A fairly small and compact weaver of dry country. Breeding males are olive-green above and bright yellow below, with a rufous patch on the face and a red eye. Females, non-breeding males, and juveniles are much duller, brownish-olive overall with a dark eye and a pinkish bill. Found in dry thorn savanna and cultivated areas, often in small flocks. Females and non-breeding males can be separated from most similar weavers by their pale bill and overall size and shape; very similar to Vitelline Masked-Weaver, but separated by the dark eye. Vocalizations are typical of weavers: “chik” notes and a sizzling “radio static” song.