Behavior: What do pikas do?

  • Pikas are generalist herbivores, meaning they only eat plants, but will eat any kind of plant they can find.
       -   Wildflowers and grasses are their favorite foods, but they also eat pine needles, raspberry bushes, and even thistles. Ouch!
  • An average pika has to eat 54.8 kcal per day, which means they eat enough to fill their stomach 9 times every day!
  • Scientists think that pikas get most of their water from their food, but several researchers have also seen pikas drinking from lakes, ponds, and streams.
  • To try to get all the nutrition they can out of their food, pikas eat it twice.
       -   Yes, that’s right…just like most of their rabbit relatives, pikas are coprophagic, meaning they eat their own poop!