Bharals are sheep whose coats have a bluish tint which makes them almost invisible against the rocks of the Himalayas. This vanishing trick, together with the ability to bolt and hide in the rugged cliffs, enable bharal to escape the snow leopards and wolves that hunt the area. Bharals have traits that come from both sheep and goats. The current view has them more closely related to goats, but with sheep-like traits. Partly the result of the inhospitable terrain they inhabit, numbers of bharals in the wild remain good.
Scientific name: Pseudois nayaur
Himalayan blue sheep
The following habitats are found across the Bharal distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Unknown
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1