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7 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

There's a mystery theme as to what these three have in common 

They’re all three species that have recently been merged or spit from two or more different species. Western Flycatcher was Pacific Slope and Cordilleran Flycatchers, Chihuahuan Meadowlark was Eastern Meadowlark subspecies stuff, and American goshawk was made a species from a bunch of subspecies of northern goshawk. 

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22 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Chihuahuan isn't Eastern or Western, so photos of those birds aren't CHME (unless you have photos of Easterns that were take in what's now Chihuahuan range, maybe?)

Until next year or the year after when they make them E & W again. Just like Pacific and Cordilleran were one once upon a time. Then two and now apparently one again. Almost seems like they go out their way to make things complicated. My aim is to have fun you guys can have the minutia.

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9 hours ago, MacMe said:

Well, I do have an Eastern Meadowlark that I took around CC, Texas which may be the chihuahua meadowlark now??

You appear to be out of range (unless your bird has four white outer tail feathers rather than three 🙂).

The range map is posted immediately before your post.

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On 8/13/2023 at 5:50 PM, IKLland said:

The southwest subspecies of eastern has been split to its own species. 

That subspecies used to be called Lilian's Meadowlark.

 

On 8/13/2023 at 4:06 PM, IKLland said:

They’re all three species that have recently been merged or spit from two or more different species. Western Flycatcher was Pacific Slope and Cordilleran Flycatchers, Chihuahuan Meadowlark was Eastern Meadowlark subspecies stuff, and American goshawk was made a species from a bunch of subspecies of northern goshawk. 

A bunch of subspecies with an important geographical feature in common, I believe.

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