Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Watauga - 223 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 Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellus
 25 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
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 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
 46 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
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 CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Pelicans - 1 species 63 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 6 species 64 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 65 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 66 Great EgretArdea alba
 67 Green HeronButorides virescens
 68 Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
 69 Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Ibises & Spoonbills - 1 species 70 White IbisEudocimus albus
New World Vultures - 2 species 71 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 72 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 73 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 9 species 74 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 75 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 76 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 77 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 78 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 79 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 80 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 81 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 82 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 3 species 83 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 84 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 85 Barred OwlStrix varia
Kingfishers - 1 species 86 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 6 species 87 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 88 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 89 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 90 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 91 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 92 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 93 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 94 MerlinFalco columbarius
 95 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 10 species 96 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 97 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 98 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 99 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 100 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 101 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 102 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
 103 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 104 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 105 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 5 species 106 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 107 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 108 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 109 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 110 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 111 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 112 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 113 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 114 Common RavenCorvus corax
Larks - 1 species 115 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 116 Purple MartinProgne subis
 117 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 118 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 119 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 120 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 121 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 122 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 123 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 124 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 125 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 126 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 127 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 6 species 128 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 129 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 130 Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
 131 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 132 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
 133 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 134 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 135 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
 136 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 7 species 137 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 138 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 139 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 140 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 141 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 142 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 143 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 144 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 145 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 146 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 147 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 148 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 149 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 150 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 151 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 152 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 153 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 154 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 155 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 1 species 156 Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 15 species 157 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
 158 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 159 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 160 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 161 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 162 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 163 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 164 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 165 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 166 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 167 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 168 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 169 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 170 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 171 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 172 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 9 species 173 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 174 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 175 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 176 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 177 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 178 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 179 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 180 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 181 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 34 species 182 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 183 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 184 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 185 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 186 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 187 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 188 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 189 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 190 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 191 Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
 192 Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
 193 Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
 194 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 195 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 196 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 197 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 198 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 199 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 200 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 201 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 202 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 203 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 204 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 205 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 206 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 207 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 208 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 209 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 210 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 211 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 212 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 213 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 214 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 215 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 8 species 216 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 217 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 218 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 219 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 220 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
 221 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 222 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 223 DickcisselSpiza americana