An unmistakable small tanager with bright red-orange face that fades to yellow on the crown and nape. Also note black ear patch, black back, opalescent greenish underparts and shoulder patch, and tawny vent. East slope birds are brighter red on the face, whereas west slope birds are more orange. Occurs from about 1,200–2,500 m, within forest or at edges or clearings. Found in pairs or small groups within mixed-species flocks, usually in the canopy. Visits fruit feeders.