bob·​o·​link | \ ˈbä-bə-ˌliŋk How to pronounce bobolink (audio) \

Definition of bobolink

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

Examples of bobolink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sightings at Nauset Spit in Orleans included a Lapland longspur, 3 marsh wrens, 5 American pipits, 21 Savannah sparrows, a yellow-breasted chat, and 3 bobolinks., 1 Oct. 2019 Reports from Crane WMA in Falmouth included 2 American kestrels, 9 Eastern phoebes, 2 grasshopper sparrows, 18 Eastern towhees, 2 bobolink, 4 Eastern meadowlarks, a dickcissel, and 2 blue grosbeaks., 11 Sep. 2019 Researchers are working with landowners in the state to preserve some of the last vital habitats available for grassland birds, like the bobolink, Savannah sparrow and meadowlark. USA TODAY, 3 July 2019 From here the trail travels along a dusty road through a vast field populated by bobolink and eastern meadowlark. Peter Marteka,, 20 May 2018 Here is a sampling of the offerings: Bloomfield: A nature walk on the Orchard Trail to the High Orchard, through farm fields to the Auer Farm Road Orchard to look for bobolinks. Susan Dunne,, 15 May 2018 Officials say rare bird species such as bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, and American kestrels breed on the grassland. Frank Kummer,, 9 Apr. 2018 Her poems are stuffed with robins, bobolinks, squirrels, bees, daffodils, butterflies, dandelions, frost, and roses. Ellen Wayland-smith, Longreads, 21 Mar. 2018 The natural area is an Important Bird Area, with landscapes that support both wetland and barrens species, including bobolinks, golden eagles and sandhill cranes. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of bobolink

circa 1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Bobolink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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bob·​o·​link | \ ˈbäb-ə-ˌliŋk How to pronounce bobolink (audio) \

Kids Definition of bobolink

: a North American songbird related to the blackbirds

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