English: Ural Owl, Ural Wood Owl
Russian: Длиннохвостая неясыть
Хув ууль, Хув бэгбаатар
French: Chouette de l’Oural
Japanese: フクロウ (Fukuro)
Body length: 50-59cm
Wing span: 103-124 cm
in old boreal forests interspersed with bogs, often also open water,
clearfellings and small fields. In S Europe also mountain forests, beech woods.
Food voles, frogs and insects (taken after watch from low perch), but is
strongly built and takes also a variety of birds (incl. other owl!) Nests in
tree trunk (‘chimney’), nestbox or abandoned raptor’s nest. Caution: Very
aggressive when young about to leave nest and can attack intruder fiercely;
keep your eyes fixed on the parents if you stumble on an inhabited nest, and
leave area quickly!
Medium-large, head rounded, tail long and rather wedge-shaped (noticeable in
flight); wings rounded. Flight direct, purposeful, recalling Common Buzzard.
Plumage pale buffish grey-brown (paler than Tawny), streaked darker brown; in
brief encounters, paleness usually best clue. Eyes black, stand out well on
plain buffish-grey facial discs. Bill yellowish. Upperwing evenly barred dark,
lacking conspicuous pale patch on inner primaries of Great Grey Owl and
Short-eared Owl. Uppertail evenly and boldly barred dark (cf. Great Grey).