Scrub-birds are small, solidly built birds, well adapted to living on the ground within extremely dense vegetation. They have stout legs, short rounded wings, and a longish graduated tail, which is often held cocked. The head has a long flat forehead tapering to a pointed triangular-shaped bill. The plumage of adults is generally brown, with fine dark barring on the upper parts. Males also have black markings on the throat and breast. Juveniles have similar plumage to adults, but slightly duller.
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