Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Onslow - 312 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 fusca
 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 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
 56 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
 57 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
 58 King RailRallus elegans
 59 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 60 SoraPorzana carolina
 61 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
 62 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 63 American CootFulica americana
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 Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosus
 71 Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
 72 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 73 Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
 74 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 28 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 PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Skuas & Jaegers - 2 species 103 Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
 104 Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Auks - 3 species 105 DovekieAlle alle
 106 RazorbillAlca torda
 107 Atlantic PuffinFratercula arctica
Gulls & Terns - 23 species 108 Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
 109 Sabine's GullXema sabini
 110 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 111 Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
 112 Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
 113 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 114 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 115 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 116 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
 117 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
 118 Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
 119 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 120 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
 121 Least TernSternula antillarum
 122 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
 123 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 124 Black TernChlidonias niger
 125 Roseate TernSterna dougallii
 126 Common TernSterna hirundo
 127 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 128 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
 129 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
 130 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Tropicbirds - 1 species 131 White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Loons - 2 species 132 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
 133 Common LoonGavia immer
Storm-Petrels - 1 species 134 Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
Petrels & Shearwaters - 4 species 135 Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
 136 Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
 137 Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
 138 Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
Storks - 1 species 139 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Frigatebirds - 1 species 140 Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens
Boobies & Gannets - 1 species 141 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Cormorants - 2 species 142 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
 143 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Darters - 1 species 144 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Pelicans - 2 species 145 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
 146 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 12 species 147 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 148 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 149 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 150 Great EgretArdea alba
 151 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 152 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 153 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 154 Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens
 155 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 156 Green HeronButorides virescens
 157 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 158 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 3 species 159 White IbisEudocimus albus
 160 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
 161 Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
New World Vultures - 2 species 162 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 163 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 164 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 11 species 165 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 166 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 167 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 168 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 169 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 170 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 171 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 172 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 173 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 174 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 175 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 176 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 177 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 178 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 179 Barred OwlStrix varia
 180 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
 181 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 182 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 183 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 184 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 185 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 186 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 187 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 188 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 189 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 190 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 191 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 192 MerlinFalco columbarius
 193 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 8 species 194 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 195 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
 196 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 197 Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
 198 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 199 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 200 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 201 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Shrikes - 1 species 202 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 4 species 203 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 204 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 205 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 206 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 207 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 208 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 209 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Larks - 1 species 210 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 7 species 211 Purple MartinProgne subis
 212 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 213 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 214 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 215 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 216 Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
 217 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 218 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 219 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 220 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 221 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 222 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Wrens - 5 species 223 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 224 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 225 Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
 226 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 227 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 228 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 229 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
 230 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 5 species 231 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 232 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 233 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 234 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 235 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 236 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 237 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 238 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 239 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 240 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 241 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 242 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 243 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 244 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 245 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 246 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 247 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 20 species 248 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
 249 Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalis
 250 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 251 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 252 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 253 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 254 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 255 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 256 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 257 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 258 LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
 259 Seaside SparrowAmmospiza maritima
 260 Nelson's SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
 261 Saltmarsh SparrowAmmospiza caudacuta
 262 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 263 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 264 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 265 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 266 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 267 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 268 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 269 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 270 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 271 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 272 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 273 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
 274 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 275 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 276 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 277 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 278 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
 279 Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major
Wood-Warblers - 26 species 280 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 281 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 282 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 283 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 284 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 285 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 286 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 287 Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
 288 Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
 289 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 290 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 291 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 292 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 293 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 294 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 295 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 296 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 297 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 298 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 299 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 300 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 301 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 302 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 303 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 304 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 305 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 7 species 306 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 307 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 308 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 309 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 310 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 311 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 312 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris