When do purple martins nest?

Answer Fully mature purple martins (Progne subis) begin to look for places to make their nests in the early spring, when the weather turns warmer. This can be as early as February, according to avian vete... Read More »

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Do purple martins eat insects?

The purple martin, the largest of the American swallows, is what biologists term an "aerial insectivore," according to the Purple Martin Conservation Association website. The bird's diet consists o... Read More »

When do purple martins migrate?

Purple martins begin their northern migration anytime between late December and early April. Their southern migration generally starts during the months of July, August, and September and varies de... Read More »

Where do purple martins go at night?

Like other swallow species, purple martins are most active during the day. At night, purple martins return to their nests, which are built in large hollows. Eastern purple martins nest almost exclu... Read More »

Do purple martins eat mosquitoes?

While purple martins will eat mosquitoes when they encounter one, the bird is not a major predator of these insects for two reasons. Mosquitoes fly low to the ground, while martins typically feed o... Read More »