These shy and retiring birds are generally at home in short, dense woodland particularly along riparian margins. Their nests are thin, flimsy structures, little more that a pad of twigs and rootlets usually only a meter or two above the ground and invariably in a dense thorn tree, or thorny thicket. Like all Telophorus species, they lay blue eggs, speckled with darkish spots. The secret to finding their nests lies in listening for the deep grunting alarm notes the adults give when disturbed in close proximity to their nest. Once that is heard, it is usually then just a simple matter of marking the spot and searching every branch within a 20 m radius of where the call came from.