Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Onslow - 313 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 - 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 - 2 species 141 Brown BoobySula leucogaster
 142 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Darters - 1 species 143 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 2 species 144 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
 145 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 2 species 146 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
 147 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 12 species 148 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 149 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 150 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 151 Great EgretArdea alba
 152 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 153 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 154 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 155 Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens
 156 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 157 Green HeronButorides virescens
 158 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 159 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 3 species 160 White IbisEudocimus albus
 161 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
 162 Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
New World Vultures - 2 species 163 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 164 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 165 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 11 species 166 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 167 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 168 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 169 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 170 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 171 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 172 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 173 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 174 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 175 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 176 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 177 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 5 species 178 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 179 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 180 Barred OwlStrix varia
 181 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
 182 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 183 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 184 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 185 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 186 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 187 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 188 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 189 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 190 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 191 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 192 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 193 MerlinFalco columbarius
 194 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 8 species 195 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 196 Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
 197 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 198 Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
 199 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 200 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 201 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 202 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 4 species 203 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 204 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 205 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 206 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 207 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 208 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 209 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 210 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 211 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 212 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 213 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 7 species 214 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 215 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 216 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 217 Purple MartinProgne subis
 218 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 219 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 220 Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
Kinglets - 2 species 221 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 222 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 223 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 224 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 225 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 226 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 227 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 5 species 228 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 229 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 230 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 231 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 232 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 233 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 234 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 235 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 236 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 5 species 237 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 238 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 239 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 240 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 241 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 242 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 243 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 244 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 245 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 246 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 247 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 248 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 20 species 249 Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalis
 250 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 251 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
 252 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 253 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 254 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 255 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 256 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 257 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 258 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 259 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 260 LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
 261 Seaside SparrowAmmospiza maritima
 262 Nelson's SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
 263 Saltmarsh SparrowAmmospiza caudacuta
 264 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
 265 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 266 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 267 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 268 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 269 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 270 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 271 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 272 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 273 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 274 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
 275 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 276 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 277 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 278 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 279 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
 280 Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus major
Wood-Warblers - 26 species 281 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 282 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 283 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 284 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 285 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 286 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 287 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 288 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 289 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 290 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 291 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 292 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 293 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 294 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 295 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 296 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 297 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 298 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 299 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 300 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 301 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 302 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 303 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 304 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 305 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 306 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 7 species 307 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 308 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 309 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 310 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 311 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 312 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 313 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris