Purple Martin Sound Recordings Washington DC

Local resource for purple martin sound recordings in Washington, DC. 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.

Great Train Store
(202) 371-2881
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE #109
Washington, DC
 
Burrett Hobbies
(301) 982-5032
9920 Rhode Island Avenue
College Park, MD
 
Arlington Hobby Crafters
(703) 532-2224
230 West Broad Street
Falls Church, VA
 
Hobby Works
(301) 468-6330
Federal Plaza 12274-G Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
 
Hobby Works #2
(301) 468-6330
12274G Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
 
Whistle Stop Hobbies
(703) 549-4912
130 S Royal Street
Alexandria, VA
 
Lionel Buy & Sell
(301) 949-4000
3610 University Boulevard
Kensington, MD
 
Granddad's Hobby Shop
(703) 426-0700
5260-A Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA
 
Toy World
(301) 424-0430
825 F Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
 
Hobby Works Fairfax
(703) 426-8600
9650-42 Main Street
Fairfax, VA
 

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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