HISPID HARE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: A brown, large and endangered lagomorph, it has a white belly and a sprinkling of dark hairs, making the back look dark and grizzled. It has shorter, rounded ears and smaller hind legs than the Indian Hare. It does not have the flashing white underside to the tail, and is slower-moving, with rounded droppings, unlike the slightly tapered pellets of the former.

BEHAVIOUR: Being small-limbed, this hare has a characteristically smaller home range than other hares. Its pellets are normally seen near thatch cuttings.

DISTRIBUTION: The only endemic hare of the Indian subcontinent, it ranges in scattered protected areas of the Himalayan foothills from Uttar Pradeshin the west through Bihar and north Bengal to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

HABITAT: Early successional Terai grasslands, especially those predominated by Imperata cylindrica, Themeda, Saccharum-Narenga, Erianthus-Narenga and Arundo-Phragmites.

 Size: 40–50 cm

IUCN Status: Endangered


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