Purple Martin

The Purple Martin is the largest North American swallow. These aerial acrobats have speed and agility in flight, and when approaching their housing, will dive from the sky at great speeds with their wings tucked.

Picture of the Purple Martin has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution.
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Author: JJ Cadiz, CajayTaken at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington, USA.

The Purple Martin is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of Purple Martins (Progne subis) through scientific research, state of the art management techniques, and public education, with the end goal of increasing martin populations throughout North America. The PMCA is funded by membership contributions, donations, grants, and proceeds from the sales of Purple Martin supplies, Membership contributions are tax deductible. More

The Purple Martin (Progne subis) is the largest North American swallow. These "aerial acrobats" have speed and agility in flight, and when approaching their housing, will dive from the sky at great speeds with their wings tucked. Contents - * 1 Description and taxonomy * 1.1 Subspecies * 1. More

Continent, Purple Martins find their ways into the backyards of thousands of enthusiasts. Already uncommon in many of their natural breeding areas, Purple Martins, east of the Rocky Mountains, have become almost completely dependent on humans. As long as there are Purple Martins, and as long as we continue to support and to protect them, they will return faithfully to our colony sites, year after year. More

Purple Martins (Progne subis) are the largest member of the swallow family in North America, measuring 7 1/2 inches (19 cm) long and weighing 1.9 ounces (55 grams). Taxonomically they are placed in the Kingdom: Animalia; Phylum: Chordata; Subphylum: Vertebrata; Class: Aves; Order: Passeriformes; and Family: Hirundinidae. More

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Mission Statement: The Purple Martin Preservation Alliance (PMPA) is a non-profit, all-volunteer conservation organization dedicated to the recovery and preservation of the Purple Martin species through hands-on conservation projects, public education, and scientific research. We are headquartered in the Alle-Kiski Valley of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Please help us bring back the Purple Martin! -The Staff of the Purple Martin Preservation Alliance (PMPA) Scientific Advisors Scroll down past "NEW STUFF" for basic information about martins and martin management. More

Purple Martins are a kind of large swallow, of the genus Progne. The average length from bill to tail is 20 cm (7.9 in). Adults have a slightly forked tail. Adult males are entirely black with glossy steel blue sheen, the only swallow in North America with such coloration. Adult females are dark on top with some steel blue sheen, and lighter underparts. Subadult females look similar to adult females minus the steel blue sheen and browner on the back. More

Purple Martins have been called America's favorite bird. Every season Purple Martins migrate across eastern North America starting in January from Brazil to breed. They depend on people like you to provide safe housing. Here at the Purple Martin House, we'll help you to find a house just right for you and help to maintain your Purple Martin colony year after year. More

Purple Martin adult male with The Purple Martin is a beautiful songbird, the largest North American swallow and the only species of martins on this continent. While spending a portion of every year in the backyards of those who are devoted to it, this steely and iridescent blue-black bird also spends its winters in the Amazon River basin and as far south as the São Paulo State in Brazil. More

Purple Martin Houses and Purple Martin GourdsPurple Martin Houses and Purple Martin Gourds Purple Martins consume large quantities of insects including mosquitoes, house flies, wasps, beetles and dragonflies. The Purple Martin is the largest of the swallow family. The Purple Martin arrives in the southern states from their winter quarters in Central and South America late in January. Their movement north is leisurely, generally arriving in the northern states in mid-April. More

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Coastal Carolina Purple Martin Society (CCPMS) formed in late 2006 to advocate for the protection of martins at this roost, where thousands of the birds have been killed annually. CCPMS has determined that this spectacular roost has been active at this bridge for over 30 years. The birds travel to Manns Harbor from martin colonies across the northeastern coastal plain. More

Purple Martin Identification - Eager novice birders and novice purple martin enthusiasts often misidentify birds to be purple martins. By learning a few helpful hints, behavior and range, you will be able to more accurately identify a purple martin from other birds such as the European Starling, other swallows such as the Tree Swallow and Barn Swallows. More

Purple martins, one of America's favorite birds, are members of the swallow family. During the winter months, they migrate as far south as Brazil to escape cold temperatures, only to return to the North American continent when spring arrives. Purple Martins will nest in man-made birdhouses that feature a group of individual nesting... More

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Purple Martins, Allan Brooks, Birds of America, 1917 Allan Brooks Social birds, greeting each other gurgling and chattering, even visiting each other's nests. Martins need monitoring and special care. Mobs of English Sparrows sometimes drive the weaker colonies from their homes which is why Martin houses should contain several homes or multiple nest boxes should be mounted. Colonies often just disappear because they are driven away by pests or because they are attracted to a nicer Martin house. More

The largest of the North American swallows, the Purple Martin is a popular tenant of backyard birdhouses. In fact, in eastern North America it has nested almost exclusively in nest boxes for more than 100 years. More

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The 16th Annual Purple Martin Field Day will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the farm of Mrs. Merle Wood and Mr. Lance Wood in Louisa County, VA (Central Virginia, about 40 miles west of Richmond and about 20 miles east of Charlottesville). Anyone interested in establishing or expanding a Purple Martin colony is invited to see and learn about the most current and effective techniques and equipment available for successful Purple Martin management. More

These webcams are located in a Purple Martin colony on the shore of Lake Ontario west of Rochester, N.Y. One camera is mounted in a plastic gourd suspended beneath condominiums style martin houses. The gourd was chosen to mount the camera because it is roomier than the condo apartments. The camera located inside the gourd is an extreme wide angle weatherproof bulletcam which is suspended in the gourd on the same metal rod that holds the gourd. More

Purple Martin Migration = Here is information to help you decide when to open up your purple martin house. Purple martins migrate from South America each Spring. Use first arrival dates (scout reports) for purple martins. Open the house on the arrival date for your area. Purple martins migrate from South America each Spring. More

The Purple Martin Colony at the Great Plains Nature Center Male with food Male Purple Martin with an insect for his brood All photos on this page by Charles Cope The Great Plains Nature Center is the proud landlord for a colony of Purple Martins! These are the largest species of North American swallows, and are of special interest to people because they will use nests provided by humans. More

predators of Purple Martins, including raccoons, rat snakes, and squirrels. Wood posts or poles can also be climbed by domestic cats and bobcats. Aerial predators, such as hawks, crows, and owls, will also raid martin housing. Conventional 6 More

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The Purple Martin is Canada’s largest swallow. More

Picture of Progne subis above has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial.
Original source: Blake Matheson
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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Hirundinidae
Genus : Progne
Species : subis
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)