Official list of the birds of South Carolina

This is the list of species accepted by the South Carolina Bird Records Committee as of its annual report for 2013. Taxonomy follows the AOU Check-list of North American Birds through the 54th Supplement (2013), except for the inclusion of a few species that are not on the AOU Check-list. See the taxonomic change history for the history of changes in the AOU Check-list.


 


 

South Carolina Main list

This list includes all species with a South Carolina status of Definitive or Provisional I

Common nameScientific nameSC statusSC Review StatusComment
Order Anseriformes — Waterfowl
Family Anatidae — Waterfowl
Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalisDefinitiveInland only 
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolorDefinitiveFull 
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsDefinitive 
Snow GooseChen caerulescensDefinitive 
Ross's GooseChen rossiiDefinitive 
BrantBranta berniclaDefinitiveFull 
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsiiDefinitiveFull 
Canada GooseBranta canadensisDefinitive 
Mute SwanCygnus olorDefinitive 
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianusDefinitive 
Wood DuckAix sponsaDefinitive 
GadwallAnas streperaDefinitive 
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelopeDefinitiveFull 
American WigeonAnas americanaDefinitive 
American Black DuckAnas rubripesDefinitive 
MallardAnas platyrhynchosDefinitive 
Mottled DuckAnas fulvigulaDefinitiveInland only 
Blue-winged TealAnas discorsDefinitive 
Cinnamon TealAnas cyanopteraDefinitiveInland only 
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataDefinitive 
Northern PintailAnas acutaDefinitive 
Green-winged TealAnas creccaDefinitive 
CanvasbackAythya valisineriaDefinitive 
RedheadAythya americanaDefinitive 
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisDefinitive 
Greater ScaupAythya marilaDefinitive 
Lesser ScaupAythya affinisDefinitive 
King EiderSomateria spectabilisDefinitiveFull 
Common EiderSomateria mollissimaDefinitiveInland only 
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicusProvisional IFull 
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataDefinitive 
White-winged ScoterMelanitta fuscaDefinitiveInland only 
Black ScoterMelanitta americanaDefinitiveInland only 
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisDefinitive 
BuffleheadBucephala albeolaDefinitive 
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangulaDefinitive 
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatusDefinitive 
Common MerganserMergus merganserDefinitiveFull 
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorDefinitive 
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensisDefinitive 
Order Galliformes — Quail, Pheasant, Grouse, Turkey
Family Odontophoridae — Quail
Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianusDefinitive 
Family Phasianidae — Pheasants, Grouse, Turkey
Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellusDefinitive 
Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavoDefinitive 
Order Gaviiformes — Loons
Family Gaviidae — Loons
Red-throated LoonGavia stellataDefinitive 
Pacific LoonGavia pacificaDefinitiveFull 
Common LoonGavia immerDefinitive 
Order Podicipediformes — Grebes
Family Podicipedidae — Grebes
Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podicepsDefinitive 
Horned GrebePodiceps auritusDefinitive 
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaDefinitiveFull 
Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollisDefinitive 
Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalisDefinitiveFull 
Order Procellariiformes — Tubenoses
Family Procellariidae — Shearwaters, Petrels
Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialisDefinitiveFull 
Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitataDefinitiveInland only 
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedeaDefinitiveInland only 
Great ShearwaterPuffinus gravisDefinitiveInland only 
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusDefinitiveFull 
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusDefinitiveFull 
Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieriDefinitiveInland only 
Barolo ShearwaterPuffinus baroliDefinitiveFull 
Family Hydrobatidae — Storm-Petrels
Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicusDefinitiveInland only 
Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaDefinitiveFull 
Band-rumped Storm-PetrelOceanodroma castroDefinitiveFull 
Order Phaethontiformes — Tropicbirds
Family Phaethontidae — Tropicbirds
White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturusDefinitiveFull 
Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereusDefinitiveFull 
Order Ciconiiformes — Storks
Family Ciconiidae — Storks
Wood StorkMycteria americanaDefinitive 
Order Suliformes — Frigatebirds, Boobies, Cormorant
Family Fregatidae — Frigatebirds
Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificensDefinitiveInland only 
Family Sulidae — Boobies, Gannet
Masked BoobySula dactylatraDefinitiveFull 
Brown BoobySula leucogasterDefinitiveFull 
Red-footed BoobySula sulaDefinitiveFull 
Northern GannetMorus bassanusDefinitiveInland only 
Family Phalacrocoracidae — Cormorants
Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritusDefinitive 
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboDefinitiveInland only 
Family Anhingidae — Anhinga
AnhingaAnhinga anhingaDefinitive 
Order Pelecaniformes — Pelicans, Herons, Ibises
Family Pelecanidae — Pelicans
American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchosDefinitiveInland only 
Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalisDefinitiveInland only 
Family Ardeidae — Herons
American BitternBotaurus lentiginosusDefinitive 
