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Ochotonidae - pikas

American PikaThere are about 30 species in this family. They are found in cold, mountainous areas of western North America and Asia.

Pikas look like hamsters or guinea pigs. They have round bodies; short, rounded ears; no tails; and short legs. They have soft, gray or brown fur.

Pikas are herbivores and eat grasses and sedges. They are active during the day and do not hibernate. Some species store food in large piles or "haystacks" to eat later!


World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  Collared Pika - Ochotona collaris Least Concern
American Pika - Ochotona princeps Least Concern

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South AmericaSouth America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Alpine Pika - Ochotona alpina Least Concern Asia
Silver Pika - Ochotona argentata Critically Endangered Asia
Gansu Pika - Ochotona cansus Least Concern Asia
Collared Pika - Ochotona collaris Least Concern North America
Plateau Pika - Ochotona curzoniae Least Concern Asia
Daurian Pika - Ochotona dauurica Least Concern Asia
Chinese Red Pika - Ochotona erythrotis Least Concern Asia
Forrest's Pika - Ochotona forresti Least Concern Asia
Gaoligong Pika - Ochotona gaoligongensis Asia
Glover's Pika - Ochotona gloveri Least Concern Asia
Himalayan Pika - Ochotona himalayana Least Concern Asia
Hoffmann's Pika - Ochotona hoffmanni Endangered Asia
Tsing-ling Pika - Ochotona huangensis Least Concern Asia
Northern Pika - Ochotona hyperborea Least Concern Asia
Ili Pika - Ochotona iliensis Endangered Asia
Kozlov's Pika - Ochotona koslowi Endangered Asia
Ladak Pika - Ochotona ladacensis Least Concern Asia
Large-eared Pika - Ochotona macrotis Least Concern Asia
Muli Pika - Ochotona muliensis Asia
Black Pika - Ochotona nigritia Asia
Nubra Pika - Ochotona nubrica Least Concern Asia
Pallas's Pika - Ochotona pallasi Least Concern Asia
American Pika - Ochotona princeps Least Concern North America
Steppe Pika - Ochotona pusilla Least Concern Asia
Royle's Pika - Ochotona roylei Least Concern Asia
Afghan Pika - Ochotona rufescens Least Concern Asia
Turkestan Red Pika - Ochotona rutila Least Concern Asia
Moupin Pika - Ochotona thibetana Least Concern Asia
Thomas's Pika - Ochotona thomasi Least Concern Asia
Turuchan Pika - Ochotona turuchanensis Least Concern Asia

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Afghan Pika - Ochotona rufescens Least Concern Asia profile Photos
The Afghan pika is found in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

American Pika - Ochotona princeps Least Concern North America profile Photos Video
The American pika is found in Alberta and British Columbia in Canada and California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming in the United States.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

American Pika - Ochotona princeps Least Concern North America profile Photos
American pikas communicate with vocalizations and scent markings.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

American Pika - Ochotona princeps Least Concern North America profile Photos
American pikas spend a good part of there day sitting around and looking at their surroundings.
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Collared Pika - Ochotona collaris Least Concern North America profile Photos
the collared pika is found in British Columbia , Northwest Territories, and Yukon in Canada and in Alaska in the United States.
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gansu Pika - Ochotona cansus Least Concern Asia profile Photos
The Gansu pika is found in China.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Large-eared Pika - Ochotona macrotis Least Concern Asia profile Photos
The large-eared pika is found in Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Pika - Ochotona hyperborea Least Concern Asia profile Photos
The northern pika is found in China, Japan , North Korea, Mongolia, and Russia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Plateau Pika - Ochotona curzoniae Least Concern Asia Photos Video
The plateau pika is found in China, India, and Nepal.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Plateau Pika - Ochotona curzoniae Least Concern Asia profile Photos
The plateau pika is also known as the black-lipped pika.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pallas's Pika - Ochotona pallasi Least Concern Asia profile Photos
Pallas's pika is found in China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Royle's Pika - Ochotona roylei Least Concern Asia Photos
Royle's pika is found in China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Steppe Pika - Ochotona pusilla Least Concern Asia profile Photos
The steppe pika is found in Kazakhstan and Russia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Turkestan Red Pika - Ochotona rutila Least Concern Asia profile Photos
The Turkestan red pika is found in China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes