If this is your first time purchasing a Purple Martin birdhouse or a landlord of existing Martin houses. You have a variety of choices to choose from. It is important to consider the interior dimension of each compartment and to own a house that has a minimum of 4 compartments to house 4 purple martin families.  The other options are a personal preference, such as the design and material it is made out of.   You also can get accessories for your houses, to help keep the martins more protected.

Listed below are Purple Martin Houses, each describing the material they are made out of. Aluminum, thick plastic and wood, which are all suitable materials for Purple Martin Houses. Check out the descriptions to help you decide which house would be best for you, with the option to browse more houses.

Decorative Purple Martin Houses - World of Birdhouses

Decorative Houses

Even though most purple martin houses are decorative. There tends to be some that add a bit more detail. These decorative houses are usually made out of wood.  But you have to be careful.  Some of these houses are known to be more of an ornament than a functional birdhouse, regardless what they claim.  They are usually built with low quality and do not last and can be very expensive.

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Wooden Purple Martin House - World of Birdhouses

Wooden Houses

Wooden houses can offer great insulation properties, by keeping it warm inside the house on colder days, and the opposite, to help keep the house stay cool on warmer days. Wooden houses can come with round or crescent entry holes. The houses are usually made out of pine or cedar. Keep in mind, wooden houses are much more heavier than plastic or metal houses and every few years they need to be re-painted or stained.

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Aluminum Purple Martin Houses

Metal Houses

Metal Purple Martin houses are usually made from aluminum, so they are not as heavy as a wooden house, but they do not provide the same insulation properties as a wooden house. But metal homes usually come with good ventilation holes to help keep the martins from over heating. Aluminum is a great material for outdoor use, so it will last a long time. Metal houses can come with round or crescent holes. Some metal houses are built so you can add another addition in the future.

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Plastic Purple Martin Houses

Plastic Houses

Plastic Purple Martin houses are usually made out of a plastic that is durable and UV protected. They are easy to put together and can come with round or crescent holes. Some plastic houses are built so you can add an additional level to the house, once your colony of purple martins have expanded. Some of the plastic purple martin houses offer you the option of keeping the traditional 6" x 6" compartment or transforming the compartment to a larger size.

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Gourd Bird Houses

Gourd birdhouses can be made out of plastic, but can also be made from a natural material that already provides the shape of a gourd. Plastic Gourds are made out of durable plastic that can include UV Inhibitors to protect the gourd from from fading in color. Some gourds come with more options than others and have slight differences in shapes. 

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Now, that you may have decided what type of house you may like.  The next step is deciding where to place your house and how high should a purple martin house be. Everything you need to know is right here "Experiencing Purple Martin In Your Yard"