Least BitternIxobrychus exilisDefinitive 
Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasDefinitive 
Great EgretArdea albaDefinitive 
Snowy EgretEgretta thulaDefinitive 
Little Blue HeronEgretta caeruleaDefinitive 
Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolorDefinitive 
Reddish EgretEgretta rufescensDefinitiveInland only 
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisDefinitive 
Green HeronButorides virescensDefinitive 
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticoraxDefinitive 
Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violaceaDefinitive 
Family Threskiornithidae — Ibises, Spoonbill
White IbisEudocimus albusDefinitive 
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusDefinitive 
Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajajaDefinitiveInland only 
Order Accipitriformes — Vultures, Osprey, Hawks
Family Cathartidae — Vultures
Black VultureCoragyps atratusDefinitive 
Turkey VultureCathartes auraDefinitive 
Family Pandionidae — Osprey
OspreyPandion haliaetusDefinitive 
Family Accipitridae — Hawks
Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatusDefinitive 
White-tailed KiteElanus leucurusDefinitiveFull 
Snail KiteRostrhamus sociabilisDefinitiveFull 
Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensisDefinitive 
Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalusDefinitive 
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneusDefinitive 
Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatusDefinitive 
Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperiiDefinitive 
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilisDefinitiveFull 
Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatusDefinitive 
Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterusDefinitive 
Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoniProvisional IFull 
Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensisDefinitive 
Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopusProvisional IFull 
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetosDefinitive 
Order Gruiformes — Rails, Cranes
Family Rallidae — Rails
Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensisDefinitiveFull 
Black RailLaterallus jamaicensisDefinitiveInland only 
Clapper RailRallus longirostrisDefinitive 
King RailRallus elegansDefinitive 
Virginia RailRallus limicolaDefinitive 
SoraPorzana carolinaDefinitive 
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicusDefinitive 
Common GallinuleGallinula galeataDefinitive 
American CootFulica americanaDefinitive 
Family Aramidae — Limpkin
LimpkinAramus guaraunaDefinitiveFull 
Family Gruidae — Cranes
Sandhill CraneGrus canadensisDefinitive 
Whooping CraneGrus americanaDefinitiveFull 
Order Charadriiformes — Shorebirds, Gulls, Alcids
Family Recurvirostridae — Stilts, Avocets
Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanusDefinitive 
American AvocetRecurvirostra americanaDefinitive 
Family Haematopodidae — Oystercatcher
American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatusDefinitive 
Family Charadriidae — Plovers
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusProvisional IFull 
Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaDefinitive 
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominicaDefinitive 
Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosusDefinitiveFull 
Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsoniaDefinitiveInland only 
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatusDefinitive 
Piping PloverCharadrius melodusDefinitive 
KilldeerCharadrius vociferusDefinitive 
Mountain PloverCharadrius montanusDefinitiveFull 
Family Scolopacidae — Sandpipers
Spotted SandpiperActitis maculariusDefinitive 
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitariaDefinitive 
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleucaDefinitive 
WilletTringa semipalmataDefinitive 
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesDefinitive 
Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaDefinitive 
Eskimo CurlewNumenius borealisProvisional IFull 
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusDefinitive 
Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanusDefinitive 
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemasticaDefinitiveFull 
Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoaDefinitive 
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpresDefinitive 
Red KnotCalidris canutusDefinitive 
RuffCalidris pugnaxDefinitiveFull 
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataProvisional IFull 
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopusDefinitive 
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaDefinitiveFull 
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollisProvisional IFull 
SanderlingCalidris albaDefinitive 
DunlinCalidris alpinaDefinitive 
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritimaDefinitiveInland only 
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiDefinitiveFull 
Least SandpiperCalidris minutillaDefinitive 
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisDefinitive 
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisDefinitive 
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosDefinitive 
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaDefinitive 
Western SandpiperCalidris mauriDefinitive 
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseusDefinitive 
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusDefinitive 
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicataDefinitive 
American WoodcockScolopax minorDefinitive 
Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolorDefinitive 
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusDefinitive 
