Purple Martins are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, making it illegal to posess them unless you are a certified wildlife rehabilitator.
If you see a martin on the ground, look for the presence of blood on the feathers or if the wings are held in an unnatural position. These are indications of injury and the need for immediate attention. If the bird is lethargic and cool to the touch on the legs and feet, it may be hypothermic or in shock.
If a nestling is found on the ground under the nest and seems healthy, lower the housing. Check your records to see which cavity they came from and return them. If you do not know where the nestling came from, place the nestling in a cavity that contains 4 or fewer nestlings that are the same size. Observe the nest and determine if the nestling is being tended to for an hour. If it is not, it may be orphaned.
What to Do For an Injured, Sick, or Orphaned Purple Martin
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