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Virginia Rail breeds in upland freshwater marshes and coastal salt marshes; most winter coastally in fresh and saltwater environments. Like other long-billed rails, it flies often and regularly walks around in the open. To avoid predators, this species may dive and swim underwater propelled by its wings.
Sora Rail is a small, adaptable crake that nests from grassy-edged tundra ponds to prairie sloughs to marshes of the southern Great Basin and many winter in marshes in the South. Sora are often seen 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.