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusDefinitiveInland only 
Family Stercorariidae — Skuas, Jaegers
Skua, sp.Stercorarius sp.DefinitiveFull 
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusDefinitiveInland only 
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusDefinitiveInland only 
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusDefinitiveFull 
Family Alcidae — Alcids
DovekieAlle alleDefinitiveFull 
Common MurreUria aalgeDefinitiveFull 
Thick-billed MurreUria lomviaDefinitiveFull 
RazorbillAlca tordaDefinitiveInland only 
Black GuillemotCepphus grylleDefinitiveFull 
Long-billed MurreletBrachyramphus perdixDefinitiveFull 
Family Laridae — Gulls, Terns
Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactylaDefinitiveInland only 
Sabine's GullXema sabiniDefinitiveFull 
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphiaDefinitive 
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusDefinitiveFull 
Little GullHydrocoloeus minutusProvisional IFull 
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaDefinitive 
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanDefinitiveFull 
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisDefinitive 
California GullLarus californicusDefinitive 
Herring GullLarus argentatusDefinitive 
Iceland GullLarus glaucoidesDefinitiveFull 
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusDefinitive 
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreusDefinitiveInland only 
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusDefinitive 
Brown NoddyAnous stolidusDefinitiveFull 
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatusDefinitiveInland only 
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusDefinitiveInland only 
Least TernSternula antillarumDefinitive 
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon niloticaDefinitive 
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaDefinitive 
Black TernChlidonias nigerDefinitive 
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusDefinitiveFull 
Roseate TernSterna dougalliiProvisional IFull 
Common TernSterna hirundoDefinitiveInland only 
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaDefinitiveFull 
Forster's TernSterna forsteriDefinitive 
Royal TernThalasseus maximusDefinitiveInland only 
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensisDefinitiveInland only 
Black SkimmerRynchops nigerDefinitive 
Order Columbiformes — Doves and Pigeons
Family Columbidae — Doves, Pigeons
Rock PigeonColumba liviaDefinitive 
Band-tailed PigeonPatagioenas fasciataDefinitiveFull 
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaoctoDefinitive 
White-winged DoveZenaida asiaticaDefinitive 
Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraDefinitive 
Passenger PigeonEctopistes migratoriusDefinitiveExtinct
Common Ground-DoveColumbina passerinaDefinitive 
Order Cuculiformes — Cuckoos
Family Cuculidae — Cuckoos
Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusDefinitive 
Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmusDefinitive 
Smooth-billed AniCrotophaga aniProvisional IFull 
Groove-billed AniCrotophaga sulcirostrisDefinitiveFull 
Order Strigiformes — Owls
Family Tytonidae — Barn Owls
Barn OwlTyto albaDefinitive 
Family Strigidae — Owls
Eastern Screech-OwlMegascops asioDefinitive 
Great Horned OwlBubo virginianusDefinitive 
Snowy OwlBubo scandiacusDefinitiveFull 
Burrowing OwlAthene cuniculariaDefinitiveFull 
Barred OwlStrix variaDefinitive 
Long-eared OwlAsio otusDefinitiveFull 
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeusDefinitive 
Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicusDefinitiveFull 
Order Caprimulgiformes — Nightjars
Family Caprimulgidae — Nightjars
Common NighthawkChordeiles minorDefinitive 
Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensisDefinitive 
Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferusDefinitive 
Order Apodiformes — Swifts, Hummingbirds
Family Apodidae — Swifts
Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagicaDefinitive 
Family Trochilidae — Hummingbirds
Blue-throated HummingbirdLampornis clemenciaeProvisional IFull 
Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubrisDefinitive 
Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandriDefinitiveFull 
Anna's HummingbirdCalypte annaDefinitive 
Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufusDefinitive 
Allen's HummingbirdSelasphorus sasinDefinitiveFull 
Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliopeDefinitiveFull 
Broad-billed HummingbirdCynanthus latirostrisDefinitiveFull 
Buff-bellied HummingbirdAmazilia yucatanensisDefinitiveFull 
Order Coraciiformes — Kingfisher
Family Alcedinidae — Kingfisher
Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyonDefinitive 
Order Piciformes — Woodpeckers
Family Picidae — Woodpeckers
Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalusDefinitive 
Red-bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinusDefinitive 
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus variusDefinitive 
Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescensDefinitive 
Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosusDefinitive 
Red-cockaded WoodpeckerPicoides borealisDefinitive 
Northern FlickerColaptes auratusDefinitive 
Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatusDefinitive 
Ivory-billed WoodpeckerCampephilus principalisDefinitiveFull 
Order Falconiformes — Falcons
Family Falconidae — Falcons
American KestrelFalco sparveriusDefinitive 
MerlinFalco columbariusDefinitive 
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusDefinitive 
Order Psittaciformes — Parrots
Family Psittacidae — Parrots
Carolina ParakeetConuropsis carolinensisDefinitiveExtinct
Order Passeriformes — Flycatchers, songbirds
Family Tyrannidae — Flycatchers
Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperiDefinitive 
Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virensDefinitive 
Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventrisDefinitive 
Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescensDefinitive 
Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorumProvisional IFull 
Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax trailliiDefinitive 
Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimusDefinitive 
Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebeDefinitive 
Say's PhoebeSayornis sayaProvisional IFull 
Vermilion FlycatcherPyrocephalus rubinusDefinitiveFull 
Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascensDefinitiveFull 
Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitusDefinitive 
Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalisDefinitive 
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannusDefinitive 
Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensisDefinitiveInland only 
Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatusDefinitive 
Fork-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus savanaDefinitiveFull 
Family Laniidae — Shrikes
Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianusDefinitive 
Family Vireonidae — Vireos
White-eyed VireoVireo griseusDefinitive 
Bell's VireoVireo belliiDefinitiveFull 
Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifronsDefinitive 
Blue-headed VireoVireo solitariusDefinitive 
Warbling VireoVireo gilvusDefinitive 
Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicusDefinitive 
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceusDefinitive 
Family Corvidae — Crows, Jays
Blue JayCyanocitta cristataDefinitive 
American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchosDefinitive 
Fish CrowCorvus ossifragusDefinitive 
Common RavenCorvus coraxDefinitive 
Family Alaudidae — Larks
Horned LarkEremophila alpestrisDefinitive 
Family Hirundinidae — Swallows
Purple MartinProgne subisDefinitive 
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolorDefinitive 
Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennisDefinitive 
Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaDefinitive 
Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonotaDefinitive 
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulvaDefinitiveFull 
Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaDefinitive 
Family Paridae — Chickadees, Titmice
Carolina ChickadeePoecile carolinensisDefinitive 
Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolorDefinitive 
Family Sittidae — Nuthatches
Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensisDefinitive 
White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensisDefinitive 
Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusillaDefinitive 
Family Certhiidae — Creepers
Brown CreeperCerthia americanaDefinitive 
Family Troglodytidae — Wrens
House WrenTroglodytes aedonDefinitive 
Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalisDefinitive 
Sedge WrenCistothorus platensisDefinitive 
Marsh WrenCistothorus palustrisDefinitive 
Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicianusDefinitive 
Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickiiDefinitiveFull 
Family Polioptilidae — Gnatcatchers
Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caeruleaDefinitive 
Family Regulidae — Kinglets
Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapaDefinitive 
Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendulaDefinitive 
Family Turdidae — Thrushes
Eastern BluebirdSialia sialisDefinitive 
Townsend's SolitaireMyadestes townsendiProvisional IFull 
VeeryCatharus fuscescensDefinitive 
Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimusDefinitive 
Bicknell's ThrushCatharus bicknelliDefinitiveFull 
Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatusDefinitive 
Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatusDefinitive 
Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelinaDefinitive 
American RobinTurdus migratoriusDefinitive 
Varied ThrushIxoreus naeviusDefinitiveFull 
Family Mimidae — Mimic Thrushes
Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensisDefinitive 
Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufumDefinitive 
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottosDefinitive 
Family Sturnidae — Starlings
European StarlingSturnus vulgarisDefinitive 
Family Motacillidae — Pipits, Wagtails
White WagtailMotacilla albaDefinitiveFull 
American PipitAnthus rubescensDefinitive 
Sprague's PipitAnthus spragueiiDefinitiveFull 
Family Bombycillidae — Waxwings
Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorumDefinitive 
Family Calcariidae — Longspurs, Snow Bunting
Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicusDefinitive 
Smith's LongspurCalcarius pictusDefinitiveFull 
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalisDefinitive 
Family Parulidae — Wood Warblers
OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapillaDefinitive 
Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorumDefinitive 
Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacillaDefinitive 
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensisDefinitive 
Bachman's WarblerVermivora bachmaniiDefinitiveExtinct
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysopteraDefinitive 
Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanopteraDefinitive 
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta variaDefinitive 
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citreaDefinitive 
Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsoniiDefinitive 
Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrinaDefinitive 
Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celataDefinitive 
Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapillaDefinitive 
Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilisDefinitive 
MacGillivray's WarblerGeothlypis tolmieiDefinitive 
Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphiaDefinitiveFull 
Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosaDefinitive 
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichasDefinitive 
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrinaDefinitive 
American RedstartSetophaga ruticillaDefinitive 
Kirtland's WarblerSetophaga kirtlandiiDefinitiveFull 
Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrinaDefinitive 
Cerulean WarblerSetophaga ceruleaDefinitive 
Northern ParulaSetophaga americanaDefinitive 
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnoliaDefinitive 
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castaneaDefinitive 
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fuscaDefinitive 
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechiaDefinitive 
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanicaDefinitive 
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striataDefinitive 
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescensDefinitive 
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarumDefinitive 
Pine WarblerSetophaga pinusDefinitive 
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronataDefinitive 
Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominicaDefinitive 
Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolorDefinitive 
Black-throated Gray WarblerSetophaga nigrescensDefinitiveFull 
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virensDefinitive 
Canada WarblerCardellina canadensisDefinitive 
Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusillaDefinitive 
Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virensDefinitive 
Family Emberizidae — Towhees, New World Sparrows
Green-tailed TowheePipilo chlorurusDefinitiveFull 
Spotted TowheePipilo maculatusDefinitiveFull 
Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmusDefinitive 
Bachman's SparrowPeucaea aestivalisDefinitive 
American Tree SparrowSpizella arboreaDefinitiveFull 
Chipping SparrowSpizella passerinaDefinitive 
Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallidaDefinitive 
Field SparrowSpizella pusillaDefinitive 
Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineusDefinitive 
Lark SparrowChondestes grammacusDefinitive 
Lark BuntingCalamospiza melanocorysDefinitiveFull 
Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensisDefinitive 
Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarumDefinitive 
Henslow's SparrowAmmodramus henslowiiDefinitive 
Le Conte's SparrowAmmodramus leconteiiDefinitive 
Nelson's SparrowAmmodramus nelsoniDefinitiveInland only 
Saltmarsh SparrowAmmodramus caudacutusDefinitiveInland only 
Seaside SparrowAmmodramus maritimusDefinitive 
Fox SparrowPasserella iliacaDefinitive 
Song SparrowMelospiza melodiaDefinitive 
Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolniiDefinitive 
Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgianaDefinitive 
White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollisDefinitive 
Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querulaDefinitiveFull 
White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrysDefinitive 
Golden-crowned SparrowZonotrichia atricapillaProvisional IFull 
Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalisDefinitive 
Family Cardinalidae — Cardinals, Buntings, Grosbeaks,
Summer TanagerPiranga rubraDefinitive 
Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivaceaDefinitive 
Western TanagerPiranga ludovicianaDefinitiveFull 
Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalisDefinitive 
Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianusDefinitive 
Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalusDefinitiveFull 
Blue GrosbeakPasserina caeruleaDefinitive 
Lazuli BuntingPasserina amoenaDefinitiveFull 
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyaneaDefinitive 
Painted BuntingPasserina cirisDefinitive 
DickcisselSpiza americanaDefinitive 
Family Icteridae — Blackbirds
BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorusDefinitive 
Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceusDefinitive 
Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magnaDefinitive 
Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglectaDefinitiveFull 
Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalusDefinitive 
Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinusDefinitive 
Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalusDefinitive 
Common GrackleQuiscalus quisculaDefinitive 
Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus majorDefinitiveInland only 
Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensisDefinitiveFull 
Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus aterDefinitive 
Orchard OrioleIcterus spuriusDefinitive 
Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockiiDefinitiveFull 
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaDefinitive 
Family Fringillidae — Finches
Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleatorProvisional IFull 
House FinchHaemorhous mexicanusDefinitive 
Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureusDefinitive 
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostraDefinitive 
White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucopteraDefinitiveFull 
Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaDefinitiveFull 
Pine SiskinSpinus pinusDefinitive 
American GoldfinchSpinus tristisDefinitive 
Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinusDefinitive 
Family Passeridae — Old World Sparrows
House SparrowPasser domesticusDefinitive 

