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Editing Help:Guideline for Bird Articles
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That's 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
if there is some information but not in all sections
If all sections are filled, 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, etc.
You can also compare it with similar species. If you mention a similar species, include a link to its page. If there is any meat to such a comparison, put it under a subheading which is written as:
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. Our articles are based on a consensus system, using the Howard and Moore list, the Clements list and the IOC list. If two (or more) of the lists recognize a species we follow. For the families and orders we follow Clements. If only one of the three splits, we mention it (Includes: ...) here, but we don't have an article for the split. To check out, which list accept what species we use Avibase.
For the common English name we use the same approach. 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.
In what habitat is the bird found, also the height for mountain species.
Notes about breeding, feeding, migration. These can be divided by subtitles. Subtitles should be coded as in the following example:
Description of song or call etc
Audio Clips (e.g. Bird Song)
 In Culture
Interesting cultural information. See Common Raven for an example.
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|1]]</sup> which looks like this1.
Guidelines for references:
 External Links & Media
 Linking to the Gallery
 Linking to BirdForum TV
 Other 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 his genus. More categories are:
All categories are coded like this: [[Category:Birds]]