During the winter you can hear the classic hooting of this owl which is a kind of barking sound that can be confused with that of a dog’s. The ural owl is grey, brown and beige with dark streaks on its chest and stomach. It resembles the tawny owl, but with dark eyes and a yellow beak.
This owl has a wingspan of up to 124 cm and eats mostly small rodents, field mice, water vole, but also frogs, shrews and birds. Ural owls live in pairs, with the female incubating the eggs herself. A litter contains 1-6 eggs and the young leave the nest before they can fly at 4-5 weeks of age.