Plateau pika sitting on the ground

Plateau pika

Plateau pikas are underground-dwelling relatives of the rabbit that live at high altitudes in Tibet. They are prodigious breeders, producing a litter every three weeks during the summer. Unlike other pika species, male plateau pikas help to look after the offspring.

Scientific name: Ochotona curzoniae

Rank: Species

Common names:

Black-lipped pika

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Map showing the distribution of the Plateau pika taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Plateau pika can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Himalayas. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Plateau pika distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Hares, rabbits and pikas
  6. Ochotonidae
  7. Ochotona
  8. Plateau pika

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