Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Wake - 342 species

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Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 35 species 2 Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
- 1 species 3 Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
- 1 species 4 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
- 1 species 5 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
- 1 species 6 Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
- 1 species 7 BrantBranta bernicla
- 1 species 8 Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
- 1 species 9 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
- 1 species 10 Mute SwanCygnus olor
- 1 species 11 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
- 1 species 12 Wood DuckAix sponsa
- 1 species 13 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
- 1 species 14 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
- 1 species 15 GadwallMareca strepera
- 1 species 16 Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
- 1 species 17 American WigeonMareca americana
- 1 species 18 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
- 1 species 19 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
- 1 species 20 Northern PintailAnas acuta
- 1 species 21 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
- 1 species 22 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
- 1 species 23 RedheadAythya americana
- 1 species 24 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
- 1 species 25 Greater ScaupAythya marila
- 1 species 26 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
- 1 species 27 Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
- 1 species 28 White-winged ScoterMelanitta deglandi
- 1 species 29 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
- 1 species 30 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
- 1 species 31 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
- 1 species 32 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
- 1 species 33 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
- 1 species 34 Common MerganserMergus merganser
- 1 species 35 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
- 1 species 36 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 37 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 38 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 5 species 39 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
- 1 species 40 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
- 1 species 41 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
- 1 species 42 Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
- 1 species 43 Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis
Doves - 5 species 44 Rock PigeonColumba livia
- 1 species 45 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
- 1 species 46 Passenger PigeonEctopistes migratorius
- 1 species 47 Common Ground DoveColumbina passerina
- 1 species 48 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 49 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
- 1 species 50 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 51 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
- 1 species 52 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
- 1 species 53 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 54 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 3 species 55 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
- 1 species 56 Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandri
- 1 species 57 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 9 species 58 Clapper RailRallus crepitans
- 1 species 59 King RailRallus elegans
- 1 species 60 Virginia RailRallus limicola
- 1 species 61 SoraPorzana carolina
- 1 species 62 Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
- 1 species 63 American CootFulica americana
- 1 species 64 Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
- 1 species 65 Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
- 1 species 66 Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
Stilts & Avocets - 2 species 67 Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
- 1 species 68 American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Plovers - 5 species 69 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
- 1 species 70 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
- 1 species 71 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
- 1 species 72 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
- 1 species 73 Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
Sandpipers - 28 species 74 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
- 1 species 75 WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
- 1 species 76 Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
- 1 species 77 Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
- 1 species 78 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
- 1 species 79 Red KnotCalidris canutus
- 1 species 80 RuffCalidris pugnax
- 1 species 81 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
- 1 species 82 SanderlingCalidris alba
- 1 species 83 DunlinCalidris alpina
- 1 species 84 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
- 1 species 85 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
- 1 species 86 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
- 1 species 87 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
- 1 species 88 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
- 1 species 89 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
- 1 species 90 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
- 1 species 91 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
- 1 species 92 Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
- 1 species 93 American WoodcockScolopax minor
- 1 species 94 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
- 1 species 95 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
- 1 species 96 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
- 1 species 97 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
- 1 species 98 WilletTringa semipalmata
- 1 species 99 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
- 1 species 100 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
- 1 species 101 Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Skuas & Jaegers - 2 species 102 Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
- 1 species 103 Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus
Auks - 1 species 104 DovekieAlle alle
Gulls & Terns - 25 species 105 Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
- 1 species 106 Sabine's GullXema sabini
- 1 species 107 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
- 1 species 108 Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
- 1 species 109 Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
- 1 species 110 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
- 1 species 111 Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
- 1 species 112 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
- 1 species 113 California GullLarus californicus
- 1 species 114 Herring GullLarus argentatus
- 1 species 115 Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
- 1 species 116 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
- 1 species 117 Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
- 1 species 118 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
- 1 species 119 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
- 1 species 120 Least TernSternula antillarum
- 1 species 121 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
- 1 species 122 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
- 1 species 123 Black TernChlidonias niger
- 1 species 124 Common TernSterna hirundo
- 1 species 125 Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
- 1 species 126 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
- 1 species 127 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
- 1 species 128 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
- 1 species 129 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Loons - 2 species 130 Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
- 1 species 131 Common LoonGavia immer
Petrels & Shearwaters - 1 species 132 Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
Storks - 1 species 133 Wood StorkMycteria americana
Frigatebirds - 1 species 134 Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens
Boobies & Gannets - 1 species 135 Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Darters - 1 species 136 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 2 species 137 Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
- 1 species 138 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 2 species 139 American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
- 1 species 140 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 11 species 141 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
- 1 species 142 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
- 1 species 143 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
- 1 species 144 Great EgretArdea alba
- 1 species 145 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
- 1 species 146 Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
- 1 species 147 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
- 1 species 148 Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
- 1 species 149 Green HeronButorides virescens
- 1 species 150 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
- 1 species 151 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 3 species 152 White IbisEudocimus albus
- 1 species 153 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
- 1 species 154 Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
New World Vultures - 2 species 155 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
- 1 species 156 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 157 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 12 species 158 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
- 1 species 159 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
- 1 species 160 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
- 1 species 161 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
- 1 species 162 Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
- 1 species 163 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
- 1 species 164 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
- 1 species 165 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
- 1 species 166 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
- 1 species 167 Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
- 1 species 168 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
- 1 species 169 Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus
Barn-Owls - 1 species 170 Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls - 7 species 171 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
- 1 species 172 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
- 1 species 173 Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
- 1 species 174 Barred OwlStrix varia
- 1 species 175 Long-eared OwlAsio otus
