Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Watauga - 226 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 22 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Ross's GooseAnser rossii
 3 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 4 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 5 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 6 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 7 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 8 GadwallMareca strepera
 9 American WigeonMareca americana
 10 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 11 American Black DuckAnas rubripes
 12 Northern PintailAnas acuta
 13 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 14 RedheadAythya americana
 15 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 16 Greater ScaupAythya marila
 17 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 18 Black ScoterMelanitta americana
 19 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 20 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 21 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 22 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 23 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 2 species 24 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
 25 Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellus
Grebes - 3 species 26 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 27 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 28 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Doves - 3 species 29 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 30 Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
 31 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 2 species 32 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
 33 Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmus
Goatsuckers - 3 species 34 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
 35 Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis
 36 Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Swifts - 1 species 37 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 2 species 38 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
 39 Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 3 species 40 Virginia RailRallus limicola
 41 SoraPorzana carolina
 42 American CootFulica americana
Cranes - 1 species 43 Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensis
Plovers - 3 species 44 American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
 45 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 46 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Sandpipers - 10 species 47 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
 48 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 49 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 50 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 51 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 52 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 53 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 54 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 55 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 56 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
Gulls & Terns - 4 species 57 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 58 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 59 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 60 Black TernChlidonias niger
Loons - 1 species 61 Common LoonGavia immer
Cormorants - 1 species 62 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 1 species 63 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 7 species 64 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 65 Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
 66 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 67 Great EgretArdea alba
 68 Green HeronButorides virescens
 69 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 70 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 1 species 71 White IbisEudocimus albus
New World Vultures - 2 species 72 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 73 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 74 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 9 species 75 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 76 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 77 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 78 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 79 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 80 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 81 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 82 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 83 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 3 species 84 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 85 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 86 Barred OwlStrix varia
Kingfishers - 1 species 87 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 6 species 88 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 89 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 90 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 91 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 92 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 93 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 94 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 95 MerlinFalco columbarius
 96 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 10 species 97 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 98 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 99 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 100 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 101 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 102 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 103 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
 104 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 105 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 106 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 5 species 107 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 108 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 109 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 110 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 111 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 112 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 113 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 114 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 115 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 116 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 117 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 118 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 119 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 120 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 121 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 122 Purple MartinProgne subis
 123 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 124 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 125 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 126 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 127 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 128 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 129 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 130 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 131 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 132 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 6 species 133 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 134 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 135 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 136 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 137 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
 138 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 139 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 140 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 141 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 142 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 7 species 143 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 144 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 145 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 146 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 147 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 148 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 149 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 150 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 151 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 152 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 153 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 154 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 155 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 156 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 1 species 157 Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 16 species 158 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 159 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 160 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 161 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 162 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 163 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 164 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 165 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 166 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 167 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 168 LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
 169 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 170 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 171 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 172 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 173 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 174 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 9 species 175 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 176 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 177 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 178 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 179 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 180 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 181 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 182 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 183 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 35 species 184 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 185 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 186 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 187 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 188 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 189 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 190 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 191 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 192 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 193 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 194 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 195 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 196 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 197 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 198 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 199 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 200 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 201 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 202 Kirtland's WarblerSetophaga kirtlandii
 203 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 204 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 205 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 206 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 207 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 208 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 209 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 210 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 211 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 212 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 213 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 214 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 215 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 216 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 217 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 218 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 8 species 219 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 220 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 221 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 222 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 223 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
 224 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 225 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 226 DickcisselSpiza americana