Purple Martin Articles

Purple martins often evoke the curiosity in humans and often cause them to ask questions ? These questions prompt scientists to investigate further the reason for a particular behaviour or martin question.  ie.

Oldest Purple Martin?

How long did the oldest known Purple Martin live? Thirteen years and nine months, according to the U.S. Bird Banding Laboratory at Laurel, Maryland (Clapp, et al. 1983). The Lab is generally acknowledged to be the unofficial arbiter of such records, because they manage the banding database and are in the best position to verify reports of banded birds. According to their records, the oldest known Purple Martin was banded as a nestling with band number B261331 on July 1, 1933 at Dallas City, Texas. The bander was L. Hunter. Purple Martin B261331 was later reported as a male found dead under a martin house during the spring of 1947, at Dallas City, Texas. The reporter was G. C. Arthur. No doubt, over the ages, some Purple Martins have lived longer than 13 years, 9 months, but this is the documented record. What are the odds that a Purple Martin would live to be nearly 14 years old? Using survival rates of PMCA banded birds, we estimate that only 1 in about 30,000 martins would live to be 14. A landlord has a better chance of living to be 100!

Continent-wide tracking to determine migratory connectivity and tropical habitat associations of a declining aerial insectivore.

Global positioning tracking of purple martins in South America wintering grounds….

How Long do Purple Martins Live?      click on the link for more info.

Holiday Beach Colony

Check out these scientists who followed up  questions that they thought were important in their work with purple martins. Many of these articles are available by using the search engines on SORA (Searchable Ornithological Research Archive).  SORA is the world’s first and largest open access ornithological publications archive. This resource is the product of collaborations between the American Ornithologists Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Wilson Ornithological Society and the University of New Mexico Libraries. SORA provides access to an extensive library of ornithological literature of international scope, and detailed material documenting the history of ornithology in North America over the last 120 years. SORA users can both browse and search through journal titles, and individual articles can be downloaded as PDF files. Type in the word purple martins and try a search or use some of the suggested topics below at their site for more information.

Purple Martins Using Leaves in Nest-building
Mortality of Purple Martins from Adverse Weather
A New Banding Technique for Nesting Adult Purple Martins
Behavior of Purple Martins with Displaced nests
Martins and Martin houses
Enormous Concentration of Martins (PROGNE SPP.) in   Iquitos, Peru
Weather Related Mortality in Swallows
A Purple Martin Roost
Fall migration of the Purple Martin
How   Long do Purple Martins Live?
Tracking Long-Distance Songbird Migration by Using   Geolocators
COSTS OF COLONIALITY AND THE EFFECT OF COLONY SIZE ON   REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS IN PURPLE MARTINS
TERRITORIALITY IN THE PURPLE MARTIN by CHARLES R. BROWN
The Impact of Starlings on Purple Martin populations in   unmanaged colonies
BEHAVIOR OF THE PURPLE MARTIN by Richard F. Johnston and   John William Hardy
SLEEPING BEHAVIOR OF THE PURPLE MARTIN by CHARLES R BROWN
BREEDING BIOLOGY OF PURPLE MARTINS AT THE NORTHERN LIMIT   OF THEIR RANGE BY J. CAMPBELL FINLAY 
COLONIALITY AND BREEDING BIOLOGY OF PURPLE MARTINS (HWGNE   SUBIS HESPERIA) IN SAGUARO CACTI  by Bridget Stutchbury
LIVING WITH PARASITES: PREVALENCE OF A BLOOD PARASITE AND   ITS EFFECT ON SURVIVORSHIP IN THE PURPLE MARTIN 
EXTRAPAIR FERTILIZATIONS AND THE EVOLUTION OF COLONIAL   BREEDING IN PURPLE MARTINS EUGENE S. MORTON 
A Basic Guide to Feeding Purple Martins
Supplemental Feeding Reduces May 2002 Weather Deaths of   Purple Martins
Large Scale Mapping of pre-Migratory Roosts Using Weather   Surveillance Radar
Inadequacies in the Design of Purple Martin Houses
Reproductive Success of Purple Martins in Aluminum Versus   Wooden Birdhouses
Polygamy in the Purple Martin
A Purple Martin Roost
 Purple Martin Ligonier Hacking Project
Brood size and late breeding are negatively related to juvenile   survival…….
 Purple Martin vocalizations……
 Continent-wide tracking to determine migratory   connectivity and tropical habitat associations of a declining aerial   insectivore 

 

 

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