Common Name

Scientific Name




American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos A common bird found throughout much of North America. American crows are the new world counterpart to the carrion crow and hooded crow, occupying similar niches in the ecosystem. American Crow
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American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis Common resident of the park and the rest of campus. Yellow with darker brown/black wings. American Goldfinch
American Kestrel Falco sparverius The only kestrel found in the Americas. It is the most common falcon in North America, and is found in a wide variety of habitats. At 19–21 cm (7–8 in) long, it is also the smallest falcon in North America. American Kestrel
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American Woodcock Scolopax minor Two records from campus: one in Park section D9 W of Weil-Winfield Hall, and another in campus sectioin D11 along Jefferson Street in an area since destroyed by athletics construction (O’Hara, December 1997). American Woodcock
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Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica The most widespread species of swallow in the world. It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Barn Swallow
Image by Ian White @
Barred Owl Strix varia Reportedly bred in the Park many years ago (O’Hara, May 1998). Barred Owl
Image by Tom Benson @
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon Occasionally seen along the creek branches in the Park and also flying over. Breeds just north of the campus in Lake Daniel Park (O’Hara, March 2000). Belted Kingfisher
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Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata A passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. Blue Jay
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Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus Recorded 1 June 1998 over the Park; probably a regular migrant (O’Hara, March 2000). Broad-winged Hawk
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Canada Goose Branta canadensis A large wild goose species with a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brown body. Native to arctic and temperate regions of North America, its migration occasionally reaches northern Europe. Broad-winged Hawk
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Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus A common species of wren that is a resident in the eastern half of the United States of America, the extreme south of Ontario, Canada, and the extreme northeast of Mexico. Carolina Wren
Image by Kelly Colgan Azar @
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica Closely related to both the Vaux’s swift and the Chapman’s swift; in the past, the three were sometimes considered to be conspecific. The chimney swift is a medium-sized, sooty gray bird with very long, slender wings and very short legs. Chimney Swift
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Common Flicker Colaptes auratus A medium-sized member of the woodpecker family. It is native to most of North America, parts of Central America, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and is one of the few woodpecker species that migrate. There are over 100 common names for the common flicker. Common Flicker
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Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor A medium-sized crepuscular or nocturnal bird, whose presence and identity are best revealed by its vocalization. Typically dark (grey, black and brown), displaying cryptic colouration and intricate patterns, this bird is difficult to spot with the naked eye during the day. Common Nighthawk
Image by Kenneth Cole Schneider @
Common Snipe Capella gallinago One flushed from creek in section D11 of Park fields on 30 March 2000; no other records, but probably an occasional spring migrant (O’Hara, March 2000). Common Snipe
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Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii A medium-sized hawk native to the North American continent and found from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico. As in many birds of prey, the male is smaller than the female. The birds found east of the Mississippi River tend to be larger on average than the birds found to the west. Cooper's Hawk
Image by Henry T. McLin @
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens Common in the Park woods and field margins. January–March. (RJO/JGW, February 2000). Downy Woodpecker
Image by Kelly Colgan Azar @
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe A small passerine bird. This tyrant flycatcher breeds in eastern North America, although its normal range does not include the southeastern coastal United States. Eastern Phoebe
Image by Tom Benson @
Eastern Wood Peewee Contopus virens A small tyrant flycatcher from North America. This bird and the western wood pewee (C. sordidulus) were formerly considered to be a single species. The two species are virtually identical in appearance, and can be distinguished most easily by their calls. EasternWood Peewee
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Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus Superficially similar to the American crow, but is smaller (36–41 cm in length) and has a more silky smooth plumage by comparison. The upperparts have a blue or blue-green sheen, while the underparts have a more greenish tint to the black. The eyes are dark brown. Fish Crow
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Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus A large insect-eating bird of the tyrant flycatcher family. It is the most widespread member of the genus Myiarchus in North America, and is found over most of the eastern and mid-western portions of the continent. It dwells mostly in the treetops and rarely is found on the ground. Great Crested Flycatcher
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Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Heard calling in the Park woods E of Phillips-Hawkins Hall 14 January 2000, and once before about 1997; probably an occasional visitor in winter (O’Hara, January 2000). Great Horned Owl
Image by Jennifer Riefenberg @
Green Heron Butorides striatus One individual seen walking the streambeds in the Park fields on 21 September 2001; probably an occasional visitor (O’Hara, September 2001). Green Heron
Image by Diana Robinson @
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus Occasionally seen and heard flying over the Park; may breed on the S end of the campus (O’Hara, March 2000). Killdeer
Image by Curt Hart @
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Regularly seen courting in spring on Buffalo Creek in the Park fields, but not known to breed (O’Hara, December 1997). Mallard
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Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura A campus resident, regularly seen in the Park. January–December (O’Hara, December 1997) Mourning Dove
Image by Ron Knight @
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos The only mockingbird commonly found in North America. It has gray to brown upper feathers and a paler belly. Its wings have white patches which are visible in flight. Northern Mockingbird
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Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus A medium-sized woodpecker of the Picidae family. It breeds in southern Canada, northeastern Mexico, and thenortheastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas. Red-bellied Woodpecker
Image by Kelly Colgan Azar @
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis A banded individual from Johnston County was encountered near a bus shelter around campus and reported by faculty in 2014. Red-tailed Hawk
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Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis A medium sized gull. The head, neck and underparts are white; the relatively short bill is yellow with a dark ring; the back and wings are silver gray; and the legs are yellow. The eyes are yellow with red rims. Ring-billed Gull
Image by Skip Russel @
Rock Dove/Domestic Pidgeon Columba livia Regularly seen flying over the Park, but more common on the S end of campus (O’Hara, December 1997). Rock Dove
Image by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris A species of hummingbird[a] that generally spends the Winter in Central America and migrates to Eastern North America for the Summer to breed. It is by far the most common hummingbird seen east of the Mississippi River in North America. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Image by Curt Hart @
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus Recorded 14 and 21 January 2000 from the Park woods; probably a regular winter visitor. Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks are easily confused with one another, and the Park occurrences deserve further study. (RJO/JGW, January 2000) Sharp-shinned Hawk
Image by Jerry McFarland @
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Among the native sparrows in North America, it is easily one of the most abundant, variable and adaptable species. Song Sparrow
Image by Paul Sullivan @
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura The most widespread of the New World vultures. One of three species in the genus Cathartes of the family Cathartidae, the turkey vulture ranges from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. Turkey Vulture
Image by David Cook @
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo Although not a frequent visitor, an occasional one is seen roaming around our campus. Wild Turkey
Image by Heather Rushforth, UNCG Biology.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius Winter resident. Many trees in the Park show evidence of Sapsucker work. January–March. (RJO/JGW, February 2000) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea Several pairs have nested in the Park woods in recent years, although they have been much disturbed by construction. Late March–April (O’Hara, March 2000). Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Image by Kenneth Cole Schneider @