Ural Owl

Ural Owl

A beautiful, large owl with as much as a five-foot wingspan, the Ural owl is named for the Ural Mountains of Russia in which it lives. The Ural owl can also be found as far west as Scandinavia and as far east as Japan. Though not considered endangered, biologists and conservationists have worked to protect this species. The introduction of special nesting boxes has helped the process. The Ural owl is now rated ‘of least concern’ in terms of extinction issues.

Ural Owl Videos: Here is a beautiful 2.5-minute video of a Ural owl in the wild. Here’s a fun 2-minute video of a pet Ural owl in which the owner is trying to retrieve the hamster from its clutches. No conclusion is shown, but the owl sure reminds me of my cat and how my kitty likes to have his forehead scratched. See what you think.

FunFacts about the Ural Owl: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Ural owl (Strix uralensis) is a fairly large nocturnal owl. It is a member of the true owl family, Strigidae. The Ural owl is a member of the genus Strix, that is also the origin of the family’s name under Linnaean taxonomy. Both its common name and scientific name refer to the Ural Mountains of Russia where the type specimen was collected. However, this species has an extremely broad distribution that extends as far west as much of Scandinavia, montane eastern Europe, and, sporadically, central Europe across Eurasia broadly through Russia to as far east as Sakhalin and throughout Japan. (Source)
  • The Ural owl may have as many as 15 subspecies.
  • Though the Ural owl can survive on a variety of foods, it prefers small mammals, especially rodents like voles.
  • Ural owls nest in tree stumps and tree cavities but also have taken to special nest boxes provided by biologists and conservationists. The nest boxes have bolstered Ural owl populations and the species is rated ‘of least concern’ in terms of extinction issues.
  • The Ural owl has an unusually long tail, for an owl, that bears a wedge-shaped tip.
  • The Ural owl has pale-gray to white feathers overall with a slightly darker gray-brown back and mantle with contrasting whitish markings.
  • The Ural owl is a large owl and ranges in total length from 50 to 62 cm (20 to 24 in). The wingspan can reach up to five feet.
  • Ural owls pair for life and maintain a territory.
  • A clutch is usually 3-4 eggs.
  • Ural owls prefer the forest and stick to their home range.

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32 thoughts on “Ural Owl

  1. Love watching the videos. I love owls! Love the pictures. The Ural owls make me think of some of our owls here in the states. Love the face of the Ural owl.

  2. Owls are so beautiful. Loved the videos and pictures. We have 3-4 owls that live in the woods behind my house. At night they come to the trees in my yard and you can hear them talking to each other – I love to listen to them.

  3. Owls are such lovely creatures. They fly silently and efficiently. Being nocturnal adds to their “mystery” since we don’t see them on a regular basis.

  4. I love owls. They can be cute and a bit spooky at the same time. Nothing neater than to hear one hooting nearby in the night. All of the photos are terrific but the last one seemed to capture his vulnerability. Adorable!

  5. I love seeing owls and this Ural owl is beautiful. Enjoyed the pictures and videos. I don’t think the hamster survived – didn’t look like it was breathing. AZ

  6. Very pretty. I’ve never seen one. I do have a Great Horned Owl that hangs out down by my pond since I keep chasing him away from the house. His hooting keeps me up otherwise.

  7. The Ural Owl has a sweet face. Most owls have such a fierce look they rather scare me. That poor little hamster probably died from a heart attack.

  8. That’s such a beautiful bird. I love owls. I have one that hoots every night by my house . I can track how far away he goes just by the volume of his hoots.

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