bobolink

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A male bobolink in breeding plumage

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Imitative of its song. Compare Bob Lincoln.

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bobolink (plural bobolinks)

  1. An American migratory songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, resembling a blackbird with the bill of a finch.
    • 1993, TC Boyle, The Road to Wellville, Penguin, published 1994, page 297:
      The San's feeders were mobbed with sparrows and jays and the starlings that had just begun to colonize the area, but there was no sign of robin, bobolink or oriole.

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