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