Sora

(Porzana carolina)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Sora

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Mostly in marshes with catail, bullrush, bluejoint, or sedge; sometimes also in bogs, fens, wet meadows, and flooded fields.

Size

8 to 10 in length

14 wingspan

Photo by Earl Bye

Identification

 

 
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Food

Seeds, especially sedge and bulrush; duckweed and other plants; aquatic insects and molusks

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Mid-April to mid-May and mid-August to mid-October


Comments

Common but Unseen
This is the most common rail in North America. It is found throughout Canada except Nunavut and throughout the United States except for eight southeastern states. It is seldom seen because it rarely leaves dense vegetation except in the early morning or late evening.


Taxonomy

Order:

Gruiformes (cranes, rails, and misc.)

 

Family:

Rallidae (rails)

 
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  Sora (Porzana carolina)
Bill Keim
 
   
     
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WIld Bird Videos by McElroy Productions
 
   
 
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Published on May 29, 2011

Sora rails in a Maine marsh. © 2011 Garth McElroy

License at http://www.paya.com/videos/135192

 
     
  Sora rail calling
tavovalero
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 30, 2015

Recorded at Estero Llano Grande State Park Weslaco, Texas on 2015-09-21.

Porzana carolina,
Polluela Sora o polluela norteña,, (Spanish)

If you want to watch similar bird and other wildlife videos go to my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/tavovalero/videos

 
     
  104 - Studying the Sora Rail
EstuaryLiveTV
 
   
 
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Published on Oct 18, 2008

Have you heard the expression "skinny as a rail?" Learn where it originated and much more about this unusual bird, the Sora Rail.

 
     
  Marsh Birds: Sora
Paul Dana
 
   
 
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Published on Jul 20, 2012

Sora: This odd sounding bird was spotted in marshlands in Eastern Washington. It squeaks like a mouse and swims like a duck but has no webbed feet and has a beak instead of a bill. It's tail sticks straight up! The video sound picks up the calls from both the male and female although the female stayed well hidden. They migrate to South America in the winter.

 
     
  Sora Rail
Dan Read
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 17, 2015

Sora rail at Green Cay Wetlands, Palm Beach County, Florida

 
     

 

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Earl Bye
7/10/2017

Location: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood, MN

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