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Porzana carolina (Linnaeus, 1758)


Adult soras are 19–30 cm (7.5–11.8 in) long, with dark-marked brown upperparts, a blue-grey face and underparts, and black and white barring on the flanks. They have a short thick yellow bill, with black markings on the face at the base of the bill and on the throat. Sexes are similar, but young soras lack the black facial markings and have a whitish face and buff breast. They weigh about 49–112 g (1.7–4.0 oz).


The sora's breeding habitat is marshesthroughout much of North America. They nest in a well-concealed location in dense vegetation.


Searching a marsh for a Common Snipe and found this little guy.

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Rockland, Idaho, USA

Spotted on May 26, 2015
Submitted on May 30, 2015

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