5533 thumb Birds of Hilton Head Island, SC

This guide serves as a reference for birds native to Hilton Head Island, a biodiverse island found in South Carolina. The species on this list have either been identified by iNaturalist users and/or have been documented by the Hilton Head Audubon Society.

Small
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Coccyzus americanus
Small
Black-billed Cuckoo 2
Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Small
Red-cockaded Woodpecker 3
Picoides borealis
Small
Downy Woodpecker 4
Picoides pubescens
Small
Hairy Woodpecker 5
Picoides villosus
Small
Pileated Woodpecker 6
Dryocopus pileatus
Small
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Melanerpes carolinus
Small
Red-headed Woodpecker 8
Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Small
Northern Flicker 9
Colaptes auratus
Small
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Sphyrapicus varius
Small
Eastern Screech-Owl 10
Megascops asio
Small
Snowy Owl 11
Bubo scandiacus
Small
Great Horned Owl 12
Bubo virginianus
Small
Short-eared Owl 13
Asio flammeus
Small
Long-eared Owl 14
Asio otus
Small
Barn Owl 15
Tyto alba
Small
Belted Kingfisher 16
Megaceryle alcyon
Small
Eurasian Collared Dove 17
Streptopelia decaocto
Small
Rock Dove 18
Columba livia
Small
White-winged Dove 19
Zenaida asiatica
Small
Mourning Dove 20
Zenaida macroura
Small
Common Ground-Dove 2
Columbina passerina
Small
Wood Stork 3
Mycteria americana
Small
Sora 21
Porzana carolina
Small
Clapper Rail 22
Rallus crepitans
Small
King Rail 23
Rallus elegans
Small
Virginia Rail 24
Rallus limicola
Small
Black Rail 25
Laterallus jamaicensis
Small
Common Gallinule 26
Gallinula galeata
Small
American Coot 27
Fulica americana
Small
Purple Gallinule 28
Porphyrio martinicus
Small
Yellow Rail 29
Coturnicops noveboracensis
Sandhill Crane
Antigone canadensis
Small
Northern Bobwhite 30
Colinus virginianus
Small
Wild Turkey 31
Meleagris gallopavo
Small
Sanderling 32
Calidris alba
Small
Dunlin 33
Calidris alpina
Small
Baird's Sandpiper 34
Calidris bairdii
Small
Red Knot 35
Calidris canutus
Small
Curlew Sandpiper 36
Calidris ferruginea
Small
White-rumped Sandpiper 2
Calidris fuscicollis
Small
Stilt Sandpiper 37
Calidris himantopus
Small
Purple Sandpiper 38
Calidris maritima
Small
Western Sandpiper 39
Calidris mauri
Small
Pectoral Sandpiper 38
Calidris melanotos
Small
Least Sandpiper 40
Calidris minutilla
Small
Semipalmated Sandpiper 41
Calidris pusilla
Small
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 2
Calidris subruficollis
Small
Short-billed Dowitcher 28
Limnodromus griseus
Small
Long-billed Dowitcher 26
Limnodromus scolopaceus
Small
Lesser Yellowlegs 42
Tringa flavipes
Small
Greater Yellowlegs 35
Tringa melanoleuca
Small
Willet 2
Tringa semipalmata
Small
Solitary Sandpiper 35
Tringa solitaria
Small
Whimbrel 43
Numenius phaeopus
Small
Wilson's Snipe 44
Gallinago delicata
Small
American Woodcock 2
Scolopax minor
Small
Ruddy Turnstone 45
Arenaria interpres
Small
Marbled Godwit 46
Limosa fedoa
Small
Hudsonian Godwit 19
Limosa haemastica
Small
Wilson's Phalarope 29
Phalaropus tricolor
Small
Upland Sandpiper 2
Bartramia longicauda
Small
Spotted Sandpiper 47
Actitis macularius
Small
Sooty Tern 48
Onychoprion fuscatus
Small
Least Tern 49
Sternula antillarum
Small
Gull-billed Tern 38
Gelochelidon nilotica
Small
Caspian Tern 35
Hydroprogne caspia
Small
Royal Tern 50
Thalasseus maximus
Small
Sandwich Tern 51
Thalasseus sandvicensis
Small
Forster's Tern 52
Sterna forsteri
Small
Common Tern 53
Sterna hirundo
Small
Black Tern 49
Chlidonias niger
Small
Bonaparte's Gull 35
Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Small
Herring Gull 54
Larus argentatus
Small
Ring-billed Gull 55
Larus delawarensis
Small
Laughing Gull 46
Leucophaeus atricilla
Small
Black Skimmer 58
Rynchops niger
Small
Piping Plover 59
Charadrius melodus
Small
Semipalmated Plover 60
Charadrius semipalmatus
Small
Killdeer 61
Charadrius vociferus
Small
Wilson's Plover 35
Charadrius wilsonia
Small
American Golden Plover 2
Pluvialis dominica
Small
Black-bellied Plover 35
Pluvialis squatarola
Small
American Oystercatcher 3
Haematopus palliatus
Small
Black-necked Stilt 62
Himantopus mexicanus
Small
American Avocet 63
Recurvirostra americana
Small
Common Loon 2
Gavia immer
Small
Red-throated Loon 44
Gavia stellata
Small
Horned Grebe 35
Podiceps auritus
Small
Red-necked Grebe 64
Podiceps grisegena
Small
Eared Grebe 65
Podiceps nigricollis
Small
Pied-billed Grebe 66
Podilymbus podiceps
Small
Roseate Spoonbill 67
Platalea ajaja
Small
White Ibis 68
Eudocimus albus
Small
Glossy Ibis 36
Plegadis falcinellus
Small
American White Pelican 69
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Small
Brown Pelican 70
Pelecanus occidentalis
Small
Little Blue Heron 71
Egretta caerulea

