American Pika

Photo Credit: Keith Kohl, ODFW


  • Species Common Name American Pika
  • Species Scientific Name Ochotona princeps
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

American pikas require talus, creviced rock, and other microhabitats that provide cool microclimates. They need adequate forage close to rocky crevices.

Limiting factors

American pikas are very sensitive to high temperatures. They have limited dispersal ability, low fecundity, and are vulnerable to decreases in snowpack.

Conservation actions

Improve monitoring effort. Identify isolated populations.

Key reference or plan

USFWS American Pika Profile