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Quick Facts
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Cracidae
Genus: Crax
Species: pauxi

Length: 20 - 30 inches
Incubation: 22 - 34 days
Offspring: 2
Life Span: 24 years

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Northern Helmeted Curassow

Crax pauxi


The Northern Helmeted curassow has black, gray, and white feathers, a large body and a small head. Males are larger than females, but both are strong. Despite this strength, they are sometimes nervous and easily scared. When frightened, it will jump or fly straight up in an attempt to flee.


The Northern Helmeted Curassow eats mostly fruits, leaves and berries. However, it will also eat insects, small rodents, and reptiles.


Northern Helmeted curassows prefer dense tropical forests of Central America and South America. Their nest is usually made of twigs and vegetation. They spend some time on the ground, but most of their time is spend in the trees.


The Northern Helmeted curassow has an unusual courtship ritual. The male will pick up a choice piece of food in his mouth and call to the female. If she comes to him and takes the food, then she has accepted him. Typically two cream-colored eggs are laid and incubated for about 30 days. The chicks will eat from their parents' beaks until they learn to eat from the ground. The parents are fierce defenders of their chicks if threatened.

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