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Birds of North America, Vagrant Visitors, Introduced Birds and Possibilities


Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Martins

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Purple Martin

There are at least six types of species of martins seen in North America. The Purple Martin is the only native nesting martin among them. The Brown-chested Martin, Common House-Martin, Cuban Martin, Gray-breasted Martin and the Southern Martin are all vagrants. These non-native martins are visitors from Mexico and the southern countries and the Common House-Martin is the only exception, as it is a native bird of Eurasia.

The martins are insect eating birds and they catch their prey on the wing. The Purple Martin is a bird species that totally depends on man for their nesting habitat. These social gathering birds nest in multi-unit birdhouses. Once a new bird house is established the same birds will return year after year.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds