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A grayish-brown rail (Porzana carolina) with a short stout bill, found in freshwater marshes of the Americas.

[Origin unknown.]


(Animals) a North American rail, Porzana carolina, with a greyish-brown plumage and yellow bill
[C18: of unknown origin]


(ˈsɔr ə, ˈsoʊr ə)

n., pl. -ras.
a small, short-billed rail, Porzana carolina, of marshy areas of North America.
[1695–1705; orig. uncertain]
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A crake found dead at Aberdyfi in 1932 was initially identified as a Baillon's crake, then labelled a spotted crake and, thanks to its appearance at a Christmas quiz, it has now been added to the Welsh list as a sora rail from North America
The Sora Rail would normally be flying over the southern part of America, which is much warmer than Britain.
Hundreds of bird watchers are flocking to a country park to spot a rare North American wading bird, the sora rail.
When Aaron handed me a dead sora rail, I couldn't believe you could hit something so small, or that there was anything to eat on such a bird.
Those who hunt them with a passion refer to them as*marsh hens, but old-timers call only the bantam-sized kings and clappers by that name, refusing to shoot the sparrow-sized Virginia and sora rails.
We went on to shoot tiny Sora rails with 28-gauge steel shot.
Airboating on 19 nights - two thwarted by mechanical problems - at 17 sites throughout the state, the MassWildlife team of waterfowl biologists, led by H Heusmann, banded only 706 birds: 510 wood ducks, 121 mallards, 39 blue-winged teal, 27 green-winged teal, 4 black ducks, 3 sora rails, 1 mallard-black duck hybrid and 1 northern pintail.