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Bobolink -
(Dolichonyx oryzivorus)



  • Medium-sized blackbird
  • Breeding male all black below with white
         back and rump
  • Yellow on back of head
  • Female and non-breeding male --
         yellowish brown with black stripes
         on head and back
  • Short pinkish bill
  • 7" (18 cm.)


  • Open grasslands

Additional Information

  • Common migrant and summer resident
  • Wisconsin species of special concern
  • Population in decline
  • Male sings bubbly song on the wing
  • Round trip to winter habitat is
         approximately 12,500 miles (Cornell)
  • Winters in central parts of South America

Male Bobolink on prairie grass

Female Bobolink perched on white sweet clover 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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