• A North American songbird of the American blackbird family, with a finch-like bill. The male has black, buff, and white plumage.

    • ‘Grasslands and prairies support a number of polygynous species as well, including meadowlarks, bobolinks, dickcissels, lark buntings, and great-tailed grackles.’
    • ‘We still have a few fields where bobolinks stop on their way north.’
    • ‘And eggs from Glynwood, which is managed to protect the bobolinks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Redbirds, bluebirds, robins, bobolinks, scarlet tanagers, Kentucky warblers, and orchard orioles strut and sing like the cast of a turn-of-the-century revue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In breeding plumage, male bobolinks are mostly black, with a buff nape, white shoulder patches, and a white rump.’
    • ‘Aficionados of bobolink verse will also enjoy The Way to Know the Bobolink by Emily Dickinson.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 18th century (originally Bob o'Lincoln, Bob Lincoln): imitative of its call.