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Help:Guideline for Bird Articles
This is how an article about a bird species should look. If you want to see how something is coded, click on the edit tab.
On the top you may find
This means that there is information missing for one or more parts of the article.
If you add some information to all sections you can then remove the incomplete.
Then follows the name. The first line in bold is for alternative names, the second for the scientific name (with a link to the genus page), the third for possible splits, which are not yet recognized by all lists (see taxonomy section for details).
Alternative name: Black-bellied Gnatcatch-Wren; Ecuperuvian Gnatcatch-Wren
Includes Lesser Black-bellied Gnatcatch-Wren
Here you can describe the bird, pointing out the ID-features and maybe compare it with similar species. If you mention a similar species, put a link to it: Links.
Here you can give the distribution of the bird. If you mention countries or continents, put also a link to them. Try to be as exact as possible (eg. Mountains of Sumatra and Java instead of Indonesia)
Here you can list subspecies (or that the species is monotypic) and make notes about taxonomy in general. If some authorities split or lump the species mention it here.
Opus policy is to have one page per species. Our list of species is based on the latest update of Clements; However, if the latest editions of the Howard and Moore and IOC lists agree on a split (or a lump) then we follow that consensus. If only one of the two splits, we mention it (Includes: ...) here, but we don't have an article for the split. To check which list accepts which species we use the spreadsheets available on the Clements and IOC web pages and/or the web-based database Avibase.
For the common English name (page title for each species) we use the same approach; we use the name in the latest Clements update unless the latest versions of Howard & Moore and IOC agree on a different name. If in doubt (and some cases are complicated), start a discussion thread for the species to seek advice.
If you want to give information about the genus of the bird then do so on the genus page.
The habitat the bird is found in. Include typical elevation for montane species.
Notes about breeding, feeding, migration. These can be divided by subtitles, but do not have to be. Subtitles should be coded like that: ====Breeding====. One subtitle can be:
Notes about calls, songs etc
Code for uploading sound files: <flashmp3> Test(song).mp3</flashmp3><br /> ''[[Media:Test(song).mp3|Listen in an external program]]''
Here you can give references of the books or websites you use for creating the article. Start every reference with a # and you will get a numbered list. If you want to give footnotes you can do so with <sup>[[#References|]]</sup> which looks like this.
Guidelines for references:
 External Links
At the end you will find the categories for the article. Every bird should be in the Category:Birds and in the Category with its genus. More categories are:
All categories are coded like that: [[Category:Birds]]