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How to Maintain Purple Martin Houses

Written by Timothy Martinez Jr. Being a Purple Martin landlord is fun and rewarding, but it does require work. Check out our tips on maintaining and cleaning Purple Martin houses. The tradition of housing and caring for Purple Martins dates back centuries when Native Americans would hang hollow gourds for the birds. Since then, Purple […]

Myth of Purple Martins and Mosquitoes

Written by Dan Lawton One of the most popular myths about Purple Martins is that they consume approximately 2,000 mosquitoes a day. One of the most popular myths about Purple Martins is that they consume approximately 2,000 mosquitoes a day. This statistic has been used for decades by companies selling Purple Martin houses in order […]

Purple Martins: Nesting and Mating

Written by Dan Lawton Learn more about Purple Martins and their processes of mating and nesting, including how they select a nest, how they feed their young and more. Arrival Purple Martins arrive in the spring between January and April. Though arrival times vary throughout the country, they can be quite regular for specific locales. […]

Prevent Loosing a Purple Martin Colony

Written by Dan Lawton Read about the main reasons why Purple Martins don't return to their former nesting grounds. Purple Martins are known for their nest fidelity. Once a Purple Martin settles on a nesting spot, it will likely travel back to that same nesting box for years to come. However, just because you’ve finally […]

Maintaining a Purple Martin House

Written by Dan Lawton Purple Martin houses make a great addition to any backyard. Learn the specifics about how to maintain a lively Purple Martin house. East of the Rocky Mountains, Purple Martins are completely reliant upon nest boxes for breeding. If you want to help these stunning birds proliferate, maintaining a nest box is […]

Feeding Purple Martins

Written by Dan Lawton Learn to effectively feed Purple Martins, in additon to the foods Purple Martins like best. Purple Martin Diet The Purple Martin is distinctive in its eating habits, as it is an aerial forager, meaning that it captures all of its food in flight. The Purple Martin drinks mid-air too, by skimming […]

Introduction to Purple Martins

Written by Dan Lawton Purple Martins are coveted by bird lovers because of their vivid plumage and sonorous chirping. Every year over one million Americans erect housing for Purple Martins. The largest member of the swallow family at approximately 7 to 8 inches, Purple Martins are coveted by bird lovers because of their vivid plumage […]

Video Bird Mans Attracting Purple Martins 

great video with instructions on how to attract Purple Martins This informative video from Bird Man Mel explains the best ways to attract Purple Martins to your backyard. He discusses the importance of location and housing type. With just a few adjustments, you can easily attract purple martins to your yard or purple martin house.

Attracting Purple Martins to Purple Marlin House

Written by Steven Musumeche Over one million North Americans put up purple martin houses. Unfortunately, many of these folks are unable to attract breeding martins. Many people really enjoy watching, feeding and learning about birds. This hobby offers one an opportunity to appreciate, delight, and connect to the natural world. Purple martins are unusual in […]