Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Watauga - 222 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 - 3 species 111 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 112 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 113 Common RavenCorvus corax
Larks - 1 species 114 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 115 Purple MartinProgne subis
 116 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 117 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 118 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 119 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
 120 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 121 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 122 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Nuthatches - 3 species 123 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 124 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 125 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 126 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Wrens - 6 species 127 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 128 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 129 Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
 130 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 131 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
 132 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 133 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Kinglets - 2 species 134 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
 135 Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
Thrushes - 7 species 136 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 137 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 138 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 139 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 140 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 141 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 142 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 143 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 144 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 145 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 146 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Waxwings - 1 species 147 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 148 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 149 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 150 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 151 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 152 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 153 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 154 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 1 species 155 Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 15 species 156 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
 157 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 158 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 159 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 160 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 161 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 162 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 163 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 164 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 165 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 166 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 167 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 168 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 169 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 170 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 171 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 9 species 172 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 173 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 174 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 175 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 176 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 177 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 178 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 179 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 180 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 34 species 181 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 182 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 183 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 184 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 185 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 186 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 187 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 188 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 189 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 190 Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
 191 Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
 192 Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
 193 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 194 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 195 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 196 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 197 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 198 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 199 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 200 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 201 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 202 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 203 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 204 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 205 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 206 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 207 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 208 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 209 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 210 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 211 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 212 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 213 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 214 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 8 species 215 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 216 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 217 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 218 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 219 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
 220 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 221 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 222 DickcisselSpiza americana