Purple Martins and barn swallows

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Can Purple Martin's and Barn Swollows share a common area? My wife wants to put up a Purple martin house, however the last few years we have had Barn Swallows in the stables. I like the swallows because they keep the bee's out of the stable and the fly's away from the llamas.

I would however like the insect control near the house the martins will bring. Martins by day, bats by night.

How agressive are the two birds?

-- Gary in Ohio (gws@columbus.rr.com), March 06, 2002


Gramps has both at his farm and I never saw them fighting.

-- diane (gardiacaprines@yahoo.com), March 06, 2002.

They will do find together...They don't even like the same habitat:

Barn swallows in the eaves of the barn & the purple martins' house should be up very high in your yard/lawn.

-- heather (h.m.metheny@Att.net), March 06, 2002.

That's....they will do FINE ;)

-- heather (h.m.metheny@att.net), March 06, 2002.

I will tell the purpmartins down this way they now have a new place to park on the northern end of their migrations.

-- Randal at home in Brazil (randal@onebox.com), March 06, 2002.

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