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How To Identify Purple Martins
One of the most common questions we get is how to identify purple
martins. Here are some tips.
- Purple martin bills are dark. Birds with yellow bills are starlings.
- Purple martins can most easily be identified by their
flight... martins glide more than flapping their wings like other
birds; martins rarely land on the ground except when gathering nesting
material; and martins will not usually fly off the house when humans
approach because they're a semi-domesticated bird that enjoys being
near human activity.
unique chatter has a "click" sound that sets them apart from other
- Adult male martins are all iridescent black while immature
males and mature females are lighter breasted.
Below is a photo of martins on an MSS-12 martin safety
system house. We hope this makes it easier
for you to identify purple martins.