Orange-breasted Bunting Passerina leclancherii

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Orange-breasted Bunting often is described as a warble, sad and sweet (Howell and Webb 1995) or tinkling (Edwards et al. 1972). This is probably because its phrases are divided in fairly even spaces, are in a narrow frequency range, and have alternating high and low sounds are distinguishable. These alternations also give the song a disjunct quality (Thompson 1968). Among the Passerina buntings, the song of Orange-breasted Bunting is the slowest, and is most similar to that of Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris). The songs of both have a warbling quality (with intervals longer than 2 centiseconds), but the latter is faster, averaging 6.46 figures per s, compared to 3.64. Neither bird regularly repeats figures in a single song (Thompson 1968).

Other members of the genus, such Varied Bunting (Passerina versicolor), Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea), and, particularly, Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena), have faster songs (less than 1 centisecond intervals) that frequently repeat figures more than once in a song (Thompson 1968).

Thompson (1968) also noted variation between the songs given by an individual male.

The call of Orange-breasted Bunting’s hard chlik or tchik (Howell and Webb 1995), similar to that of other Passerina buntings, such as that in the following recording:

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Orange-breasted Bunting can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.