LARGE-EARED PIKA/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: This small pika is often confused with the more common Royle’s Pika. It is pale brownish grey with an ochre tinge. Its head and front are a paler russet compared to the Royle’s Pika’s chestnut. In winter, the fur colour changes to a straw-grey. Underparts are dirty white, more so in winter. The eyes are low-set; the ears are slightly broader, as its name suggests and are made conspicuous by the long hairs inside. The feet are pale. Anatomically, the pika has two oval foramina in front of the orbit at the anterior end of the frontal bones.

BEHAVIOUR: Like the Royle’s Pika, it does not make burrows.

DISTRIBUTION: Alpine areas  through the Himalayas: Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh. Found at higher altitudes than the Royle’s Pika.

HABITAT: Alpine areas. Seen to share habitat with L. tibetanus and O. nubrica, and separate from L. oiostolus, O. curzoniae and O. ladacensis.

Size: 15–24 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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