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.
Pete has great ears and whiskers.
poses in pika profile.
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.
shows off his tail-less end.
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.
NAMES FOR PIKAS
Rabbits ~ Haymakers ~ Conies ~ Piping Hares ~ Whistling Hares
of the Ice Age