Pika

Ochotona princeps

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  • Pika |  Photo: NPS
  • Pika |  Photo: NPS
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Basic Information

Other names

Rocky Mountain Pika, Southern Pika, Rock Rabbit, Piping Hare, Hay-maker, Mouse-hare, Whistling Hare, Con

Order

Lagomorpha

Family

Ochotonidae

Size

Pikas are generally between 6 and 8 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 7 years in the wild

Weight

Pika (Ochotona princeps) facts, habitat, diet, range, pika pictures and more to help you learn to identify the keystone species.

Diet

Herbivore

Breeding

Females birth a little of 1-6 young, twice during a single mating season.

Range

Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, Western Canada

What does the Pika look like?

During the summer Pikas are a variety of pelage colors ranging from grayish to cinnamon-brown. During the winter their pelage is grayer and twice as long.

Pika Habitat

Mountains

Pika Facts

American Pikas are often seen basking in the sunshine on rocks. Male and females usually live close to each other. Pikas have a high body temperature and thus are extremely sensitive to high temperatures. Scientists consider them a signal species with regards to temperature shifts. Recently their numbers have been declining.

Pika Distribution



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