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  What kind of animal is a Pika?

  Pikas are small, furry mammals related to hares and rabbits.


Pikas are small, tail-less furry mammals that belong to the lagomorph order that includes hares and rabbits. They are also called mouse-hares or rock rabbits as they generally live among rocks in cold climates.

Pikas are usually active during the early morning and late afternoon hours. They are herbivores, eating even toxic plants found in their habitat.

Since they do not hibernate, Pikas collect vegetation during the summer to store in a "haypile" as a food source during the winter months. They also forage for food by digging tunnels under the snow.



Pronounciation Key : Pie-Ka

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Ochotonidae
Genus: Ochotona

Royle's Pika
Pikas are sometimes called  "whistling hares" due to their high-pitched warning cry.

The species pictured here is Royle's Pika
[Ochtona roylei] belonging to the sub-genus Conothoa known as 'Mountain Pikas'. They can be observed among rock-piles in places like Gulmarg.


Royle's Pika


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