Birch mouse

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Birch mice
Sicista betulina 03.JPG
Sicista betulina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Superfamily: Dipodoidea
Family: Dipodidae
Subfamily: Sicistinae
Allen, 1901
Genus: Sicista
Gray, 1827

Sicista armenica
Sicista betulina
Sicista caucasica
Sicista caudata
Sicista concolor
Sicista kazbegica
Sicista kluchorica
Sicista napaea
Sicista pseudonapaea
Sicista severtzovi
Sicista strandi
Sicista subtilis
Sicista tianshanica

Birch mice (genus Sicista) are small jumping desert rodents that resemble mice with a long tufted tail and very long hind legs, allowing for remarkable leaps. All variants possess a long tail of 65 to 110 mm (2.6 to 4.3 in) of length and weigh about 6 to 14 g (0.21 to 0.49 oz). Head and body length of 50 to 90 mm (2.0 to 3.5 in) and hind foot length of 14 to 18 mm (0.55 to 0.71 in).[1] The skin color is light brown or dark-brown to brownish yellow on the upper side and paler on the underside, but generally brownish.[1]


There are 13 species listed in Mammal Species of the World (2005).[2]


  1. ^ a b Ronald M. Nowak (1999). Walker's mammals of the world. JHU Press. pp. 1329–. ISBN 978-0-8018-5789-8. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Holden, M.E.; Musser, G.G. (2005). "Family Dipodidae". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 871–893. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.