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The Carolina Bird Club, Inc., is a non-profit educational and scientific association open to anyone interested in the study and conservation of wildlife, particularly birds.

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Comparison of North Carolina and South Carolina bird lists

These comparisons are of species on the Definitive or Provisional lists.


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Species recorded in South Carolina but not North Carolina

Common nameScientific nameSC statusComment
Order Phoenicopteriformes — Flamingo
Family Phoenicopteridae — Flamingo
American FlamingoPhoenicopterus ruberDefinitive 
Order Apodiformes — Swifts, Hummingbirds
Family Trochilidae — Hummingbirds
Blue-throated Mountain-gemLampornis clemenciaeProvisional 
Order Gruiformes — Rails, Cranes
Family Gruidae — Cranes
Whooping CraneGrus americanaDefinitiveNC Not Established
Order Charadriiformes — Shorebirds, Gulls, Alcids
Family Scolopacidae — Sandpipers
Eskimo CurlewNumenius borealisProvisional 
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollisProvisional 
Family Laridae — Gulls, Terns
Heermann's GullLarus heermanniDefinitive 
Order Accipitriformes — Vultures, Osprey, Hawks
Family Accipitridae — Hawks
Short-tailed HawkButeo brachyurusDefinitive 
Order Passeriformes — Flycatchers, songbirds
Family Tyrannidae — Flycatchers
Great KiskadeePitangus sulphuratusDefinitive 

Total species8 (5 Definitive)

Species recorded in North Carolina but not South Carolina

Common nameScientific nameNC statusComment
Order Anseriformes — Waterfowl
Family Anatidae — Waterfowl
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisDefinitiveSC Supplementary: Questionable origin
GarganeySpatula querquedulaProvisional 
White-cheeked PintailAnas bahamensisDefinitive 
Masked DuckNomonyx dominicusDefinitive 
Order Galliformes — Quail, Pheasant, Grouse, Turkey
Family Phasianidae — Pheasants, Grouse, Turkey
Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicusDefinitiveSC Supplementary: Not established
Order Podicipediformes — Grebes
Family Podicipedidae — Grebes
Clark's GrebeAechmophorus clarkiiProvisional 
Order Caprimulgiformes — Nightjars
Family Caprimulgidae — Nightjars
Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennisDefinitive 
Antillean NighthawkChordeiles gundlachiiDefinitive 
Order Apodiformes — Swifts, Hummingbirds
Family Apodidae — Swifts
Cypseloides Swift sp.Cypseloides sp.Provisional 
Common SwiftApus apusDefinitive 
Family Trochilidae — Hummingbirds
Mexican VioletearColibri thalassinusDefinitive 
Green-breasted MangoAnthracothorax prevostiiDefinitive 
Order Charadriiformes — Shorebirds, Gulls, Alcids
Family Charadriidae — Plovers
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulvaDefinitive 
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaDefinitive 
Family Scolopacidae — Sandpipers
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaDefinitiveSC Supplementary: Hypothetical
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusDefinitiveSC Supplementary: Hypothetical
Family Stercorariidae — Skuas, Jaegers
Great SkuaStercorarius skuaDefinitive 
Family Alcidae — Alcids
Atlantic PuffinFratercula arcticaDefinitive 
Family Laridae — Gulls, Terns
Black-tailed GullLarus crassirostrisProvisional 
Common GullLarus canusDefinitive 
Short-billed GullLarus brachyrhynchusProvisional 
Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagusProvisional 
Order Procellariiformes — Tubenoses
Family Diomedeidae — Albatrosses
Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche chlororhynchosDefinitive 
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisDefinitive 
Family Oceanitidae — Southern Storm-Petrels
White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marinaDefinitive 
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropicaDefinitive 
Family Hydrobatidae — Northern Storm-Petrels
European Storm-PetrelHydrobates pelagicusDefinitive 
Swinhoe's Storm-PetrelHydrobates monorhisDefinitive 
Family Procellariidae — Shearwaters, Petrels
Bermuda PetrelPterodroma cahowDefinitive 
Zino's PetrelPterodroma madeiraDefinitive 
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataDefinitive 
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulweriiDefinitive 
Cape Verde ShearwaterCalonectris edwardsiiDefinitive 
Order Suliformes — Frigatebirds, Boobies, Cormorant
Family Phalacrocoracidae — Cormorants
Neotropic CormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianusDefinitive 
Order Pelecaniformes — Pelicans, Herons, Ibises
Family Ardeidae — Herons
Little EgretEgretta garzettaDefinitive 
Order Falconiformes — Falcons
Family Falconidae — Falcons
GyrfalconFalco rusticolusProvisional 
Order Passeriformes — Flycatchers, songbirds
Family Tyrannidae — Flycatchers
Cassin's KingbirdTyrannus vociferansDefinitive 
Hammond's FlycatcherEmpidonax hammondiiDefinitive 
Gray FlycatcherEmpidonax wrightiiDefinitive 
Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (Western Flycatcher)Empidonax difficilis/occidentalisDefinitive 
Family Laniidae — Shrikes
Northern ShrikeLanius borealisDefinitive 
Family Paridae — Chickadees, Titmice
Black-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillusDefinitiveSC Supplementary: Questionable origin
Family Hirundinidae — Swallows
Violet-green SwallowTachycineta thalassinaProvisional 
Family Turdidae — Thrushes
Mountain BluebirdSialia currucoidesProvisional 
Family Muscicapidae — Old World Flycatchers
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheDefinitiveSC Supplementary: Questionable origin
Family Fringillidae — Finches
BramblingFringilla montifringillaDefinitive 
Lesser GoldfinchSpinus psaltriaDefinitive 
Family Calcariidae — Longspurs, Snow Bunting
Chestnut-collared LongspurCalcarius ornatusDefinitive 
Family Passerellidae — New World Sparrows
Cassin's SparrowPeucaea cassiniiDefinitive 
Family Icteridae — Blackbirds
Hooded OrioleIcterus cucullatusDefinitive 
Family Parulidae — Wood Warblers
Painted RedstartMyioborus pictusDefinitive 

Total species51 (42 Definitive)

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