Pikas are small, mountain-dwelling mammals that resemble their close relative, the rabbit, but with short, rounded ears. Pikas are also known as whistling hares because of their high-pitched alarm call when diving into their burrow.
These little animals live in Asia and North America and prefer rocky slopes where they can eat various grasses, flowers, and young stems. The Large-eared pika of the Himalayas and nearby mountains lives at heights of ...
more than 6,000 m (20,000 ft), which is among the highest of any mammal!
Pikas do not hibernate and usually spend time during the summer collecting and storing food for the winter. Each rock-dwelling pika stores its own ‘haypile’ of dried vegetation, however, burrowing pikas often share food stores with their burrow mates. Interestingly that many of the vocalizations and social behaviors that pikas exhibit are related to haypile defense.