Plateau Pika

Plateau Pika
Plateau Pika
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Ochotonidae
Genus: Ochotona
Species: O. curzoniae
Binomial name
Ochotona curzoniae
(Hodgson, 1858)
Plateau Pika range

The Plateau Pika (Ochotona curzoniae), also known as the Black-lipped Pika is a species of mammal in the Ochotonidae family. It is found in China, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. They prefer to live in elevations of 3,100 to 5,000 meters in the Tibetan Plateau.

According to the Chinese biologists who have studied the wildlife of the Hoh Xil (northern part of the Tibetan Plateau), plateau pikas are the favorite food of the area's brown bears.[2]


  1. ^ Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. (2008). Ochotona curzoniae. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 10 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
  2. ^ Xu Aichun, Jiang Zhigang, Li Chunwang, Guo Jixun, Wu Guosheng, Cai Ping, "Summer Food Habits of Brown Bears in Kekexili Nature Reserve, Qinghai: Tibetan Plateau, China". Ursus, Vol. 17, No. 2 (2006), pp. 132-137

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