Edited by Bobby McCabe, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

Photo Credits

  • 1. (c) Melissa McMasters, some rights reserved (CC BY)
  • 2. (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 3. (c) greglasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
  • 4. (c) Mark Peck, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 5. (c) Gavan Watson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 6. (c) Scott Young, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 7. (c) Dawn Vornholt, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 8. (c) Eddie Callaway, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND)
  • 9. (c) Minette Layne, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 10. (c) Kristi, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 11. (c) Frank Vassen, some rights reserved (CC BY)
  • 12. (c) Minette, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 13. (c) Rick Leche, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 14. (c) Ron Knight, some rights reserved (CC BY)
  • 15. (c) matt knoth, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 16. (c) Rick Leche - Photography, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 17. (c) Rudo Jureček, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 18. (c) jim gifford, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  • 19. (c) Francesco Veronesi, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 20. (c) Jon. D. Anderson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 21. (c) Mike Baird, some rights reserved (CC BY)
  • 22. (c) Dendroica cerulea, some rights reserved (CC BY)
  • 23. (c) Carol Foil, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 24. (c) Blake Matheson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 25. Danika Tsao, USGS, no known copyright restrictions (public domain)
  • 26. (c) Kakalotli, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 27. (c) Jack Wolf, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND)
  • 28. (c) barloventomagico, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 29. (c) dominic sherony, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  • 30. (c) Mike Powers, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 31. (c) Per Verdonk, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 32. (c) Paul van de Velde, some rights reserved (CC BY)
  • 33. (c) Sergey Yeliseev, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 34. (c) Jamie Chavez, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 35. (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 36. (c) Lip Kee Yap, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  • 37. (c) Dan Pancamo, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  • 38. (c) Paul Cools, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 39. (c) ian wetton, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 40. (c) Nick Chill, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 41. (c) 116916927065934112165, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), uploaded by Matt Muir
  • 42. (c) Pablo Caceres Contreras, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 43. (c) Jorge Montejo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 44. (c) Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  • 45. (c) Isidro Vila Verde, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 46. (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 47. (c) Kenneth Cole Schneider, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 48. (c) Tom Tarrant, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 49. (c) Maggie.Smith, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 50. (c) jalinage00, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by José Antonio Linage Espinosa
  • 51. (c) MPF, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  • 52. (c) Dick Daniels (http://carolinabirds.org/), some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  • 53. (c) Tom McC., some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 54. (c) Pierre-Selim, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  • 55. (c) Gary Ashley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 56. (c) Andrew, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 57. (c) Roger Butterfield, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 58. (c) Nick Chill, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 59. (c) David Maher, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 60. (c) Bob, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 61. (c) Stewart Ho, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 62. (c) Doug Greenberg, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 63. (c) C.V. Vick, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 64. (c) Biopix, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 65. (c) Erin and Lance Willett, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • 66. (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY)
  • 67. (c) Riverbanks Outdoor Store, some rights reserved (CC BY)
  • 68. (c) Jeff Nickel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • 69. (c) TexasEagle, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 70. (c) James Steamer, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
  • 71. (c) Geoff Coe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)