Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Purple Martin
Progne subis
Location: Flying around back yard (rarely)

Range: Their breeding habitat is open areas across eastern North America, and also some locations on the west coast from British Columbia to Mexico.
Purple Martins are aerial insectivores, meaning that they catch insects from the air. The birds are agile hunters and eat a variety of winged insects. Rarely, on occasion, they will come to the ground to eat insects. They usually fly relatively high, so, contrary to popular opinion, mosquitos do not form a large part of their diet.
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Genus: Progne (martins)
Family: Hirundinidae (swallows)
Order: Passeriformes (perching birds)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Phylum/Division: Chordata (Spinal chorded)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)