Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Mecklenburg - 319 species

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