purple martin


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purple martin

n.
A large swallow (Progne subis) of the Americas, having glossy blue-black plumage and, in the female, a light-colored breast.

pur′ple mar′tin


n.
a large American swallow, Progne subis, the male of which is blue-black.
[1735–45, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purple martin - large North American martin of which the male is blue-blackpurple martin - large North American martin of which the male is blue-black
martin - any of various swallows with squarish or slightly forked tail and long pointed wings; migrate around Martinmas
genus Progne, Progne - a genus of Hirundinidae
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It was the first of more than 103 young martins the two would remove temporarily from the nests that July 12 morning as part of a purple martin research and conservation project.
A prime example of this is the common misconception in the United States that having purple martins around is great for mosquito control.
The purple martin is a member of the swallow family and is well-known for living in man-made nest boxes.
I found the robin-sized purple martin still doing rocket imitations at the edge of the lake.
Do you think a group of purple martins could find enough to eat in your area?
Though the purple martin is not endangered or threatened, it has been blue-listed by the National Audubon Society (NAS), which means it is a declining species.
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The Purple Martin Conservation Association can help prospective "landlords.
Best bets: Purple martin may be seen using nest boxes on snags at Fern Ridge Reservoir and south of Florence at Ten Mile Lake near the boat launch.
Exhibits on the grounds of the Learning Center include those from: the Purple Martin Conservation Association; the Conneaut Lake/French Creek Valley Conservancy; the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of Forestry; the Natural Resource Conservation Service; and the Northeast Ohio Loggers' Chapter.
Specially designed attractions include abundant quantities of fresh fruits, berries, and vegetables; a well-stocked fishing pond; a triple-deck tree house; old-fashioned swings hanging from tall pecan trees; animals for children to feed and admire; several barnyard cats which also serve as pets, a workshop where the little ones can imitate their grandfather as he builds a purple martin bird house; wildflowers; fresh air, summer sunshine, and, yes, hard work.
The Purple Martin Conservation Association is currently conducting such research.