Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Near Threatened

Rose-bellied Bunting (Passerina rositae)


French: Passerin à ventre rose German: Rosenbauchfink Spanish: Azulillo ventrirrosado

Cyanospiza rositæ


, 1874,

Cacoprieto, Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico




E Oaxaca (W to c. 97° W) and W Chiapas (E to c. 93° W; recently recorded further E, in El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve#R), in S Mexico.

Descriptive notes

13·5–14·5 cm; 19·5–20·5 g (Chiapas). Male is bright electric-blue above, purplish-blue on crown, becoming brighter on lower back and... read more


Song a sweet, slightly burry warble; call note a wet “plik” or “plek”.


Arid and semi-arid thorn-forest, denser parts of deciduous forest, also semi-humid deciduous... read more

Food and feeding

No information available on diet. Forages singly and in pairs. Occurs at lower to middle levels.


Only two nests described, one with fresh eggs on 30th Jul and one with heavily incubated eggs on 29th Jun. Nest an open cup made from dead... read more


Largely sedentary; in some locations in Chiapas present in some months and less common or absent in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Isthmus of Tehuantepec EBA. Locally fairly common to common within its... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2019). Rose-bellied Bunting (Passerina rositae). 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 19 June 2019).