Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Mecklenburg - 303 species

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Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 29 species 2 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
- 1 species 3 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
- 1 species 4 Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
- 1 species 5 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
- 1 species 6 Wood DuckAix sponsa
- 1 species 7 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
- 1 species 8 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
- 1 species 9 GadwallMareca strepera
- 1 species 10 Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
- 1 species 11 American WigeonMareca americana
- 1 species 12 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
- 1 species 13 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
- 1 species 14 Northern PintailAnas acuta
- 1 species 15 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
- 1 species 16 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
- 1 species 17 RedheadAythya americana
- 1 species 18 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
- 1 species 19 Greater ScaupAythya marila
- 1 species 20 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
- 1 species 21 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
- 1 species 22 White-winged ScoterMelanitta fusca
- 1 species 23 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
- 1 species 24 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
- 1 species 25 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
- 1 species 26 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
- 1 species 27 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
- 1 species 28 Common MerganserMergus merganser
- 1 species 29 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
- 1 species 30 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 31 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 32 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 5 species 33 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
- 1 species 34 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
- 1 species 35 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
- 1 species 36 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
- 1 species 37 Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis
Doves - 6 species 38 Rock PigeonColumba livia
- 1 species 39 Band-tailed PigeonPatagioenas fasciata
- 1 species 40 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
- 1 species 41 Common Ground-DoveColumbina passerina
- 1 species 42 White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
- 1 species 43 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 44 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
- 1 species 45 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 46 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
- 1 species 47 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
- 1 species 48 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 49 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 5 species 50 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
- 1 species 51 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
- 1 species 52 Anna's HummingbirdCalypte anna
- 1 species 53 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
- 1 species 54 Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliope
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 8 species 55 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
- 1 species 56 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
- 1 species 57 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
- 1 species 58 Virginia RailRallus limicola
- 1 species 59 SoraPorzana carolina
- 1 species 60 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
- 1 species 61 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
- 1 species 62 American CootFulica americana
Cranes - 1 species 63 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Plovers - 5 species 64 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
- 1 species 65 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
- 1 species 66 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
- 1 species 67 Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
- 1 species 68 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 24 species 69 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
- 1 species 70 WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
- 1 species 71 Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
- 1 species 72 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
- 1 species 73 Red KnotCalidris canutus
- 1 species 74 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
- 1 species 75 SanderlingCalidris alba
- 1 species 76 DunlinCalidris alpina
- 1 species 77 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
- 1 species 78 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
- 1 species 79 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
- 1 species 80 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
- 1 species 81 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
- 1 species 82 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
- 1 species 83 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
- 1 species 84 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
- 1 species 85 American WoodcockScolopax minor
- 1 species 86 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
- 1 species 87 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
- 1 species 88 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
- 1 species 89 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
- 1 species 90 WilletTringa semipalmata
- 1 species 91 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
- 1 species 92 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
Skuas & Jaegers - 3 species 93 Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
- 1 species 94 Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
- 1 species 95 Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus
Gulls & Terns - 18 species 96 Sabine's GullXema sabini
- 1 species 97 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
- 1 species 98 Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
- 1 species 99 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
- 1 species 100 Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
- 1 species 101 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
- 1 species 102 Herring GullLarus argentatus
- 1 species 103 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
- 1 species 104 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
- 1 species 105 Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
- 1 species 106 Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
- 1 species 107 Least TernSternula antillarum
- 1 species 108 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
- 1 species 109 Black TernChlidonias niger
- 1 species 110 Common TernSterna hirundo
- 1 species 111 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
- 1 species 112 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
- 1 species 113 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Loons - 2 species 114 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
- 1 species 115 Common LoonGavia immer
Storm-Petrels - 1 species 116 Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa
Storks - 1 species 117 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Cormorants - 1 species 118 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Darters - 1 species 119 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Pelicans - 2 species 120 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
- 1 species 121 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 122 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
- 1 species 123 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
- 1 species 124 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
- 1 species 125 Great EgretArdea alba
- 1 species 126 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
- 1 species 127 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
- 1 species 128 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
- 1 species 129 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
- 1 species 130 Green HeronButorides virescens
- 1 species 131 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
- 1 species 132 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 133 White IbisEudocimus albus
- 1 species 134 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 135 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
- 1 species 136 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 137 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 11 species 138 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
- 1 species 139 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
- 1 species 140 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
- 1 species 141 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
- 1 species 142 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
- 1 species 143 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
- 1 species 144 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
- 1 species 145 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
- 1 species 146 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
- 1 species 147 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
- 1 species 148 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Barn-Owls - 1 species 149 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 150 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
- 1 species 151 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
- 1 species 152 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
- 1 species 153 Barred OwlStrix varia
