Mature forests and open woodland, preferring moist areas to dry.
Small to medium sized mammals, frogs and large birds up to the size of a grouse.
Ural owls are quiet and secretive, and it is unusual to hear them calling outside of the breeding season. The males will call for a mate using a deep rhythmic sound of ‘hohoo-ho-hohohooo'. This sound resembles the noise made by a tawny owl of which the ural owl is a close relative.
They sometimes adopt an abandoned buzzard or goshawk nest but may build their own in a tree hollow. 3-5 eggs are laid at 2 day intervals and incubated for 28-29 days.
- Latin Name: Strix uralensis
- Class: Birds
- Order: Strigiformes
- Family: Strigidae
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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