Pairs or small family groups tend to be observed foraging together during the day, mainly on the forest floor, for fallen fruit, seeds, tender leaves, grasses, buds, and small vertebrates and invertebrates (2) (4) (7). However, the birds will seek refuge in trees if alarmed, and like most birds, they roost in trees at night (4).
The northern helmeted curassow has a curious courtship ritual. The male attempts to attract a female with an offering of food held in his beak. By coming to the male and accepting the food, the female demonstrates a willingness to mate (5). This species of curassow nests in March and usually two young hatch around mid-May (2) (5). The chicks are fed by their parents until they learn to eat from the ground (5).