Animals

19 Birds With Orange Chests and Bellies: How to Properly Identify Each

It can be difficult to distinguish between birds that have orange bellies and chests in the wild since they are so common. Identifying birds on the go can be challenging due to their swift and sometimes unpredictable temperament, particularly when they share such distinctive traits.

This guide is helpful in that regard! To make bird viewing and identification easier, we’ve included identification guidelines for 20 different birds with orange bellies and chests.

1. Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

You’ve probably just come across an Eastern bluebird if you’ve ever seen a bird with a brilliant orange chest and a bright blue back. The eastern half of the United States, as well as parts of Mexico and Canada, are home to this species primarily. The males of this type of bird have the most vibrant colors. Though the colors are a little more subdued and appear slightly more gray than the bright hue of the males, females nevertheless have an orange chest and a blue back. The belly of an Eastern bluebird male also has some white on it.

Eastern bluebirds can be seen perching on tall buildings or telephone poles. These birds will descend to the ground to hunt, and they typically construct their nests in naturally occurring cavities such as tree holes or nest boxes.

2. American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

One of the Thrush family’s most prevalent orange-chested or orange-bellied birds in the US is this one. With the exception of the very southern tip of Mexico, it is present across North America. This bird has a warm, consoling orange underside and chest contrasted with a black to brownish or gray back and head. Their beaks are typically golden as well.

The American robin breeds in Canada and is visible throughout the year in the continental US. They spend the winter migrating south to Mexico.

3. Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)

The white patch on the Allen’s hummingbird’s chest somewhat breaks up the bird’s orange throat and belly. Both males and females have an iridescence on their throat and back. The males and females of the species have similar coloration to their bellies, however the females’ throat color is significantly less bright.

During the breeding season, these hummingbirds visit a fairly narrow strip of the Pacific coast, although they are primarily resident in southern California and Mexico.

4. Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

Like their Eastern relative, the Western bluebird is found in Mexico as well as the other side of the United States. Since their outward appearances are so similar, the easiest sign will be specific to your area. Other than that, men continue to have brilliantly orange chests and bright blue bodies. The Western bluebird has a blue neck and some gray on its belly, which is the primary distinction between the males of the two related species. Compared to their eastern counterparts, females of this species have a gray belly and a dull rusty-colored chest. They are also slightly darker gray on top.

5. Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis)

The distinctive orange and black Altamira oriole has a black beak, face, and neck. The head, chest, and belly of this type of bird are all brilliant orange. A female Altamira oriole’s beak and chest are a duller shade of gray or black, giving her a slightly lighter overall coloration. These year-round residents of Mexico are non-migratory birds.

6. Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)

Mostly found in the western half of the United States and far into Mexico, this variety of orange-chested and bellied bird can be seen. The underside and chest of a male Bullock’s oriole are a vivid orange-yellow color. They have black “masks” around their eyes, as well as black on their backs, wings, and top of their heads. Males also have black beaks.

The belly of the female Bullock’s oriole is still more gray or brown, while her head, chest, and tail are still pale orange. Her eye markings and beak are less prominently black.

7. Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

The female of this species of oriole is paler in color than the male, as is the case with other birds that have orange bellies and chests. Here, though, the distinction is not as obvious. Females retain color from their chest to the tips of their tails. Compared to men, the color black is merely somewhat duller.

In contrast to the Altamira and Bullocks orioles, these birds are primarily found in southern Mexico, however they can also be found in various Canadian provinces and, of course, in the northeastern states of the United States, such as Maine and Maryland. They don’t reside anywhere west of Texas, though during migration they may stop briefly in the US Southeast.

8. Orchard’s Oriole (Icterus spurius)

This oriole like to hang around in places like orchards where there is an abundance of fruit and nectar. They share a very similar geographic range with the Baltimore oriole. Compared to other orioles on this list, the orange belly and chest of this bird resemble those of an American robin. This bird’s head, wings, and tail are all black, and its overall color is rusty-orange. The wings have some orange feathering on them. The dull yellow color of female orchard birds is only seen on their wings; their heads and faces are not black.

9. Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)

The black chin, neck, wings, and tail of the hooded oriole provide a striking contrast to the bird’s brilliant yellow-orange breast, head, and belly. The males typically have this pigmentation. Females are more yellow than yellow-orange, and they lack the black neck and chin. In addition, their beaks are pale brown instead of the glossy black of the males, and their wings have a brownish tinge.

