The Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) is a medium-sized ungulate (hoofed) mammal. It is also called the Bharal or the Himalayan Blue Sheep. It is a caprid.
The Blue Sheep has blue-grey fur. Its underparts and the backs of its legs are white. Its chest and the front of its legs are black. Separating the grey back and white belly is a charcoal-coloured stripe. It has small ears. It has a short tail. Both males and females have horns. The male has horns that grow upwards, then turn sideways and curve backwards – like an upside-down moustache. The female has shorter and straighter horns.
It measures about 115-165 centimetres (45-65 inches) tall. Its tail is 10-20 centimetres (4-8 inches) long. The male has horns that measure about 80 centimetres (31 inches) long, whereas the female has horns that measure about 20 centimetres (8 inches) long.
The Blue Sheep is native to the Himalayan mountains in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and Pakistan. It prefers rocky mountainous regions.
It is diurnal, active during the day.
It is a grazer eating grass. It also eats herbs, moss, and lichen. Its predator is the Snow Leopard.
The female is pregnant for 5 months, before giving birth to one live young.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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