- 1 species 176 Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
- 1 species 177 Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus
Kingfishers - 1 species 178 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 179 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
- 1 species 180 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
- 1 species 181 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
- 1 species 182 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
- 1 species 183 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
- 1 species 184 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
- 1 species 185 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
- 1 species 186 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 187 American KestrelFalco sparverius
- 1 species 188 MerlinFalco columbarius
- 1 species 189 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Parrots - 1 species 190 Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 14 species 191 Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
- 1 species 192 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
- 1 species 193 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
- 1 species 194 Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
- 1 species 195 Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus
- 1 species 196 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
- 1 species 197 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
- 1 species 198 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
- 1 species 199 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
- 1 species 200 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
- 1 species 201 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
- 1 species 202 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
- 1 species 203 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
- 1 species 204 Say's PhoebeSayornis saya
Vireos - 7 species 205 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
- 1 species 206 Bell's VireoVireo bellii
- 1 species 207 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
- 1 species 208 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
- 1 species 209 Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicus
- 1 species 210 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
- 1 species 211 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 212 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 213 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
- 1 species 214 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
- 1 species 215 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
- 1 species 216 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 217 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
- 1 species 218 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 219 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 220 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
- 1 species 221 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
- 1 species 222 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
- 1 species 223 Purple MartinProgne subis
- 1 species 224 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
- 1 species 225 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 226 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
- 1 species 227 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 228 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 229 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
- 1 species 230 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
- 1 species 231 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 232 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 233 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 5 species 234 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
- 1 species 235 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
- 1 species 236 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
- 1 species 237 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
- 1 species 238 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 239 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
- 1 species 240 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
- 1 species 241 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 242 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 9 species 243 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
- 1 species 244 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
- 1 species 245 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
- 1 species 246 Bicknell's ThrushCatharus bicknelli
- 1 species 247 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
- 1 species 248 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
- 1 species 249 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
- 1 species 250 American RobinTurdus migratorius
- 1 species 251 Varied ThrushIxoreus naevius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 252 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 2 species 253 White WagtailMotacilla alba
- 1 species 254 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 9 species 255 Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
- 1 species 256 Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
- 1 species 257 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
- 1 species 258 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
- 1 species 259 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
- 1 species 260 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
- 1 species 261 White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucoptera
- 1 species 262 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
- 1 species 263 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 1 species 264 Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 22 species 265 Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalis
- 1 species 266 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
- 1 species 267 Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
- 1 species 268 Lark BuntingCalamospiza melanocorys
- 1 species 269 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
- 1 species 270 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
- 1 species 271 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
- 1 species 272 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
- 1 species 273 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
- 1 species 274 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
- 1 species 275 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
- 1 species 276 Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querula
- 1 species 277 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
- 1 species 278 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
- 1 species 279 LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
- 1 species 280 Nelson's SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
- 1 species 281 Henslow's SparrowCentronyx henslowii
- 1 species 282 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
- 1 species 283 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
- 1 species 284 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
- 1 species 285 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
- 1 species 286 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 287 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 11 species 288 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
- 1 species 289 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
- 1 species 290 Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglecta
- 1 species 291 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
- 1 species 292 Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
- 1 species 293 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
- 1 species 294 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
- 1 species 295 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
- 1 species 296 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
- 1 species 297 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
- 1 species 298 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 35 species 299 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
- 1 species 300 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
- 1 species 301 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
- 1 species 302 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
- 1 species 303 Bachman's WarblerVermivora bachmanii
- 1 species 304 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
- 1 species 305 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
- 1 species 306 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
- 1 species 307 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
- 1 species 308 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
- 1 species 309 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
- 1 species 310 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
- 1 species 311 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
- 1 species 312 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
- 1 species 313 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
- 1 species 314 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
- 1 species 315 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
- 1 species 316 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
- 1 species 317 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
- 1 species 318 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
- 1 species 319 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
- 1 species 320 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
- 1 species 321 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
- 1 species 322 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
- 1 species 323 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
- 1 species 324 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
- 1 species 325 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
- 1 species 326 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
- 1 species 327 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
- 1 species 328 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
- 1 species 329 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
- 1 species 330 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
- 1 species 331 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
- 1 species 332 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
- 1 species 333 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 9 species 334 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
- 1 species 335 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
- 1 species 336 Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
- 1 species 337 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
- 1 species 338 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
- 1 species 339 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
- 1 species 340 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
- 1 species 341 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris
- 1 species 342 DickcisselSpiza americana