Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Watauga - 232 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 - 10 species 75 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 76 Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
 77 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 78 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 79 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 80 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 81 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 82 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 83 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 84 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 4 species 85 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 86 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 87 Barred OwlStrix varia
 88 Long-eared OwlAsio otus
Kingfishers - 1 species 89 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 7 species 90 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 91 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 92 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 93 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 94 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 95 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 96 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 97 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 98 MerlinFalco columbarius
 99 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 10 species 100 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 101 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 102 Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
 103 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 104 Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventris
 105 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 106 Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
 107 Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
 108 Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
 109 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 5 species 110 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 111 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 112 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 113 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 114 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 4 species 115 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 116 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 117 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
 118 Common RavenCorvus corax
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 119 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 120 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 121 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 6 species 122 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 123 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 124 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 125 Purple MartinProgne subis
 126 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
 127 Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Kinglets - 2 species 128 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 129 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 130 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 131 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 132 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 133 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 134 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 135 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 6 species 136 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 137 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 138 Sedge WrenCistothorus stellaris
 139 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 140 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
 141 Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 142 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 143 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 144 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 145 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 7 species 146 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 147 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 148 Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
 149 Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
 150 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 151 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 152 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 153 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 154 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 6 species 155 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 156 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 157 Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
 158 Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
 159 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 160 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Longspurs & Allies - 1 species 161 Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 17 species 162 Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
 163 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 164 Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
 165 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 166 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 167 American Tree SparrowSpizelloides arborea
 168 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 169 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 170 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 171 Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
 172 LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
 173 Nelson's SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
 174 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 175 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 176 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 177 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 178 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 179 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 9 species 180 BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
 181 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 182 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 183 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 184 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 185 Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
 186 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 187 Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
 188 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 36 species 189 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 190 Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
 191 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 192 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 193 Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
 194 Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera
 195 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 196 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 197 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 198 Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
 199 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 200 Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
 201 Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
 202 Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphia
 203 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 204 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 205 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 206 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 207 Kirtland's WarblerSetophaga kirtlandii
 208 Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
 209 Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
 210 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 211 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 212 Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castanea
 213 Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
 214 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 215 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 216 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 217 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 218 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 219 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 220 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 221 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 222 Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
 223 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
 224 Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 8 species 225 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 226 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 227 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 228 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 229 Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
 230 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 231 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 232 DickcisselSpiza americana