• Incubation: 15-18 days
• Clutch Size: 3-8 eggs
• Young Fledge: 26-31 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: insects
Martins are large swallows. Males have dark purple plumage that usually appears black. Females are dark gray with some purple coloration. The tail is forked.
Habitat and Habits
The purple martin inhabits large, open areas, particularly those with water bodies nearby. Their pleasant, liquid gurgling notes are distinctive.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Purple martins nest in colonies and are very dependent upon man-made nest boxes. Nests are made of grass, twigs, and mud. Both parents feed the young.