They spend the summer in Northern North America and Canada and the winter in South America.
They have a black front, wings and tail. Their rump is white and they have wing patches. They have a sandy yellow patch on the back of their head. They are lighter on top than underneath. They have a short, cone-shaped bill. Females are dull brown with streaks.
Bobolinks group together most of the year. They sit on fence posts or any high perch over a meadow and sing.
Bobolinks eat mostly seeds on the ground, but while they are breeding may eat insects and worms.
Bobolinks nest in small groups. The female builds a nest of grass on the ground hidden in the high grass. She lays 3-7 eggs, which she warms (incubates) for about 2 weeks.
Species: D. oryzivorus
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