Sora (Porzana carolina)

Destruction of the freshwater marshes where soras breed is the greatest threat to these birds. They are heavily hunted but their high reproductive rate allows them to maintain stable population sizes.


The sora breeds throughout most of southern and western Canada, and the northern two-thirds of the United States. Birds occur year-round on the Pacific coast, from Washington to southern California, and on the east coast from Delaware to South Carolina. Wintering populations are found in the extreme southern United States, and in Mexico.

Breeding occurs in freshwater environments. For a complete species account, visit the Great Lakes section.