Songbirds of NC

The following is a list of songbirds typically found in North Carolina. Most of these birds are of the Passeriformes order. There are birds of other orders that are also classified as “songbirds” per IWCA rules. IWCA rules classifies songbirds as any bird of the following type:

Section 03. IWCA Categories and Species

3.2.6 Songbirds

Blackbirds, buntings, chickadees, creepers, crows, cuckoos, dippers, finches, flycatchers, gnatcatchers, goatsuckers, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, jays, kingfishers, kinglets, larks, nuthatches, orioles, parrots, pipits, shrikes, sparrows, starlings, swallows, swifts, tanagers, thrashers, thrushes, titmice, vireos, warblers, waxwings, woodpeckers, wrens.

Songbirds typically found in North Carolina.

Photo galleries with pictures of many of these species are available online at https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/gallery/#orders

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani
Groove-billed Ani
Chimney Swift
Green Violetear
Green-breasted Mango
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Ivory-billed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Bell’s Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Black-whiskered Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Wheatear
Eastern Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Bicknell’s Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Sage Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
White Wagtail
American Pipit
Sprague’s Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Lapland Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Smith’s Longspur
Snow Bunting
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Bachman’s Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Swainson’s Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Kirtland’s Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Cassin’s Sparrow
Bachman’s Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Henslow’s Sparrow
Le Conte’s Sparrow
Nelson’s Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel
Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Shiny Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Bullock’s Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Scott’s Oriole
Brambling
Pine Grosbeak
House Finch
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow