Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Birds of North Carolina - County Listing
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Wilson - 224 species

Ducks, Geese, & Swans - 21 species 1 Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
 2 Canada GooseBranta canadensis
 3 Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
 4 Wood DuckAix sponsa
 5 Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
 6 Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
 7 GadwallMareca strepera
 8 American WigeonMareca americana
 9 MallardAnas platyrhynchos
 10 Green-winged TealAnas crecca
 11 CanvasbackAythya valisineria
 12 RedheadAythya americana
 13 Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
 14 Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
 15 Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
 16 BuffleheadBucephala albeola
 17 Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
 18 Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
 19 Common MerganserMergus merganser
 20 Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
 21 Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
New World Quails - 1 species 22 Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Grouse and Allies - 1 species 23 Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavo
Grebes - 3 species 24 Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
 25 Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
 26 Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Doves - 2 species 27 Rock PigeonColumba livia
 28 Mourning DoveZenaida macroura
Cuckoos & Anis - 1 species 29 Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Goatsuckers - 1 species 30 Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
Swifts - 1 species 31 Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Hummingbirds - 1 species 32 Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
Rails, Gallinules, & Coots - 1 species 33 American CootFulica americana
Plovers - 3 species 34 Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
 35 KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
 36 Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Sandpipers - 24 species 37 Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
 38 Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
 39 Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
 40 Red KnotCalidris canutus
 41 Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
 42 SanderlingCalidris alba
 43 Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
 44 Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
 45 White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
 46 Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
 47 Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
 48 Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
 49 Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
 50 Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
 51 American WoodcockScolopax minor
 52 Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
 53 Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
 54 Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
 55 Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
 56 WilletTringa semipalmata
 57 Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
 58 Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
 59 Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
 60 Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Skuas & Jaegers - 1 species 61 South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki
Gulls & Terns - 20 species 62 Sabine's GullXema sabini
 63 Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
 64 Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
 65 Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
 66 Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
 67 Herring GullLarus argentatus
 68 Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
 69 Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
 70 Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
 71 Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
 72 Least TernSternula antillarum
 73 Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
 74 Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
 75 Black TernChlidonias niger
 76 Common TernSterna hirundo
 77 Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
 78 Forster's TernSterna forsteri
 79 Royal TernThalasseus maximus
 80 Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
 81 Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Loons - 1 species 82 Common LoonGavia immer
Storm-Petrels - 2 species 83 Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
 84 Leach's Storm-PetrelHydrobates leucorhous
Petrels & Shearwaters - 2 species 85 Trindade PetrelPterodroma arminjoniana
 86 Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
Frigatebirds - 1 species 87 Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens
Darters - 1 species 88 AnhingaAnhinga anhinga
Cormorants - 1 species 89 Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritum
Pelicans - 1 species 90 Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis
Bitterns, Herons, & Allies - 6 species 91 American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
 92 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
 93 Great EgretArdea alba
 94 Snowy EgretEgretta thula
 95 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
 96 Green HeronButorides virescens
Ibises & Spoonbills - 2 species 97 White IbisEudocimus albus
 98 Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
New World Vultures - 2 species 99 Black VultureCoragyps atratus
 100 Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Osprey - 1 species 101 OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Eagles, & Hawks - 9 species 102 Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus
 103 Northern HarrierCircus hudsonius
 104 Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
 105 Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
 106 Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
 107 Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
 108 Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
 109 Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterus
 110 Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Owls - 3 species 111 Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asio
 112 Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
 113 Barred OwlStrix varia
Kingfishers - 1 species 114 Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Woodpeckers - 8 species 115 Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
 116 Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinus
 117 Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
 118 Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescens
 119 Red-cockaded WoodpeckerDryobates borealis
 120 Hairy WoodpeckerDryobates villosus
 121 Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
 122 Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus
Falcons - 3 species 123 American KestrelFalco sparverius
 124 MerlinFalco columbarius
 125 Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Tyrant Flycatchers - 5 species 126 Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitus
 127 Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
 128 Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virens
 129 Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
 130 Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebe
Vireos - 5 species 131 White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
 132 Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifrons
 133 Blue-headed VireoVireo solitarius
 134 Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
 135 Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Shrikes - 1 species 136 Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Jays, Crows, & Ravens - 3 species 137 Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
 138 American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
 139 Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus
Chickadees & Titmice - 2 species 140 Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensis
 141 Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
Larks - 1 species 142 Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Swallows - 5 species 143 Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
 144 Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
 145 Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
 146 Purple MartinProgne subis
 147 Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Kinglets - 2 species 148 Ruby-crowned KingletCorthylio calendula
 149 Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Waxwings - 1 species 150 Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum
Nuthatches - 3 species 151 Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
 152 White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
 153 Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusilla
Treecreepers - 1 species 154 Brown CreeperCerthia americana
Gnatcatchers - 1 species 155 Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea
Wrens - 4 species 156 House WrenTroglodytes aedon
 157 Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis
 158 Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
 159 Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianus
Mockingbirds & Thrashers - 3 species 160 Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
 161 Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufum
 162 Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos
Starlings - 1 species 163 European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes - 5 species 164 Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis
 165 VeeryCatharus fuscescens
 166 Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
 167 Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelina
 168 American RobinTurdus migratorius
Old World Sparrows - 1 species 169 House SparrowPasser domesticus
Wagtails & Pipits - 1 species 170 American PipitAnthus rubescens
Cardueline Finches & Allies - 5 species 171 Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
 172 House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
 173 Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
 174 Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
 175 American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
New World Sparrows & Allies - 11 species 176 Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
 177 Field SparrowSpizella pusilla
 178 Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
 179 Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis
 180 White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
 181 White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
 182 Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
 183 Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
 184 Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
 185 Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
 186 Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 species 187 Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Blackbirds & Orioles - 7 species 188 Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
 189 Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
 190 Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
 191 Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
 192 Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
 193 Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
 194 Common GrackleQuiscalus quiscula
Wood-Warblers - 23 species 195 OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
 196 Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
 197 Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
 198 Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
 199 Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
 200 Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsonii
 201 Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celata
 202 Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
 203 Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
 204 Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
 205 American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
 206 Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
 207 Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
 208 Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
 209 Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
 210 Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
 211 Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
 212 Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
 213 Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
 214 Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
 215 Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
 216 Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
 217 Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, & Allies - 7 species 218 Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
 219 Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
 220 Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis
 221 Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
 222 Blue GrosbeakPasserina caerulea
 223 Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
 224 Painted BuntingPasserina ciris