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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I've found even 400 fps is perfectly adequate for dealing with sparrows trying to muscle in on my purple martin nests.
* PURPLE MARTIN A migrant from South America, this bird flies north to breed.
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-- As the purple martin parents circled, swooped and watched from a high perch a few yards away, Sam Thomas unlatched the door of what looked like a large Victorian dollhouse and reached into one of the shelves inside.
The wildlife team also monitors a 24-unit purple martin house.
* Building bat towers and purple martin houses to attract potential mosquito predators has been proven useless.
For example, studies show that a single purple martin can eat 2,000 flying insects a day.
The North American purple martin - which has never been seen in Europe - has been spotted in the north of Lewis.
I discovered that my rocketing robin was really a swooping swallow, commonly known as the purple martin (Progne subis).
* Information on attracting martins can be obtained by writing to the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA), Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA 15419.
In the past, Purple Martin houses were a popular choice for mosquito control.
Purple Martin: Aerial feeders that forage over land and water, purple martins eat a variety of winged insects.