DistributionThe Himalayan pika is native to the northern side of the Himalayas in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the Mount Everest area at altitudes of 2,400 to 4,200 metres. There have been claims that it is present in Nepal on the southern side of the mountain range but this has not been authenticated.
StatusThe Himalayan pika lives in remote mountainous areas where it has little association with man. No particular threats have been identified and the International Union for Conservation of Nature list it as being of "least concern". The IUCN advocates that more research should be undertaken on its ecology and population status.
BehaviorThe Himalayan pika is a small mammal about 17 cm long and very similar in appearance to Royle's pika. It is particularly active early in the morning and again at nightfall and feeds on various types of plant material. It produces litters of three or four young.
HabitatThe typical habitat of this species is rocky places, screes, walls and cliffs in the vicinity of coniferous forests.
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