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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 06 September 2011
Scientific Name
Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Dolichonyx
  • D. oryzivorus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6 to 8 inches
11.5 inches
1 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Triste-pia
Czech (Cesky) bobolink kanadský
Danish (Dansk) Bobolink
Dutch (Nederlands) Bobolink
Finnish (Suomi) heinäturpiaali
French (Français) Goglu des prés
German (Deutsch) Bobolink
Italian (Italiano) Rísstarli
Japanese (日本語) ボボリング [boboringu]
Norwegian (Norsk) Bobolink
Polish (Polski) Ryzojad
Russian (русский язык) Рисовая птица
Spanish (Español) Soldadito Arrocero
Swedish (Svenska) Bobolink
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