The Ural owl is a large gray-and-white nocturnal owl, with a wide, plain pale face, black eyes and legs covered with feathers. Courtesy call of the long-tailed owl resembles of dog's barking. It mainly preys on smaller mammals and birds. The species nests in a large birdhouse, in a broken tree trunk or in other birds’ old nests. The female lays between 2 and 6 eggs between March and April, which she hatches for about a month. The chicks are able to fly at 5-6 weeks.
The owl thrives in old coniferous and mixed forests and is also found near logging openings, wooded fields and beaches. The range covers northern Eurasia from Scandinavia to the Pacific.
The appearance of a gentle-eyed ural owl can be deceiving as it defends its nest against the intruders. Ural owls are usually monogamous and the couple's union is often lifelong.
The ural owl naturally lives in extensive forest areas. Place loyal ural owl is helped by hanging birdhouses so that there are enough nesting places for this beautiful species of owl in our forests.
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