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About the Bobolink

Also known as: Maybird, Butterbird, Ricebird, Reedbird, Skunk Blackbird

Bobolinks are small migratory blackbirds that breed across northern parts of the United States into Canada. Males in breeding plumage are striking and unusual, with black fronts and light, white and creamy, backs. After breeding, Bobolinks migrate down to Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay in central South America.

Bobolinks breed in grasslands, a habitat that has suffered decline. In their wintering grounds, they feast on grains, and are called "ricebirds" by some locals for this reason.

Bobolinks have a bubbling, mechanical-sounding song, which is sung in flight by the males.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 September 2011
Scientific Name Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Dolichonyx
  • D. oryzivorus
Birdorable Family Icterids
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6 to 8 inches
11.5 inches
1 ounces
Range North America South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Triste-pia (Brazilian)
  • bobolink kanadský (Czech)
  • Bobolink (Danish)
  • Bobolink (Dutch)
  • heinäturpiaali (Finnish)
  • Goglu des prés (French)
  • Bobolink (German)
  • Rísstarli (Italian)
  • ボボリング [boboringu] (Japanese)
  • Bobolink (Norwegian)
  • Ryzojad (Polish)
  • Рисовая птица (Russian)
  • Soldadito Arrocero (Spanish)
  • Bobolink (Swedish)

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Fun Bobolink Facts

Fun Bobolink Facts

Have you ever seen a Bobolink? Here are some fun facts about these striking prairie birds! 1. One nickname given to the Bobolink is "skunk blackbird." The breeding plumage of males is distinctive ... more