noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘These prairie grasslands once teemed with wildlife like bison, elk, upland sandpipers and bobolinks,’ says LisaYee-Litzenberg.’
    • ‘And eggs from Glynwood, which is managed to protect the bobolinks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bobolink

/ˈbɒbəlɪŋk/