Northern helmeted curassow

Found in the mountainous regions of northern Colombia and western Venezuela these striking looking birds are on the decline.

Well, if ever a name fitted…

It’s easy to see why they acquired the name helmeted curassow. It’s all to do with that grey bit sticking out of their head, just like a helmet. It’s actually called a ‘casque’ and it’s made of bone, covered in skin.

To add to their striking appearance their plumage is mostly jet black with the occasional flash of white on their stomachs and tail tips. Along with their red beak and legs, they really are a unique looking bird.


They’re listed as endangered on the IUCN red list. This is due to the destruction of their natural habitat and hunting. It’s actually listed as one of only four top priority species for bird conservation in Venezuela and as such nearly all the remaining forests are legally protected.

Northern helmeted curassow questions and answers

What do they eat?
Mainly fruit, insects and seeds.

Northern Helmeted Curassow

Are they shy?
They are, yes. They tend to stay well hidden in the undergrowth and move slowly to avoid detection. They’re most active at twilight.

How big are they?
About the size of a chicken and weigh roughly 3.5kg.

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