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An American migratory songbird (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), the male of which has black, white, and yellowish plumage. Also called reedbird; also called regionally ricebird.

[Imitative of its song.]
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(Animals) an American songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, the male of which has a white back and black underparts in the breeding season: family Icteridae (American orioles). Also called (US): reedbird or ricebird
[C18: of imitative origin]
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(ˈbɒb əˌlɪŋk)

a meadow-dwelling North American songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, of the subfamily Icterinae, the male of which is black, white, and buff.
[1765–75, Amer.; imitative of its call]
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Noun1.bobolink - migratory American songbirdbobolink - migratory American songbird    
American oriole, New World oriole, oriole - American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow
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The girl wiped her hands, crossed her feet on the little island of carpet where she was stranded in a sea of soap-suds, and then, sure enough, out of her slender throat came the swallow's twitter, the robin's whistle, the blue-jay's call, the thrush's song, the wood-dove's coo, and many another familiar note, all ending as before with the musical ecstacy of a bobolink singing and swinging among the meadow grass on a bright June day.
These high-quality areas create a grassland bird community that's home to meadowlarks, dickcissels, grasshopper sparrows, woodcocks and bobolinks as well as state-endangered northern harriers, short-eared owls and Henslow's sparrows.
1989: The effects of site quality on breeding-site fidelity in bobolinks. Auk 106: 584-594.
Flocks of bobolinks return every May to begin their mating rituals.
During the 2 y of our study we recorded a total of 2967 grassland birds: 293 sedge wrens, 212 Savannah sparrows, 610 grasshopper sparrows, 111 Henslow's sparrows, 255 dickcissels, 1190 bobolinks, 129 western meadowlarks, and 167 individuals of other grassland bird species.
Such management would especially benefit songbirds like bobolinks and meadowlarks, various grassland sparrows, and game species like deer, turkey, woodcock, and pheasant.
I cannot remember a happier time in my life than when I was walking in the garden at daybreak, scaring up pheasants, scurrying off quail and their hatchlings, and awaiting the arrival of a pair of bobolinks to serenade the day.
Cedar waxwings fly south; bobolinks and woodcocks follow.
2014 is the first year of a multi-year project to create grassland habitat for bobolinks, a threatened species.
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).
At dat moment, ve scramadoodle vit der loot from der Springfield Bobolinks Savings Bank, und dot's dat.
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.