One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A common small brown and gray American rail, frequenting marshes.
Porzana carolina, family Rallidae
- ‘It reminded me of a story Bud Tordoff told me about a male peregrine falcon who was good at skimming right on top of the water and would bring back sora and pied-billed grebes.’
- ‘I practiced some birding by ear, hearing but not seeing a sora rail and eastern wood pewee, plus the bird that says ‘cow cat!’’
Early 18th century: probably from a North American Indian language.
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