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In Germany, Ural Owls became extinct in 1926 when the last individual was shot in the Bohemian Forest. Through a reintroduction project in the Bavarian Forest National Park, Ural Owls bred for the first time again in the wild in 2007 and by 2014 the population had increased to 15–20 breeding pairs on the border between the Bavarian and Bohemian Forests.
Order: Owls, Family: True Owls, Genus: Strix (which also includes the Tawny Owl)
The main diet comprises of rodents but sometimes also pigeons, sparrows, small amphibians, lizards and insects
Open forests with a distribution range from Scandinavia, the Baltic and as far as Japan; some relict populations in Central and South-East Europe
Brooding: 28–35 days, 2–4 eggs Ural Owls are monogamous, although breeding pairs avoid each other out of the breeding season.
Status according to Red List:Least concern (LC)