Definition of bobolink in English:



  • 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

    ‘In breeding plumage, male bobolinks are mostly black, with a buff nape, white shoulder patches, and a white rump.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We still have a few fields where bobolinks stop on their way north.’
    • ‘And eggs from Glynwood, which is managed to protect the bobolinks.’
    • ‘Aficionados of bobolink verse will also enjoy The Way to Know the Bobolink by Emily Dickinson.’



/ˈbäbəˌliNGk/ /ˈbɑbəˌlɪŋk/


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