Orange-breasted Bunting is considered a common to frequent resident throughout its range (Binford 1989, Howell and Webb 1995, Parker et al. 1996). Vega Rivera et al. (2008) found the bird in 40 of 51 surveyed sites (78%) and considered it common as well.
Soderberg (1956) indicates that in captivity, when properly cared for, a bunting can live for five to six years, but that with each molt the orange of the male’s breast turns paler.