Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Icteridae IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult, Basic | Sex: Males | Loc. Huacarpay, Cuzco

Age: Adult, Basic | Sex: Females | Loc. Huacarpay, Cuzco

Age: Adult, Basic | Sex: Male | Loc. Huacarpay, Cuzco

Age: Immature | Sex: Male | Loc. Huacarpay, Cuzco

Identification & Behavior: ~17.5 cm (7 in). The male Bobolink has the underparts face and forehead flecked with blackish and buff. The nape and back of the neck are buffy. The upperparts are mostly blackish. The tail is graduated. The female has streaked upperparts and plain yellowish-buff underparts. The bill in both sexes is flesh-colored. The female is similar to a female meadowlark but is distinguished by a lighter color, no streaking on the underparts and by being present in flocks. Se the female of Red-breasted Blackbird and White-browed Blackbird.

Status: The Bobolink is generally rare, but when present around sources of food it can be common. It favors open habitats, grasslands, and agricultural fields. The Bobolink is a Boreal migrant that is nomadic but generally expected in Amazonia, the Andes and to a lesser extent on the western lowlands during the months of September – March. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, Ch.

Name in Spanish: Tordo Arrocero.

Sub-species: Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), (Linnaeus), 1758.

Meaning of Name: Dolichonyx: Gr. Dolikhos= long onux, onukhos= claw, nail.
oryzivorus : L. oryza=  rice and vorus, vorare= eating, to devour.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.