The different subspecies of Scaled Piculet have varying plumage but all have some level of dark scaling above and below. These residents inhabit both dry and moist forests including gallery forest, deciduous woodlands, and forest borders. They also reside in ranchlands and disturbed areas as long as there are trees present. Scaled Piculets often move in twos along small branches and vines as they forage for small insects. They are especially common in thickets in the middle and lower strata and frequently accompany mixed-species flocks. These piculets are rather territorial and are often seen engaging in boundary disputes.