A martin birdhouse is a
specialty bird house made to house a Purple Martin - a certain type of
swallow. No doubt you have seen a martin birdhouse - it's
typically a multi room bird house mounted high on a pole. A
Purple Martin is a communal bird, living in large colonies.
So, you will want a martin birdhouse with more than one room.
If you are looking for a martin bird house, there are
several designs to choose from ranging from plastic gourds to cottage or
barn-type plastic houses plus aluminum houses of different shapes.
The basic martin bird house typically has 6 to 8 rooms, and many martin
bird house designs feature stackable houses with multiple stories so you
can add more rooms if you like.
Martin bird house designs typically
use a matching pole 12 to 15 ft. long. If your martin house
does not come with a pole, you will need to purchase one. Most
martin bird house designs are mounted 10 to 15 feet in the air to give
the purple martins easy access to the house and safety from predators.