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2000) as a result of selection from similar ecological and social pressures. Climate in south temperate regions, like southern South America and Australia, is not nearly as seasonal as it is in north temperate regions because land masses are concentrated at latitudes closer to the equator. Consequently, breeding seasons are long and most passerines are year-round residents (Rowley and Russell 1991). These similarities with the tropics mean that hypotheses for the evolution of life history traits in the tropics can also be tested in south temperate regions, if these hypotheses truly offer general explanations.

Reproductive effort is evolutionarily LIFE HISTORY TRAITS 35 linked to adult survival through the cost of reproduction. Cost of reproduction is the reduced future survival or reproductive output which results from current reproductive effort. High reproductive effort causes a high cost of reproduction through the physiological toll of breeding, and can also include increased risk of adult predation while breeding (Lima 1987). The key evidence supporting a cost of reproduction comes from brood manipulation experiments with temperate zone birds (Nur 1988, 1990).

4; Wikelski et al. 8 ng m1-1 in the Clay-colored Robin. 5 ng ml -~ (Wingfield 1984, Beletsky et al. 1989b, Ketterson et al. 1992, Johnsen 1998, Hau et al. 2000). Testosterone level is so low in breeding males of some tropical species that it is difficult to even detect (Wikelski et al. 1999a,b, 2000, Hau et al. 2000). Despite this, males vigorously sing, defend territories, attack intruders and pair with females, and females are also fiercely territorial and sing. We view the high testosterone levels of temperate zone birds as an adaptation for competing for EPFs.

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