Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Orange - 265 species

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