Orioles of this species are found in warmer climates, primarily in Mexico and several southern states.

10. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Barn swallow males are distinguished by their royal blue back and deep blue wings. Their bellies have a paler orange color, but their faces and necks are a vibrant rust-orange. The backs of females are dusty brown, with a faintly orangey-brown colored belly and chest. Because of their somewhat forked tails, barn swallows can be easy to distinguish.

The entire continent of North America is home to the barn swallow. This bird is most likely to be seen making nests and flying low to capture insects, which are their favorite food.

11. Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)

A casual glance could fool the variegated thrush with an American robin. They might be related to robins, which explains why. On the other hand, the variegated thrush has a vivid orange belly and chest, along with additional orange feathers in the wings and an orange “eyebrow.” This bird solely inhabits the US Pacific coast, which is far more constrained than that of the American robin. Nonetheless, during the breeding season, it is typical in the provinces of western Canada and Alaska.

The patterns of female and juvenile thrush birds are identical to those of adult males, except the orange and black hues are not as brilliant.

12. Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)

At least in males of the species, the Blackburnian warbler is a colorful songbird with a brilliant orange throat and yellow chest. Along their head, back, and wings are numerous black stripe patterns. Females have almost totally yellow bodies with wings that are lightly colored in gray or brown. The wings of both sexes are striped with white.

Eastern US states are home to a large population of blackburnian warblers. They also travel to Mexico’s east coast. This species will breed in Canada’s lower regions before migrating to South America for their non-breeding years.

13. Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)

This bird, which has an orange belly and chest, has a black coat that runs along its wings and a black stripe that runs around its eyes and along the top of its head. Males incubate the eggs just as much as females do, and they are fiercely protective of their tree nests. As is customary for birds, female black-headed grosbeaks have a more subdued appearance compared to their male counterparts.

Throughout Mexico and the western portion of the United States, black-headed grosbeaks are common. These birds are year-round residents of only a limited portion of Mexico.

14. Orange Breasted Waxbill (Amandava subflava)

This species of waxbill is quite easy to identify thanks to its orange rump and yellow-orange belly and chest. Identifying an orange-breasted waxbill can be confirmed by looking for a red arch covering their eyes and a red beak on males. The hue of females is quite similar at first, but as they become older, this becomes less noticeable.

It’s possible that you will never see one of these orange-breasted waxbills unless you go abroad. Although they are seen in aviaries in Europe and Australia, their range encompasses all of sub-Saharan Africa.

15. Red Knot (Calidris canutus)

The backs, wings, and somewhat speckled orangey-red chest and belly of red knot birds are spotted or speckled. These birds are seafarers who inhabit the shores of Alaska and Canada. Red knot birds save their orange bellies for males; females are primarily white and gray in hue. To locate invertebrates beneath the sand, they have specialized organs at the tip of their bill.

These birds are ground nesters due to their habitat.

16. American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

The American woodcock is a forest-dwelling bird. To get to their meal, they can prod and poke with their long bill in soft dirt. The mottled brown and white top colors of this species’ males and females blend together to form a cinnamon-orange breast and belly. They blend nicely with their environment thanks to their subdued colors. Their eyes are situated a little higher on their head than those of other birds since they primarily hunt on the ground.

The eastern part of the United States is home to most of these species.

17. Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

The hue of red-breasted nuthatches is a little duller than that of some of the other species mentioned here. Their top half is steely-blue, but beneath is an orange belly and chest. They are distinguished by having black stripes on a white background that run horizontally across the top of their heads and eyes. The bellies of female red-breasted nuthatches are an inconspicuous color. Their facial markings are still the same.

These birds are widespread in both Canada and the United States.

18. Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)

The vivid orange chest of this type of bunting slopes gently into its belly. Like a lazuli gemstone, their wings and back are dazzling. Less impressive are the females, who are primarily a light brown with hints of deeper brown around their heads and wings.

Mexico and the western regions of the United States are home to lazuli bunting birds. They shed their bright (and less bright) feathers after mating as they migrate to the warmer, more southern area.

19. Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

The brilliant, vibrant orange hues on the bellies, heads, and chests of male rufous hummingbirds are easily identifiable. Orange-red fiery feathers adorn their necks. Females have olive green chests and coppery, flat orange skin tones. Both have wings that are dark brown in color and a fairly straight bill.

This species is found in the Pacific region of the United States, extending as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico. In preparation for fall, they head further east, near the Rocky Mountains.