A small, adaptable crake that nests from grassy-edged tundra ponds to prairie sloughs to marshes of the southern Great Basin. Many winter in marshes of the South. Sora seems less secretive than the smaller Black and Yellow Rails, often visiting marsh edges to feed, preen, bathe, or sun. Like most rails, it appears to fly weakly when flushed. In fact, it is a fast, powerful flier.
VOICE Both sexes give a loud, descending whinny, recalling Eastern Screech-Owl; also an inquisitive _kerrEE-? and a loud _eeek-!