Purple Martin Sound Recordings Grand Rapids MI

Local resource for purple martin sound recordings in Grand Rapids, MI. 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.

Rider's Hobby Of Grand Rapids
(616) 247-9933
Rider's Hobby Of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Hobby World
(616) 538-6130
2851 Clyde Park S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Twisted RC
(616) 784-1901
1750 Vinecroft St NW
Grand Rapids, MI
 
J & J Basic HO Layouts
(616) 676-5983
6670 Conservation NE
Ada, MI
 
Earl's Train World
(616) 868-7495
10560 Cascade Road S.E.
Lowell, MI
 
Harbourfront Hobbies and Crafts
(616) 842-2910
707 Washington Street
Grand Haven, MI
 
Rider's Hobby Shop
(616) 247-9933
2055 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Sidetrax Hobbies
(616) 249-9504
3819 Rivertown Parkway SW
Grandville, MI
 
Rivertown Hobbies
(616) 863-3600
8450 Algoma Avenue NE
Rockford, MI
 
C & S Products
(616) 696-9078
15720 Shaner Ave NE
Cedar Springs, MI

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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

Copyright2010 Bird Watcher's Digest

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