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