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5.12. The sighting-notes elements

The sighting-notes pattern is a set of optional child elements that can occur inside a form or floc element:

birdnotes.rnc
sighting-notes = ( desc? & behavior? & voc? & breeding? &
    photo* & para* )
desc = element desc { narrative }
behavior = element behavior { narrative }
voc = element voc { narrative }
breeding = element breeding { narrative }

Most of these child elements are simply containers for narrative; see Section 5.15, “The narrative elements”.

desc

Plumage and other physical descriptions: feather colors and patterns, soft part colors, shape, and other static appearance details.

behavior

Notes on behavior other than vocalization.

voc

Vocalizations.

breeding

Evidence of breeding—solid or circumstantial, attempted or successful. Courtship behavior, nest-building, eggs, young, fledging, and any other breeding behavior that implies that the locality of the sighting is the locality of breeding. Exclude sightings of young that are capable of independent locomotion.

photo

Each photo element describes photographic evidence of the sighting. For the structure of this element, see Section 5.13, “The photo element”.

para

For any remarks about the sighting that don't fit into the other categories.