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- n. Any of a genus (Pseudois) of goatlike bovid mammals of the Himalayas and western China having a bluish-grey coat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The blue sheep of northern India, Ovis nahura or O. burhel.
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Local people have also reported evidence of Himalayan brown bear Ursus arctos and bharal or blue sheep Pseudois nayaur.
The basin is renowned for the abundance of its ungulate populations, notably bharal or blue sheep Pseudois nayaur, estimated to number 820 in 1977, 440 in 1981-1984 but 990 were sighted in 1993.
The Snow Leopard is an account of an expedition high into the seldom-seen Himalayan land of Inner Dolpo, to record the habits of the bharal, or rare Himalayan blue sheep, and, if possible, in passing to glimpse the famously shy and evasive snow leopard.
The three species of wild sheep found here are nayan, bharal and oriel.
Native species of goats are also valuable genetic resources of Asia and examples include ibex (Capra ibex), markhor (Capra falconeri), and bharal (Pseudois nayaur).
Blue sheep, or bharal, undergo a concentrated period of rut in late fall; their behavior at this time is not only curious in itself, but may (it seems) provide clues to a somewhat vexed question among biologists whether they are more akin to sheep or goats.
For example, they report in the Sept. 2 issue of the journal Science, the evolution of the Himalayan blue sheep, or bharal, may have followed a similar path.
Although the trail crosses stunning high altitude desert country there is still much wildlife to see - the endangered bharal (blue sheep), the elusive snow leopard, and the infamous yeti all call this land home!
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