Bharal


Bharal

Taxobox
name = Bharal
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
trend = unknown



image_width = 200px
image_caption = Bharals in Beijing zoo
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Artiodactyla
familia = Bovidae
subfamilia = Caprinae
genus = "Pseudois"
species = "P. nayaur"
binomial = "Pseudois nayaur"
binomial_authority = Hodgson, 1833

The bharal or Himalayan blue sheep, "Pseudois nayaur", is a caprid found in the high Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet, China, Kashmir, Pakistan, Bhutan and the Republic of India.

The bharal has horns that grow upwards, curve out and then towards the back, somewhat like an upside down mustache.

The bharal was also the focus of George Schaller's and Peter Matthiessen's expedition to Nepal in 1973. Their personal experiences are well documented by Matthiessen in his book, "The Snow Leopard". The bharal is a major food source of the snow leopard.

The Dwarf Blue Sheep ("P. schaeferi") is sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the bharal.

pecies and Subspecies

*Chinese Blue Sheep, "Pseudois nayaur szechuanensis"
*Himilayan Blue Sheep, "Pseudois nayaur nayaur"
*Helen Shan Slue Sheep, "Pseudois nayaur ssp"
*Dwarf Blue Sheep, "Pseudois schaeferi"

References

* Database entry includes a lengthy justification of why this species is of least concern
* [http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Pseudois_nayaur.html Bharal] at "Animal Diversity Web"


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  • bharal — /berr euhl/, n. a wild sheep, Pseudois nahoor, of Tibet and adjacent mountainous regions, having goatlike horns that curve backward. Also, burrhel. Also called blue sheep. [1830 40; < Hindi] * * * …   Universalium

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