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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Sampson - 130 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 5 species 1 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 2 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 3 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 4 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 5 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
New World Quails - 1 species 6 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 7 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Doves - 3 species 8 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 9 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 10 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 1 species 11 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Swifts - 1 species 12 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 1 species 13 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
Cranes - 1 species 14 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Plovers - 3 species 15 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 16 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 17 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 8 species 18 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 19 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
 20 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 21 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 22 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 23 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 24 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 25 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Gulls & Terns - 1 species 26 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
Storks - 1 species 27 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Cormorants - 1 species 28 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Darters - 1 species 29 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Pelicans - 1 species 30 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 6 species 31 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 32 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 33 Great EgretArdea alba
 34 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 35 Green HeronButorides virescens
 36 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 37 White IbisEudocimus albus
 38 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 39 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 40 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 8 species 41 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 42 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 43 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 44 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 45 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 46 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 47 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 48 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Barn-Owls - 1 species 49 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 3 species 50 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 51 Barred OwlStrix varia
 52 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Kingfishers - 1 species 53 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 54 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 55 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 56 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 57 Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescens
 58 Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
 59 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerPicoides borealis
 60 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 61 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 2 species 62 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 63 MerlinFalco columbarius
Tyrant Flycatchers - 5 species 64 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 65 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 66 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
 67 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 68 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
Shrikes - 1 species 69 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 3 species 70 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 71 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 72 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 73 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 74 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 75 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Larks - 1 species 76 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 2 species 77 Purple MartinProgne subis
 78 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 79 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 80 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 2 species 81 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 82 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 83 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 2 species 84 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 85 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 86 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 87 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
 88 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 4 species 89 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 90 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 91 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 92 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 93 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 94 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 95 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 96 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 97 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 98 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 2 species 99 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 100 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 8 species 101 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
 102 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 103 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 104 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 105 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 106 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 107 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 108 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 109 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 6 species 110 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 111 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 112 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 113 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 114 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 115 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 10 species 116 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 117 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 118 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 119 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 120 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 121 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 122 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 123 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 124 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 125 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 5 species 126 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 127 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 128 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 129 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 130 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea