Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) - HBW 5, p. 203

French: Chouette de l’Oural German: Habichtskauz Spanish: Cárabo Uralense
Other common names: Ural Wood-owl

Taxonomy: Stryx [sic] uralensis Pallas, 1771, Ural Mountains.
Probably forms superspecies with S. davidi; usually considered to include latter as a race. Race liturata intergrades with nominate uralensis. Several additional named races considered inseparable: birds described from Carpathians (carpathica) merged with macroura; those from L Baikal to W Amurland (daurica), from Sakhalin (tatibanai) and from NE China and Korea (coreensis) merged with nikolskii; those from C Honshu (momiyamae) included in hondoensis. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • liturata Lindroth, 1788 - N Europe and NW Russia (E to about Arkhangel’sk region), S to N Poland, Belarus and middle R Volga.
  • uralensis Pallas, 1771 - from E European Russia E to Okhotsk coast.
  • macroura Wolf, 1810 - C & SE Europe (from Carpathian Mts S to Bulgaria, and in W Balkans).

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  • liturata Lindroth, 1788 - N Europe and NW Russia (E to about Arkhangel’sk region), S to N Poland, Belarus and middle R Volga.
  • uralensis Pallas, 1771 - from E European Russia E to Okhotsk coast.
  • macroura Wolf, 1810 - C & SE Europe (from Carpathian Mts S to Bulgaria, and in W Balkans).
  • yenisseensis Buturlin, 1915 - C Siberian plateau.
  • nikolskii (Buturlin, 1907) - Transbaikalia E to Sakhalin, S to NE China and Korea.
  • japonica (Clark, 1907) - Hokkaido.
  • hondoensis (Clark, 1907) - N & C Honshu.
  • fuscescens Temminck & Schlegel, 1847 - S Honshu S to Kyushu.