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4 hours ago, lonestranger said:

Clue #1

The male of this species performs a courtship display by flying up into the air, gliding down, and rising again, sometimes several hundred meters into the air.

Clue #2

This bird builds its nest on the ground and can lay between 1-11 eggs.

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3 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

Yes. 

Next:

A small passerine bird with a very small range. Split some years ago from a similar species with only a slightly larger range. Two more similar species with much larger ranges are distinguished by being slight darker in color.

 

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1 hour ago, Greyhawk said:

Next:

A small passerine bird with a very small range. Split some years ago from a similar species with only a slightly larger range. Two more similar species with much larger ranges are distinguished by being slight darker in color.

 

florida scrub jay? 

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16 hours ago, Greyhawk said:

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A small passerine bird with a very small range. Split some years ago from a similar species with only a slightly larger range. Two more similar species with much larger ranges are distinguished by being slight darker in color.

 

The species in question is the farthest west and the smallest range. The species it was split off from in the 90's is just to the east. The next species east has a slightly smaller range than the second species (I made a mistake from memory in the original clue, sorry) and the fourth species has a much larger area, more or less the eastern half of the US.

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17 hours ago, Greyhawk said:

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A small passerine bird with a very small range. Split some years ago from a similar species with only a slightly larger range. Two more similar species with much larger ranges are distinguished by being slight darker in color.

 

Dusky flycatcher?

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1 hour ago, Greyhawk said:

The species in question is the farthest west and the smallest range. The species it was split off from in the 90's is just to the east. The next species east has a slightly smaller range than the second species (I made a mistake from memory in the original clue, sorry) and the fourth species has a much larger area, more or less the eastern half of the US.

California Gnatcatcher?

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9 hours ago, Greyhawk said:

The species in question has a much smaller range, and is not in the family Tyrannidae.

 

The species in question is almost entirely restricted to dry slopes in California, though it ranges north to Oregon and south to Baja California as well.

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23 hours ago, MichaelLong said:

Named after a place it breeds in, this species is the only member of its genus to not breed in the tropics/subtropics

Mississippi Kite???

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