University of Maryland Extension

Attracting Purple Martins

M. Allan Daly, Elijah Goodwin
Purple Martin

People have been enjoying the company of the acrobatic purple martin for centuries. Their melodious chatter and aerial displays are two reasons why so many people seek out their company. However, many of those who create habitat and housing for purple martins are unsuccessful in attracting breeding pairs. This fact sheet will provide guidelines and recommendations to maximize the chances of successfully attracting purple martins and ensuring their annual return.

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