Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Progne
Species: subis


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Cocoa Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Westchester, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Gretna, Louisiana
Jeanerette, Louisiana
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Sandy Spring, Maryland
Beaverton, Michigan
Jenison, Michigan
Leland, Mississippi
Conway, Missouri
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Holly Springs, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Washington, North Carolina
Hamilton, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
Mansfield, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Jamestown, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia
Shelton, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 14, 2012, grebetrees from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

These lovely swallows always arrive here in the last week of February.


On Dec 8, 2010, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

The purple martin is a beautiful native member of the swallow family. East of the Mississippi river, it is almost entirely dependent on human-supplied housing to breed. It winters in Brazil and the surrounding area and migrates back to the US and Canada in the spring to breed. It competes with non-native English house sparrows and European starlings for nest sites, and these pests have had a detrimental effect on their populations in some areas, and those birds should be discouraged from using martin houses and gourds. When possible, use SREH (starling-resistant entrance hole) housing. Martins need open areas free of trees, and their housing should be put up 12-15 feet on a sturdy pole with a predator guard in place. Martins exhibit sexual dimorphism when mature (2+ years old), and experie... read more