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Sir, I want to know that can grey and black francolin or Alectoris Chakoors be interbreeded. What would be the threats if interbreeded. Because I came to knew that it might result in bird flu or else. Thankyou

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The Grey Francolin is Francolinus pondicerianus  and the Black Francolin is Francolinus francolinus; they are different species. Alectoris chukar is a different species. Maybe the francolins can interbreed, but the Chukar cannot be interbred with the francolins. In any case, bird flu has nothing to do with interbreeding.

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Roger Lederer

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Any and all questions about WILD birds - not caged, domestic or poultry. Can answer questions about identification, taxonomy, behavior, courtship, plumage, flight, or anything else. Wild birds only, please.

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Taught ornithology (the study of birds) at the university level for 30 years. Have written five books on birds, published 30 scientific articles, write a blog on birds, have the website www.ornithology.com, lectured to hundreds of groups on birds,and have traveled to 90 countries studying birds.

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A variety of ornithological and conservation organizations.

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Real Simple Magazine, Enterprise-Record, and several ornithological and ecological journals.

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PhD in Zoology with emphasis in ornithology.

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Professional Achievement Award, Jack Rawlins Chair of Environmental Literach.

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