Purple Martin

Progne subis
A Purple Martin specimen on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Summer resident, locally fairly common; in late summer roosts in great numbers. From early April to mid-September it is usually seen in open country near water. Breeds from late April to early August. Males are dark purple, females and immatures are light-bellied.

Specimen Information

The bird on exhibit is a male.