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Large-Eared Pika

Ochotona macrotis, Gunther 1875

Description:

About 70mm in height, 100mm long, short legs, brown in colour has large eyes and large ears. Has no tail. Mostly it shuffles around, when under threat it dashes to its burrow. Feeds on vegetables, fruits and nuts, insects, etc.

Habitat:

Memencho (lake) bank among alpine forests. Altitude: 12,000ft.

Notes:

All along I called this mountain tailless mouse a vole. To be sure before posting on PN I just googled, to my surprise there's no ref to a mountain mouse, the vole, without a tail! Pl help. This one spotted by the bank of this lake on a cold day. Snow in this place has melted just about a month earlier.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Jellis
Jellis 5 years ago
large-eared pika
Ochotona macrotis Large-eared pika


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7 Comments

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Yes, dotun55. But when we see those long forgotten loved ones once more we really feel great, and happy of course!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Thanks Jellis for the ID and the ref.

dotun55
dotun55 5 years ago

Been long I read or heard about this animals. Makes easy to forget. Out of sight is out of mind. This remarkable spotting is a good reminder for this cool creature!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Thanks James McNair, Rahul, GregShchepanek, maplemoth66, Jae and venusflytrap2000 for making this cute Pike favourite.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Looks very much the same. Thanks Emillie and ForestDragon for the lead. Will explore later.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 5 years ago

I agree with Emilie. This does look like a Pika. There appear to be a coupe of species found in your area. They do have different habitats.
Ochotona macrotis
Ochotona roylei

Not sure if there are others.

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 5 years ago

Looks like a pica to me: Ochotona sp. Rabbit's family.

DrNamgyalTSherpa
Spotted by
DrNamgyalTSherpa

Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Spotted on May 24, 2015
Submitted on May 26, 2015

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