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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Polk - 155 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 9 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 3 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 4 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 5 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 6 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 7 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 8 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 9 Common MerganserMergus merganser
New World Quails - 1 species 10 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 11 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 1 species 12 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
Doves - 2 species 13 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 14 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 1 species 15 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Swifts - 1 species 16 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 3 species 17 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 18 Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliope
 19 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 2 species 20 King RailRallus elegans
 21 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
Cranes - 1 species 22 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Plovers - 4 species 23 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 24 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
 25 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 26 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Sandpipers - 7 species 27 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 28 SanderlingCalidris alba
 29 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 30 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
 31 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 32 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 33 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Gulls & Terns - 2 species 34 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 35 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
Storm-Petrels - 1 species 36 Band-rumped Storm-PetrelHydrobates castro
Cormorants - 1 species 37 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 8 species 38 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 39 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 40 Great EgretArdea alba
 41 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 42 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 43 Green HeronButorides virescens
 44 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 45 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 1 species 46 Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
New World Vultures - 2 species 47 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 48 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 49 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 9 species 50 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 51 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 52 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 53 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 54 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 55 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 56 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 57 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 58 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 3 species 59 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 60 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 61 Barred OwlStrix varia
Kingfishers - 1 species 62 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 7 species 63 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 64 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 65 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 66 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 67 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 68 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 69 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 70 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 71 MerlinFalco columbarius
 72 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 5 species 73 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 74 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 75 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 76 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 77 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 4 species 78 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 79 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 80 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
 81 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 82 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 83 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 84 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 85 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 86 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 87 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Swallows - 4 species 88 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 89 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 90 Purple MartinProgne subis
 91 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Kinglets - 2 species 92 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 93 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 94 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 1 species 95 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 96 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 1 species 97 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 98 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 99 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 100 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 101 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 5 species 102 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 103 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 104 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 105 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 106 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 107 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 4 species 108 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 109 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 110 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 111 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 9 species 112 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 113 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 114 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 115 Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querula
 116 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 117 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 118 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 119 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 120 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 121 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 5 species 122 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 123 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 124 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 125 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 126 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 24 species 127 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 128 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 129 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 130 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 131 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 132 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 133 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 134 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 135 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 136 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 137 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 138 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 139 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 140 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 141 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 142 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 143 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 144 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 145 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 146 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 147 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 148 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 149 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 150 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 5 species 151 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 152 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 153 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 154 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 155 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea