Purple Martin Sound Recordings Pittsburgh PA

Local resource for purple martin sound recordings in Pittsburgh, PA. 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.

J & C Hobbies
(412) 795-9344
12250 Frankstown Rd
Penn Hills, PA
 
S.W. Randall Toyes & Giftes
(412) 562-9252
630 Smithfield St
Pittsburgh, PA
 
A. B. Charles & Son Hobby Shop
(412) 561-3068
3213 West Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Esther''s Hobby Shop
(412) 821-2415
219 North Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA
Store Type
Walk-in Store, Phone & Mail Order

HobbyTown USA
(412) 788-1000
1108 Park Manor Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Hobbymasters of Pittsburgh
(412) 281-9040
116 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Brentwood Station
(412) 885-1723
3625 Brownsville Road
Pittsburgh, PA
 
A. B. Charles & Son
(412) 561-3068
1635 McFarland Road
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Esther's Hobby Shop
(412) 821-2415
219 North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 
N Scale Unlimited
(412) 921-1553
30 Ingram Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

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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