Two Basic Housing types

Purple Martins nest in cavities and prefer to live in groups or colonies.
What kind of houses do Purple Martins like?

Birdhouses for Purple Martins come in a wide range of sizes and styles.

Gourds have served as nesting cavities since Native Americans first cultivated them. Both natural and artificial plastic gourds are used as housing for Purple Martins.

Purple Martins will readily nest in either gourds or houses with the right sized compartments and properly placed entry holes. Before choosing, consider the many other factors which can affect their success.