Ural Owl - Strix uralensis


This owl looks like the Tawny Owl, but is much larger. Unlike the Snowy Owl, the Great Grey Owl or the Hawk Owl, it is not found on the American continent. The French name, like the scientific name, refers to a region which does not correspond to its range. The Swedish name “attacking owl” is more appropriate because of its violent attacks against intruders.

First chick hatched at Le Rocher des Aigles : 1999


CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Strigiformes
FAMILY : Strigidae
WINGSPAN : 1.2 m
WEIGHT : Male 500-950g / Female 570-1300g
CLUTCH SIZE : 2-4 eggs
INCUBATION : 28-35 days
LIFE EXPECTANCY : 20 years in the wild, 30 in captivity
DIET : small mammals (mainly voles) and birds
NATURAL HABITAT : large mixed forests
RANGE : Central Europe, from Norway to the Balkans, Sakhalin, Japan, Russia and Siberia.

Conservation status

Conservation status info

Rocher des Aigles

LC : Least Concern
The species is suffering because of forest management which leads to a loss of hollow trees which they use to nest in.