Fairly large, chunky weaver. Both sexes have a pale eye, an olive back, and yellow underparts. Males have a black face mask, a yellow-orange top of the head, and a black spot on the back of the head. Females have an all-black head. Generally uncommon and local in montane woodland, scrub, and forest edge. Vocalizations are typical of weavers: “chet” notes and a sizzling, “radio static” song. Can be similar to Baglafecht Weaver, but always separated by the black rather than yellow throat.