Scaled Antpittas forage by tossing or flicking leaves aside with bill while hopping or running along the ground. They may stop frequently to probe into the leaf litter or soft mud. When alarmed, adults fly low and straight for short distances, usually into the nearest area of thick vegetation. Though it has not been reported, it seems likely that Scaled Antpittas follow army ant swarms, especially in the lower portions of their range. Jose Maria Loaiza B. (in Greeney 2012) reported being followed by an adult Scaled Antpitta in western Ecuador (regulus), which foraged repeatedly in areas of the leaf litter that had been disturbed by his passage. Greeney (2012) suggests that foraging associations with large mammals may be a regular strategy employed by this, and other antpittas. Woods et al. (2011) report that Scaled Antpittas are amongst the growing number of Grallaria antpittas that are attracted to the "worm-feeding stations" employed by the tourist industry. This suggests, as do the observations on nestling diet given above, that earthworms may form an important part of the diet of Scaled Antpitta.