Birding Wiki:Page creation guidelines

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This page outlines basic guidelines for creating certain types of articles. You don't need complete and perfect information to start a new page, but add a description and initial content to each section before saving. More detailed information can always be added later.

All pages consist of a Wikipedia:Lead paragraph at the beginning, a short introduction ranging in length from a few sentences to a couple short paragraphs. The rest of the article is generally organized into sections, unless the content is shorter than a couple sentences, in which case it can just be its own paragraph following the lead paragraph. If a subsection grows large enough (i.e. Subspecies under Taxonomy), it can be moved to its own section. Similarly, if a section on a location/region page grows large enough it can potentially be moved to its own page.


Article titles generally follow the Wikipedia capitalization conventions (see also Wikipedia:MOS:LIFE), with the notable exception of species pages. Species and other taxon pages should have each word capitalized. This follows the Clements checklist naming style, and is also used by most bird guides and other literature.

Source sections

Sections for source material and links to more reading go at the bottom of the page. Source sections go in the following order for consistency across the wiki:

  • See also (links to other closely-related wiki articles)
  • References
  • Further reading (books or articles not cited)
  • External links (website or other links)

Use {{references}} on its own line to print the References section and all of the citations.

Species page creation

Species pages should have a lead paragraph that introduces the species, and summarizes its taxonomy and distribution. Also summarize any other unique topics about the species.

Each species should have the following sections:

  • Description (physical description and characteristics)
  • Distribution and habitat (range, preferred habitat)
  • Taxonomy
  • Ecology (including Behaviour)

Examples of additional sections:

  • Conservation status
  • Domestication
  • Etymology
  • Finding tips

Other taxa pages

For non-species taxa pages (genera, families, subspecies) a similar structure should follow, but with page content geared focused on what is common to species in the group, and mainly linking to the species.

Monotypic genera can simply redirect to the species unless their is a good reason to create a page.

Hotspot and region page creation

Articles for birding locations (hotspots) also have a lead paragraph, and should usually have the following sections:

  • Description (ownership, access, amenities, and general site description)
  • Birding (description/guide/walkthrough of how to bird the site, i.e. what route to take, what areas have what species, etc.)

Additional sections:

  • Other wildlife (herping/fishing/hunting)


All pages should be under at least one Category. Categories are used to organize articles into a somewhat meaningful hierarchy, and to collect articles together by topic or type. Species pages should be under the category by the genera name.