One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American songbird of the American blackbird family, with a bill resembling that of a finch. The male has black, buff, and white plumage.
Dolichonyx oryzivorus, family Icteridae
- ‘Redbirds, bluebirds, robins, bobolinks, scarlet tanagers, Kentucky warblers, and orchard orioles strut and sing like the cast of a turn-of-the-century revue.’
- ‘Grasslands and prairies support a number of polygynous species as well, including meadowlarks, bobolinks, dickcissels, lark buntings, and great-tailed grackles.’
- ‘Aficionados of bobolink verse will also enjoy The Way to Know the Bobolink by Emily Dickinson.’
- ‘In breeding plumage, male bobolinks are mostly black, with a buff nape, white shoulder patches, and a white rump.’
- ‘We still have a few fields where bobolinks stop on their way north.’
- ‘I ended up seeing over 70 species and the highlights include a sandhill crane pair feeding along a road in farm field, a flock of male bobolinks competing with each other and of course an indigo bunting feeding below the finch feeders.’
- ‘‘These prairie grasslands once teemed with wildlife like bison, elk, upland sandpipers and bobolinks,’ says LisaYee-Litzenberg.’
- ‘Discover the hermit thrush in shady maple and hemlock groves, bobolinks in golden hay fields, northern water thrush in swamplands, and hawks migrating in autumn.’
- ‘Wild turkeys can be spotted in the Poconos' open fields, bobolinks and grasshopper sparrows breed in the area's grasslands, and waterfowl, shorebirds, and herons wade in its wetlands.’
- ‘And eggs from Glynwood, which is managed to protect the bobolinks.’
Late 18th century (originally Bob o'Lincoln, Bob Lincoln): imitative of its call.
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