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Name: Large-eared Pika

Scientific Name: Ochotona macrotis


Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve


The large-eared pika (Ochotona macrotis) is a species of small mammal in the family Ochotonidae. It is found in mountainous regions of Nepal, Afghanistan, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan where it nests among boulders and scree.

The large-eared pika has brownish-grey fur tinged with ochre. The forehead, cheeks and shoulder region have a reddish tinge which is more obvious in summer. The underparts are greyish-white. The four legs are all about the same length and the feet, including the soles, are covered with fur. An adult large-eared pika is 15 to 20.4 cm (6 to 8 in) long.