Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Wake - 338 species

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Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 34 species 2 Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
- 1 species 3 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
- 1 species 4 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
- 1 species 5 Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
- 1 species 6 BrantBranta bernicla
- 1 species 7 Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
- 1 species 8 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
- 1 species 9 Mute SwanCygnus olor
- 1 species 10 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
- 1 species 11 Wood DuckAix sponsa
- 1 species 12 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
- 1 species 13 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
- 1 species 14 GadwallMareca strepera
- 1 species 15 Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
- 1 species 16 American WigeonMareca americana
- 1 species 17 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
- 1 species 18 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
- 1 species 19 Northern PintailAnas acuta
- 1 species 20 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
- 1 species 21 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
- 1 species 22 RedheadAythya americana
- 1 species 23 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
- 1 species 24 Greater ScaupAythya marila
- 1 species 25 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
- 1 species 26 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
- 1 species 27 White-winged ScoterMelanitta fusca
- 1 species 28 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
- 1 species 29 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
- 1 species 30 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
- 1 species 31 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
- 1 species 32 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
- 1 species 33 Common MerganserMergus merganser
- 1 species 34 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
- 1 species 35 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 36 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 37 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 5 species 38 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
- 1 species 39 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
- 1 species 40 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
- 1 species 41 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
- 1 species 42 Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis
Doves - 5 species 43 Rock PigeonColumba livia
- 1 species 44 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
- 1 species 45 Passenger PigeonEctopistes migratorius
- 1 species 46 Common Ground-DoveColumbina passerina
- 1 species 47 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 48 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
- 1 species 49 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 50 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
- 1 species 51 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
- 1 species 52 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 53 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 3 species 54 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
- 1 species 55 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
- 1 species 56 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 9 species 57 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
- 1 species 58 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
- 1 species 59 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
- 1 species 60 King RailRallus elegans
- 1 species 61 Virginia RailRallus limicola
- 1 species 62 SoraPorzana carolina
- 1 species 63 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
- 1 species 64 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
- 1 species 65 American CootFulica americana
Stilts & Avocets - 2 species 66 Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
- 1 species 67 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Plovers - 5 species 68 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
- 1 species 69 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
- 1 species 70 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
- 1 species 71 Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
- 1 species 72 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Sandpipers - 28 species 73 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
- 1 species 74 WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
- 1 species 75 Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
- 1 species 76 Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
- 1 species 77 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
- 1 species 78 Red KnotCalidris canutus
- 1 species 79 RuffCalidris pugnax
- 1 species 80 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
- 1 species 81 SanderlingCalidris alba
- 1 species 82 DunlinCalidris alpina
- 1 species 83 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
- 1 species 84 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
- 1 species 85 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
- 1 species 86 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
- 1 species 87 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
- 1 species 88 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
- 1 species 89 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
- 1 species 90 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
- 1 species 91 Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
- 1 species 92 American WoodcockScolopax minor
- 1 species 93 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
- 1 species 94 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
- 1 species 95 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
- 1 species 96 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
- 1 species 97 WilletTringa semipalmata
- 1 species 98 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
- 1 species 99 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
- 1 species 100 Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Skuas & Jaegers - 2 species 101 Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
- 1 species 102 Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus
Auks - 1 species 103 DovekieAlle alle
Gulls & Terns - 24 species 104 Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
- 1 species 105 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
- 1 species 106 Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
- 1 species 107 Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
- 1 species 108 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
- 1 species 109 Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
- 1 species 110 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
- 1 species 111 California GullLarus californicus
- 1 species 112 Herring GullLarus argentatus
- 1 species 113 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
- 1 species 114 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
- 1 species 115 Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
- 1 species 116 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
- 1 species 117 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
- 1 species 118 Least TernSternula antillarum
- 1 species 119 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
- 1 species 120 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
- 1 species 121 Black TernChlidonias niger
- 1 species 122 Common TernSterna hirundo
- 1 species 123 Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
- 1 species 124 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
- 1 species 125 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
- 1 species 126 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
- 1 species 127 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Loons - 2 species 128 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
- 1 species 129 Common LoonGavia immer
Petrels & Shearwaters - 1 species 130 Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
Storks - 1 species 131 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Frigatebirds - 1 species 132 Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens
Boobies & Gannets - 1 species 133 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Cormorants - 2 species 134 Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
- 1 species 135 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Darters - 1 species 136 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Pelicans - 2 species 137 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
- 1 species 138 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 139 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
- 1 species 140 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
- 1 species 141 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
- 1 species 142 Great EgretArdea alba
- 1 species 143 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
- 1 species 144 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
- 1 species 145 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
- 1 species 146 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
- 1 species 147 Green HeronButorides virescens
- 1 species 148 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
- 1 species 149 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 150 White IbisEudocimus albus
- 1 species 151 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 152 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
- 1 species 153 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 154 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 12 species 155 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
- 1 species 156 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
- 1 species 157 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
- 1 species 158 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
- 1 species 159 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
- 1 species 160 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
- 1 species 161 Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
- 1 species 162 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
- 1 species 163 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
- 1 species 164 Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
- 1 species 165 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
- 1 species 166 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 167 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 7 species 168 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
- 1 species 169 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
- 1 species 170 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
- 1 species 171 Barred OwlStrix varia
- 1 species 172 Long-eared OwlAsio otus
