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Rare owl spotted in Minsk

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Photo: greenbelarus.info

An Ural owl was spotted in Minsk, reports greenbelarus.info quoting activists from the Belarusian Bird Protection Society. This is a rare bird entered in Belarus' Red Book.. 

The Ural owl was photographed by residents in their house's backyard in Minsk. The bird was also later photographed by ornithologists from the National Academy of Sciences. 

Experts initially thought it was the first time an Ural owl was spotted in Minsk. However, it was later revealed that five years ago the bird had already been seen in the capital. Last winter, an Ural owl was also spotted in Polack.

The species entered Belarus' Red Book in 1981.