(Porzana carolina)

Order:  Gruiformes
Family:  Rallidae

Photo by Mike Baird [CC 2.0]

Sora Information

Length:  8 - 10"

Habitat:  Freshwater marshes, saltwater marshes, swamps, bogs, wet meadows, marshy edges of ponds. Prefers wetland habitat with dense marsh vegetation such as cattails and sedges.

Diet:  Seeds of wetland plants such as sedges and grasses; aquatic insects, crustaceans, wild rice.

  Calls and sounds of the Sora

  Identification tips for the Sora

Additional Information

Description, distribution, behavior, migration, nesting, preferred habitat, and predators, Includes photo and range map. (From Wikipedia)



© Don DesJardin

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Sora Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

The Sora breeds locally throughout New England.

This bird is found wintering in the far southern U.S. as well as along the East coast up to Delaware and along the West coast as far north as southern Oregon. Outside of the U.S., it winters as far south as northern South America.

Map from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Range map for Sora

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS