Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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New Hanover - 364 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 39 species 1 Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
 2 Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
 3 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 4 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 5 Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
 6 BrantBranta bernicla
 7 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 8 Mute SwanCygnus olor
 9 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 10 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 11 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 12 Cinnamon TealSpatula cyanoptera
 13 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 14 GadwallMareca strepera
 15 Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
 16 American WigeonMareca americana
 17 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 18 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 19 Mottled DuckAnas fulvigula
 20 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 21 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 22 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 23 RedheadAythya americana
 24 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 25 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 26 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 27 King EiderSomateria spectabilis
 28 Common EiderSomateria mollissima
 29 Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus
 30 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
 31 White-winged ScoterMelanitta deglandi
 32 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
 33 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
 34 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 35 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
 36 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 37 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 38 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 39 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 40 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 41 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 5 species 42 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 43 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 44 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
 45 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
 46 Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis
Doves - 5 species 47 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 48 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 49 Common Ground DoveColumbina passerina
 50 White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
 51 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 1 species 52 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 53 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 54 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 55 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 56 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 3 species 57 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 58 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
 59 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 8 species 60 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
 61 King RailRallus elegans
 62 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 63 SoraPorzana carolina
 64 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 65 American CootFulica americana
 66 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
 67 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
Cranes - 2 species 68 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
 69 Whooping CraneGrus americana
Stilts & Avocets - 2 species 70 Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
 71 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Oystercatchers - 1 species 72 American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus
Plovers - 7 species 73 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 74 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
 75 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 76 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 77 Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
 78 Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
 79 Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosus
Sandpipers - 33 species 80 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 81 WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
 82 Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanus
 83 Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
 84 Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
 85 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
 86 Red KnotCalidris canutus
 87 RuffCalidris pugnax
 88 Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
 89 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
 90 Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
 91 SanderlingCalidris alba
 92 DunlinCalidris alpina
 93 Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
 94 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
 95 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 96 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 97 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
 98 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 99 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
 100 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
 101 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 102 Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
 103 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 104 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 105 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 106 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 107 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 108 WilletTringa semipalmata
 109 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 110 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
 111 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
 112 Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Skuas & Jaegers - 3 species 113 South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki
 114 Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
 115 Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Auks - 4 species 116 DovekieAlle alle
 117 Thick-billed MurreUria lomvia
 118 RazorbillAlca torda
 119 Black GuillemotCepphus grylle
Gulls & Terns - 27 species 120 Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
 121 Sabine's GullXema sabini
 122 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 123 Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
 124 Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
 125 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 126 Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
 127 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 128 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 129 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
 130 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
 131 Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
 132 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 133 Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
 134 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
 135 Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
 136 Least TernSternula antillarum
 137 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
 138 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 139 Black TernChlidonias niger
 140 Roseate TernSterna dougallii
 141 Common TernSterna hirundo
 142 Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
 143 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 144 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
 145 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
 146 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Tropicbirds - 1 species 147 Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereus
Loons - 3 species 148 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
 149 Pacific LoonGavia pacifica
 150 Common LoonGavia immer
Storm-Petrels - 3 species 151 Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
 152 White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marina
 153 Leach's Storm-PetrelHydrobates leucorhous
Petrels & Shearwaters - 6 species 154 Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
 155 Trindade PetrelPterodroma arminjoniana
 156 Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
 157 Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
 158 Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
 159 Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
Storks - 1 species 160 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Frigatebirds - 1 species 161 Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens
Boobies & Gannets - 3 species 162 Masked BoobySula dactylatra
 163 Brown BoobySula leucogaster
 164 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Darters - 1 species 165 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 2 species 166 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
 167 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 2 species 168 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
 169 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 12 species 170 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 171 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 172 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 173 Great EgretArdea alba
 174 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 175 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 176 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 177 Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens
 178 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 179 Green HeronButorides virescens
 180 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 181 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 3 species 182 White IbisEudocimus albus
 183 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
 184 Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
New World Vultures - 2 species 185 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 186 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 187 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 11 species 188 White-tailed KiteElanus leucurus
 189 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 190 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 191 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 192 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 193 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 194 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 195 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 196 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 197 Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
 198 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Barn-Owls - 1 species 199 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 8 species 200 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 201 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 202 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
 203 Burrowing OwlAthene cunicularia
 204 Barred OwlStrix varia
 205 Long-eared OwlAsio otus
 206 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
 207 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 208 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 9 species 209 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 210 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 211 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 212 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 213 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 214 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 215 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 216 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
 217 Ivory-billed WoodpeckerCampephilus principalis
Falcons - 3 species 218 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 219 MerlinFalco columbarius
 220 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 12 species 221 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
 222 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 223 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
 224 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 225 Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
 226 Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
 227 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 228 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 229 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 230 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 231 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 232 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 7 species 233 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 234 Bell's VireoVireo bellii
 235 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 236 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 237 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
 238 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
 239 Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquus
Shrikes - 1 species 240 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 241 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 242 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 243 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 244 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 245 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Swallows - 7 species 246 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 247 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 248 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 249 Purple MartinProgne subis
 250 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 251 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 252 Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
Kinglets - 2 species 253 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 254 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 255 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 256 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 257 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 258 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 259 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 260 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 5 species 261 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 262 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 263 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 264 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 265 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 266 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 267 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 268 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 269 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 7 species 270 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 271 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 272 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 273 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 274 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 275 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 276 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 277 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 278 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 6 species 279 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 280 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 281 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 282 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 283 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 284 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 3 species 285 Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
 286 Chestnut-collared LongspurCalcarius ornatus
 287 Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 20 species 288 Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalis
 289 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 290 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 291 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 292 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 293 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 294 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 295 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 296 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 297 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 298 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 299 Seaside SparrowAmmospiza maritima
 300 Nelson's SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
 301 Saltmarsh SparrowAmmospiza caudacuta
 302 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 303 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 304 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 305 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 306 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 307 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 308 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 12 species 309 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 310 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 311 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 312 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 313 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
 314 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 315 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 316 Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
 317 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 318 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 319 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
 320 Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major
Wood-Warblers - 34 species 321 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 322 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 323 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 324 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 325 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 326 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 327 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 328 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 329 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 330 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 331 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 332 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 333 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 334 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 335 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 336 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 337 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 338 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 339 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 340 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 341 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 342 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 343 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 344 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 345 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 346 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 347 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 348 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 349 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 350 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 351 Black-throated Gray WarblerSetophaga nigrescens
 352 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 353 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 354 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 10 species 355 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 356 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 357 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
 358 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 359 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 360 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
 361 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 362 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 363 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris
 364 DickcisselSpiza americana