Scrub-birds spend most of their time on, or near, the ground and are incapable of more than a few yards of sustained flight. They are, however, very adept at moving quickly through dense vegetation. Males occupy permanent territories, which they defend with remarkably loud and penetrating territorial song, particularly during the breeding season. Although territories are usually widely spaced, each individual male spends most of its time within a core area covering little more than 2.5 acres (1 ha).

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