-Owls - 1 species 53 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 4 species 54 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 55 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 56 Barred OwlStrix varia
 57 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 58 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 7 species 59 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 60 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 61 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 62 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 63 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 64 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 65 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 66 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 67 MerlinFalco columbarius
 68 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 8 species 69 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 70 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 71 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 72 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 73 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 74 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 75 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 76 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 5 species 77 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 78 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 79 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 80 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 81 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 82 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 83 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 84 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 85 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 86 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 87 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 5 species 88 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 89 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 90 Purple MartinProgne subis
 91 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 92 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 93 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 94 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 95 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 96 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 97 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 98 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 99 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 100 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 3 species 101 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 102 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 103 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 104 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 105 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 106 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 107 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 6 species 108 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 109 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 110 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 111 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 112 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 113 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 114 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 115 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 116 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 117 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 118 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 119 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 120 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 2 species 121 Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
 122 Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 12 species 123 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 124 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 125 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 126 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 127 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 128 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 129 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 130 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 131 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 132 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 133 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 134 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 135 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 9 species 136 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 137 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 138 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 139 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 140 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 141 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 142 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 143 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 144 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 30 species 145 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 146 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 147 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 148 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 149 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 150 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 151 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 152 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 153 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 154 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 155 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 156 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 157 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 158 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 159 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 160 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 161 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 162 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 163 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 164 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 165 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 166 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 167 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 168 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 169 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 170 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 171 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 172 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 173 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 174 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 6 species 175 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 176 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 177 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 178 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 179 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 180 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea