Ochotona – Pikas
Like rabbits, these mountain-dwelling cuties, after eating, initially produce soft green feces, which they eat again
Despite their cute, cuddly appearances, pikas are among the toughest mammals around, which inhabit the alpine terrain of Asia and North America, a no-man’s-land above the tree line.
Pikas are known as ‘whistling hares’ because of their high-pitched call, alarming to dive into their burrow when facing danger.
Pikas are remarkably uniform when it comes to looks. They all have long soft fur, which is generally grayish-brown to reddish. Not enough is known about many species to evaluate their conservation status. Still, climate change will undoubtedly significantly affect them as they have a very low tolerance for high temperatures.
Species in this genus
Although looking like a mouse, they are the smallest member of the rabbit family
A sneaky animal as the males will steal hay collected by other pikas in their territories!