*Bharal | The Himalayan Ship*
The bharal or Himalayan blue sheep or naur (Pseudois nayaur) is a caprid found in the high Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet, China, India, Pakistan , and Bhutan. Its native names include bharal, barhal,
bharar and bharut in Hindi, na or sna in Ladakh, nabo in Spitian, naur in Nepali and na or gnao in Bhutan. It is a major food of the snow leopard.
This medium-sized sheep is 115 to 165 cm (45 to 65 in) long along the head-and-body, with a tail of 10 to 20 cm (3.9 to 7.9 in). They stand 69 to 91 cm (27 to 36 in) high at the shoulder.Body mass can range from 35 to 75 kg (77 to 170 lb).
Males are slightly larger than females. The short, dense coat is slate grey in colour, sometimes with a
bluish sheen. The
underparts and backs of the legs are white, while the chest and fronts of the legs are black. Separating the grey back and white
belly is a charcoal colored stripe. The ears are small, and the bridge of the nose
is dark. The horns are
found in both sexes, and are ridged on the upper surface. In males, they grow upwards, then turn
sideways and curve
somewhat like an upside-down moustache. They
may grow to a length of 80 cm (31 in). In females, the horns are much shorter and straighter, growing up to 20 cm (7.9 in) long.
Photo captured near Chirbasa. Data about Bharal collected from Wikipedia.
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- Copyright: Subhendu Bagchi (subhendu_bagchi) (16590)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-31
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5600
- Exposure: f/8.2
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Chardham + Chopta, Auli & Delhi
- Theme(s): Chardham + Chopta, Auli & Delhi [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-03 1:22