Bobolink

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Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Overview

  • Species Common Name Bobolink
  • Species Scientific Name Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  • State Listing Status Sensitive

Ecoregions

Special needs

Bobolinks are migrant grassland birds that use broad leaf forbs (e.g., clover, alfalfa, false lupine, potentilla) for nesting cover and food resources. They feed primarily on insects and other invertebrates, seeds, and grains.

Limiting factors

This species has experienced steep declines due to changes in land use. It persists in small, scattered colonies, many of which are found on private land. Bobolinks are sensitive to flooding and some agricultural practices.

Conservation actions

Expand partnerships with private landowners to manage Bobolink habitat. Remove residual vegetation and stimulate new growth prior to the breeding season. Delay field maintenance (e.g., mowing, haying) until after the breeding season.

Key reference or plan

Conservation Strategy for Landbirds in the Columbia Plateau of Eastern Oregon and Washington