A small, compact parrot of mid and high montane forest edge. Green body with brown hood and chest. Males of one race have a yellow hind collar. Inconspicuous and most easily found at fruiting trees. Similar to Madarasz's Tiger-Parrot, but where they co-occur, Modest Tiger-Parrot is usually at higher elevations. Males are very similar but Modest has a darker head with less spotting. Female Modest has a brown head and strongly barred chest. Call, a nasal upslurred “chuuit!” similar to Brehm’s Tiger-Parrot, or a high-low-middle slurred “chii-oo-wii!