"Throaty and rich tchew-wew, etc., or pew pew. Song gurgling, ending in a succession of low rich gutturals"
-Peterson, Roger Tory, A Field Guide to the Birds, A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Houghton Mifflin:New York, 1980, pg 202.
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The Voice of the Purple Martin
This section of article on the life history of the Purple Martin is reprinted from the famous, 26-volume series known as: Life Histories of North American Birds (1919-68). The series was edited and written, mostly by Arthur Cleveland Bent (1866-1954), a businessman who from boyhood had been a dedicated amateur ornithologist. The chapter on the Purple Martin is from the volume titled: Life Histories of North American Flycatchers, Larks, Swallows, and their Allies, published in 1942 by the Smithsonian Institution as their National Museum Bulletin 179. It was written by Alexander Sprunt, Jr. Bent's Life Histories are still available in bound, reprint form from Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY. They make entertaining and informative reading.?