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bobolink

(bŏb`əlĭngk'), common name in the N United States and Canada for an American songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, related to the blackbird and the oriole, belonging to the family Icteridae. In spring the plumage of the male is black except for the white shoulders and lower back and the buff nape. After the breeding season the male assumes yellowish, brown-streaked plumage like that of the female, and his former voluble singing is reduced to a single call note. Bobolinks winter in South America; in Jamaica they are called butter birds. In the north they are insectivorous, but they may feed on rice crops during migration in the south. They have been known to gorge themselves in the eastern wild rice marshes and in cultivated fields in South Carolina and Georgia, becoming so fat that they used to be hunted as game birds. Because of these feeding habits they did serious damage to crops as they migrated, and they were called rice birds or reed birds. Bobolinks are now a protected species and are no longer hunted. Cup-shaped nests are built by the female in grassy fields. Polygamy occurs, but monogamy is more common. Bobolinks are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Icteridae.
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2015) was consistent with our findings and identified a high proportion of non-forested habitat as an important component of bobolink habitat.
Other species widely held in early American homes included Baltimore orioles (Icterus galbula), bobolinks (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), rose-breasted grosbeaks (Pheucticus ludovicianus), eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis), indigo buntings (Passerina cyanea), gray catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis), purple finches (Carpodacus purpureus), "black caps" or black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapilla), and red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus).
Grasshopper sparrows (Ammodramus savannarum), eastern meadowlarks (Sturnella magna) and bobolinks (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) had the greatest reproductive success rates (both annual and Mayfield), which were comparable to those reported by Ingold in 2002 for these species.
The exhibit features four colorful habitat dioramas with corresponding taxidermy birds, including the Red Knot, Bobolink, Red-Headed Woodpecker, and the American Bittern.
Drink, pups drink pups lease a sash hold, see it shine and a bobolink has pins.
The northern isles boasted a brown flycatcher, Siberian thrush, Sykes's, olivaceous, and thick-billed warblers, bobolink and buff-bellied pipit.
I remember the call of the whippoorwill in the predawn and the happy bobolink in the deep grass.
From hiking trails, observation decks and driving routes, visitors can see many species of waterfowl, Great Blue Herons, Anhingas, wading birds, Prothonotary Warbler, Bobolink and American Bittern.
According to Bill Glass, the ecologist for the prairie, "Illinois's Department of Natural Resources found a number of threatened species of birds there," including the upland sandpiper, the bobolink and the loggerhead shrike.
The prairie horned lark, lark bunting, bobolink, meadow lark, dickcissel, and longspurs sing while flying because there are no tree perches (Madson, 1995).
She was the best woman rider in the country; when Granny and I were here that Christmas before the War and Gavin Breckbridge had just given Bobolink to her, they looked fine together; it didn't need Jingus to say that they were the finest looking couple in Alabama or Mississippi either.
Behrens, False colours: art, design and modern camouflage (Dysart, Iowa: Bobolink Books, 2002) and Hartcup, Camouflage.