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Merlin Bird ID

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    Sora Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Soras are small, chubby, chickenlike birds with long toes. They have a stubby bill unlike other rails in the United States and Canada, which have longer bills. They frequently hold their short tail cocked up.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Song Sparrow, smaller than a Virginia Rail.

      Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 7.9-9.8 in (20-25 cm)
        • Weight: 1.7-4.0 oz (49-112 g)