Purple Martin Progne subis Scientific name definitions

Charles R. Brown, Daniel A. Airola, and Scott Tarof
Version: 2.0 — Published September 10, 2021


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Brown's research on the Purple Martin, which began when he was 11 years old, was supported by a Margaret Morse Nice Grant (perhaps fittingly, given Allen and Nice [20]) from the Wilson Ornithological Society; by numerous martin "landlords" in Sherman, Texas, who gave him money in exchange for cleaning filthy House Sparrow and mite-ridden martin nests out of their birdhouses and who also bought martin houses from him; and especially by his parents, Raymond and Kathryn Brown, who tolerated having seven birdhouses and up to 70 Purple Martins in their backyard each summer for more than a decade. He thanks John Briscoe, Richard Crawford, Karl Haller II, and especially Sam Wolfe III for field assistance in Texas. His martin studies in Arizona were conducted at the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station in Portal, and he thanks Carrie Erickson for field assistance there. He is grateful to Lloyd Kiff, Sam Sumida, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology for providing egg measurements. For allowing use of unpublished data and/or for comments on the manuscript, he thanks Erik Bitterbaum, Mary Bomberger Brown, Thomas Dellinger, David Fraser, Jerome Jackson, Keith Kimmerle, Kathleen Klimkiewicz, Eugene Morton, Michael Smith, Bridget Stutchbury, and Eric Walters.

Airola thanks the many biologists and citizen scientists who collected much of the information presented here on western Purple Martins. In addition to those whose studies have been cited, members of the Western Purple Martin Working Group were important in facilitating data collection and species conservation. Special recognition goes to several individuals for their many years of work conducting studies, monitoring, and management to conserve western Purple Martins, especially Bruce Cousens, Charlene Lee, Stan Kostka, Lynn Schmidt, Michelle Trihi, Joan Hagar, Lorelle Sherman, and Dan Kopp.

Recommended Citation

Brown, C. R., D. A. Airola, and S. Tarof (2021). Purple Martin (Progne subis), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.purmar.02