Bobolink

Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Code 4

BOBO

Code 6

DOLORY

ITIS

Egg Color:

White, blotched with brown, purple, and lavender



Number of Eggs:

4 - 7



Incubation Days:

13



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

On ground.



Nest Material:

Lined with plant material., Grasses



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Bobolink: Small, lark-like blackbird, all-black except for buff nape, white rump, and white wing patches. Female is pale yellow with brown streaks and dark crown stripes. Winter adult is similar to female but with stronger yellow hue.

Range and Habitat

Bobolink: Breeds from southern British Columbia across southern Canada to Nova Scotia and south to eastern Oregon, central Colorado, central Illinois, western Virginia, and western North Carolina. Spends winters in southern South America. Preferred habitats include prairies and meadows; stays on marshes during migration.

Breeding and Nesting

Bobolink: Four to seven white eggs blotched with brown, purple, and lavender are laid in a cup of grass lined with fine plant materials. Nest is built in a ground depression covered with tall vegetation. Female incubates eggs for about 13 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Bobolink: In summer, eats insects and seeds; in winter mostly seeds; forages on the ground and in low vegetation.

Vocalization

Bobolink: Male sings a bright bubbly song while in flight, starting with low reedy notes and rollicking upward "bob-o-link, bob-o-link, pink, pink, pank, pink." Call is clear "pink."

Similar Species

Bobolink: Lark Bunting has yellow nape, white rump, and lacks a white wing patch. Female Bobolink is similar to Grasshopper Sparrow but is larger and has streaked flanks.

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The crown is the top part of the birds head.
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Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
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The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
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