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Bobolinks are a Threatened species of songbird who spend the summer in the southern grasslands in the Okanagan and Similkameen. They have the furthest migration of any North American songbird - over 10,000 kilometres each way between Argentina to Canada!

Because it nests on the ground in open fields, these birds are often displaced by haying and the presence of livestock. The male bobolink (pictured) has a black front, mostly white back, and a creamy cap from the back of its neck to its crown. The female (and the nonbreeding male) is light brown with darker brown streaks and can sometimes be mistaken for some species of sparrows.

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Photo credit: Thor Manson


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