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Sora
Porzana carolina

Rails and Coots
Rails and Coots (Rallidae)

Size: Length: 20-25 cm

Description: Uncommon, and rarely spotted, this is one bird that is best identified by sound. Its distinctive call is a high pitched "er-ree". When startled, they flush and emit a high pitched clucking call in flight, similar to that of the more common killdeer. They are a stalky bird with long yellow legs and a matching yellow bill. The upper body of the bird is brown, with the feathers showing light coloured margins. The head has a brown cap, with black around the base of the bill, extending down the throat. The cheek and breast are light brown. The underside is white with prominent darker brown streaks. The short tail is brown with a light underside and is held erect.

Look (and listen) for soras in marshy wetlands, particularly those with plenty of emergent vegetation. They usually build nests by attaching grasses to the stalks of cattails and bulrushes, and then creating a small basket. They may also nest on the ground on a clump of vegetation. The eggs hatch after 16-20 days and are incubated by both sexes. They use their pointed bill to probe the ground for insects, mollusks, seeds and plants.

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