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OK. In my opinion, we should first lay out the 4 (or more if anyone wants to nominate another) Featured Topic ideas and vote on them. And what do you all think of my targets? Am I overambitious, underambitous, or what? I'll do The Extinct Bird of North America and New World Vultures nominees and the base for Ratites and Procellariiformes: would someone else like to flesh out the details? Without delay, they are:

Extinct Birds of North America[edit]

Article Title Current Class Target Class
List of Extinct Birds of North America Since 1500 NA FL
Ivory-billed Woodpecker B FA
Bachman's Warbler Stub GA
Eskimo Curlew Start GA
Passenger Pigeon B FA
Carolina Parakeet Start FA
Labrador Duck Start GA
Great Auk FA FA

Pros: This topic covers extinct birds, which are generally better known than some of the other bird species in other topics. There is a lot of taxonomic variety in this group, so no one would be bored of doing another vulture article. There are a lot of sources out there on these birds, and the history section would be a major focus in the article.

Cons: Extinct birds have been called depressing. This topic is featured on North America. This uses a very narrowly defined meaning on North America - currently missing Mexico, Central America, Caribbean Islands and Hawaii- because it only deals with what the ABA defines as North America ornithologically.

Possible Additions: Extinct Subspecies, like Heath Hen and Dusky Seaside Sparrow.


New World Vultures[edit]

Article Title Start of Project Class Current Class Target Class
New World Vulture B B FA
American Black Vulture Start FA  Done
Turkey Vulture Start FA  Done
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Stub GA  Done
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture Stub GA  Done
California Condor B FA  Done
Andean Condor B FA  Done
King Vulture Start FA  Done

Pros: This topic covers several South American species, which are poorly represented among the North American and Australian biased GAs and FAs. This family is cool and interesting. All of them are alive and well.

Cons: All the birds are vultures. The two yellow-headeds will be extremely hard to get to GA.

Possible Additions: Cathartes, a start, if we decide genera should be included in a FT.


  1. Sabine's Sunbird talk 02:05, 20 September 2007 (UTC)
  2. Rufous-crowned Sparrow 00:41, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
  3. Jude. 11:10, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
  4. Jimfbleak (talk) 13:15, 9 January 2008 (UTC)
  5. Rainbow Shifter (talk) 20:19, 8 February 2013 (UTC)


Article Title Current Class Target Class
Procellariiformes Start FA
Procellariidae FA  Done
Diomedeidae (albatrosses) FA  Done
Hydrobatidae (storm-petrels) GA FA
Pelecanoididae (diving petrels) Start FA

Pros: This order includes four highly interesting families of birds who spend their entire lives out at sea. These are family and order articles, which should have plenty of information. We already have two of them at FA. They live across the globe.

Cons: All are seabirds.

Possible Additions: None that I can tell


  1. Jimfbleak (talk) 13:16, 9 January 2008 (UTC)


Article Title Current Class Target Class
Ratite B FA
Ostrich B FA
American Rhea Start GA/FA
Darwin's Rhea Start GA/FA
Southern Cassowary Start GA
Dwarf Cassowary Start GA
Northern Cassowary Stub GA
Emu FA  Done
Great Spotted Kiwi GA  Done
Little Spotted Kiwi Start GA
Rowi Stub GA
Tokoeka Stub GA
North Island Brown Kiwi Start GA

Almost Certainly Include:

Article Title Current Class Target Class
Rheidae Start-ish FA
Casuariidae Start FA
Apterygidae (kiwis) B FA

Pros: This topic covers birds from around the globe. Many of the biggest or most famous are included in this topic. We could knock out an entire order completely by doing this.

Cons: Some of the cassowaries and kiwis could be hard to bring to GA.

Possible Additions: We could include more recently extinct species, namely Elephant Bird (B), Moa (B), Kangaroo Island Emu (Stub), and King Island Emu (Stub).



Article Title Current Class Target Class
Falconiformes Start FA
Accipitridae Start FA
Osprey Good FA
Secretary Bird (Secretary Bird) B FA
Falconidae Stub FA

Pros: This order includes four highly interesting families of birds. Two articles are in reasonable shape. Cons: Family articles are hard Possible Additions: None that I can tell