Small, sharp-billed tanager of tropical lowlands. Males have a black back, bright yellow underparts, and a black mask. Females are brown above and dull yellow below. Both sexes have bright red eyes. Females similar to other female dacnis, but note red eyes and higher contrast between brown upperparts and lighter tan underparts. Found in young rainforest, forest edges, and similar open forested habitats, where it forages in the canopy singly or in pairs, often joining mixed-species flocks.