Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Onslow - 315 species

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