Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
No distinction is made between transient and resident records for a county. The majority of the records are from eBird and the Chat.
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Orange - 261 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 25 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 3 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 4 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 5 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 6 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 7 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 8 GadwallMareca strepera
 9 American WigeonMareca americana
 10 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 11 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 12 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 13 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 14 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 15 RedheadAythya americana
 16 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 17 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 18 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 19 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
 20 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
 21 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 22 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 23 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 24 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 25 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 26 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 27 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 3 species 28 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 29 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 30 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Doves - 3 species 31 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 32 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 33 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 34 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 35 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 36 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 37 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 38 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 39 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 3 species 40 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 41 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
 42 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 5 species 43 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
 44 King RailRallus elegans
 45 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 46 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 47 American CootFulica americana
Stilts & Avocets - 1 species 48 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Plovers - 3 species 49 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 50 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 51 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 18 species 52 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 53 WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
 54 SanderlingCalidris alba
 55 DunlinCalidris alpina
 56 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 57 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 58 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 59 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
 60 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 61 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 62 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 63 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 64 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 65 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 66 WilletTringa semipalmata
 67 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 68 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
 69 Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Gulls & Terns - 9 species 70 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 71 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 72 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 73 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 74 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 75 Black TernChlidonias niger
 76 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 77 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
 78 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Loons - 1 species 79 Common LoonGavia immer
Cormorants - 1 species 80 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Darters - 1 species 81 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 82 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 83 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 84 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 85 Great EgretArdea alba
 86 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 87 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 88 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 89 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 90 Green HeronButorides virescens
 91 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 92 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 93 White IbisEudocimus albus
 94 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 95 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 96 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 97 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 12 species 98 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 99 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 100 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 101 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 102 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 103 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 104 Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
 105 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 106 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 107 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 108 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
 109 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Owls - 5 species 110 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 111 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 112 Barred OwlStrix varia
 113 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
 114 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 115 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 116 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 117 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 118 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 119 Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescens
 120 Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
 121 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerPicoides borealis
 122 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 123 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 124 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 125 MerlinFalco columbarius
 126 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 10 species 127 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 128 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 129 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 130 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 131 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 132 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 133 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
 134 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 135 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 136 Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
Shrikes - 1 species 137 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 5 species 138 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 139 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 140 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 141 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 142 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 143 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 144 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 145 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 146 Common RavenCorvus corax
Larks - 1 species 147 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 7 species 148 Purple MartinProgne subis
 149 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 150 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 151 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 152 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 153 Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
 154 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 155 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 156 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 157 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 158 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 159 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 160 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 5 species 161 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 162 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 163 Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
 164 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 165 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 166 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 167 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
 168 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 8 species 169 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 170 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 171 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 172 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 173 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 174 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 175 American RobinTurdus migratorius
 176 Varied ThrushIxoreus naevius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 177 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 178 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 179 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 180 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 181 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 182 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 183 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 8 species 184 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 185 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 186 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 187 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
 188 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 189 White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucoptera
 190 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 191 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 1 species 192 Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
New World Sparrows & Allies - 14 species 193 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
 194 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 195 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 196 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 197 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 198 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 199 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 200 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 201 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 202 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 203 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 204 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 205 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 206 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 207 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 208 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 209 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 210 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 211 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 212 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 213 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 214 Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
 215 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 216 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 217 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 218 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 35 species 219 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 220 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 221 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 222 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 223 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 224 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 225 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 226 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 227 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 228 Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
 229 Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
 230 Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
 231 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 232 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 233 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 234 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 235 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 236 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 237 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 238 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 239 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 240 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 241 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 242 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 243 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 244 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 245 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 246 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 247 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 248 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 249 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 250 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 251 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 252 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 253 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 8 species 254 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 255 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 256 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
 257 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 258 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 259 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 260 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 261 DickcisselSpiza americana