Most Common Bird Species of South Carolina

Posted by Christy Caplan
Carolina Chickadee

As of late 2017, there are 424 bird species included in the official list of birds of South Carolina. Audubon's bird conservation efforts in the state target on several priority bird species with the primary challenges at hand being habitat loss and climate change.

Thanks to the following lists compiled by What Birds Are in My Backyard, we explore the most common birds in South Carolina but also the birds 'most common' in the winter and summer seasons. Many of the priority birds are on the list below!

* The top list on this page is the frequency of birds throughout the year. Many birds are migratory or otherwise vary in abundance between seasons.

Common backyard birds in South Carolina

  1. Northern Cardinal (57% frequency)
  2. Carolina Chickadee (47%)
  3. Tufted Titmouse (41%)
  4. Mourning Dove (39%)
  5. Yellow-rumped Warbler (38%)
  6. American Crow (37%)
  7. Red-bellied Woodpecker (36%)
  8. Northern Mockingbird (35%)
  9. Blue Jay (32%)
  10. White-throated Sparrow (29%)
  11. Eastern Bluebird (28%)
  12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (27%)
  13. American Robin (26%)
  14. Downy Woodpecker (26%)
  15. American Goldfinch (25%)
  16. House Finch (23%)
  17. Song Sparrow (20%)
  18. Eastern Phoebe (20%)

The most common backyard birds in winter

  1. Northern Cardinal (62% frequency)
  2. Carolina Wren (47%)
  3. Mourning Dove (44%)
  4. Carolina Chickadee (36%)
  5. Tufted Titmouse (35%)
  6. Northern Mockingbird (33%)
  7. American Crow (32%)
  8. Blue Jay (30%)
  9. Red-bellied Woodpecker (29%)
  10. Eastern Bluebird (23%)
  11. House Finch (23%)

The most common backyard birds in summer

  1. Northern Cardinal (62% frequency)
  2. Carolina Wren (47%)
  3. Mourning Dove (44%)
  4. Carolina Chickadee (36%)
  5. Tufted Titmouse (35%)
  6. Northern Mockingbird (33%)
  7. American Crow (32%)
  8. Blue Jay (30%)
  9. Red-bellied Woodpecker (29%)
  10. Eastern Bluebird (23%)
  11. House Finch (23%)

Between winters and summers in South Carolina, you'll find that Carolina Chickadees, Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-throated Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets are more common in winter. Outside of those cases, there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between bird populations given the season!

Other birds of South Carolina?

Blackbird, Nuthatch, Flycatcher, Blue-Gray, Junco, Grosbeak, Pileated Woodpecker, Painted Bunting, Brown Thrasher, Pine Warbler, Shorebirds, Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Great Egret, Swainson, Swallow, Hummingbird, Vireo, Bachman, Gull, Sandpiper, Pelican, Tanager, Plover, Oriole, Vultures, Oystercatcher, and Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

Have you ever seen or heard of these wild birds? Please leave us a comment below!

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Most Common Bird Species of South Carolina