FORREST’S PIKA/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

FORREST’S PIKA

FORREST’S PIKA


DESCRIPTION: This reddish-brown pika (its fur changes to grey–brown in winter) looks like the Moupin’s Pika but differs both morphologically and anatomically. Visually, behind both ears, it has grey patches, which almost meet to form a grey nape, while the Moupin’s Pika has a pale buff patches that do not meet. It has very long claws on its forefeet, much longer than the Moupin’s. Anatomically, the zygomatic arch is wider in this pika than the Moupin’s, the posterior end of the nasals is broader, and most 98 have a ‘violin-shaped’ meeting of the incisive and palatal foramina.

BEHAVIOUR: Unknown.

DISTRIBUTION: The Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh 99 Himalayas (2,600–4,400m).

HABITAT: Mixed broadleaf or coniferous forested sun-facing slopes.

Size: 15.5–18.5,

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