bobolink


bob·o·link

noun \ˈbä-bə-ˌliŋk\

Definition of BOBOLINK

:  an American migratory songbird (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) with the breeding male chiefly black

Origin of BOBOLINK

imitative
First Known Use: circa 1801

bobolink

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Songbird (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) that breeds in northern North America and winters chiefly in central South America. Migrating flocks may raid rice fields, and the fat “ricebirds” were formerly shot as a table delicacy. In the breeding season the 7-in (18-cm) male bobolink (named for his bubbling song) has a black underside, yellow hindneck, white back and rump, and white patches on the wings; in winter he resembles the brown female.

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