Common and Most Popular Birds of North Carolina

North Carolina's habitats are suitable for a wide variety of birds! According to experts the composition of the bird species there is constantly changing.

We gathered research on common birds in "The Tar Heel State," as well as the most popular birds of North Carolina.

Common birds of North Carolina

Backyard birds vary, but these 30 are the most popular among birders:

1. Tundra Swan

2. Peregrine Falcon

3. Northern Saw-whet Owl

4. Golden-crowned Kinglet

5. Brown-headed Nuthatch

6. Red-Cockaded Nutcracker

7. Blackburnian Warbler

8. Prothonotary Warbler

9. Painted Bunting

10. Red Crossbill

The hawk species most commonly found in NC include:

11. Sharp-shinned Hawk

12. Cooper's Hawk

13. Northern Goshawk

14. Bald Eagle

15. Osprey

16. Wild Turkeys

17.  American goldfinch,

18. Blue jay

19. Carolina chickadee

20. Carolina wren

21. Northern cardinal (the North Carolina state bird)

22. Gray catbird

23. Barn swallow

24. Pine warbler

25. Red-bellied woodpecker

26. Yellow-bellied sapsucker

27. Ruby-throated hummingbird

28. Tufted titmouse

29. White-breasted nuthatch

30. White-throated sparrow

Shorebirds and game birds include various ducks species, geese, gulls and terns, pelicans, egrets, herons, and osprey.

Other birds of North Carolina include Flycatchers, Blackbird, Plover, Downy Woodpecker, American Robin, Eastern Towhee, Sandpiper, Vultures, Oriole, Thrasher, Wood Thrush, Mourning Dove, Sandhill, House Finch, Storm-Petrel, Songbirds, and Eastern bluebird.

Have you ever seen or heard of these wild birds? Please leave us a comment below!

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