Royle's pika

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Royle's Pika
Royle's Pika at Tungnath, Uttarkhand, India on 13th June 2013.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Ochotonidae
Genus: Ochotona
Species: O. roylei
Binomial name
Ochotona roylei
(Ogilby, 1839)
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Royle's Pika range

The Royle's Pika (Ochotona roylei) is a species of mammal in the Ochotonidae family. It is found in China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Description[edit]

The most common Pika in Himalayas with a HBT length of 17-22 centimeter. Royle's Pika has slightly arched head with rufous-grey body with chestnut-colored head and sparsed hair in front of its ears.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Conservation status[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, A.T. & Boyer, A.F. (2008). Ochotona roylei. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 10 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.