The American pika Animal a diurnal species of pika, is found in the mountains of western North America, usually in boulder fields at or above the tree line. They are herbivorous, smaller relatives of rabbits and hares.
American Pika Animal Facts:
- Length: 16-20 cm
- Tail: None
- Weight: 125-175 g (4-6 oz)
- Social unit: Individual
- Status: Least concern
Found at high altitudes, this American pika Animal lives on a talus an area of piled, broken rocks fringed by alpine meadows and low, grassy vegetation.
At each talus, solitary pikas use whistling calls to defend territories that alternate across the area by gender, giving a female-male patchwork.
American pika Animal A typical territory is 600square m (6,400 square ft), and it has a foraging area and a den in a burrow or rock crevice.
A crouched pika has a rounded outline resembling an egg. The fur is varying shades of brown,
American pika Animal During late summer, each pika gathers a “hay pile” near its burrow that serves as food when there is snow.
These hay piles contain plants with high levels of toxins that act as natural preservatives, making them last longer. Pikas eventually eat these in late winter, after the toxins have broken down.