Bird Species Profile: Sora

Sora are very interesting bird species that live in marshes.

Rob Ripma

Soras are members of the rail family and like many members of this family, they can be really tricky to see and even harder to photograph. Of all the rail species in the United States, Sora does tend to come out into the open more often but many times it will only give you fleeting views. They typically inhabit marsh habitat which makes it even hard to find them among the dense reeds. This week, I was very lucky to come across a Sora, along the edge of a pond at a local park, that was rather tame and seemed to ignore me completely at times.

This bird species can be tough to photograph!

This bird species can be tough to photograph! Can you find the Sora?

Like many other members of this bird species family, it’s call is very unique and you hear it much more often than you see it! You can hear what Sora sounds like by listening to it on a really cool website called Xeno-Canto. Click here to listen to a Sora.

Even when it came out in the open, I could't get a photo without leaves in the way!

Even when it came out in the open, I could’t get a photo without leaves in the way!

Have you ever seen a rail species? If so, which species have you seen?

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