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Purple Martin Nest Cam

Purple martins have returned to EIH for the breeding season. Take a peek into the private lives of a pair of purple martins as they go from building a nest to fledging their young. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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Nest Updates

03-Mar-2017: Nest Cam is mounted and ready for purple martins to begin nesting.
18-Feb-2017: Scout Report - Purple martin scout spotted by our Youth Birding Club on their Saturday morning outing on the UHCL campus.

Purple Martin Nest FAQs

When will the female lay her eggs?
Egg laying commences after nest building is completed, which is indicated by the Martins lining the nest with soft, often times green, leaves

How many eggs do Purple Martins usually lay?
Females lay from two to seven all white eggs. The average clutch size is four to five eggs.

How long will it be before the eggs hatch?
The female incubates the eggs for approximately 15 days, at which point the babies hatch.

When do the babies leave the nest?
The babies are ready to fledge, at anywhere from 26 to 32 days old. They continue to depend on their parents for food, for a couple of weeks after leaving the nest.

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 UTC
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