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pika is a small mammal, with short limbs, very round body, rounded ears, and no external tail.
They resemble their close cousin the rabbit, but with shorter ears.They live in mountainous countries in Asia, with
two species also in North America. Most pikas prefer rocky slopes. The large-eared pika of the
Himalayas and nearby mountains is one of the highest living mammals, found at heights of more than 6000 m. Pikas graze
on a range of plants, mostly grasses, flowers and young stems. In the autumn, they pull hay, soft twigs and other
stores of food into their burrows to eat during the long, cold winter.[3]



The name "pika" 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. It is also known as the "whistling hare" due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving
into its burrow. In the United States, the pika is colloquially called a "coney", a nonspecific term also used for rabbits,
hares, and hyraxes.[4] The name "pika" appears to be derived from the Tungus piika[5] and the
scientific name Ochotona is from the Mongolian word ogdoi which means pika.



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



Pikas are small mammals, with short limbs and rounded ears. They are about 15 to 23
centimetres (5.9 to 9.1 in) in body length and weigh between 120 and 350 grams (4.2 and 12.3 oz), depending
on species. Like rabbits, after eating they initially produce soft green feces, which they eat again
to take in further nutrition, before producing the final, solid, fecal pellets. Some pikas, such as the
collared pika, have been known to store dead birds in their burrows, for food during winter.



Pikas are diurnal or crepuscular, with higher-elevation species generally being more active during the daytime.
They show their peak activity just before the winter season. Pikas do not hibernate,
so they generally spend time during the summer collecting and storing food they will eat over the
winter. Each rock-dwelling pika stores its own "haypile" of dried vegetation, while burrowing
species often share food stores with their burrow mates. Haying behavior is more prominent at higher elevations. Many of
the vocalizations and social behaviors that pikas exhibit are related to haypile defense.