Managing a Purple Martin Colony


Many people enjoy having birds visit their yards and offer feeders and houses to attract them.  But along with the invitation comes the responsibility of being a good host.

This section contains information about developing and maintaining a successful Purple Martin colony.

So, why Purple Martins?

Purple Martins are beneficial. They eat only flying insects.

They are social birds. Their chattering is considered pleasant by most people.

They’re graceful flyers and fun to watch.

They are non-aggressive birds preferring to live near humans.

And… they can be very educational!