State of the Birds

Bobolink
Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Alone among the Massachusetts obligate grassland breeding species, the Bobolink seems to be holding its own throughout the state, and it is a fairly widespread nesting bird in the Commonwealth.
Conservation Status
No Action: Likely Increase

Tracking This Bird In Massachusetts

Climate Vulnerability Score
Highly Vulnerable
Mass Audubon Mean likelihood of occurrence (current)
0.53
Mass Audubon Mean likelihood of occurrence (2050)
0.22
Mass Audubon Absolute change in likelihood of occurrence
-0.31
U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Bird Atlas (Hadly Hi emissions scenario)a
-30.20
National Audubon Societyb
Climate Threatened
a USFS model data for Massachusetts by 2100
b National Audubon Society's Climate Change Atlas was completed on a continental scale.
Breeding Bird Atlas
Atlas I Blocks
334
Atlas II Blocks
471
Percent of state occupied - Atlas I
34
Percent of state occupied - Atlas II
45
Percent change
127
Breeding Bird Survey
Annual trend 1966-2010
-0.1%
P-value
not significant
Number of routes
23
Recent trend 2000-2010
0.3%
Christmas Bird Count
Trend (1963-2008)
0
Significantly different than zero
Trend (1963-1979)
0
Significantly different than zero
Trend (1979-2008)
0
Significantly different than zero

Habitat Usage

Breeding
Grassland
Wintering
Does not winter in Massachusetts

Additional Information

Climate Suitability Current and 2050