Ochre-breasted Tanager occurs in the foothills and subtropical forest of the western Andean slope. There, they are fairly common in the forest interior. They travel in groups of up to 10-15 birds, and often join mixed foraging flocks. They forage in the understory by rummaging and sallying for arthopods, fruit, and occasionally small vertebrates. Overall, this species is a dull green-brown and perhaps best identified by its lack of field marks. Note also the heavy black bill, pale gray iris, and yellowish tinge to underparts. In structure, they are large and chunky. Foraging groups are quite noisy, giving incessant, whining chatters.