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"Tibetan Pika"  Ochotona thibetana, རྫ་བྲ་ bra ba. | by reurinkjan
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"Tibetan Pika" Ochotona thibetana, རྫ་བྲ་ bra ba.

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The Moupin Pika (Ochotona thibetana) is a species of mammal in the Ochotonidae family. It is found on the Tibetan Plateau and in China, India, and possibly Bhutan.

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The pika is a small animal, with short limbs, rounded ears, and short tail. The name pika (pronounced /ˈpaɪkə/ PYE-kə, archaically spelled pica) is used for any member of the Ochotonidae, a family within the order of lagomorphs, which also includes the Leporidae (rabbits and hares). One genus, Ochotona, is recognised within the family, and it includes 30 species. Pikas are also called rock rabbits or coneys. It is also known as the "whistling hare" due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving into its burrow. The name "pika" appears to be derived from the Tungus piika, or perhaps from the Russian pikat "to squeak".


Pikas are native to cold climates, mostly in Asia, North America and parts of eastern Europe. Most species live on rocky mountain sides, where there are numerous crevices to shelter in, although some also construct crude burrows. A few burrowing species are instead native to open steppe land. In the mountains of Eurasia, pikas often share their burrows with snowfinches, which build their nests there.

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Taken on September 11, 2011