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Testes size can be used as an indirect measure of the intensity of sperm competition, and correlates well with EPF BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY OF TROPICAL BIRDS 40 frequency (Moller and Briskie 1995). 1). For instance, temperate zone Tree Swallows, Tachycineta bicolor, have abundant EPFs and testes ten times larger than their close relative in the tropics, the Mangrove Swallow, T. albilinea, in which EPFs are much less common (Moore et al. 1999). Similarly, even during the peak of the breeding season, tropical Spotted Antbird, Hylophylax naevioides, males have testes that are one tenth the size of most temperate zone passerines (Wikelski et al.

Third, nocturnal species also show an increase in clutch size with latitude even though night length (and foraging time) decrease with latitude. Any general hypothesis for clutch size in the tropics must account for these patterns. Skutch (1949) suggested that nest predation, not food limitation, was the main cost of having large broods. He observed that nest predation is remarkably high in the tropics, and suggested that large broods would suffer high predation owing to the increased parental activity at the nest.

Sex role divergence is typical of temperate zone passerines, where males sing and defend territories, compete for EPFs, and their parental care is generally limited to nest defense and feeding young. Females, of course, do not usually sing or defend territories as aggressively as males do and they build nests and incubate the eggs alone. Extra-pair behavior creates strongly divergent sex roles as males compete for EPFs, females are discerning in their acceptance of extra-pair mates, and males and females have an unequal genetic stake in the brood they raise together.

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