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Over one million North Americans put up housing for Purple Martins.

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The location of your martin house is very important. Your martin house should be placed in an area that is open for approximately 25 feet on at least three sides.

Houses should be mounted on a pole and elevated to a height ranging from 12-18 feet from the ground. In order to facilitate easier cleaning of the house, make sure that the pole can be lowered without removing it from the ground.

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Over one million North Americans put up housing for Purple Martins. Unfortunately, many are unable to attract breeding martins. If you manage the site properly, once martins nest at your location they will come back every year.

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*Image retrieved from Purple Martin Conservation Association


Purple Martins are the largest bird in the swallow family in North America. Their iridescent color, lifestyle, and musical abilities make these songbirds a beautiful asset to any backyard.

Purple Martins are considered very dedicated residents to backyards all along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States as well as the Midwest. Today they can be spotted during particular parts of the year as far north as Canada as well as along the West Coast.

If you are an avid bird watcher or just beginning the pastime and are looking for new songful tenants in your backyard, then make sure you understand exactly how to attract purple martins. Understanding their migration patterns and lifestyle will not only ensure a visit by these birds to your backyard but they may even become repeat seasonal residents.

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