What are Pikas?

 


Easter pika

You may call me "pie-ca."
Some call me "pee-ca."


Pikas are hearty little mammals who live in rock piles high in the mountains of western North America. They have relatives in Asia too. They are related to rabbits and are about the size of large hamsters. Pikas have rounded ears, luxurious whiskers and no visible tails. They use "eeenncck!" and a variety of squeaks and squeals to communicate with each other and their marmot neighbors.

Pika Pete

Pika Pete has great ears and whiskers.

Snowball

Snowball poses in pika profile.

Farley's non tail
Farley shows off his tail-less end.

There are 29 species of pikas in the world. Most of them live in Asia. During the ice ages two species came across the Bering Strait. Ochotona collaris settled in Alaska and the Canadian Rockies. Ochotona princeps traveled south to the Sierras and Rocky Mountains in the United States. These are the pikas the Pika Works people have been visiting for years.

We will tell you more about the other pikas of the world as time goes on. You may be interested to find out about the pikas of Japan's northern Island of Hokkaido. See Little Pika of Hokkaido.

If you want to know lots of details about pikas -- their teeth, the size of their brains or the status of their tails -- you will need to tunnel to the scientific resources and related pika tunnels.

OTHER NAMES FOR PIKAS
|Rock Rabbits ~ Haymakers ~ Conies ~ Piping Hares ~ Whistling Hares
Relics of the Ice Age


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