Purple Martin Sound Recordings Cambridge MA

Local resource for purple martin sound recordings in Cambridge, MA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to purple martin sound recordings, purple martin song recordings, and purple martin bird houses, as well as advice and content on attracting purple martins, purple martin feeders, and purple martin description.

AR Hobby
(781) 519-0286
24 Riverside Avenue
Medford, MA
 
Train Shop
(617) 268-6194
Andrew Square 388 Dorchester Street
South Boston, MA
 
Hobby Connection
(781) 438-1697
Inc. 4 Franklin Street
Stoneham, MA
 
Minutemen Hobby Shop
(781) 843-3316
25 Elm Street
Braintree, MA
 
North East Trains
(978) 532-1615
18 Main Street
Peabody, MA
 
Charles Ro Supply
(781) 321-0090
662 Cross St.
Malden, MA
 
Charles Ro Supply Co.
(617) 321-0090
662 Cross Street
Malden, MA
 
Hobbytown Quincy
(617) 472-3887
1515 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA
 
Great Train Store
(508) 655-3341
Natick Mall 1245 Worcester Street #2172
Natick, MA
 
Bill's Friendly Train Shoppe
(617) 986-5295
414 Center Street
Randolph, MA
 

Purple Martin

Progne subis L 8" (20 cm)

Photo by Maslowski Wildlife Productions.

Listen to a purple martin.

The purple martin is the largest of the eight swallow species that breed in North America. It weighs 55 grams (1.75 ounces), is about 7 to 8 inches long, and has a 14-inch wingspan. The male is a dark glossy purple-blue; females and juveniles are gray below.

Martins are the earliest tropical-wintering migrant to return to the North American continent, reaching Florida in early January. Their northward advance coincides with the emergence of the flying insects they need to survive. They are found only in the New World, breed only in Canada, the United States, and parts of Mexico, and winter in South America (mainly Brazil).

Although martins originally nested in natural cavities and old woodpecker cavities throughout their breeding range, today, east of the Rockies, they nest only in human-supplied housing. They are locally common where suitable housing is available.

The male song is is a low-pitched liquid gurgling, the female's a mix of chortle calls and downslurred whistles. Martins have a variety of calls, with the most common being a descending cherr .

This sound file requires RealPlayer . Bird song courtesy of Lang Elliott, NatureSound Studio . ...

Author: Bird Watcher's Digest

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