National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Postcard Series Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorous) A lively, fun-loving, mischievous little fellow, the Bobolink is a colorful addition to our meadows. His is a lovely, liquid song from which he derives his name. In years past, he suffered from heavy slaughter in the South, where he was called "rice bird", but he now enjoys protection. His range covers our northern states and he makes a long flight to Argentina and Brazil to spend the winter. He particularly likes grassy pastures and open fields and meadows, and he is our only relatively small song bird completely black on the under parts and with white wing markings and a yellowish patch at the base of his neck.