Orange-breasted Bunting Passerina leclancherii

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cardinalidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Eric R. Gulson and Robert A. Behrstock



Orange-breasted Bunting forages from the ground to the midstory (Parker et al. 1996), usually found in pairs or small groups, on or near the ground and often on roadsides (Howell and Webb 1995). Edwards et al. (1972) mentions that the birds are often hopping and perching on the ground, rocks, fallen logs, or low-hanging branches, rarely flying in the exposed open but often pausing in clearings.


Little information. Orange-breasted Bunting uses an advertising song in defining its territory that is similar to that of other Passerina buntings (Thompson 1968), but no information is reported on territory or home range size.

Sexual Behavior

Orange-breasted Bunting forms pairs over the breeding season, when they associate more with forested areas than open ones and do not congregate in flocks as often (Vega Rivera et al. 2008). This indicates that they are at least socially monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

Orange-breasted Bunting occurs in pairs or in small flocks when not breeding (Howell and Webb 1995, Vega Rivera et al. 2008).


No information found.

Recommended Citation

Gulson, E. R. and R. A. Behrstock (2012). Orange-breasted Bunting (Passerina leclancherii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.