Birding Factoids

411 species
in 50 families

26 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No state endemics
1 USA endemics

    South Carolina
Checklist of South Carolina BirdsLocal EventsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap
South Carolina Specialities
(Pause your cursor on the photo to see the species name. Click on the birds for more info... )
Carolina Wren - South Carolina State Bird - Courtesy of SW Louisiana Birding Page
Courtesy of SouthWest
Louisiana Birding Page

Red-cockaded Woodpecker - ENDANGERED - Photo copyright US Fish and Wildlife

Photo copyright US Fish and Wildlife

Trindade Petrel - Photo copyright Brian Patteson

Photo copyright Brian Patteson

Summer Tanager - Photo copyright David Furseth

Photo copyright David Furseth
    Key to Icons....Cape Romain South Carolina, USA International Reserve.
      Located in Awendaw, Charleston County, South Carolina
    ....South Carolina Birder's Calendar and Birding Spots  - from 
      the Columbia Audubon Society.
    ....Charleston Birding - from the Charleston Natural History Society. 
      Mild winters and a large variety of habitats,(beaches, barrier islands, tidal creeks,saltwater marsh, swamps, pine forests, hardwood bottoms & freshwater lakes & ponds) make the Charleston area a premier birding destination any time of the year. 
    ....Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp - A Wildlife Sanctuary
      of the National Audubon Society. Francis Beidler Forest is the largest virgin blackwater cypress-tupelo swamp forest left in the world! This 11,000-acre riverine sanctuary in the heart of Four Holes Swamp embraces 1,800 acres of ancient trees that tower over blackwater streams, clear pools and 300 species of wildlife. 
    ....Hilton Pond - Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History near
      York, South Carolina, is a non-profit organization whose Mission is "to conserve plants, animals, birds, and other natural components of the Piedmont Region of the eastern United States through observation, scientific study, and education for students of all ages." The Center is the most active bird banding site in the Carolinas.
    ....National Wildlife Refuges Index - South Carolina. Includes links
      to information on:
      • ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge
      ....Key to Icons  Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
      • Santee National Wildlife Refuge
      • Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
      Another site on South Carolina's Wildlife Reserves
    ....Birding South Carolina - by Mary Scott. "I was blown out of South
      Carolina by a hurricane before I could visit some of its famous coastal birding hotspots.   But wow, did I have a super time in the time that I had!" Information is provided on:
      • Santee NWR
      • Francis Beidler Forest
      • Cape Romain NWR

      • Audubon Swamp Garden
    ....The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina - preserve
      profiles including:
      • South Carolina Preserves
      • Black River Swamp Preserve
      • Francis Beidler Forest
      • Peachtree Rock Preserve
      • Waccamaw River Preserve
      • Red Bluff Marsh Preserve
      • Cliffs at Glassy Preserve

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Tours and Guides

>>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for South Carolina Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!

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Local Birding Events

Pine Warbler - Photo copyright Robert Royse
Photo copyright Robert Royse

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Rare Bird Alert

Fish Crow - Photo copyright Steve Nanz
Photo copyright Steve Nanz

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North American Specialities

in South Carolina

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species
noted below have been made in South Carolina. Consult the Breeding Bird Survey or
Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird. Species printed in blue are endangered.

USA Endemics in South Carolina

___ Red-cockaded Woodpecker
North American Endemic Specialities in South Carolina

___ Bachman's Sparrow
___ Bewick's Wren
___ Black-chinned Hummngbird
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Blue-throated Hummingbird
___ Broad-billed Hummingbird
___ Bullock's Oriole
___ Carolina Chickadee
___ Fish Crow
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Finch
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ Mottled Duck
___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Red-bellied Woodpecker
___ Red-shouldered Hawk
___ Ruffed Grouse
___ Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed
___ Sparrow
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Seaside Sparrow
___ Smith's Longspur
___ Townsend's Solitaire
___ Tufted Titmouse
___ Western Grebe
___ Whooping Crane

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Links checked November 28, 2000