: A Magnificent Bird
When it comes to stunning birds, the Purple Martin is undoubtedly one of the most alluring. Native to North America, this bird is a common sight during spring and summer months. Here’s everything you need to know about this magnificent bird.
## Basic Description
The Purple Martin (Progne subis) is a swallow species that belongs to the Hirundinidae family. Males have an entirely dark purple-blue plumage, while females are slightly duller with grey bellies and lighter wing feathers. These birds have long wings that allow them to glide gracefully through the sky while catching flying insects in mid-air.
## Where To Find This Bird
Purple Martins breed throughout North America’s eastern half and winter in South America before returning north for breeding season in late March or early April each year. They typically build their nests near water sources such as lakes, rivers, or ponds.
Purple Martins prefer open areas with large bodies of water but can also be found nesting near human-made structures such as houses or apartment buildings equipped with martin houses – special wooden boxes designed especially for these birds. They usually nest in colonies referred to as “martin complexes,” consisting of anywhere between 2-200 pairs.
As insectivores, Purple Martins feed on various types of flying insects like mosquitoes, dragonflies, butterflies and moths which they catch on their feeding flights up high in the sky.
## Cool Facts
Purple Martins are unique among swallows because they rely heavily on humans for suitable nesting sites; hence some people refer them as ‘human-introduced’. In fact,
they bond well with humans so much that they will sometimes land directly on someone offering food – but don’t worry! Their sharp beaks enable them only feed themselves despite potential proximity.
– They reach sexual maturity around two years old.
– Adult males can weigh up 2ozs while females weigh around 1.4ozs
– Purple Martins are migratory birds and can travel over 3000 miles twice a year.
– They have unique vocalizations that help them communicate with other members of their colony.
In conclusion, Purple Martin is a magnificent bird worth observing during the breeding season. While they feed on insects beneficial to humans, we also need to protect them by providing appropriate nesting sites in areas where there’s ample food supply within reach.