Ural Owl occurs in north-east of Europe and Asia. The population is stable. The major threat is habitat destruction.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Listed in Appendix II of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats as a strictly protected fauna species.
■ Listed in Annex I of EU Council Directive 2009/147/EC on the Conservation of wild birds (the Birds Directive).
■ An especially protected species in Latvia (the Cabinet of Ministers’ Regulations No. 396 on November 14, 2000).
■ Creating a Ural Owl EEP (EAZA Ex-situ programme) was recommended in 2020 by EAZA Raptor Taxon Advisory Group.
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Aves – birds
■ Order Strigiformes – owls
■ Family Strigidae – typical owls
■ Species Strix uralensis – Ural Owl