Purple Martin

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Birthdate: March 22
Currently Resides: Beaumont Children’s Museum 

Graceful and acrobatic while feeding in flight, 
Snapping up to catch insects at an incredible height.
Dark purple and iridescent, he shines bright among the swallows,
Neches loves to play no matter what flock, if there’s fun he’s sure to follow.



nechesDid you know? Did you know? Purple Martin housing has a long history: some Native American tribes reportedly hung up hollow gourds around their villages to attract these birds. 

Purple Martin

The purple martin is the largest North American swallow. These aerial acrobats have speed and agility in flight, and when approaching their housing, will dive from the sky at great speeds with their wings tucked. In eastern North America during the summer, look for Purple Martins around martin houses, the miniature condominiums that many people put up in yards. The birds are more challenging to find in the West, where they nest in woodpecker holes in dead snags. Foraging Purple Martins hunt insects higher in the air than other swallows, but in the afternoon and evening they may feed low and close to nest sites. In late summer you might see enormous roosts of Purple Martins, particularly in the Southeast as they prepare to cross the Gulf of Mexico.


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