Today I want to write about a beautiful species of owl, the Ural owl.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These medium-sized owls grow up to 61 cm long and have a wingspan of up to 1.3 metres long. Females are heavier than males. There are up to 15 sub-species of Ural owls recognised.
- Ural owls feed on small mammals (especially voles, shrews, mice and rats), frogs, insects and a range of small birds up to the size of pigeons. They store extra food in their nests.
- They have a wide range of calls, including a very loud territorial call that can be heard 2 kilometres away in the forest.
- They mate for life and lay 3-4 eggs in a tree hollow or a hole in a cliff or building. The parents are very aggressive while they have chicks and will chase away other birds of prey and even people.
- Ural owls live in forests throughout northern Europe, Russia, Siberia, Korea and Japan. They are quite common and are not considered in danger of extinction.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Ural owls?