Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Orange-breasted Bunting (Passerina leclancherii)


French: Passerin arc-en-ciel German: Orangeblaufink Spanish: Azulillo pechinaranja

Passerina leclancherii


, 1840,

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico


Reported to hybridize with P. cyanea in captivity, although reports of hybridization in wild apparently incorrect. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. l. grandior Griscom, 1934 – W & SW Mexico from S Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán and interior Guerrero E to S Puebla and S on Pacific slope of Oaxaca to SW Chiapas.
  • P. l. leclancherii Lafresnaye, 1840 – coastal C Guerrero, in SW Mexico.
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5 cm; 12–15·1 g. Male nominate race has crown bright apple-green, becoming bright turquoise-blue on nape and greener-tinged turquoise on upperparts;... read more


    Song a sad, sweet warble, often slower and shorter than that of other members of genus. Call... read more


    Arid or semi-arid deciduous thorn-forest, field edges, scrubby pasture; in areas of high... read more

    Food and feeding

    No published data on diet in the wild; captives will take apples, canary seed (Phalaris canariensis) and white millet seeds, ant... read more


    Birds in breeding condition, mid-May to late May and in laying condition mid-Jun to late Jun; at higher altitudes, in breeding condition... read more


    Largely resident. At certain locations in Chiapas present in some months and absent in others; e.g... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common in much of its range. In Chiapas, only a minor proportion of apparently suitable habitat is occupied by this species. Commonly caught... read more

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. & de Juana, E. (2019). Orange-breasted Bunting (Passerina leclancherii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 August 2019).