Only a hundred years ago, the Ural owl inhabited the woods of Austria. In mid 20th century, the species´ trail went cold and disappeared – since then it is considered to be extinct.
In the 19th and 20th century some Ural owls from Slovenia and possibly from Bohemia sporadically colonized and bred in Austrian woods:
1851 – 1863 in the area of “Almtal” (Upper Austria)
1884 – 1889 surrounding area of “Plöckenpass” (Carinthia, near the border to Italy)
1885 near Klagenfurt (Carinthia)
1928 East Tyrol
until 1950 in Styria as well as in “Rosaliengebirge” and “Mostviertel”
After that Ural owls were to be detected only infrequently in Austria.