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