|Royle's Pika range|
Taxonomy and systematics
Pika, also known as "Mouse-Hare" has mostly guinea pig like appearance. Their short ears and short legs give them mouse like appearance also.
Distribution and habitat
This is the most common Pika of Himalayas and should not be confused with Large-eared Pika. These species are mostly seen in the open rocky mountain edges or slopes or onto the broken ground covered with conifer trees like Pine, Deodar and Rhododendron forests. The species has also been found near the human habitation. It does not make its own nest, rather it takes of narrow creeks and existing borrow system as its nest with hay piles and pine leaves.
Though their conservation status according to IUCN red list is Least Concerned, habitat loss and human habitation in hilly areas are the indirect cause of conservation threats towards them.
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