• Incubation: 18-20 days
• Clutch Size: 6-18 eggs
• Young Fledge: 21-25 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: seeds, insects, and snails
• Ohio Status: Species of Concern
This rail is about the size of a quail with a short yellow bill, gray breast, and black face. The rest of the body is mottled brown.
Habitat and Habits
Soras inhabit freshwater marshes with tall stands of cattails and sedges. They are rather vocal, frequently delivering their somewhat plaintive, ascending ker-wee calls. When alarmed, they issue a sharp eek. Another oft-given call sounds a bit like a horse's whinny.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Nests are shallow baskets attached to marsh vegetation near the water's edge. Both parents incubate the eggs. The young are precocial.