Afghan Urial (Ovis vignei cycloceros) is found in western central Asia from northeastern
Iran and western Kazakhstan to Pakistan’s Balochistan and Ladakh. To the east they are
displaced by the bigger Argalis and to the southwest by the Asiatic Mouflons.
The habitat consists of grassy slopes below the timberline. Urials rarely move to the
rocky areas of the mountains. For example in northern Iran they produce hybrids with
Asiatic mouflon under natural conditions. Urials feed mainly on grass but are able to eat
leaves of trees and bushes if needed.
Urial males have large horns, curling outwards from the top of the head turning in to end
somewhere behind the head, females have shorter, compressed horns. The horns of the
males may grow to be up 1 meter. The average shoulder height of an adult male Urial
lies somewhere between 80 and 90 centimeters.