Northern pika

A sneaky animal as the males will steal hay collected by other pikas in their territories!

Юрий Емельянов

Northern pika has a coat with fine long hairs that vary in color in different seasons. They shed their coat twice a year; during the summer, it is reddish-brown and greyish-brown in the winter. The underside is reddish-white. They have rounded ears and short legs with fur on the underside of their feet.

They gather food during foraging and bring it back to their eating point near their burrow entrance. They could dash into their burrow if threatened during feeding; what a cautious animal! They also store hay piles before the winter by collecting grasses and placed at exposed locations to be cured by the sun.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
China
2016
Heilongjiang
Japan
2016
Hokkaido
Mongolia
2016
Russia
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No