Simply Put, No.   Purple Martin Birdhouses are What You Need

Many people are interested in Purple Martins, because they are one of

Illustration from a Purple Marting Nesting Box, or Birdhouse, showing multiple nesting areas for several familes of the bird and also shows a small photograph of the purple marting in the upper righthand corner

Example Page from Purple Martin Birdhouse Plans

the most beautiful backyard garden birds. What makes the Purple Martin so special, besides their gorgeous color, is the fact that unlike other species, purple martins live mainly in birdhouses.  They do not make their homes very often in the wild, so man-made sanctuaries are necessary for their survival.  These great birds do repay your
hospitality though.

If you want to attract birds like bluebirds or northern cardinals, suet bird feeder plans can help. The food draws them. Many people think because the Purple Martin prefers to eat insects that he will be attracted by a suet bird feeder too.  However, if you want to attract purple martins, you will need to provide housing. Purple Martins like to nest in groups, so often a series of birdhouses is the best way to keep them in
your yard.  Purple martin birdhouses often have a lot of compartments or sections – sort of like an apartment building.  This way, they can accommodate a family of martins.  What do they eat though, and how?

You can save the seed for your other backyard guests; purple martins are “obligate aerial insectivores.”  This means that they eat insects on the wing, not on the ground.  This way, they can catch wasps, grasshoppers, moths, flying ants, stinkbugs, cicadas, beetles, and other insects before they can damage your garden.  This, and the entertainment they provide as they teach their young to fly before migration, makes it well worth investing in purple martin birdhouse plans.

Some tips for your birdhouse plans: the birdhouse should be painted

Pair of Purple Martins on the balcony of their summer home in sunny south florida

Wooing His Mate In Sunny Florida

white, which purple martins prefer.  It should also have a hole that measures about 2 inches in diameter and which is located about 1 1/2 inches from the floor for the best access.

Try to include 4 to 6 rooms to start; this gives martin families room to nest, and you can increase the size of your houses after they have started moving into your yard.  Once a family moves in, they come back year after year, making for welcome guests in the spring.

Save a Purple Martin – Give Him a Home

These fun to watch birds are some of my absolute favorites, and while they’ve already made it into Florida many of you further north are just beginning to see them back in their hotels.  Yes, I meant hotels….  these birds live and nest in houses where several families of  purple martins reside.  As you read on you’ll note the bird feeder plans and birdhouse plans for birds like these are a bit more complex.

Because of this complexity and the time of year, I thought I’d let you know about a set of books I ran across which might be very helpful for both those who already have confidence in their wood working abilities as well as those who want to try their hand at building a feeder from scratch using bird feeder plans.  Sometimes the plans we get really aren’t the best and these books can be very helpful.

It’s a set of 10 eBooks entitled, “How to Build Anything With Three Tools”.  These books normally sell for $4.95 each, but the author is having a special right now and will let you have all ten of them for almost 50% off the individual price.  These are great and well illustrated and even go into which kinds of woods you should choose for specific projects.  This is especially helpful when you get plans which are only sketches with no meaningful instructions or advice.  If you try them out, I believe you will like them as much as I do.  You can review them for yourself by following this link to, “How To Build Anything With Three Tools“.

Hope you like them….  


Without the sounds, beauty, and colors of our backyard birds, no garden can be complete.   Given numbers of Americans and Brits who love their birds and the hobby we call bird watching, we must surmise it is a delightful British

Purple Martin house lowered on its pole for easy cleaning

Purple Martin Hotel Lowered for Cleaning

thing that came to America with them.  Like no other two places in the world, these two countries have more backyards dotted with bird feeders and birdhouses than can be counted.  The only real difference between the us Yankees and the Brits is we call our backyard bird nesting places, birdhouses, while the Brits call them nest boxes.

Like the birds themselves, birdhouses come in all shapes, and sizes, and range from the decorative and architectural to the very spartan.  The design of these birdhouses is species specific, so the variety of bird desired in the garden will be dictated by that design.  Those of us who spend a great deal of time in our gardens or backyards can hardly imagine it without birdhouses and bird feeders.

The decorative birdhouses, while totally functional for nesting and breeding purposes, vary from modern art, to architectural replications of the main house.  Some can seem as if divined by the whimsy of  a school girl while others might be satirical copies of existing places of note.

While more involved than some of the simple feeders to build, many people love to buy birdhouse plans along with bird feeder plans for that coordinated look that is only achievable when you build them yourself.  The preceding links are from two places I feel comfortable recommending for woodworking plans of all kinds.  On the other hand, the rest of us are totally happy with the birdhouses available at our local garden supply or online.

Some of us delight in the fact that by providing shelter and food for various birds, we help them survive on this earth.  The Purple Martin is once such glaring opportunity for us to help.  While other birdhouses are merely decorative, the Purple Martin House in vital to the survival of the species.

These birds come each spring to the United States to breed.  While mostly in the eastern half of the the country, they may be spottily found further west.  This return to the U.S. begins in mid-January on the western coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area and lasts through the beginning of May when the birds reach the northern states and southern Canada.

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If you love birds and love them in your garden, you will likely feel drawn to providing a home for the Purple Martin assuming you live in areas of North America where the Purple Martin breeds each year.    These birds spend hours in your garden and will glide high overhead as the capture the air borne insects they eat.

As the season comes to a close, you will have hours of enjoyment watching

Plans illustrative of the purple martin birdhouse which accommodates a colony of the birds for annual breeding purposes.

Plans For the Purple Martin Birdhouse

these birds while they train their young to fly and can bask in the knowledge that because of you they had a place to nest.  It is like being paid back with entertainment for your kindness in providing them a home.

Purple Martins breed in colonies so a single little birdhouse will not do.  Actually, the birdhouses they require are more like little motels in the sky, high atop a pole.  The house can be lowered down the special pole for cleaning each year.  There are many designs and birdhouse plans for Purple Martins  are available.  See the example provided.