- 1 species 173 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
- 1 species 174 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 175 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 176 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
- 1 species 177 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
- 1 species 178 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
- 1 species 179 Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescens
- 1 species 180 Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
- 1 species 181 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerPicoides borealis
- 1 species 182 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
- 1 species 183 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 184 American KestrelFalco sparverius
- 1 species 185 MerlinFalco columbarius
- 1 species 186 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Parrots - 1 species 187 Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 14 species 188 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
- 1 species 189 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
- 1 species 190 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
- 1 species 191 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
- 1 species 192 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
- 1 species 193 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
- 1 species 194 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
- 1 species 195 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
- 1 species 196 Say's PhoebeSayornis saya
- 1 species 197 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
- 1 species 198 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
- 1 species 199 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
- 1 species 200 Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
- 1 species 201 Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
Shrikes - 1 species 202 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Vireos - 7 species 203 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
- 1 species 204 Bell's VireoVireo bellii
- 1 species 205 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
- 1 species 206 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
- 1 species 207 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
- 1 species 208 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
- 1 species 209 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 210 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
- 1 species 211 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
- 1 species 212 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
- 1 species 213 Common RavenCorvus corax
Larks - 1 species 214 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 215 Purple MartinProgne subis
- 1 species 216 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
- 1 species 217 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
- 1 species 218 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
- 1 species 219 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
- 1 species 220 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 221 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
- 1 species 222 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 223 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
- 1 species 224 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
- 1 species 225 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 226 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 5 species 227 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
- 1 species 228 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
- 1 species 229 Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
- 1 species 230 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
- 1 species 231 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 232 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 233 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
- 1 species 234 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 8 species 235 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
- 1 species 236 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
- 1 species 237 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
- 1 species 238 Bicknell's ThrushCatharus bicknelli
- 1 species 239 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
- 1 species 240 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
- 1 species 241 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
- 1 species 242 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 243 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
- 1 species 244 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
- 1 species 245 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 246 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 247 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 248 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 2 species 249 White WagtailMotacilla alba
- 1 species 250 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 9 species 251 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
- 1 species 252 Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
- 1 species 253 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
- 1 species 254 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
- 1 species 255 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
- 1 species 256 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
- 1 species 257 White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucoptera
- 1 species 258 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
- 1 species 259 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 1 species 260 Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 22 species 261 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
- 1 species 262 Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalis
- 1 species 263 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
- 1 species 264 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
- 1 species 265 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
- 1 species 266 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
- 1 species 267 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
- 1 species 268 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
- 1 species 269 Lark BuntingCalamospiza melanocorys
- 1 species 270 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
- 1 species 271 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
- 1 species 272 Henslow's SparrowAmmodramus henslowii
- 1 species 273 LeConte's SparrowAmmodramus leconteii
- 1 species 274 Nelson's SparrowAmmodramus nelsoni
- 1 species 275 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
- 1 species 276 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
- 1 species 277 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
- 1 species 278 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
- 1 species 279 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
- 1 species 280 Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querula
- 1 species 281 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
- 1 species 282 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 283 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 284 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
- 1 species 285 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
- 1 species 286 Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglecta
- 1 species 287 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
- 1 species 288 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
- 1 species 289 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
- 1 species 290 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
- 1 species 291 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
- 1 species 292 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
- 1 species 293 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
- 1 species 294 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 35 species 295 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
- 1 species 296 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
- 1 species 297 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
- 1 species 298 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
- 1 species 299 Bachman's WarblerVermivora bachmanii
- 1 species 300 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
- 1 species 301 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
- 1 species 302 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
- 1 species 303 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
- 1 species 304 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
- 1 species 305 Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
- 1 species 306 Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
- 1 species 307 Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
- 1 species 308 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
- 1 species 309 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
- 1 species 310 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
- 1 species 311 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
- 1 species 312 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
- 1 species 313 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
- 1 species 314 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
- 1 species 315 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
- 1 species 316 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
- 1 species 317 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
- 1 species 318 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
- 1 species 319 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
- 1 species 320 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
- 1 species 321 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
- 1 species 322 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
- 1 species 323 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
- 1 species 324 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
- 1 species 325 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
- 1 species 326 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
- 1 species 327 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
- 1 species 328 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
- 1 species 329 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 9 species 330 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
- 1 species 331 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
- 1 species 332 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
- 1 species 333 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
- 1 species 334 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
- 1 species 335 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
- 1 species 336 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
- 1 species 337 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris
- 1 species 338 DickcisselSpiza americana