The Blue-backed Conebill is a rather widely distributed Conirostrum of the Andean region, it being found from western Venezuela south, principally over the east slope, to west-central Bolivia. It is usually found at elevations between 2500 and 3500 m, in montane forest and its borders. The species is usually found in pairs or small (presumably family) groups that regularly join mixed-species foraging flocks, wherein it draws the observer’s attention not only for its attractive plumage but their habit of perching in the open. The sexes are basically identical, distinguished from other conebills by their very clear-cut patterned plumage, being deep, bright blue above as far as the nape and (in some regions) the post-ocular supercilium, with a deep black crown, face and throat, and otherwise rufous-red underparts. The bill is typical of the genus, being sharply pointed.