New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) - HBW 16, p. 803

French: Goglu des prés German: Reisstärling Spanish: Tordo Charlatán

Taxonomy: Fringilla oryzivora Linnaeus, 1758, South Carolina, USA.
Distinctive, and has sometimes been placed in a subfamily of its own (Dolichonychinae). Nesting habits resemble those of Sturnella, but mitochondrial DNA indicates only distant relationship with latter. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds across S Canada (interior SE British Columbia E to S Ontario, S Quebec and Nova Scotia, to E Newfoundland) S in USA to Oregon, N Colorado, Nebraska, C Illinois and Virginia; migrates to non-breeding grounds mostly in E Bolivia (Beni and Santa Cruz), SC Brazil (Pantanal of Mato Grosso), Paraguay, and N Argentina (R Paraná basin S to Buenos Aires).