Birds of South Carolina

The South Carolina Bird Records Committee or SCBRC, a committee of the Carolina Bird Club, accepts 437 species per the 2021 records. While 114 rarely occur throughout the state, 34 are rare around the coastal region. Five bird species have been introduced, while four have gone extinct. The extinct birds include the passenger pigeon, ivory-billed woodpecker, Carolina parakeet, and Bachman’s warbler.

The Carolina wren has been South Carolina’s state bird since 1948, replacing the Northern mockingbird.

Birds of South Carolina

  • Barred Owl
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Carolina Wren
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • American Redstart
  • American Goldfinch
  • Black Vulture
  • American Robin
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Painted Bunting
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Common Grackle
  • Mourning Dove
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Blue Jay
  • Canada Goose
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Eastern Towhee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Fish Crow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • American Crow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Pine Siskin
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Brown Creeper
  • Blue Jay
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Song Sparrow
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Northern Flicker
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • House Finch
  • Northern Harrier
  • Pine Siskin
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Pine Warbler

Birds That Live on Coasts:  Wood Stork, American Oystercatcher, Wilson’s Plover, Mallard, American Wigeon

Birds of Prey: Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk,Red-shouldered Hawk,Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk

Backyard Birds:

All-year-round: Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Cardinal

Migratory Birds:

In Summer: Summer Tanager, American Goldfinch, White-throated Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatch

In Winter: Brown Thrasher, Blue Jay, Brown Creeper, Blue-headed Vireo, Black Vulture