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Sora

Sora - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

The Sora is a small rail commonly heard, but rarely seen in marshes with dense vegetation.  It is our most common rail and is about the size of a quail. Adult Soras are 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. Sora can be seen in the winter at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and the Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond.

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