Total species429

South Carolina Provisional II List

Common nameScientific nameComment
Order Anseriformes — Waterfowl
Family Anatidae — Waterfowl
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsis 
Trumpeter SwanCygnus buccinator 
Order Galliformes — Quail, Pheasant, Grouse, Turkey
Family Phasianidae — Pheasants, Grouse, Turkey
Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicus 
Order Phoenicopteriformes — Flamingo
Family Phoenicopteridae — Flamingo
Chilean FlamingoPhoenicopterus chilensisNot on AOU Check-List
Order Pelecaniformes — Pelicans, Herons, Ibises
Family Threskiornithidae — Ibises, Spoonbill
Scarlet IbisEudocimus ruber 
Order Columbiformes — Doves and Pigeons
Family Columbidae — Doves, Pigeons
African Collared-DoveStreptopelia roseogrisea 
Order Falconiformes — Falcons
Family Falconidae — Falcons
Crested CaracaraCaracara cheriway 
Prairie FalconFalco mexicanus 
Order Psittaciformes — Parrots
Family Psittacidae — Parrots
BudgerigarMelopsittacus undulatus 
Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachus 
Green ParakeetAratinga holochlora 
Order Passeriformes — Flycatchers, songbirds
Family Corvidae — Crows, Jays
House CrowCorvus splendensNot on AOU Check-List
Family Emberizidae — Towhees, New World Sparrows
Red-crested CardinalParoaria coronataNot on AOU Check-List
Family Icteridae — Blackbirds
TroupialIcterus icterus 
Family Fringillidae — Finches
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis 
Family Ploceidae — Weavers
Village WeaverPloceus cucullatus 

Total species16

South Carolina Hypothetical List

Common nameScientific nameComment
Order Phoenicopteriformes — Flamingo
Family Phoenicopteridae — Flamingo
American FlamingoPhoenicopterus ruber 
Order Accipitriformes — Vultures, Osprey, Hawks
Family Accipitridae — Hawks
Short-tailed HawkButeo brachyurus 
Order Gruiformes — Rails, Cranes
Family Rallidae — Rails
Caribbean CootFulica caribaea 
Order Charadriiformes — Shorebirds, Gulls, Alcids
Family Scolopacidae — Sandpipers
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus 
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa 
Family Stercorariidae — Skuas, Jaegers
South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki 
Order Apodiformes — Swifts, Hummingbirds
Family Trochilidae — Hummingbirds
Cuban EmeraldChlorostilbon ricordii 
Order Passeriformes — Flycatchers, songbirds
Family Tyrannidae — Flycatchers
Tropical/Couch's KingbirdTyrannus sp. 
Family Corvidae — Crows, Jays
Black-billed MagpiePica hudsonia 
Family Paridae — Chickadees, Titmice
Black-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillus 
Family Aegithalidae — Bushtit
BushtitPsaltriparus minimus 
Family Muscicapidae — Old World Flycatchers
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe 

Total species12

Explanations of status terms

Explanations of column headings

SC Status terms

Definitive
Species documented in the state by a properly vouchered specimen, unretouched recognizable photographs or video, or a recognizable sound recording of a species
Provisional I
There is only written documentation that the species has occurred in South Carolina. (No photographs, sound recordings, or specimens.)
Provisional II
Species whose occurrence in South Carolina is believed to be the result of human assistance, and which have not become established.
Hypothetical
Species which are undocumented to the committee but reported in North American Birds or The Chat.

SC Review Categories

Full
All observations should be documented to the Bird Records Committee
Inland only
Observations made more than 30 miles inland should be documented to the BRC

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