Very large, broad-chested swallows
Slightly hooked bills
Short, forked tails
Long, tapered wings
Black with glossy blue-purple sheen
Brown-black wings and tail
Female and immature:
Dark on top with variable amounts of gray on the head and chest
Listen to its call.
B.C. Purple Martin Recovery Program. Unfortunately, when I returned with my camera just a few days later, only one fellow made an appearance. I'm not sure if the others had departed already or if it was simply the wind keeping them inside.
Learn more about the Purple Martin.