All About The Bobolink Or Ricebird





Male arrives north middle of May.--Female comes some ten or twelve days

later--travel generally by night and in flocks.--Flies south from

August to October.



Song is most musical and sweet, expressing joy and careless

happiness--the song of the female is but a short, sweet "Chink,

chink."--While the young are being cared for, the male does not sing as

he does earlier in the season, but takes up the plaintive "chink" of

his mate.



Male in spring is black with pale yellow markings on back and wings and

tail. Yellow spot on back of neck--a patch of white on breast and

other white markings.



Female pale yellow beneath--upper parts generally brown--two dark

stripes on top of the head. In autumn plumage of male resembles female.



Nest of grasses well hidden by thick leaves and stems.--Usually built

in clump of grasses and always on the ground and very shallow.



Eggs are pale blue with dark brown spots.--Four or five in

number.--Young birds when fully feathered are so alike that in a flock

young cannot be distinguished from old.





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