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purple martin

Progne subis

Description:

spotted at high island. Adult males are iridescent, dark blue-purple overall with brown-black wings and tail. Females and immatures are duller, with variable amounts of gray on the head and chest and a whitish lower belly.

Habitat:

open areas

Notes:

•The Purple Martin not only gets all its food in flight, it gets all its water that way too. It skims the surface of a pond and scoops up the water with its lower bill.

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4 Comments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks Karen this is my first one this yr!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

You're welcome! I saw my first ones last year

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks Karen!! for the correct ID!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Female or first year male.

SusanEllison
Spotted by
SusanEllison

Texas, USA

Spotted on May 5, 2013
Submitted on May 8, 2013

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