Small seedeater with a sharp bill and forked tail. The upperparts are olive-green and the underparts pale yellow with some sparse streaking. Both sexes have a strong pale yellow eyebrow, and males also have a bold black face patch. Found at middle and high elevations in a variety of habitats including forest edge, gardens, cultivation, moist scrub, and woodland. Usually in small flocks. The song is a fast jumble of high-pitched notes. Similar to Papyrus Canary, but found in a different habitat, less streaked below, and the male is easily separated by its black face.