- 1 species 154 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Kingfishers - 1 species 155 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 7 species 156 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
- 1 species 157 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
- 1 species 158 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
- 1 species 159 Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescens
- 1 species 160 Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
- 1 species 161 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
- 1 species 162 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 163 American KestrelFalco sparverius
- 1 species 164 MerlinFalco columbarius
- 1 species 165 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 10 species 166 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
- 1 species 167 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
- 1 species 168 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
- 1 species 169 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
- 1 species 170 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
- 1 species 171 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
- 1 species 172 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
- 1 species 173 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
- 1 species 174 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
- 1 species 175 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
Shrikes - 1 species 176 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 6 species 177 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
- 1 species 178 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
- 1 species 179 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
- 1 species 180 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
- 1 species 181 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
- 1 species 182 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 183 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
- 1 species 184 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
- 1 species 185 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
- 1 species 186 Common RavenCorvus corax
Larks - 1 species 187 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 7 species 188 Purple MartinProgne subis
- 1 species 189 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
- 1 species 190 Violet-green SwallowTachycineta thalassina
- 1 species 191 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
- 1 species 192 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
- 1 species 193 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
- 1 species 194 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 195 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
- 1 species 196 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 197 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
- 1 species 198 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
- 1 species 199 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 200 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 5 species 201 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
- 1 species 202 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
- 1 species 203 Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
- 1 species 204 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
- 1 species 205 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 206 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 207 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
- 1 species 208 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 7 species 209 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
- 1 species 210 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
- 1 species 211 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
- 1 species 212 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
- 1 species 213 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
- 1 species 214 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
- 1 species 215 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 216 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
- 1 species 217 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
- 1 species 218 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 219 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 220 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 221 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 222 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 6 species 223 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
- 1 species 224 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
- 1 species 225 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
- 1 species 226 White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucoptera
- 1 species 227 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
- 1 species 228 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 18 species 229 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
- 1 species 230 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
- 1 species 231 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
- 1 species 232 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
- 1 species 233 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
- 1 species 234 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
- 1 species 235 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
- 1 species 236 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
- 1 species 237 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
- 1 species 238 LeConte's SparrowAmmodramus leconteii
- 1 species 239 Nelson's SparrowAmmodramus nelsoni
- 1 species 240 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
- 1 species 241 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
- 1 species 242 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
- 1 species 243 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
- 1 species 244 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
- 1 species 245 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
- 1 species 246 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 247 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 248 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
- 1 species 249 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
- 1 species 250 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
- 1 species 251 Hooded OrioleIcterus cucullatus
- 1 species 252 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
- 1 species 253 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
- 1 species 254 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
- 1 species 255 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
- 1 species 256 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
- 1 species 257 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
- 1 species 258 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 36 species 259 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
- 1 species 260 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
- 1 species 261 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
- 1 species 262 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
- 1 species 263 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
- 1 species 264 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
- 1 species 265 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
- 1 species 266 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
- 1 species 267 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
- 1 species 268 Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
- 1 species 269 Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
- 1 species 270 Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
- 1 species 271 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
- 1 species 272 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
- 1 species 273 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
- 1 species 274 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
- 1 species 275 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
- 1 species 276 Kirtland's WarblerSetophaga kirtlandii
- 1 species 277 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
- 1 species 278 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
- 1 species 279 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
- 1 species 280 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
- 1 species 281 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
- 1 species 282 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
- 1 species 283 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
- 1 species 284 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
- 1 species 285 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
- 1 species 286 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
- 1 species 287 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
- 1 species 288 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
- 1 species 289 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
- 1 species 290 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
- 1 species 291 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
- 1 species 292 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
- 1 species 293 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
- 1 species 294 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 9 species 295 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
- 1 species 296 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
- 1 species 297 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
- 1 species 298 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
- 1 species 299 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
- 1 species 300 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
- 1 species 301 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
- 1 species 302 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris
- 1 species 303 DickcisselSpiza americana