NUBRA PIKA/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: It is a small pika, pale sandy brown with pale greyish white underparts and, on close inspection, has a buff midline on its belly. Its feet are brownish grey instead of the dull brown of the Moupin’s. It has a distinct light patch (lacking in Moupin’s) behind the ears. Its skull is fairly flat (not arched like Royle’s), the ears small, the eyes low-set, the interorbital region wide and the tympanic bullae, small and narrow. The skull size is intermediate to Royle’s and Moupin’s. It is overall paler than the eastern subspecies.


BEHAVIOUR: The Nubra Pika digs shallow burrows among root systems of bushes. They have a well-developed system of families.


DISTRIBUTION: Nubra Valley, central Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir, and parts of Himachal Pradesh (3,100–3,500 m).


HABITAT: Subalpine and alpine shrubby habitats, especially Hippophae (valley bottoms) or Caragana (higher elevations). Seen to share habitat with L. thibetanus and O. macrotis, and separate from L. oisotolus, O. curzoniae and O. ladacensis.

Size: 14–18.4 cm


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