Male Purple Martin. Photo: Eric Ellingson

Male Purple Martin. Photo: Eric Ellingson

Purple Martin

Scientific Name: Progne subis

Status (BC): Blue-listed

The Purple Martin is the largest North American swallow and has declined in numbers due to loss of habitat. Originally nesting in large snags and wildlife trees in woodland and freshwater areas, Purple Martin almost all nest in human-made nest boxes placed in marine habitats. Their preferred habitat has been reduced due to logging, agriculture and fire prevention. To help them return to natural nesting habitats, it is vital that we preserve large snags and wildlife trees in woodland, freshwater, and coastal areas. Adult males are almost entirely a dark purple-black, while adult females have a greyish-white breast, with darker grey heads and necks.

Purple Martin Habitat

Purple Martin Habitat


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