This family of elusive, largely ground-dwelling birds, with cryptic plumage is confined to Australia. Similar to the closely-related lyrebirds, they are proficient mimics. The Rufous Scrub-bird Atrichornis rufescens lives in central eastern Australia, while the Noisy Scrub-bird A. clamosus is confined to south-western WA. Both species are endangered.
Although birds (mostly males) call for most of the year, the males are most vocal during the breeding season (May to October) and actively defend their territories. In fact the loud, piercing call is the best way to locate these cryptically plumaged, secretive birds, as this alone will usually betray their presence. Even if located by call, they can be very difficult to view,...