Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Orange - 269 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 27 species 1 Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
 2 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 3 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 4 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 5 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 6 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 7 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 8 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 9 GadwallMareca strepera
 10 American WigeonMareca americana
 11 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 12 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 13 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 14 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 15 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 16 RedheadAythya americana
 17 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 18 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 19 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 20 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
 21 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
 22 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 23 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
 24 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 25 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 26 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 27 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 28 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 29 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 3 species 30 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 31 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 32 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Doves - 3 species 33 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 34 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 35 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 36 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 37 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 38 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 39 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 40 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 41 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 4 species 42 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 43 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
 44 Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliope
 45 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 5 species 46 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
 47 King RailRallus elegans
 48 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 49 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
 50 American CootFulica americana
Cranes - 1 species 51 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Stilts & Avocets - 1 species 52 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Plovers - 3 species 53 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 54 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 55 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Sandpipers - 18 species 56 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 57 WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
 58 SanderlingCalidris alba
 59 DunlinCalidris alpina
 60 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 61 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 62 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 63 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
 64 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 65 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 66 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 67 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 68 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 69 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 70 WilletTringa semipalmata
 71 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 72 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
 73 Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Gulls & Terns - 10 species 74 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 75 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 76 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 77 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 78 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
 79 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 80 Black TernChlidonias niger
 81 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 82 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
 83 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Loons - 1 species 84 Common LoonGavia immer
Darters - 1 species 85 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 1 species 86 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 1 species 87 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 88 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 89 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 90 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 91 Great EgretArdea alba
 92 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 93 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 94 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 95 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 96 Green HeronButorides virescens
 97 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 98 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 3 species 99 White IbisEudocimus albus
 100 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
 101 Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
New World Vultures - 2 species 102 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 103 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 104 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 13 species 105 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 106 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 107 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 108 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 109 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 110 Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
 111 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 112 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 113 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 114 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 115 Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
 116 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 117 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Owls - 5 species 118 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 119 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 120 Barred OwlStrix varia
 121 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
 122 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 123 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 124 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 125 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 126 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 127 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 128 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 129 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 130 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 131 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 132 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 133 MerlinFalco columbarius
 134 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 10 species 135 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 136 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 137 Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
 138 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 139 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 140 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 141 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 142 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 143 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 144 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 5 species 145 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 146 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 147 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 148 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 149 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 150 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 151 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 152 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 153 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 154 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 155 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 156 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 157 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 7 species 158 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 159 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 160 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 161 Purple MartinProgne subis
 162 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 163 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 164 Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
Kinglets - 2 species 165 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 166 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 167 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 168 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 169 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 170 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 171 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 172 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 5 species 173 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 174 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 175 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 176 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 177 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 178 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 179 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 180 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 181 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 8 species 182 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 183 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 184 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 185 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 186 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 187 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 188 American RobinTurdus migratorius
 189 Varied ThrushIxoreus naevius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 190 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 191 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 8 species 192 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
 193 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 194 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 195 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
 196 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 197 White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucoptera
 198 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 199 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 1 species 200 Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
New World Sparrows & Allies - 14 species 201 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 202 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 203 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 204 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 205 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 206 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 207 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 208 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 209 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 210 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 211 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 212 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 213 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 214 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 215 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 216 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 217 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 218 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 219 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 220 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 221 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 222 Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
 223 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 224 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 225 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 226 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 35 species 227 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 228 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 229 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 230 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 231 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 232 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 233 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 234 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 235 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 236 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 237 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 238 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 239 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 240 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 241 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 242 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 243 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 244 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 245 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 246 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 247 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 248 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 249 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 250 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 251 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 252 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 253 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 254 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 255 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 256 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 257 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 258 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 259 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 260 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 261 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 8 species 262 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 263 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 264 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
 265 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 266 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 267 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 268 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 269 DickcisselSpiza americana