The crested wood partridge is a ground-nesting bird. A breeding pair create a scrape on the ground and line it with leaves. When the nest is finished, they hide it with a heap of leaves to prevent predators from finding it.
In the wild, crested wood partridges are commonly found alongside wild pigs, feeding on discarded fruits that the pigs leave behind. Scientists believe that the pigs open fruits that the partridges cannot open themselves.
Crested wood partridges forage and nest on the ground, but they roost in trees at night to avoid predators on the ground.
The chicks of crested wood partridges stay in their nest for a week. During this time, both parents take care of them. The chicks of other partridge species leave the nest a few hours after hatching.