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Purple Martin (Progne subis)
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Purple Martin (Progne subis)

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Purple Martins are the largest member of the swallow family in North America. They nest throughout North America and spend winter in Brazil. The pair-bond of the Purple Martin is monogamous. The male and female cooperate equally in building the nest out of mud, grass and twigs. The female lays two to seven pure-white eggs at a rate of one egg per day. The female incubates the clutch for approximately fifteen days, then the young hatch. The parents both feed the young continuously for a period of 26-32 days until the young fledge. The young continue to be dependent on their parents for food and training for an additional one to two weeks after fledging.
Their diet is exclusively insectivorous, which they catch whilst on the wing.


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