Length: 6 - 8"
Habitat: Open fields, especially hayfields; wet meadows. During migration, can also be found in marshes.
Diet: Insects, including grasshoppers, ants, beetles, and caterpillars; spiders; weed seeds and grass seeds.
Songs and calls of the Bobolink
Photo of Bobolink Pair at Nest
Photo of Bobolink Feeding Young
Range, habitat, physical description, reproduction, lifespan, behavior, communication, food habits, predation, and conservation status. Includes photos. (From Animal Diversity Web)
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Adult Male Alternate
- Short, conical bill
- Frequents open habitats
- Often found in large flocks in migration
Female and Basic
- Black head, underparts, back, wings and tail
- Yellow nape
- White scapulars and rump
- Plumage held in Spring and Summer
- Buff and black head stripes
- Buff underparts with black streaking on flanks
- Buff upperparts with black streaks on back
- Dark wings and tail with pale edging
- Juvenile similar to basic
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
Breeding Bird Survey Map,
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Bobolink breeds throughout New England. This bird is not found in the region during the winter.
It migrates to South America.