Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Swain - 192 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 17 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 3 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 4 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 5 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 6 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 7 American WigeonMareca americana
 8 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 9 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 10 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 11 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 12 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 13 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 14 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 15 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 16 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 17 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 18 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 2 species 19 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
 20 Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellus
Grebes - 2 species 21 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 22 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Doves - 2 species 23 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 24 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 25 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 26 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 1 species 27 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 28 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 2 species 29 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 30 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 3 species 31 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 32 SoraPorzana carolina
 33 American CootFulica americana
Cranes - 1 species 34 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Plovers - 1 species 35 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 6 species 36 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 37 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 38 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 39 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 40 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 41 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
Gulls & Terns - 2 species 42 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 43 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
Cormorants - 1 species 44 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 5 species 45 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 46 Great EgretArdea alba
 47 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
 48 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
 49 Green HeronButorides virescens
Ibises & Spoonbills - 1 species 50 White IbisEudocimus albus
New World Vultures - 2 species 51 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 52 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 53 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 9 species 54 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 55 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 56 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 57 Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
 58 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 59 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 60 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 61 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 62 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Barn-Owls - 1 species 63 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 4 species 64 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 65 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 66 Barred OwlStrix varia
 67 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 68 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 7 species 69 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 70 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 71 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 72 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 73 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 74 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 75 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 76 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 77 MerlinFalco columbarius
 78 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 8 species 79 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 80 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 81 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 82 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 83 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 84 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 85 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 86 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 5 species 87 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 88 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 89 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 90 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 91 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 92 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 93 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 94 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 95 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 3 species 96 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 97 Black-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillus
 98 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Swallows - 6 species 99 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 100 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 101 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 102 Purple MartinProgne subis
 103 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 104 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 105 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 106 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 107 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 2 species 108 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 109 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
Treecreepers - 1 species 110 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 111 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 5 species 112 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 113 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 114 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 115 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 116 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 117 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 118 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 119 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 120 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 6 species 121 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 122 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 123 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 124 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 125 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 126 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 127 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 128 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 129 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 130 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 131 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 132 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 133 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 1 species 134 Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 12 species 135 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 136 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 137 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 138 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 139 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 140 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 141 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 142 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 143 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 144 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 145 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 146 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 147 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 9 species 148 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 149 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 150 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 151 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 152 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 153 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 154 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 155 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 156 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 30 species 157 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 158 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 159 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 160 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 161 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 162 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 163 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 164 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 165 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 166 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 167 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 168 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 169 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 170 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 171 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 172 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 173 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 174 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 175 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 176 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 177 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 178 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 179 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 180 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 181 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 182 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 183 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 184 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 185 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 186 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 6 species 187 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 188 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 189 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 190 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 191 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 192 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea