Medium-sized hummingbird of middle elevations. Green above, white below, with a variably pinkish lower mandible. Found in humid forest and around forest edges. Distinguished with care from the very similar White-bellied Hummingbird by its completely dark underside of the tail (where there is some white in White-bellied), and by its sometimes darker lower mandible. Green-and-white Hummingbird is also typically more closely associated with forested habitats than White-bellied.