What do purple martins use for nesting material?

Answer Purple martins are large swallows native to North America. They nest in man-made housing or abandoned woodpecker cavities. The nesting material should create a hospitable environment.SignificanceTh... Read More »

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What is the latest that purple martins will nest?

Purple martins begin arriving in North America in February in the south, and May in the north, and may scout for nesting into late June. Housing should be opened around the time they are expected t... Read More »

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 »

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 »

When do purple martins nest?

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 »