Flowerpeckers are active and agile birds, twisting and turning among foliage, flicking their wings, twittering, and calling sharply. They are usually single, or in pairs or small groups, but they will join mixed-species bird parties. They sometimes sit motionless on perches for long periods. Songs are mostly simple high-pitched chirps and clicks, but the musical ability of the mistletoebird is remarkable and mimics songs of many different Australian birds.

In contrast, berrypeckers such as the crested berrypecker (Paramythia montium) are highly social birds, often occurring in groups of up to 12 birds; a large flock of 75 has been observed. They sometimes stand with tail cocked and raise their crests if excited or frightened. They fly in a jerky manner and are noisy in flight making low, short, calls.

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