Behavior

Noisy, gregarious, and sedentary, pseudo babblers quarter their foraging grounds energetically in coordinated groups of up to a dozen or more. The group does everything together, including feeding, preening, dust bathing, resting, and roosting. Groups keep within cover as they travel, bounding in powerful hops over the ground and among shrubbery. To keep contact, they call constantly in growls, mews, whistles, and chatterings. Flight, a fluttering of wings broken by long direct glides with short wings fully stretched, is limited to dashes between cover in follow-the-leader fashion. Throughout their territories, pseudo babblers also maintain one or more dormitory nests that are similar in structure and positioning to breeding nests but bulkier; each night, the whole group crams into a single nest to sleep.

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