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Purple Martin

Posted by Administrator on 3/8/2012 to Featured Favorite Bird
Purple Martin■ The largest of the North American swallows.  In eastern North America it has nested almost exclusively in nest boxes for more than 100 years.

■ Distinguished from other swallows by large size and stocky shape.  No other swallow has a dark belly.

■ The Purple Martin not only gets all its food in flight, it gets all its water that way too.  It skims the surface of a pond and scoops up the water with its lower bill.

■ The Purple Martin clutch size is 1-8 eggs.  Egg color is white.  Incubation period is 15-18 days.  Chicks fledge in 28-29 days.