Pikas are found in the mountains of western North America and much of Asia
Pikas are most commonly identified by their small, rounded body, short limbs, rounded ears, and lack of tail. They resemble their close cousin the rabbit, but with shorter ears
Their fur is long and soft and is generally greyish-brown in colour, although a few species are rusty red
Most species live on rocky mountainsides, where there are numerous crevices in which to shelter, although some pikas also construct crude burrows. A few burrowing species are native to open Steppe land
Pikas forage for grasses, seeds, weeds, thistles, and berries during the hours of daylight.
In the autumn, they pull hay, soft twigs and other stores of food into their burrows to eat during the long, cold winter. Pikas do not hibernate
Unlike rabbits and hares, pikas are active during the day, with the exception of the nocturnal steppe pikas
Pikas have distinct calls that vary in duration. The call can either be short and quick, a little longer and more drawn out, or they can be songs
Being largely alpine, most pikas are adapted to living in cold environments and cannot tolerate heat. When temperatures are high, they confine their activity to early morning and late afternoon.
The average lifespan in pikas is roughly seven years in the wild