Medium-sized sunbird in which males are colorful, green and red, and females drab brownish. Males have yellow shoulder tufts that are usually hidden. Found in montane forest clearings and edge, scrub, and gardens. The call is a harsh “jeet” and the song a quick explosion of high-pitched notes. Very similar to Eastern Double-collared and Olive-bellied Sunbirds, but males separated by the purple border above the red chest band. Female hard to separate from Eastern Double-collared, but can be separated from Olive-bellied by its lack of a pale eye-stripe. Also similar to Stuhlmann’s Sunbird, but smaller overall, with a shorter tail and bill.