Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Rutherford - 153 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 16 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
 3 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 4 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 5 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 6 GadwallMareca strepera
 7 American WigeonMareca americana
 8 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 9 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 10 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 11 RedheadAythya americana
 12 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 13 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 14 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 15 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 16 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 17 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 18 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 2 species 19 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 20 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Doves - 3 species 21 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 22 Common Ground-DoveColumbina passerina
 23 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Swifts - 1 species 24 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 2 species 25 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 26 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 2 species 27 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
 28 American CootFulica americana
Plovers - 1 species 29 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 5 species 30 SanderlingCalidris alba
 31 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 32 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 33 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 34 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
Gulls & Terns - 3 species 35 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 36 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 37 Black TernChlidonias niger
Loons - 1 species 38 Common LoonGavia immer
Cormorants - 1 species 39 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 3 species 40 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 41 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 42 Green HeronButorides virescens
New World Vultures - 2 species 43 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 44 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 45 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 8 species 46 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 47 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 48 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 49 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 50 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 51 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 52 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
 53 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Owls - 3 species 54 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 55 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 56 Barred OwlStrix varia
Kingfishers - 1 species 57 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 7 species 58 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 59 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 60 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 61 Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescens
 62 Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
 63 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 64 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 65 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 66 MerlinFalco columbarius
 67 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 7 species 68 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 69 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 70 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 71 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 72 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
 73 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 74 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
Shrikes - 1 species 75 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 5 species 76 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 77 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 78 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 79 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 80 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 81 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 82 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 83 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 84 Common RavenCorvus corax
Swallows - 6 species 85 Purple MartinProgne subis
 86 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 87 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 88 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 89 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 90 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 91 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 92 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 93 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 94 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 95 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 96 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 2 species 97 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 98 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 99 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 100 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
 101 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 4 species 102 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 103 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 104 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 105 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 106 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 107 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 108 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 109 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 110 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 3 species 111 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 112 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 113 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 8 species 114 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
 115 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 116 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 117 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 118 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 119 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 120 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 121 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 122 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 4 species 123 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 124 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 125 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 126 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 22 species 127 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 128 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 129 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 130 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 131 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 132 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 133 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 134 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 135 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 136 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 137 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 138 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 139 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 140 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 141 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 142 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 143 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 144 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 145 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 146 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 147 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 148 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 5 species 149 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 150 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 151 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 152 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 153 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea