Male Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) in breeding colours
This bobolink is sitting high up in a spruce tree wearing his fanciest colours!
Before traveling north from their wintering grounds in south-central South America, male Bobolink's moult to have feathers with yellow tips, but on their journey across the Gulf of Mexico to southern Canada, the tips wear off revealing stunning black and white feathers.
After breeding in hayfields and pastures, bobolinks move to freshwater marshlands and moult again. During the non-breeding season, male and female bobolinks look very much alike in brown and buff plumage.
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